Behind the scenes look at “American Hustle”

Hey everyone!

For my final post this year, I would like to share a “behind the scenes” look at  “American Hustle”.

When I received the call from “Boston Casting” advising me they wanted me to play a Camden teenager on the set of “American Hustle”, I was thrilled. When the day arrived I discovered that being on the set was like being transported back to a time where my mother was my age (18). It was  a cultural shock to say the least  where there were no cell phones, cars were big and clunky and all the guys had curly hair. African Americans all had bigger then life hair – Afros they were called.  My mother was on the set the same day that I was and although we had separate scenes, she helped me to understand the culture of the 70′s and why it was a cool time to be a teenager.

For example, when I  voiced my concern about the about the jean jumpsuit wardrobe had assigned to me as I initially thought it be very unfashionable,  Mom laughed and talked about how much she rocked the same type of outfit back in the day. My hair is long with a slight wave to it and I generally wear it down so when the hair people pulled it up tight to a neat little bun, it certainly generated a very unique look that I was not used to. After Hair, Wardrobe and Makeup were finished, I looked at my reflection in the mirror and saw the transformation to a 1970 teenager. I was curious to understand more about the era questions about the 1970′s so I could better understand the character I was to play.

Some of the more shocking points of information were:

1. The cool phone of the day was a “princess” phone (preferably a wall unit)

2. Microwaves and calculators were just being introduced

3. The first proto-type computer was a strange large unit that took up an entire wall (My grandfather was a Navy Officer and had brought my Mom to the base where they lived in Coronado, CA). Most people hadn’t even heard of computers.

By the time I was called for my scene, I was excited to see the set and hoped that it was true to the seventies. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The set was simply amazing - and as the filming began, I submerged myself into character.  I became the 1970′s teen that my  Mom was 35 years ago. We were on the streets of Worcester, MA where a lot of the architecture of the shops and surroundings has remained the same for several decades creating a unique ambience. My role was to be a pedestrian. I was paired up with a woman and I was to play her daughter for the scene. We slowly walked up and down the sidewalk  and conversed. Because we were not principles in the scene when we talk, we really just lip sync. A few of my fellow acting friends were there that day so it was fun sharing the set with them. Also - Jeremy Renner was in the scene and although we aren’t allowed to talk to the actors (because they are busy working as well), he made a point to come over and say hello which was very cool.  It was one of the best sets I have ever worked on witnessing the amazing Director David O. Russell and his assistant Shelly was inspirational. Mr. Russell was flowing with creativity, and Shelly ran tight controls on the crew so everyone met Mr. Russell’s expectations. Mr. Russell was very personable and friendly and it was clear to me that he had a vision of what was necessary for each scene.

My day on the set ended far too soon and although I was happy to put my modern day outfit back on, the experience of being a teen in the 70′s, will always be with me. It is rare that people have a chance to live in another era and thanks to the magic of moviemaking, I was granted that opportunity. I am extremely grateful for my day on the set of “American Hustle’ as it opened my mind to a time period long gone but now, thanks to my day on the set, will never be forgotten.

2013 was a great year and I am looking forward to an equally exciting 2014.

Happy New Year !

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Meredith Prunty’s Blog: 2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Inside #Cheerleading #Magazine Most Valuable Cheerleader (MVC) Meredith Prunty!

Inside #Cheerleading #Magazine Most Valuable Cheerleader (MVC) Meredith Prunty!

I am honored to be chosen as one of the MVC for Inside Magazine.
Inside Cheerleading is designed to help us enjoy, train, perform, compete and live cheerleading to the max! There are profiles of cheerleaders at the school, All Star and College level, coverage of events and competitions, Style Watch, plus the latest news and inside buzz. I really enjoy IC :)

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October 23, 2013 · 3:56 am

#Zombie Horror Throwback film “The Undead” is making headlines!

Hey Everyone, I am pleased to announce that my next film is “The Undead”.  This is going to be a VERY scary movie and I might even  be surrounded by Zombies :) I can’t talk too many details about my role but I will keep you posted with backstage pictures and other fun information (upon approval of the production). The Indiegogo fundraiser is doing great and the campaign is now featured on the front page – which is nothing short of AMAZING! Here is a little more about the movie – as described on their official page:

The feature film will display both Zombies similar in THE UNDEAD promo video and badly decayed ones you’ve seen on THE WALKING DEAD. The reason for this is the zombies in the beginning of the film will have just been exposed to nuclear radiants. Therefore in the beginning they’ll be brain dead individuals bleeding from their orifices(eyes, ears, nose, mouth) and progress to a more decayed state in reel time. 

Therefore Zombie fans can consider this a DIARY OF DECAY.

SYNOPSIS: Two yuppies venture out to the country to explore an opportunity away from their stressful city life. After driving several hours with no communication to the civilized world they find themselves isolated in a small and abandoned rural town. After being attacked by a disfigured man the two seek refuge in a house occupied by a young women with a questionable past. It is there that they learn what has happened to the townspeople and workers of the Russeltown Nuclear Plant. They are left with no alternative but to defend themselves and fight off “THE UNDEAD.”

Click on the picture below to go to their fundraising campaign. There are all sorts of great perks for people who donate.

The Undead Indiegogo Campaign

The Undead Indiegogo Campaign

Thanks for following my blog and stay tuned for more exciting updates!

~Meredith

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September 6, 2013 · 7:42 pm

The Brand UR West Coast Launch Party

970473_615534711823977_925343874_nAs many of you know, I have been a big supporter of anti-bullying company “The Brand UR” since it was first formed. This is why I am so pleased that they will be having their West Coast Launch in August 2013. This event is so exciting as it shows that people of all ages are coming together to support the movement to end bullying. Here is the write-up for the event:

On August 9, 2013, The Brand UR will be coming to Los Angeles for an official red carpet launch party! What started as a small organization in the town of Carver, Massachusetts, is now spreading nationally! Below is some information on celebrities and sponsors, but don’t think that’s all! We love surprises and if we told you everyone/everything involved, there’d be none!

Each ticket holder will get to enjoy food, drinks, music, performances, a photobooth and Glitter Tattoos. Each ticket holder will also be going home with a VIP giftbag worth up to $150 each! Spokespeople Ashley Tramonte, Paisley Dickey & Addison LaFountain will also be speaking at the event and sharing their stories!

Celebrities Expected: Asia Monet Ray (DANCE MOMS), Paisley Dickey (THE BRAND UR SPOKESPERSON and TODDLERS & TIARA’S STAR), Mollee Gray (TEEN BEACH MOVIE), Sophia Lucia (DANCE MOMS), Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World), Mckenna Grace (Crash & Bernstein), Skai Jackson (JESSIE), Jordyn Jones (Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition), Lauren Suthers (Singer), Isabella Palmieri (Good Luck Charlie), Ashley Tramonte (Grown Ups 2), Kenton Duty (Shake It Up), Katherine McNamara (Kickin It, Glee), Amber Montana (The Haunted Hathaways), Ella Anderson (ANT Farm), Aedin Mincks (ANT Farm), Dylan Riley Snyder (Kickin’ It), Camryn (SINGER), Malia Tyler (GRANITE FLATS), Katie Silverman (HAPPY ENDINGS) and many more announced soon!

PERFORMANCES BY: Lauren Suthers, BLAKE and Paisley Dickey

SPONSORS: Dream Magazine, Miss Ali’s Cake Pops, Sound Waves DJ, Purity Organic,  OPI Nailpolish. Glittertainment, Snikiddy Snacks, Pretzel Crisps, KISS Impress Nails, Apparel Dynasty, Chopper Kisses, ZEVIA, Pirate’s Booty and many more to be announced!

Since I can’t be there in person (due to a schedule conflict) I created a video that will air at the party. I am excited to help contribute to this wonderful cause.

If you are interested in attending, tickets can be purchased here: http://thebrandur.eventbrite.com/

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Meredith Prunty selected as National Spokesperson for Read-Feed-Child

I am honored to be selected as the national spokesperson for red-feed-Child.com. Here is a write-up about the organization (from their website):

The “Dreamer” who feeds the children

“Read With A Child, And Help Feed A Child”

Michael John McCann has a life long track record of community service and involvement. An entrepreneur who ran a successful commercial finance and real estate business, he was a member and former chairman of the Westborough Housing Authority. He was instrumental in creating the town’s senior center and an affordable housing development for the elderly. Now residing in Florida, Michael is the author of PURPLE UMPKIN, the first in a series of illustrated children’s books featuring the Murples.

Imagine feeding a child through a book…
This is exactly what my purpose was in writing this book. It is great to see my book in print, but what makes it special is although you will discover “PurpleUmpkin”, and our enjoyable Murple characters, you will be feeding a child. My main focus of this project is to feed underprivileged children in America. This book is allowing me to help these children and through doing so, I may help them to discover the dreams they have and allow them to come true. It is my goal to continue this passion until one day authors engage with me; together
we can have others read a book and feed a child. – Michael John McCann

 
 We filmed a new video on Friday, August 3, 2013 to be released nationally soon. This picture is taken in the HCAM studios by Mike Torosian.
 
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Video Producer Perry Lawrence gives direction to Hopkinton High School Senior and Anti-bullying Advocate Meredith Prunty for an interview with Michael McCann, author of “PURPLE UMPKIN”, the first in a series of illustrated children’s books which proceeds go to his charity Read with a Child and Help Feed a Child.
 
 
Check them out at http://www.read-feed-child.com and help support a great cause!

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Angel Tears

Meredith Prunty:

So excited for Paisley Dickey – she is really taking a leadership role in the campaign to stop bullying. Paisley also can be seen in the new video “Bully Proof” and the movie “Exeter”. Go Paisley Go!

Originally posted on Paisley Scott Dickey:

I am looking forward to being back in the studio this week recording my new anti-bully song Angel Tears!  The song was written for me by my mom, Wendy.

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