Lights, Camera, Action…on the Quad!

Dancers/extras perform for commercial shoot

The talent broke out some impressive dance moves right on the quad!

Summer may be in session, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lull in the exciting activities happening on campus!

Yesterday, our lush quad served as the perfect setting for the cast and crew from Spot Films to shoot the latest commercial for Jack’s Family Restaurants. As I watched the lively bunch of dancers and extras perform take after take, I found their energy rubbing off on me as I tapped my foot to the beat of their catchy jingle.

In the last year alone, Oglethorpe has been the host film set for 96 Minutes (an independent film starring Brittany Snow), an episode of the CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” and an intro for the Cartoon Network TV show “Tower Prep.” 

Apart from providing publicity and revenue for the university, these facility rentals have also proven to benefit the students. Several theatre majors have had the chance to be extras and see what working on TV and movie sets is really like. Also, communication majors interested in pursing careers in production were provided with golden opportunities to network and interact with crews, scouts, and directors.

All of this camera time has further enforced the sense of pride the Oglethorpe community has in the aesthetic value of our unique architecture and gorgeous campus. Keep it coming, Hollywood… boy, have we got an ideal set for you!

“and…Action!”

Hollywood was here! Film crews were on campus filming 96 Minutes, a movie set here in Atlanta. About 20 Oglethorpe students worked as extras in the film, and they and the crew could be seen shooting in Lupton Auditorium, in front of the library, and near the faculty parking lot.

“It was definitely interesting to see everything that goes into shooting a movie,” said Chelsea Reed ’13, who was an extra on set. “I had a glamorous perception of the movies in my head….when I think of the movies I think of lights, stars, and just a lot of action. But there’s a lot more to it. There are a lot of different jobs and they shoot the same scene over and over again. People are always shouting ‘cut!’ and ‘rolling!’”

Chelsea meets Brittany Snow!

The film stars Brittany Snow, best known for her roles in the movies Hairspray and Prom Night, and also as a as a regular in the TV show American Dreams. This was Snow’s first lead role. The movie also features Evan Ross (ATL) and Christian Serratos (Twilight).

“What surprised me most was just how casual everybody was,” said Chelsea. “Even Brittany Snow was really humble—you could tell that she was just someone who came to work that day and was doing her job. Meeting her was really cool, especially since she approached me and asked if I wanted to take a picture. It gave me insight into celebrities… they may be idolized in the media and live their lives under scrutiny, but when it comes down to it, they are people, too. They like to meet new people and experience places.” Continue reading