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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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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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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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Dancing with the Stars – Spoiler alert #DWTS Actress and anti-bully advocate Meredith Prunty

Have you ever Googled yourself?  I don’t, but my mom/manager does  all the time because she finds it interesting all the unusual sites I pop up on. The latest is a news story about Dancing with the Stars that has me linked to the show. This is actually one of the few shows that I watch and ironically my mother has been trying to get her friend Greg Louganis on this show for about 3 years now. So my only question is why is my name now attached. Is it a spoiler alert? Click on my cheerleading picture and it will lead me to the article. I cheer on two teams (High School and Cheer Factor All Star) but I have never danced so I doubt I would do very well.  Tell me what you think 🙂

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Hopkinton Crier

Here is an article that was in the paper today!

By Deborah Gauthier/staff writer

Posted Feb 24, 2011 @ 02:21 PM

You could say it runs in the family, though it took more than a few years for Donna Glee Reim, 80, of Whitinsville, to answer the call to the stage. Not so for her granddaughter, Meredith Prunty, 15, of Hopkinton. Reim started her acting career when she was 77; Prunty when she was 14.
It all started after a heart attack at 72, Reim said, when she stopped working as a psychiatric nurse. She’s always been a big fan of movies, she said, and her daughter Moira, feeling that her mother needed to get out of the house, suggested she sign on with casting agents.


She did, four  years ago, and hasn’t looked back. Reim has worked on more than 20 films, including Shutter Island, where she is a psychiatric nurse, Pink Panther II, where she’s a patron in a restaurant, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, where she plays the mother of Richard Gere, and Bride’s War, where she sits near Kate Hudson and Ann Hathaway as they try to reconcile their differences.  And in the process, she’s met movie greats like Leonardo DiCaprio, Steve Martin, and of course, Gere and Hudson and Hathaway.
And the pay isn’t bad, either. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, she receives $134 per day on the days she’s called. And she recently received $500 for a half days work for a print advertising job.
“It’s just a fun thing to do,” Reim said. “I like to say I’m rocking, but I don’t need a chair.” She encouraged her granddaughter to pursue her interest in acting, as well, and “she’s really taken off,’’ Reim said. Meredith’s mother, Suzanne Prunty, said her daughter started taking acting lessons about a year ago from Jodi Purdy at South Shore Casting and Boston Casting, and Purdy cast Meredith in her first film, “The Rude, the Mad and the Funny’’ due out this summer. And she had a starring role in Michael and Marisa’s anti-bullying music video “The Same” where she plays a student who is bullied.
“She actually is a natural, and she literally brought the cast and crew to tears when she was playing the role of  the victim on “The Same’’ video. The director had tears in her eyes and walked past me away from the set. I thought something was wrong, but she said, ‘no, Meredith is that good,’’ Prunty said.
“I welcomed the role as it is thought provoking and sends a loud message,’’ Meredith said. “Teens can make a difference when it comes to bullying by speaking out against it, and I am glad Michael and Marisa wrote the song.’’ It is doing well globally, and has been aired on CNN, Yahoo!Kids and PBS Go Kids! In addition, “The Same’’ is played on Build a Bear Workshop’s website.
That performance likely lead to her next role, starring as “Valerie’’ in the film “Abused in America” which takes on child mistreatment. She plays a runaway trying to make it on the streets, Prunty said. It will be filmed in Romania beginning next month. She was chosen by the writer/director, Bruno Pischiutta, president of Toronto Pictures Inc. His latest film – “Punctured Hope: A story about Trokosi and Young Girls Slavery in today’s West Africa’’ was named best film expose and best film on human rights by The Political Film Society. Pischiutta also wrote “Abused in America.” “I don’t want to make people cry about the abuse of children in America,’’ he said. “I want to make them scream,’’ because it’s something that should not, but does, happen.
He noted that 10 percent of profits from the film will be donated to Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services in Pasadena, Calif. where children with addictions are treated rather than jailed. The program has an 80 percent success rate, he said.
He hopes the film, which will be released in New York, Los Angeles and Bucharest in October or November, will catch the attention of the Academy Awards. “This can be a very important film for Meredith,’’ he said, and he hopes it will also be a great experience for Meredith and her mother, who plays the part of her mother in the film.  He chose Meredith, he said, because “it is a very dramatic part,” and something she has proven she can do.  She  was chosen from thousands of applicants and after an extensive audition process which including a viewing of her performance in “The Same.” Meredith is a freshman at Hopkinton High School where she is a varsity cheerleader. She answered some questions about her plans for the future.
“If my nana can become an entertainer when she’s almost 80, just think of the endless opportunities I will have,’’ Meredith said. “It is a very exciting thought.’’
She answered some questions about her plans for the future.
Q: How did you get started?
A: My Nana suggested I give it a try, so I enrolled in some acting classes. I also did some theater work and from those experiences I was hooked. I began auditioning for a role that I felt were a good fit for me. The payoff so far has been five films and two music videos in the last year. It is fun and I love it. Actually, a person has to love it to get up at 4 a.m. on their day off. Currently, my weekends are spent either rising early to be-set or driving to various auditions.

Q: How to you prepare for an audition?
A: I read the script and try to understand the character. On occasion, I carry a short dramatic monologue with me in case a script isn’t available. I always give 150 percent at the interview so if I don’t get the part – it was because I was not right for the job. For example, I auditioned for the role of “Mattie Ross’’ in the Coen Brothers 2010 remake of “True Grit.” Though I didn’t get the part and I was disappointed, I realized that in the end I was not a good fit for the role. I had braces at the same which didn’t help since the Wild West wasn’t big on cosmetic dentistry. Hailee Steinfeld, who did get the part, did a great job and I’m happy for her.

Q. Do you have a role model?
A. When it comes to acting, that would be my Nana who started acting in movies when she turned 77 years old. Also, my mom because she does multiple duties serving as my chauffeur, publicity agent and manager. She has taught me how important it is to always maintain professionalism and that one can succeed in life if you first start with a plan. Things aren’t going to happen unless you figure out how to make it happen.

Q. What do you most enjoy about being an actress?
A. As a typical teen, I have a lot of turbulent emotions. One advantage of acting is that I am able to funnel those feelings constructively. I also enjoy engaging in thought-provoking scenarios that will ultimately relay a message that may be otherwise difficult to express.

Q. What role would you love to play?
A. Any role opposite someone who is believable. I want to look into the other actors eyes and know it’s real – so real that there are no cameras, no crew, just the characters. It becomes magical when that happens – there is a connection that is indescribable. Of course, if I had a choice, I can think of a lot of actors I would pick to work with, but the first that comes to mind is Leonardo DiCaprio because my Nana worked with him on the set of “Shutter Island’’ and she said he was not only a consummate professional, but really sweet man.

Q. In addition to acting, what goes on in your life?
A. I maintain high grades because education is important. I also volunteer because I believe people should give back to their community or commit themselves to a cause they believe in. And I am a varsity cheerleader for my school, which is important because my team is like family. They offer great support and are always there for me.

Q. What’s your next move?
A. I want to continue walking the same path. I have been taking on several acting projects. In the works is a lead role on a webisode about three girls who have supernatural powers called Chop Chicks. I also enjoy working on Boston University Student Films projects, and I would very much like to be a part of some of the wonderful film projects coming to Massachusetts this year. There are quite a few, so it is very exciting.
For additional information, visit http://www.meredithprunty.com. or visit Meredith Prunty on her public Facebook page.
Deb Gauthier can be reached at dgauthie@wickedlocal.com
 

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