John Ratzenberger, most remembered as Cliff Clavin on the popular TV series “Cheers,” is working alongside nearly 90 Connecticut residents who are spending the month at Quinnipiac filming the movie, “Local Commercial.”
The media is invited to cover the filming, starting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27 on the set located on university property at 515 Sherman Avenue in Hamden. Ratzenberger is expected to be available to the press between 1-1:30 p.m.
The production of the movie is part of the fifth annual Connecticut Film Industry Training Program at Quinnipiac. The program is for Connecticut residents who want to learn the basics of feature film and episodic television production and pursue entry-level freelance work in the industry. Trainees are learning about union membership, which is required to work on most large productions shooting in the state.
“This comprehensive program equips students with the specialized skills and intensive hands-on experience they need to pursue careers in the industry,” said Charles Miller, administrator of the Film Industry Training Program. “In addition, they have had the valuable and unique opportunity to build relationships with accomplished professionals in the field.”
“Local Commercial” is a short comedy that explores the trials and tribulations of a low-budget commercial crew, and the film industry’s youth-centered culture. It’s about a 58-year-old director, who’s replaced by a 14-year- old director, who’s then replaced by an 8-year-old director. Richard and Didi Dobbs of Easton wrote the film and Richard is directing it.
Since its inception, the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program has placed 421 graduate trainees on its roster who have amassed more than 12,000 days of freelance work, paid and unpaid, internships and deferrals. Last year, a record number of FITP graduate trainees worked on feature films and television shows which shot in Connecticut.
Areas of specialization are: assistant directing, location management, production office coordination, script supervision, lighting and grip, camera, sound, props and set dressing and wardrobe.
Upon completion of the program, graduating trainees will receive a certificate from the state Office of Film, Television and Digital Media.
For more information about the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, please visit www.ctfilmworkforce.com.