Quiet on the set
Madison native to film movie in hometown
Allen raising money to make In My Life
Allen, 34, who now lives in Indianapolis where he runs
RACSO Motion Pictures and works in the aviation industry, became interested
in film after graduating from Madison Consolidated High School. He moved
to Melbourne, Fla., where he worked at a low-powered TV station and
became familiar with cameras, lighting and other elements of production.
From there, Allen moved to Orlando, became involved in several small
films, and learned screenwriting.
In My Life is currently in pre-production
while Allen secures cast and crew and raises money. After countless
auditions, Allen selected Laura Hammer of New York City and Joshua Ramsey
of Indianapolis to play the lead roles. He expects to raise more than
$1 million to shoot the picture on Super 16mm film. I say this
is my fourth film, but really its my first FILM film, noted
Allen. His previous movies were shot on video. This story is too
massive in scale to do on a low budget. I felt that I needed to give
it the treatment it deserves, he said.
Allen and Director of Photography David Cook scouted locations
in the Madison area last month. Cook is a Hollywood veteran with more
than 27 years of experience and credits that include Edward Scissorhands
and The Waterboy. The interiors will be shot in Indianapolis,
but Allen chose his hometown for the exterior scenes. Allen and Cook
visited with Joe Wentworth of Milton, Ky., who offered to let them use
his riverbluff farmhouse overlooking Madison as the primary location.
The character of Rizzio is transported to 1937, World War II and the
1950s and 1960s. I knew when I wrote the story that I might produce
it on a small budget, so I made the setting for the central story a
farm, so it could remain timeless, Allen said.