The launch of the “Skill Shot, BABY!” (SSB) project is already underway this summer. James and cinematographer Imoto Harney are gathering actors and crew and will be filming a sample scene from the completed screenplay that will be the catalyst to excite the pinball community about SSB and get the feature film funded and produced.
“This is where pinball enthusiasts can get directly involved, both through our Kickstarter and even possibly as actors in the short,” James told us.
An SSB Kickstarter campaign launched on July 29, offering pinball fans a chance to help fund the SSB short film and, in return, get a range of unique rewards.
Auditions for roles in the SSB Short Film will be on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, between 12:00 PM EDT and 6:00 PM EDT.
“I want to see members of the pinball community turn out and show us their acting chops,” says Imoto. “We hope to see some actual pinball fans starring on screen!
“Be on the lookout. This is a unique opportunity to help us launch the pinball movie you’ve always wanted,” added James. “You’re going to like what you see.”
Our SSB Kickstarter link is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/skillshotbaby/skill-shot-baby-pinball-epiphany
BIG PICTURE PINBALL SHOW
SEASON 2 – EPISODE 8
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2022, AT 8 PM (EDT)
MEET OUR TEAMMATES
SKILL SHOT, BABY! PINBALL EPIPHANY
Making a movie, even a short one, requires bringing together a huge number of people and resources. So join us on the Big Picture Pinall Show and meet key players on the SKILL SHOT, BABY! PINBALL EPIPHANY production team.
BRIAN “CHIP” BIRGE aka bkbirge
COMPOSER & MUSICIAN
Brian “Chip” Birge is a multi-instrumentalist with over 30 years of experience behind and in front of the glass. He has written hundreds of songs, produced for dozens of artists, and performed as a solo artist on several records. Chip brings an encyclopedic knowledge of musical style to every project while adhering to the “if it sounds good, it is good” philosophy of production. Chip is the producer/performer of the “Skill Shot Baby Theme Song.”
PRODUCTION MANAGER & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
This is the first time Jen Ruper has “herded creatives” on a movie set, but she is a pinball lover and up for the challenge. Much of Jen’s professional career has been in learning and development for the past eight years, although after she clocks out, her focus is on pinball. During the day, she is responsible for creating, organizing, and executing training programs and workshops. By night, she is an avid player and enthusiast who is passionate about getting others excited to play pinball!
Lisa Barcy is a mixed-media artist, award-winning animator, and native Chicagoan. Her work includes stop-motion and experimental animation, collage, book arts, and theater puppets. Her short films have screened all over the world, including Slamdance, The Ottawa International Animation Festival, The Black Maria Film Festival, and Chicago International Film Festival. She’s also created music videos for musicians such as Andrew Bird and created animated projections for dance performances by The Seldoms. Her BFA is from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MA is from Columbia College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Arts program. She teaches at DePaul University.
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