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The making of an independent film with Kevin Boon

Filmmakers recently wrapped up principal photography on a new kind of movie, which filmed at several locations in Taneytown.
Professor Kevin Boon leads the Mont Alto Film Project, a two-year practicum in filmmaking for students enrolled on the Penn State Mont Alto campus. Students in the project produce a full-length motion picture from conception to completion, working side-by-side with professionals in the industry. On Friday, he took the time to speak with the Times about the movie "Ghosting."
Q: What is the movie "Ghosting" about?
A: "Ghosting" is a supernatural thriller. In the movie, a first-generation college student from a blue-collar background works in a film-processing lab. He notices a man in a fedora in photos from different clients in different parts of the country. After confirming his suspicions, he sets out with friends on a quest to unmask the mystery man.
Q: Is this the first project by the Mont Alto Film Project?
A: This is the second film produced by the project. The first was "Two Days Back" (2011), which was well received. It was awarded Best Picture in the Horror/Sci-Fi category at the Bare Bones International Film Festival.
Q: When will "Ghosting" be released?
A: We just wrapped on principal photography and we are in the editing stage. We will probably wrap up post-production in the summer. We expect the film have a local premiere in 2014. Then, it will probably go out to film festivals and we will see what kind of traction we can get on it.
Q: How is this project different?
A: Students get hands-on experience in film production, but it's not a student film. Both students and professionals work on the film.
Q: Where was the film shot?
A: We shot more in Taneytown than anywhere else. We also shot in Littlestown, Gettysburg and Mont Alto.
Q: How was Taneytown chosen?
A: I know the area. I wrote a novel called "Jesus vs. the Zombies of Perdition" that began in a town based on Taneytown. I was familiar with the place. I liked it and I liked the way it looked. The people there were extraordinarily cooperative. We shot at a florist shop, a Catholic church, an old stone house and other places.
Q: Are there any big names in the film industry involved in the film?
A: No, but Jim Krut plays a pastor in "Ghosting." He was in George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead."
Q: How can people find out more about the movie?
A: Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ghostingmovie). It's an independent film and we need support. The more support we can get from the local community, the better it is for the film.

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