Filmmakers put out call for hundreds of extras

KOLOA — About 200 extras are needed this week to flesh out scenes for the

Kaua’i-made film “To End All Wars.”

Cast and crew are about midway through

location filming of the World War II Japanese prisoner of war camp film set in

Thailand.

Angela Tillson of Kauai Casting said 100 extras are needed on

Monday, 150 on Tuesday, and 200 on Thursday and Friday.

“We’re Looking for

Caucasian, Korean and Japanese slender-built men, ages 18-45,” Tillson said.

“We will provide hair cuts, costumes and lunch.”

She said visitors as well

as local residents are invited to act as prisoners of war, and as prison guards

in the film, which is being directed by David Cunningham and stars the actors

Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland. Recent high school and college graduates

are being invited to work in the film.

The Kaua’i extras are joining a

multi-national cast made up of actors brought in from Japan, Great Britain and

California.

Tillson said to help entice extras to the set a raffle for a

valuable prize will be held on the set on both Thursday and Friday. Only extras

will be given a chance in the raffle.

“There’s glamour and excitement, and

there’s a good chance you’ll see yourself on screen,” Tillson said. “Breakfast

and lunch provided, and the meals are being catered by Coco’s Cafe.”

Extras

meet at a staging area in Koloa each filming day.

Tillson said anyone

interested in being an extra can call 822-7068 to sign up.

Associate

producer Enock Freire said nighttime filming wrapped up last week, and now the

filmmakers are focusing on all-day shooting of a mocked-up POW camp set deep in

valley mauka of Koloa town.

“We’re trying to recreate the atmosphere of the

original camps that had 200 to several thousand POWs,” Freire said.

He

said the scenes coming up this week are critical to the look of the film, and

the filmmakers are going all out to make the scenes look authentic.

Freire

said in addition to appearing in the film, extras supporting the lead actors

will be honoring the memory of the tens of thousands of Allied POWs who

suffered while being used by the Japanese Army to build railroads in Southeast

Asia.

He said because the film is being independently made extras also have

a chance to play more of a role in the film then they would in a major

Hollywood feature being filmed on location here.

“Many of the extras have

been coming consistently, some are in reaction scenes. A death, a beating, at

times much more pleasant things.” He said one recently filmed scene featured a

play put on in the camp by the prisoners. “Some of the background extras were

filmed exploring the emotions that would cause, hearing classical instruments

for the first time after two and a half years in the camp. Some are assigned to

be patients in the hospital. Others are working with the tools on the

railroad.”

“All the things they are doing are not superfluous, but

essential to the ambiance of the film,” Freire said.

He said overall the

Kaua’i filming “is going excellent.”

“We’re getting incredible dailies

back from the labs in L.A., and we’re happy with the performance, set dressing

and cinematographer. There has been some real bullseye in those type of

areas.”

Freire said Kaua’i filming is being extended three days, and is now

scheduled to end on Wednesday, June 28.

“We’re keeping the schedule on

time, and shooting one less day of night shoots then predicted.”

He said

the extra days are being added to film footage of scenes added to the

screenplay since arriving on Kaua’i.

Stills and video clips from the

filming are being regularly posted at ToEndAllWars.com, the official Web site

of the production. Freire said support for the Web site is being provided on

Kaua’i by Peter Heckmann, the webmaster of travel-kauai.com.

The film is

expected to be released by Christmas. The film company is based at the SunSpree

Holiday Inn at Wailua.

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