MONTROSE – Do you have lots of swagger, and an affinity for zombie movies? Can you walk with your head down, swaying your body from side to side? If all answers are yes, the producers of I Am Alone, the zombie movie now filming in and around Montrose, are looking for you and all your friends to report to Centennial Plaza this Saturday morning, to play like you’re undead.
Filming is halfway completed, said Executive Producer Jerrold McKinley Ivery, saying he appreciates the "outpouring of love and support" from Montrose residents has helped the film come together.
"It's almost been overwhelming," Ivery said. "We would not have been able to accomplish what he have without the support, generosity and charity of the citizens of Montrose.
Opting to shoot in Montrose because of its “remoteness,” Ivery said, the film tells the story of television host and survivalist Jacob Fitts, played by actor Gareth David-Lloyd, and his producer Adam Levine (Rory Zacher) and cameramen (Mason Riley and Gunner Wright), as they set out to shoot their popular survival show, I Am Alone, deep in the Colorado Rockies.
David-Lloyd's character is left alone for seven days, just as a global viral outbreak begins to consume the human race.
Another factor in choosing Montrose, Ivery said, was that Montrose resident Lynette Bean, the mother of prop master Jason Bean, gave permission to shoot on her land.
Donated campers, trailers and ATVs have helped the crew film and operate in the area.
"It's really great. It's was something that was divine intervention," Ivery said.
On Tuesday the crew filmed on a location, just located off Holly Way, near a cornfield, drawing an interested crowd.
On Wednesday, the crew filmed near Cerro Summit; starting Friday, I Am Alone will befilming in the downtown area. Tonight, the crew is filming a night scene at Cerro Summit.
"It has been absolutely fantastic," said Montrose resident Matthew Landt, who is a volunteer zombie for the film.
Landt said the crew, make-up artists and actors have been great to work with. The first-time movie actor says tips from the actors have helped him be a better zombie.
"I like zombie movies," Landt said, naming Evil Dead and Zombieland as favorites.
On Friday, Aug. 23, Main Street will be closed, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. for filming, from Townsend to Lot avenues. The call-time for extras is 7:30 a.m.; wrap-time is 8 p.m. Producers said they will need people throughout the day, but not for the entire shooting time.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, I Am Alone will close Main Street once again,7 a.m.-1 p.m., from Townsend to Park avenues. Call-time for extras is 7:30 a.m. with a wrap-time of 7:30 p.m.
"We need a lot of zombies on Saturday," said Ivery, who anticipates using up to 80 extras. In an aside to actors hoping to get cast, "Somebody who is enthusiastic. Someone with good swagger who can walk with their head down with a sway. South First St. will also be closed Saturday, 2-7 p.m., from Townsend to Park avenues for shooting.
No street closures are scheduled for Sunday, but interviews will be conducted along Main Street. Filming will take place Sunday, as well, with a 6:30 p.m. call-time, and an estimated 4 or 5 a.m. wrap. For information, email Suzy Beck, email@example.com.
Shooting (with extras) takes place Monday, Aug. 26 (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) and Wedneday, Aug. 28 (9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.), as well. for extras is 11 a.m. with a wrap time of 8 p.m. Producers note they will be needing a lot of zombies for shooting.
There will be public viewing locations for interested members of the public. For more information about the film, please visit iamalonethemovie.com or facebook.com/abstractforces
Interested in participating? Email Suzy Beck, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Watch will report from film locations in the coming days. Check out Twitter with handle #IAmAloneZombieMovie.