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WWII film production begins

July 08, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

The words "on set" have a more natural meaning for a film crew working in an area owned by the Town of Boonsboro.

With a small group of actors, camera operators and assistants, Director Gary Hubb, 28, walked through the plot of land off Md. 34 Wednesday, going over which sites will work for different scenes of a World War II-era drama being shot this week.

One patch of grass in the woods will be the backdrop for two soldiers to have a heart-to-heart. A clearing with a rock outcropping will be the site of an ambush, and an overgrown farm road surrounded by forest will be the site of a battle.

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"It's gonna be quite loud on Sunday," Hubb said.

Hubb and his producer, Russ Richards, 38, said the film, "The Pain Within," will be a 15- to 18-minute short drama that will be distributed to film festivals around the country next year in hopes of turning it into a full-length feature.

The film is being put together by Richards' production company, Cascade-based Historical Entertainment. The filming will start today and wrap up Sunday.

"It's always good to have a movie filmed out here," said Tom Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"It's important to the economy, it's important to the publicity of our county," Riford said.

On Thursday, actors and film crew members were getting used to the rustic setting. Only a small paper sign on a wood post off Monroe Road gave any indication a film crew was nearby.

"How many leaves does poison ivy have? Three or five?" actor Aaron Jackson, 31, who lives in Florida, asked no one in particular about one leafy plant that vaguely resembled the rash-causing plant.

Richards grabbed the plant and said it was benign, "but if you see one similar to that, don't touch it," he told the actor.

Other crew members were scouting out the grounds, trying to figure out where to put cameras for different scenes, making sure they were in step with Hubb's idea for the film. Sixty to 70 cast and crew members will be on hand Saturday and Sunday.

Richards, of Cascade, said the movie is the first of two Historic Entertainment will film on the Boonsboro location this month. The other will be a Civil War documentary.

Richards said he hopes people will come out to see the filming, partly to see the movie-making process, but also as a fund-raiser for the film. He said they'll take donations if people would like to watch.

Hubb, who lives in the Los Angeles area, said the film would be ready for release in December or January, and he plans to hold a screening in York, Pa., and Hagerstown.




If you go


Filming begins today for "The Pain Within," a 15- to 18-minute World War II-era drama to be distributed next year at film festivals.

The public is invited to attend filming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but space is limited to about 300. Producers are asking for donations from visitors.

Those who wish to watch may call Historical Entertainment at 301-241-4000 or 1-877-HE4-FILM (877-434-3456) no later than 5 p.m. the day before you wish to attend. Leave a message with your name, a phone number, and the day you'd like to attend so a representative can return the call for confirmation.

Filming will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., producers will make actors available for questions and autographs. No reservations are necessary for the Friday evening event.

Directions: From Alt. U.S. 40/Main Street in Boonsboro, take Md. 34/Shepherdstown Pike south about one mile, and turn right onto Monroe Road. The filming area is on the right.

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