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Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program Regional Finalist – Meredith Prunty

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Hopkinton Patch article 7/10/14

 

Today, the Kohl’s Department StoresKohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program honors nearly 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward higher education.

Three youths from the Boston-area were chosen from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in their local communities.
“Kohl’s is proud to recognize the 182 regional winners nationwide for their dedication to making their communities a better place to live,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “We commend these bright volunteers for being inspiring examples for others as they have made a difference in their own communities and touched the lives of others through their efforts.”

One of the Local recipients of $1,000 scholarships is Meredith Prunty, 18, Hopkinton. After learning a teenager committed suicide after being bullied, Meredith made it her mission to put an end to the problem. Meredith uses her social media sites, gives speeches and serves as the spokesperson for The Brand U R, an organization committed to promoting self-confidence.

Winners are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project benefits and outcome. Each regional-level winner qualifies for one of Kohl’s 10 national scholarships, which will be announced at the end of July. National winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. In total, Kohl’s will recognize more than 2,300 young volunteers with nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 22,000 kids, including the 2014 winners, with more than $4.3 million in scholarships and prizes. The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is part of Kohl’s Cares, Kohl’s philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children.

For more information on the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program visit kohlskids.com.

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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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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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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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Future Starz – More than the next big thing… Meredith Prunty

I am always very flattered when people like to write about me or promote me. It helps me spread my anti-bully message and helps to promote my name as an actress. Here is a site that very graciously refers to me as “more than just the next big star”. Click on the picture to see more 🙂

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