Monday 16 September 2019

Extras wanted for Wexford pilot of Laura Way's new 'Rising Webisode'

Laura Way.
Laura Way.

By David tucker

would-be film extras with cars, motorbikes, piercings or tattoos are needed for for the pilot 'Webisode' of a new production 'Rising' which will be filmed on location in Wexford on Sunday, August 28 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

'We are looking for men & women of all ages, 18 plus, to act as civilians and soldiers caught up in a bloody confrontation at border controls put in place after the outbreak of a deadly virus,' said film maker Laura Way, who grew up in Wexford's 'Theatre Workshop' founded by her parents Michael Way and Irene Wright.

Acting experience for the extras is preferable but not necessary. The day's work is unpaid but extras will be well fed.

Anyone interested is asked to email with 'Rising Extras' in the subject line, with their contact details including mobile number and recent photographs.

'We are shooting the pilot 12 minute webisode in various locations around Wexford after a successful crowd funding campaign that we launched before Christmas. We didn't make enough to make the full web series so we are making one of them, which will hopefully lead to securing the rest of the funding for the whole series,' said Laura.

Laura is a professional TV and film actress appearing on numerous TV and film productions; HBO's The Tudors, RTE's The Clinic, Bitter Sweet, BBC1's The Silence, ITV's Foyles War and Anton, among others.

She has worked with many well known directors including Dearbhla Walsh, John Carney and Ian Fitzgibbon.

In 2009, she wrote and directed her first short film 'Sugar Stick'. Premiering at the LA Shorts Fest. 'Sugar Stick' played in numerous festivals around the world, including Boston Irish Film Festival, Kerry and Foyle Film Festival and went on to win 'Best Comedy Short' in The New York International Film Festival and The Slamdance Anarchy Online short film competition.

In 2010. She co-produced and acted in 'Gonadz', directed and written by Jake McKone. The comedy short went on to win the Element Short Film Competition.

That same year, Laura directed and co-wrote'Jonny Boy', which was awarded Irish Film Board funding.

The short film premiered in the Cork Film Festival in 2011 and played at a number of prestigious film festivals including Festival Cine De Huesca, Newport Beach Film Festival and Foyle Film Festival.

In 2011, she received a scholarshp and graduated in 2012 with honours from the first 'Masters Of Science in Digital Feature Film Production' course with Staffordshire University and Filmbase.

As part of the course she co-directed the feature film 'Keys To The City' written by Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings), starring Rory Keenan and Ger Ryan which premiered in the Galway Film Festival. In 2013 Laura was one of three directors who were awarded the Arri Alexa by The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland to shoot a promo for a feature film, Rough Cut, currently in development and was awarded the 'Viking' mentorship again by the Guild last year.

She also directed the music video 'Yes 2 Love' as part of the Yes Campaign in the recent Marriage Equality referendum, for comedy trio, The Nualas.

She is currently a director with one of Ireland's leading commercials production companies 'Pull The Trigger'.

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