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The Equalizer

The Equalizer

Had a great time on this set – really looking forward to the movie!

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June 20, 2014 · 2:57 am

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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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

Press Release: Brand UR goes Global with #TEAMBULLYPROOF Meredith Prunty, Ashley Tramonte, Paisley Dickey & Addison LaFountaine

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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

Click here to see the complete report.

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2012 #MSSAA #Cheerleading Fall State Championship and our journey to #Cheersport Nationals!

MSSAA Fall 2012 State Championship

I am so excited that my team, the varsity Hopkinton Hiller’s won a bid to Nationals being hosted by Cheersport Cheerleading and Dance competition in Atlanta, Georgia. I actually was at Cheersport last year for my All-star team Cheerfactor and can’t wait to go back. It is an amazing and incredibly exciting event with literally thousands of cheerleaders and spectators attending and this year they are expecting over 900 teams! Cheersport is run with such precision that all the hundreds of team perform on-time with every detail organized and in place. Cheersport also holds one of the quickest awards ceremony I have ever witnessed. Cheer Nation descends on Atlanta, Georgia and we sort of take over the city. Atlanta is the perfect host city with so much to offer. Hundreds of restaurants like The Hard Rock Cafe are there and the hotels really roll out the red carpet. We stayed at one of the Marriotts and the service was first class.  Last year while I was walking through the city, I even ran into a film crew on one of the side streets where they were filming  the show “The Walking Dead”. I have been on enough sets to recognize the big equipment and know what is going on so I quietly removed myself before I ended up between the camera and actors. The CNN headquarters is also located there and if I have the time this year – I would love to have a tour of it. At the event they offer a lot of gifts and prizes and last year I was able to get a free pair of really cool SOFFE shorts signed by Mr. SOFFE himself. My team is awesome and we are really working hard to perfect our skills. Just like every other team, we are going there for one reason only – to win first place and be awarded the coveted National Championship jackets. The competition is going to be tough, but hopefully our hard work will pay off!  I am really looking forward to my trip in February and we are working tremendously hard so that we perform at our peak.  Go Lady Hillers!

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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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“No Bully Zone” Shane Graham and Meredith Prunty team up to spread the anti-bully message

On Sat., June 23, I was able to speak out against bullying at the Splash Ultra Lounge in Boston Massachusetts. It was a great event where I was one of the  celebrity guest speakers along with

Splash Ultra Lounge Anti-Bully Event and Fashion Show

my friend and anti-bully advocate Shane Graham. Together we spread the word that bullying can be stopped and it starts with everyone committing to  zero tolerance. We were also invited to participate in the fashion show and wear some of the top Boston designer outfits while walking the runway. The event was a huge success with ‘Fast’ Freddy Murphy from Mix104.1 CBS Radio hosting and several photographers (WG Digital Images and Mike Egan Photography) and magazine editors from “Isabels” and “Original Living” coming out in support. I have attached the “Press Write-up” as well as some of the pictures from the event. 

Press Release:

Meredith Prunty, 16 year old actress and anti-bully advocate is relentless in her quest to raise awareness about bullying. Meredith is currently one of the busiest young actresses in the New England area with over 13 movies to her credit including role as “Young Lacey” in the movie “Mark of the Dog Rose” and her recent appearance on the films    “Grown Ups 2” and “BackMask”. Despite her busy schedule, Meredith makes it a priority to speak out at every opportunity about bullying. Meredith feels that teens need to stop teens. Being a bystander is not acceptable including when it comes to cyber bullying which is on the rise. No stranger to the media, Meredith has appeared on numerous television interviews, newspaper articles and national publications where she tenaciously spreads the anti-bullying message. In addition, Meredith gained global recognition for her poignant performance as the “Bleeder” in Michael and Marisa’s wildly successful “The Same” anti-bully music video which was seen on sites such as Yahoo! and PBGGoKids. Thousands of fans follow Meredith on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites creating tremendous social media presence which she uses to effectively promote and communicate anti-bullying awareness. Her loyal fans help Meredith spread the anti-bullying message. A recent article in VIV magazine was shared over 5,000 times and  HCAM news director Michelle Murdock reported that their recent story covering Meredith’s speech at “The Brand UR” rally was the most watched video 3 months in a row. For additional information or requests for interviews please visit Meredith’s website at http://www.meredithprunty.com where links to article, current events and anti-bulling news and contact information can be found.

 

 

 

 

Shane Graham-Bevis, is a 14 year old teen advocate against anti-bullying. At some point in our lives everyone has been bullied, called names or picked on. For some it ends, but for others it does not, it is those victims. Shane reaches out to. Shane was once a victim and stood up for himself and feels it is the only way to end bullying. Shane has done a lot to promote awareness and has been in numerous articles including front page of the Lowell Sun Newspaper, television , radio. In addition, Shane has done numerous public speaking engagements, flash mobs, spoke before the Mayor of Lowell and School committee and  modeled to raise awareness about the long term effects bullying has on people, and the numerous ways it can affect adulthood. Shane has attended festivals and passed out information, sold t-shirts, posters and other products related to Shane’s Anti-bullying Program. Shane recently became a nonprofit and acquired a EIN number and have developed a team of kids that have all been bullied in the past and help with his program and dance in our rap.

 

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No Bully Zone Summer Splash

Hey everyone! I attached the PR announcement for another anti-bullying event I will be speaking at. All the details are listed below.  Hope you can join us!

  PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

 
Contact: Cynthia Hudson Email: cjhudson22@aim.com
Telephone: 603-320-0552
Fax: 603-886-0758
 
As the community is well aware, bullying still affects thousands of children and teens today. As an ongoing awareness, Mystique Model and Talent Management has teamed up with a group of local designers and Splash Ultra Lounge for a fundraiser on June 23rd, 2012. to benefit a NO BULLY ZONE. The event will take place 7:30 pm- 10:30 pm at Splash Ultra lounge at 150 Kneeland Street in Boston, MA.
 
We will honor three people who have set out to make it their business to put a stop to bullying. They are drawing from their own personal experiences to become leaders in this initiative.
 
 
Our first honoree is Shane Graham. Shane is a 14 year old boy from Lowell, MA who has been featured in local newspapers and TV shows. He has been honored by the Mayor of the City of Lowell and members of Congress for his NO BULLY ZONE and for his tireless efforts.
 
 
Our second honoree is Jennifer Ferris. Jennifer is Ms. New York International 2012. Jennifer is proud to be the New York co-director for Bully Police USA which is a program that is urging lawmakers to adopt anti-bullying legislation to protect children. Bully Police USA also educates the public about prevention and how to take a stand to stop bullying. Jennifer also enjoys being a national spokesperson for NAMI ( National Awareness Mental Illness) working towards improving forces and resources for those suffering with mental illness and their families through education, advocacy and support.
 
 
Meredith Prunty is our third honoree. A native of Boston, Meredith is an actress and anti-bully advocate. She won global recognition for her poignant performance in Michael and Marisa’s anti-bully music video “The Same.” Appearing on sites such as Yahoo!kids and PBSGoKids, “The Same” music video launched Meredith’s acting career. Meredith was so touched by playing the one being bullied that she made it her mission to speak out about bullying at every opportunity. She has had several TV, magazine and newspaper interviews, where Meredith speaks about the need to spread awareness about bullying. Meredith has a large fan base that continues to grow as people follow her anti-bullying activities.
 
 
Food and location is being donated by Splash Ultra Lounge. Also joining in the festivities will be Mystique Model and Talent Management models and designers such as Suki Jones, Julie Kontos, Eileen Apelian, Isabel Lopez and Lindsay Lee, who will also be donating their time. This can’t help but be an enjoyable evening.
 
Please come out and take a stand to make a difference on Saturday June 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm to Splash Ultra Lounge- 150 Kneeland Street – Boston, MA. All proceeds will be split amongst these campaigns. Tickets can be purchased at http://nobullyzonesummersplash.eventbrite.com
 
We look forward to working with you and making a difference.

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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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