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Meredith Prunty’s Blog 2012 in review – 14,000 views in 2012!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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#MTV #Made “behind the scene” #Spoiler Alert

As most of you know – I have been an anti-bully advocate ever since I starred in Michael and Marissa’s anti-bullying music video “The Same” 3 years ago. That video has appeared virtually everywhere including Yahoo!kids, PBSGoKids! and hundreds of other sites. In addition to that video – I have experienced bullying first hand and know how very painful it is. Because people know that I am an anti-bullying advocate, I am frequently asked to do speeches which – time permitting – I always jump at as I feel it is important to get the message out that bullying should not be tolerated.  People always asked if I ever get nervous when I talk to large crowds and I and the truth is – I don’t have the luxury of being nervous because my message is so important. So doing anti-bullying speeches is exactly how I ended up on a MTV Made episode. I was in New Jersey at the East Coast National Beauty Pageant over the summer and  one of the contestants (Maeve Gallagher) was being filmed for an MTV Made episode. She wanted to be made into a beauty queen in order to raise awareness on domestic violence. Maeve did a very emotional tear jerking performance for her talent portion (all contestants have a platform) which touched me in a way that is hard to describe. She had a friend Karissa who she Karissa's Army lost due to domestic violence and by entering the contest – she was raising awareness. I had a chance to meet with Maeve and discuss the subject and we really connected. MTV was stealth and I didn’t realize I was being filmed until after. I am actually really glad that it was caught on film because MTV has a large audience as well as many connections. Hopefully it will help spread the word that bullying (which goes hand in hand with domestic violence) is not in any way acceptable. We all need to do our part to stop it and standing on the sidelines is not what is going to make a difference. I hope that everyone watches this episode and understands the powerful message behind it. Click on the picture of Maeve to post a message on the “Made” Facebook page telling them that you want to see more Made episodes like this. Tell them Meredith Prunty sent you and maybe they will do an episode on me next so I can continue my anti-bully rally. Please tune into MTV Made on October 18th at PM to watch. Bring your tissues – it’s going to be emotional.

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Summer 2012: #Movie Madness and why it’s great to be #SAG #AFTRA

Hey everyone! Even though summer just ended, I’m already missing it. So I thought, no time like the present than to summarize my summer on the sets. Such a vast amount of movies are now being filmed here, Boston is now known as Hollywood East. This is because all of the big blockbusters roll into town right as summer is starting. This works out perfect for me because I am not homeschooled (some of my actor friends are), and summer is really the only time I can work on the sets. There are a lot of casting calls at the beginning of the season and thousands of people audition and apply for the chance to be on the sets. Because I am a member of the Screen Actors Guild, I usually get to go to Casting Calls ahead of the general public and/or can go through the union line. Also being SAG helped me be selected to be on the many movie sets as this year, I had a very successful summer and made a lot more than I could have made doing a regular type of “summer” job. So here is how it all played out (note: I can’t talk specific details or spoilers due to confidentiality agreements)
 
I kicked off the summer on the set of “Grown Ups 2” which is my third Adam Sandler film (Grown Ups and That’s My Boy were the other two). I was with a group of about 300 teens hired for the day and lucky me, I got picked for a featured part. Featured means that there is a really good chance you will be noticed on the “Big Screen”. The setting for this scene was in a school and although I didn’t realize it at the time, I spent the day with “Hunger Games” actor Alexander Ludwig. Why didn’t I know it was him? Well – you will have to see the movie to find out. At any rate – I have a lot of respect for Adam Sandler and it’s not just because he brings big movies to Boston – it is the way he treats everyone on the set. He is very kind and takes the time to say “hello” and ask how everyone is doing. Usually Big Stars and Producers are too busy but he is always very friendly. On the sets, protocol doesn’t allow us to initiate conversation so it is nice when he says “hi”. Every Sandler movie I have worked on he has been professional and hard-working but always took some time to socialize.
 
I also spent time – actually 6 days – on the set of “The Way, Way Back” starring Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, AnnaSophia Robb and a host of others. I was in a bathing suit all 6 days and the locations were near water. I had so much fun and, at one point, got very lucky (again) as one afternoon the Assistant Director filmed a “B” reel using me and a few other teens. “B Reel” is the footage they use to splice into the actual scenes for background. Again, I can’t talk details but I think there is a pretty good chance you will see me playing in the water or walking around. Oh – and a big shout out to “Victoria Secret” as I needed a different bathing suit (sometimes two) every time I was on the set and I love their suits so Mom and I basically cleared out all their designs in one big shopping frenzy. The Way, Way Back also gets my vote for best food. “Mikes Caterers” made delicious Mexican enchiladas and omelets and since I was on the set so much – I got to know them pretty well. They knew exactly what type of omelets to make when they saw me coming 🙂
 
BackMask was another movie I was on and I already dedicated an entire post about this very spooky set. I still get chills thinking about the abandoned Ladd Institute we filmed at and how creepy it was during the dark hours of the morning. This movie should be put on everyone’s “must see” list. If the cast is creeped out and spooked during filming – well you know it’s going to be a great flick. Look for me in some of the eerie night scenes. You might even catch me dancing on a box during the party. For more details please see my earlier post on this movie.
 
The Summer was complete when I got selected for a featured role on the movie “Labor Day”. Again – no details but unless I end up on the cutting room floor (which could always happen as there are no guarantees for Extras), you will see me in a school speaking with one of the lead characters. I was hand-picked by the designer out of a crowd of teenagers so again – I was very lucky to have the “look” he wanted for that role. My mother and grandmother (3 generations) were also on this set on separate days and although I did not see Kate Winslet, I heard from both that she was even more beautiful in person than on film. It would be fun if all three generations (Nana, Mom and I) have appearances in this film.
 
Now that school has started I am back to concentrating on my grades and Cheerleading but the Summer of 2012 will always be a summer I will remember. I mentioned at the beginning of this post how grateful I am to be a member of the SAG/AFTRA and I know a lot of my opportunities came because of the union and the rights I have due to their contracts with the producers. I also appreciate the extra money I make (it all goes into my college fund) and when I am on the sets and I have certain privileges such as meals in a timely manner, good working conditions, etc. I spent 4 years working everything from student films, Indies and major movies as non-union and there simply is no comparison. I am proud to be a member of SAG/AFTRA and look forward to many more fun days on the sets and opportunities. My goal this year was to have a featured role on a major film and I got four. Next summer (2013), I am going after a speaking role. A lot of times, the movies pull in actresses from LA and NYC – but perhaps they’ll give me a shot to audition. Follow along and find out what happens and keep your fingers crossed for me because even with all the years of hard work and determination coupled with being union, luck plays a large role too.  I will be adding posts regarding these movies after they are released with more details and screenshots so make sure to subscribe to my blog! Thanks! ~Meredith
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#GrownUps2 #Casting Call for the new #AdamSandler movie

So, on Saturday, May 12th I attended an open casting call for the new Adam Sandler movie, Grown Ups 2. This casting was much different that I have previously experienced, because this was my first casting call since I joined the Union, also known as Screen Actors Guild. The difference is outstanding. No more waiting for and hour just to get through the door 🙂 Although the lines were efficient for both Union and Non-Union, it made for a quick in and out. The Casting agency, Sande Alessi is one of the largest, most respected agency’s in the world, and they supplied very informative emails and posts with their Facebook page. In addition, I was able to meet up with respected actors and actresses who definitely know how to have a good time! I also got to meet the head of casting in Boston Kristen Berona who was very nice – she went to the same University as my Mom (USC)! It was also a great opportunity to share the time with both my mother and my grandmother, who happen to be Union as well. I really hope that I have what they are looking for in this production, because working with Adam Sandler is an honor. Last time I was on the set with him, he was very friendly and made a point to connect with the background actors. It’s nice to have such a well-known and respected actor/producer give up the LA sunshine, to work here in New England.

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Joining the cast of “Borderline” a film by Jason Bachand

I am happy to announce I have joined the cast of “Borderline” is a film by Jason Bachand currently in pre-production.  The story is centered on Gaston Monteau, a recently widowed librarian who struggles with profound depression and guilt. Click on the picture to find out more about this dark comedy thriller.
 

Release date: TBA 2012

 
 Also – here is the PR release:
 
PR Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Putnam, Connecticut – January 29, 2012The Borderline production team is positively thrilled to announce the casting of Meredith Prunty in the role of Megan. Meredith, a SAG actress, comes to us with a wealth of experience and exceptional acting talent. The role of Megan is probably the most challenging in the film. It requires absolutely the right balance of frustration, love, and angst to make Gaston’s character arc believable. When we saw Meredith’s audition tape, we knew immediately we had a performer with the raw spark and exuberant passion to be our Megan.A Boston native, Meredith is a veteran of the stage and screen, having appeared in productions of “Grown-Ups”, “Shattered Silence”, “Milkweed” and most recently Donny’s Boy starring Adam Sandler. Meredith also co-produced, directed and starred in the popular web series “Chop Chicks.” She’s also well known for her activism and stance against bullying and child trafficking. She starred in and received global recognition for her poignant performance in Michael and Marisa’s anti-bully music video “The Same.”

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On the Set of “That’s My Boy” an #AdamSandler film

I promised everyone I would write about what it is like to be on  movie sets and so  I would be remiss if I did not mention Adam Sandler films. I have been on two of his films – Grown-Ups and That’s My BoyBoy and it is like nothing I have ever been on before. First of all – they are very large budget films and so there are a lot of cast, crew,  fancy machines and cameras. Also – there are a lot of extras.  In Grown-Ups, I spent the day playing at Water Wiz with hundreds of other kids while the cameras rolled. In “That’s My Boy” I was in a large auditorium with close to 1,000 other kids. They had painted the entire auditorium of the school where the set was to represent a different school and era. Big budget films are fun to be on because of all the excitement and Mr.Sandler ALWAYS takes the time to say “hi” to the crowds. He is very personable and nice.  A very quality man and a  true star!  Also – because these sets are so large – I was never able to spot myself in the actual Grown-ups movie and although That’ s My Boy has not come out yet, I can just about guarantee I won’t be in it as I was “deep background” which means there was a very large crowd and I was behind a lot of others. Also – I do not have pictures of the set as they are strickly forbidden. Some of my other movies – we were allowed to take pictures but if you tried here, you might find yourself not invited back.

I heard a rumor that Adam Sandler might come back to Boston and film some more blockbusters. I sure hope so and now that I am a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I perhaps I will get a featured “extra” role or small speaking part. Any other actor who reads this knows that the likelihood of this is rare, but dream big and reach for the stars – who knows – it could happen, right?

Update Jan. 27th – just announced – Adam Sandler will be coming back to Boston to film Grown Ups II!!! Fingers crossed I make it my third Sandler film 🙂

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Breaking Entertainment News!

HCAM News did a  TELEVISION  Interview with me. I was thrilled to speak about the subject of bullying, NOH8, cheerleading  and all the fun I have been having in the Entertainment World. Click on the picture below to view!

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