Photo Courtesy of Chris Gilstrap of CG Photography
After a scrappy kickstarter campaign grew into a surge of support, the Art of Acting Out is in its final stage of principal photography. Produced and based entirely in Denver, the project involves dozens of actors, models, and comedians, including a veritable army of CFVA members. Even with the abundance of support from the Denver business and film communities, the series has faced challenges like any independent film- and is proving to conquer those challenges one by one.
The series follows the journey of Phil Collins (no, not that one) - a typically affable Denverite who decides to leave his job as a barista to pursue a career as an actor under the questionable tutelage of his talent agent, Tony. Phil navigates his way through the absurd world of auditions and odd parts. The script, penned by Gregory Aronof, called for over three dozen unique locations and a cavalcade of featured extras.
“[Aronof] writes for the universe,” explains Director of Photography Buddy Thomas. “The show is full of so many different elements; it definitely presented a lot of challenges” adds producer Tyler Martin. Those challenges were tackled head-on by a dedicated production crew of over a dozen, not including the myriad freelancers who lent their skills throughout the process.
Some of the crew were on board from the beginning- CFVA member and Lead Makeup Technician Cory Bryant was one. She recalls “I knew there would be a lot of challenging and new things for me, as a makeup and FX artist, and I couldn’t wait to see what the end result would be.” Actor Seymour Much more has been similarly invested, appearing as a featured extra in nearly every episode: