Get ready for your close-up. Chippewa Falls is about to be invaded by a movie crew, and you still have a chance to be a movie extra.
A street permit to film “Illegal Use of Joe Zopp” in Chippewa Falls was approved on a 6-0 voice vote by the city council on Tuesday night.
“It should be a pretty interesting situation,” Mayor Dan Hedrington said of the movie being filmed in the city.
The film is being made by Wut Wut Alma Moving Pictures, a group of seven friends who graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School.
The film’s production begins Saturday, July 29 and wraps up Sunday, Sept. 3.
“Most of our locations for the film will be off-street in private homes, yards or businesses and their property. All locations have been contacted, with permission currently being obtained from all interested parties,” the film company said.
The film’s roles have been cast, but extras will be needed. Anyone wanting to be an extra can send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include contact information, your age, availability and, if possible, a photo headshot in the e-mail.
The hiring of extras will be done in advance.
“We want to discourage people from showing up to the set uninvited,” said Emery Skolfield, vice president of media relations for the movie company.
Drivers may have to take different routes during the filming of the street scenes. Here’s the schedule:
- Sunday, Aug. 13, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. The filming will be on the first block of North Bridge Street, between River Street and Spring Street, in front of Loupe de Loupe Pawn Shop.
“This is for a shot of a car pulling up to a stoplight and observing the long downtown street. Lighting and camera equipment will be used along with actors and crew in setting up and executing this shot,” the company says.
Between eight to 12 actors and crew members will be involved.
- Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., in the 100 block of North Bridge Street between Spring Street and Central Street.
“This is for a shot of several people parading down the middle of the street in tribute to a character who had recently passed away,” the movie company said.
About 20-25 actors, extras and crew members will be on hand.
- Sunday, Aug. 27 and Monday, Aug. 28, from 12 to 9 a.m., in front of Burly’s Bar, 19 E. Canal Street. The film shooting will be in a block of Canal Street from Main Street to Duncan Street.
“This is for a scene that unfolds outside of Burly’s Bar as characters enter and exit the bar with other characters observing from across the street,” the movie company said.
About 10 to 15 actors, extras and crew members will be on hand.
- And Saturday, Sept. 2, from 1-11 p.m. in the alley directly behind the Chippewa Falls Public Library, between Bay and Island streets.
“This is for a handful of scenes where two characters befriend each other in the alley,” the movie company said.
About 10 to 15 actors and movie crew will be on hand.
Interim Police Chief Wayne Nehring said he does not foresee any safety hazards with the street closings.
The independent film is described as a comedy/mystery. The story revolves around a child prodigy who is a social outcast, who leaves home after his parents squander the money raised by his invention.
He returns home several years later after being told of a mysterious death.