Lights, camera, action: Farmers Market is movie set this week

Published 1:08 am Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Andalusia Farmer’s Market is not just a place to sell vegetables and crafts, especially after Brian White turned it into a short film production set this week.

“Parked,” is a 10-minute film about a man who wakes up handcuffed to his own car in the middle of a desolate area. The man’s friend pranked him and put his keys on top of a telephone pole. But then things get strange, when a lone crazy person comes up to him and starts yelling at him and runs away.

“I live in Elba, so I knew the area,” White said. “I called the Alabama Film Office and told them what I wanted and where they thought I should film and they gave me Kent Smith’s number.”

Smith, who is a Covington County native, then showed White four spots around Andalusia, but after seeing the Farmer’s Market, White knew where he wanted to film.

“There were other spots that he showed me, but after seeing the set at the Farmer’s Market I knew I found where I wanted to film,” White said. “There is an area with desolation, abandoned buildings and rustic things.”

White hopes to turn the short film into a full-length feature film.

“We are here to shoot some scenes and make this short film,” White said. “Just to kind of test our equipment and proof our concept. Hopefully this will serve as a teaser that can kick start a feature film.”

The crew, which contains people from all over the Southeast, began shooting on Monday and was trying to finish shooting scenes yesterday during the heat of the day.

“We have been shooting all of yesterday [Monday] and today,” White said. “It has been ridiculously hot, and the lawn mowers kind of set us back yesterday [Monday] but other than that it has been great.”

White hopes to finish everything and make the film available to the public by the end of October.

“The whole film will probably be around 10 minutes,” White said. “We are going to put it online and hopefully it will help us get some crowd funding or interest for a full length film.”

White said that he is working on all of the social media for the short film and it will be up soon.

“The social media pages can be found by searching ‘The Parked Movie,’” White said. “But we haven’t set them up just yet.”