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June 18, 2013

Indie film shoots in law school's mock court


Boston-based actors in the movie include Tom Kemp, Bates Wilder, Georgia Lyman and Paula Plum.

Stimpson pointed out that the film uses primarily local crew, including location scouts, grip and electrical workers, production assistants and more.

Small-budget independent films, he said, are a great way for people like him to pursue their passion while also making a living.

“We’ve found a niche,” he said. “We work steadily and create products that are attractive to the world-wide market. We have a passion for film-making. We make it bigger than it seems and bigger than it costs. We are doing the real-deal here.”

Once the movie is done, Ajemian explained, it will be sold by the producers into the worldwide market, where it could appear on the Lifetime channel or somewhere else.

“We don’t know where it will end up,” she said.

Local crew members said they enjoyed working on the project.

“They are awesome,” said Rick, 26, of East Boston, who declined to give his last name but who works as a grip. “There’s no real hierarchy here. Nobody yells at each other. They are helpful. They just want people to learn. That’s rare in this industry.”

Aleksander Petakov, 19, a production assistant from Nashua, N.H., said the 15 days working on the movie are kind of like an internship for him. He’s studying film-making at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

“This is the first time I’ve done this,” he said. “It’s great experience.”

But exhausting. Production crew members were on the set at 6 a.m., setting up the stage and taking care of other details before the actors arrived. They won’t be done until well after the actors leave, more than 12 hours later.

“They are long, hard days,” he said.

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