Monday, August 31, 2009

Lead Roles Cast

The principal roles for the new Brauer Productions, Inc. indie film Fitful have been cast. Actors Larry Joe Campbell and Renee O’Connor will fill the two lead roles.

Fitful, a dark comedy/suspense feature written and directed by Michigan Film Maker of the Year Rich Brauer, will be filmed in Manistee, Mich. this September.

In the film, Paula (Renee O’Connor) is an inspector for the Historic Trust who visits an abandoned ship on a desolate waterfront. She meets up with the self-appointed caretaker, Vigs (Larry Joe Campbell), who had blindly made the application for historical status. Moments after her arrival, her car is disabled and she is far from town and is stuck for the night.

Without other options, she takes him up on his offer to spend the night. What follows is a sleepless night of bad dreams and creepy reality.

Brauer is excited to get the film into production. “Every film is an adventure,” said Brauer, President of Brauer Productions, Inc. a Traverse City production company. “We have an amazing crew of dedicated professionals and now, with the two leads in place, we are ready to go.”

Larry Joe Campbell is best know for his role in the Emmy-nominated sitcom, “According to Jim,” where he played Andy, Jim Belushi’s affable sidekick. Campbell’s long career has Michigan roots. He is an alumnus of Central Michigan University and acted as an intern at the BoarsHead Theater in Lansing, Mich.

While Renee O’Connor has held numerous roles since she started her career directly out of high school, she gained a huge following as the beautiful and athletic Gabrielle on “Xena: Warrior Princess”.

“Larry and Renee are excited to be part of this project. They are the perfect choice for this unique and fun story, and I’m thrilled to work with them,” said Brauer.

For more information about Brauer Productions, Inc. and other features it has produced, visit

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Rich is back from a phenomenal two week video shoot and I am back from vacation - sorry it was quiet for a little while. It's definitely time for an update.

We signed with FirstCom for Fitful's music score and hope to have talent selected very soon. Pre-production is in full swing. Rich and company are headed to Manistee for a major location scout tomorrow and will have a lot of details nailed down by the end of the day.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Still Working on Casting

We are still working on casting and can't wait to share once we have our primary talent secured. So many details are falling into place.

The PA Boot Camp was phenomenal and we received excellent feedback from the participants. It is clear that there is a ton of interest in film production in northern Michigan.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

PA Boot Camp - Day 2

25 people signed up for the PA Boot Camp we are teaching at Northwestern Michigan College. Great energy and great questions.

It is awesome to educate and mentor people who are fired about about this industry!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Film Festival Lag

We are still trying to get caught up but had a wonderful week celebrating film at the Traverse City Film Festival!

This past weekend we slipped away just long enough to get some needed "news footage" for Fitful. It is awesome to be able to check some of those small but necessary pieces of the list.

We are also deep into the script breakdown - the blueprint for our shoot.