SUPER 8 Starts Production as it Transforms a West Virginia Town
Published: September 20, 2010 - 10:06am
Set photos are already starting to appear for Super 8 as it preps for principal photography. The town of Weirton, WV is being prepped to look like Lillian Heights, OH in 1979, the film's main setting.
Super 8 will be an homage to Steven Spielberg’s 1970’s/1980’s Amblin films, like Close Encounters of a Third Kind and E.T. as seen through the lens of writer/director J.J. Abrams. The director commented at Comic-Con about working with Spielberg who is a producer on Super 8:
"It’s unbelievable. It really is surreal. I mean because there is a genre element to the movie, it’s impossible to work with him and not constantly reference the work he has done, and you don’t want to sound like you are being a sicko fan. But it’s been incredible, and he’s been beyond helpful. And the movie is, I think, very much in the spirit of some of the Amblin films that he made years ago. So it is a dream come true. And I couldn’t imagine working on something that is more sort of personal and also hyper real. It’s not like the movie is some kind of autobiography, but there is a lot of stuff in it that feels very personal.”
If you are interested, the production is still looking for extras:
Please see notice below. Please direct all inquiries to the email address provided in the instructions below. Thanks!
Major Motion Picture from Paramount - Call for Stand-Ins / Photo Doubles. Paid positions. Must be available for 12 hour(**) days and or nights Monday through Friday. Filming takes place in and around Weirton, WV mid-September through mid-October 2010. Minors must be WV residents. Please submit headshot/resume AND current snapshots (with NO eye makeup) – full body, profile and head and shoulders to ParamountPickMe@gmail.com. In the body of the email, include your full name, D.O.B,, conflicts, phone numbers and email. No experience necessary. A great way to get on-set movie experience! Positions start September 20.
(**Reduced hours for minors, per labor law restrictions.)
Stand-ins/ Photo Double Positions available:
FEMALES: 18-25 years old
5’3 - 5’7
MALES: 18-25 years old
4’8 - 6’0