“Write It Down” Cast Named, Shooting to Begin December 4

Ever forget something and then forget what you were trying to remember?

Cast, Director, Producer-smThat’s the dilemma Melvin and Rose face in an original comedy, “Write It Down,” by resident Gila Zalon now in production under director John Kelly and producer Phil Doran. This 10-minute romp will be the Video Club’s first dramatic video, the focus of a class in “Producing Dramatic Video,” taught by Dr. Tom Nash and open to members of the Video Club’s production team, Video One Productions.

Photo above shows John (left) and Phil (right) standing with cast members, from left, Gila Zalon, Shiela Bialka, and Jules Zalon.

After try-outs with several Village actors, the memory-challenged couple will be played by the script’s author, Gila Zalon, a dancer, actress, film producer, screenwriter, and literary agent, and her husband, Jules Zalon, a copyright and entertainment attorney. The couple moved to the Village three years ago from New Jersey and both appeared in the recent Old Pros production of “Laura,” directed by Shiela Bialka. Shiela, who has directed many Village stage productions, returns to acting to play Dr. Margaret Wallach, the psychologist whom the couple consults for help with their memory problems.

Psychologist advises Melvin to Write It Down, Rose approves-smDr. Wallach’s advice to the couple is WRITE IT DOWN! How well her advice works remains to be seen.

With pre-production complete, shooting will begin Tuesday, December 4. Others in the “Write It Down” crew include Lucy Parker, director of photograpahy, titles, publicity; Starkey, sound operator; Suzanne Savlov, editor, script clerk, continuity; Paul Kachaturian, camera operator, gaffer, grip; Jim Rohrs, camera operator, grip; Alexandra Scott-Kelly, camera operator; Betsy Martin, boom operator; Dr. Jeanne Mayer, casting, makeup; Jill Amadio, props, slate operator, catering; Ellen Van Houten, publicity. Cast members will manage their own costumes for the modern-day tale. The main setting will be John and Alexandra’s manor near Clubhouse 6.

“Write It Down” was selected on September 14 by the Video One Productions team from eight original scripts submitted by residents. It’s anticipated that the finished video will premiere at the Video Club ‘s 30th Anniversary Open House on January 17, with additional showings on Village Television and elsewhere.

For more information about the “Write It Down” production, contact Phil Doran, pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949-421-9788.


Video One Productions continues to hold its business / training / production meetings (with refreshments) on first and third Fridays from 1-3 pm in the Video Studio. Start time on Friday, December 7, will be 2 pm due to the Village-wide Volunteer Luncheon that afternoon. All residents interested in learning to produce video as a team effort are welcome to join Video One Productions (must be a Video Club member). For more information about the group, contact Co-Facilitators Phil Doran,  pdoran707@yahoo.com 949-421-9788, or Dr. Jeanne Mayer, jeanne@drjeannemayer.com, 949-587-9661.

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