These are the final snaps I’m showing; any more and I’ll give away too much of the story and, well, that’s not what I want to do. These shots feature Branden Goodman (high school senior RALPH) and Jordan Frank (high school freshman SCOTT) trying to get along with each other in the midst of a crisis. Remember, these are screengrabs from raw footage with no effects or color correction.
SNAPS #3: Branden Goodman
Today you’ll see a couple snaps of Branden Goodman (19), who plays the lead role of RALPH. I picked him because I liked the way he did Ralph in the audition and he had this look that could be hero or bad boy, like the guy who can fit into any group he wants –from Warcraft nerds to jocks to raucous musicians — the kind of guy we all wish we were like in high school (well, I was that way. Honest.) Anyway, Branden always made acting look so easy, he could pull off anything I wanted and added so much of his own stuff to the role. I pulled him back for a third night of filming and threw all sorts of brand-new stuff at him that
wasn’t in the script. The guy was able to deliver everything I needed while helping to build new scenes on the fly — and we were able to complete filming in one night with time left to spare for a game of darts. Now that’s a pro. He also formed a connection with his younger co-star, Jordan, which helped make the more sympathetic scenes completely genuine. I have to be careful not to spill too much, just know that you’ll be seeing a lot of Branden in film because he is going to be BIG.
SNAPS #1: Branden Goodman
Branden Goodman as Ralph.
Zombies: The Roles Are Cast
It’s been a grueling few days, but I have cast the leading roles for “Zombies Take The Schoolyard.” I saw 90 teenagers and young men over the last three days. Although many of the older-playing-younger actors did a fantastic job, I decided to cast Branden Goodman (19) as RALPH and Jordan
Frank (14) as SCOTT. These guys don’t act like teenagers—they are teenagers. Both Branden and Jordan have lots of theatrical experience— and since this story all takes place in one room, it’s a lot like a play that needs non-subtle energy from the actors to keep things moving. The talent, experience and chemistry all added up where I know we can create something fun that still makes an impact. Congratulations to both Branden and Jordan for their hard work, and thanks to all the other guys who came in to read. This Just In: Jordan’s uncle Michael Frank is directing a feature-length zombie film– check it out here.