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Lights, camera, Thirty Decibels

The book trailer for Thirty Decibels is nearly in production! I’m partnering with local imaging / production studio Palinopsia to create it. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes updates and interviews as we go.

We’re now casting these lead roles:

Ava
Main character
Age: 15 (ages 13-17 will be considered)
Any hair color

Ben
Ava’s love interest
Age: 16 (ages 15-18 will be considered)
Athletic build, any hair color

Michele
Ava’s best friend
Age: 15 (ages 13-17 will be considered)
Any hair color

Screen tests:

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th, 2pm-4pm (Contact me to RSVP – see below)
Where: 200 W. Superior Street, Suite 310  (See map)
Have: Your enthusiasm for bringing stories to life

Interested actors should write me at margorowder@gmail.com or call 773.689.0008 to get an appointment time.

What’s Thirty Decibels? Here’s a super-short version:

In a society where few may speak above a whisper, 15-year-old singer Ava refuses to talk – and discovers the strength to take a stand.
(See link below for more.) 


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Lights, camera, Thirty Decibels

Behind the scenes, my friends, something pretty exciting is underway: a book trailer for Thirty Decibels. I’m partnering with local imaging / production studio Palinopsia, and we’re currently finalizing storyboards. I get geeked every time I think about it… but more on that later.

Now, I need your help.

We’re now casting a few lead roles for the trailer. Screen tests aren’t set yet; we’ll hold them in Chicago around mid-June. Interested actors should send details (name, previous acting experience) and a picture to margorowder@gmail.com.
Got a question? Please post a comment below and I’ll answer ASAP.

Lead roles:

Ava
Main character
Age: 15 (considering ages 13-17)
Medium blonde hair

Ben
Ava’s love interest
Age: 16 (considering ages 15-18)
Brown hair, athletic build

Michele
Ava’s best friend
Age: 15 (considering ages 13-17)
Brown or auburn hair

Background on the story, in short:

In a society where few may speak above a whisper, 15-year-old singer Ava refuses to talk – and discovers the strength to take a stand.

This is an open call, so send this along to nieces, nephews, sons, or daughters. They might be just who we’re looking for.  :) Thanks for your help!

What’s the3six5, you ask? Put simply, it’s a daily blog written by an author mosaic – a different person every day. Authors are young and old, famous folks and average Joes, writers and non-writers, from across the world.

And now, you can VOTE for the3six5.com among the internet’s best.

The blog has been nominated for a Webby Award in the Connections category: “Sites that connect people, create communities, and give individuals and small groups a vehicle for their expression and participation online.”

If the3six5 doesn’t epitomize this, I’ll print out this post and eat it.

Why in holy heck would I do that? Here’s a little more background:

Founders Len Kendall and Daniel Honigman set up shop in 2009, soliciting design input and working hard to line up the first 365 authors. On January 1, 2010, they kicked off the crowdsourced blog experiment. I’ve since lost track of all the mentions the3six5 has received over these last 16 months, but let’s just say it’s much-loved. One of my favorite early POVs on the project comes from self-proclaimed social cyborg and cyberculturalist Dr. Kevin Lim:

Around the start of 2010, I began hearing about this idea dubbed the3six5 project. A bunch of transmedia and emerging media folks discussed it with great fervor.

So I took a look…
frowned…
then asked…
“What’s the big effing deal?”

(Read the rest of Dr. Lim’s post here.)

I’m a huge fan of the3six5, and not just because I was lucky enough to contribute my own post last February (including the blog’s first-ever video clip). I’ve also found the project has connected me with friends I’ll have for life. I highly recommend it for your blog shortlist, as a daily reminder that we’re all human. For every day that goes by, every post published, the blog itself practically begins to breathe.

Cast your vote for the3six5 today!

Library-loving challenge: My results

Better late than never – it’s my library-loving blog challenge results! Led again by the awesome Jenn Hubbard, the overall challenge rallied 16 participants in its third year.

My challenge began on March 28, when I pledged to donate $1 to Evanston’s The Mighty Twig for every comment on this post and every new @margorowder follower. I extended my challenge until 4/5. On that last day, I upped the ante: $5 for every comment and new twitter follower. 

In the end, thanks to you and a few fellow library-huggers, I’ve donated $174 to The Mighty Twig. I’m happy to say that’s more than enough to run the alterna-branch for one day. (If you’d like to support The Mighty Twig on your own, click here.)

Overall, Jenn’s challenge raised $1821 for local libraries. Let’s hear it for library love!

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