Community Film Project Starts Production

Contact: Rhett Wilkinson

First read of script kicks off second of three phases of filmmaking

Davis County, Utah, August 19, 2015 – The Community Film Project (CFP) has moved into the production stage, the second of three phases of movie-making. Cast and crew have been chosen and a plot synopsis and character descriptions have been posted on Also, the film’s working title is “Before Your Time.” CFP relies completely upon the willingness and talents from volunteers in the area, who have the opportunity to participate in production workshops.

“Truly, this approach to filmmaking is rarely seen anywhere in the United States – and now it is happening right here, in Davis County and the surrounding area,” said Marshall Moore, Location Manager for “Touched by an Angel” and other major productions. “I absolutely hope that residents of Davis County and the surrounding area notice what’s going on right here and begin taking steps to be involved.”

Free training on cinematography will take place Thurs., Aug. 20, from 5:30-8:30 PM at Center Stage Theater (615 W. Boro St., Kaysville, 84037). People are invited to learn from Director of Photography Tom Garner, whose feature film The Strongest Man was recently featured at the Sundance Film Festival. The CFP folks will spend some time discussing the principles of cinematography and actually shoot a scene with attendees. Sign-ups can be made at

A first reading by the cast took place on Aug. 15 for the first production function with the entire cast and crew. Auditions happened July 9, 15, 16 and 18. Anyone who could not make it on the disclosed dates could send a YouTube recording to Persons could sign up on the “Volunteer” page of and additional information could be located on the “Auditions” page of the same website, the plot synopsis and character descriptions are found.

Folks still interested in donating or helping can visit the “Donate” or “Contact” page of or email

So far, more than 1,150 hours have already been donated to CFP through workshops, community outreach and more. The likes of “Meet the Mormons” Director Blair Treu and Alisa Anglesey, Lead Casting Director for the LDS Church’s Publishing Services Department, have led workshops. A CFP float has been seen in three parades and other public functions. Numerous volunteers have helped so far regardless of age or physical ability.

Not including the time, talent, and equipment that have already moved the project to its current state, it’s estimated that in order to get Davis County on the big screen, expenses will be about $42,000. Community outreach volunteers may help with business and individual sponsorships in multiple ways.

“We are excited that folks in Davis County and the surrounding area see the breakthrough opportunities to be involved in any fashion in this new approach to filmmaking. For many of us, it may come through acting or participation on the crew,” said Lucas McGraw, Director of the Community Film Project. “We know of the remarkable talent found right in Davis County and the surrounding area and are looking forward to highlighting that. It’s the next step for making a ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ for the region!”

About Community Film Project: The Community Film Project is a volunteer filmmaking group made up of communitymembers interested in making a family-friendly film. The working title is “Before Your Time.” The team has created a production schedule that allows people to participate in their free time. The group hopes that through the process they will also create a template for other communities to follow. For more information, please contact, visit or their Facebook page:

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