THAYER -- An open casting call for males and females 14-years old and older was held Sept. 27 at Thayer High School for a movie that is to be filmed next year in the Thayer, Mammoth Spring and Salem, Ark., area.
Warren McCullough, a 1997 graduate of Thayer High School and son of Charles and Jo Carroll McCullough of Thayer, has returned to his hometown to shoot some scenes for a feature-length movie.
McCullough is executive director of Womack Films and has written the dramatic thriller about a fictional town with a mysterious past.
"From a writer's point of view, one always wants to write what they know about. Our area has always held some mystery for me. My imagination is strongest here," he said during a recent interview.
Developing characters from a small town setting is important to McCullough. "It will be a lot easier to shoot the movie here. There is so much red tape out there (in Los Angeles). Our money will go further here and we'll be able to make a better movie here," he said.
McCullough said he worked on his home in Los Angeles for three years remodeling it, getting it ready to sell, to get the funds to come back here and shoot the movie. "My home sold and here I am," he said.
During the Saturday auditions, a picture was taken of each person as well as a record of their contact information, their age, where they live and a little bit about each one of them.
"All of the featured actors in the movie will be professional actors, but some of the extras will a have a few one-liners," he said.
McCullough said he may live somewhere else sometimes, but the Thayer/Salem area is always home. "I've always been connected with this part of the country. There is something special about it," he said.
Mammoth Spring native Michael Brown will co-produce the movie.
"Michael will also serve as the superimposing sound engineer for the movie. Making a movie is a very interesting process including the sounds," McCullough said.
"I have always been interested in movie making. 'Friday the 13th' sticks out in my mind. I can remember asking my dad, 'How do I do that?' He told me to move to Los Angeles, that's where they make movies. Of course, my mom was a drama teacher and her talents pushed me to work at it," he said.
The movie will have a Stephen King sort of twist. "I want the main characters to stand out from the monster or fright element of the story. The story centers around a guy whose mom passes away and through her passing, he finds out she grew up in a place she kept as a secret. Curiosity gets the best of him and he goes looking for answers," he said.
"I am so happy to be here and be able to do this. I've traveled many miles only to get back where I started. I am honored and everyone has been so supportive," he said.
McCullough said his goal was to make a good movie, make some money and be able to make another one.