"This Shoot the Stars initiative is unique for any film school in the U.S., and it is going to be an annual series of productions opening opportunities for SFUAD students"
Students in The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design will be shooting with two professional actors; Wes Studi and Luke Kirby. Studi has worked with A-list directors Jim Cameron, Michael Mann and Walter Hill, playing key roles in legendary American films like "Avatar," "Heat," "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Dances With Wolves." Kirby is a top Canadian independent film and TV actor whose credits include leading roles in Sarah Polley’s acclaimed feature "Take This Waltz" and the upcoming Sundance Channel TV series "Rectify," exec-produced by the producer of Breaking Bad.
The actors will take the lead roles in two separate student projects as part of the university’s new “Shoot the Stars” program
For this first initiative, two student scripts have been selected that promise to offer meaty and challenging roles for the two lead actors:
- An excerpt from Creative Writing student Andrew Rodes’ original TV pilot "Boston Post," revolving around a major metropolitan newspaper trying to redefine its role in the 21st century; and
- The first episode of Zach Moore’s web series "Max Dangerous", centered on the title character who is a throwback to the great action movie heroes of the 1980s.
This Shoot the Stars initiative is unique for any film school in the U.S., and it is going to be an annual series of productions opening opportunities for SFUAD students.