Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Giano Cromley's "The Last Good Halloween," the movie

Featured at My Book, The Movie: The Last Good Halloween by Giano Cromley.

The entry begins:
The success of the movie version of The Last Good Halloween hinges on the casting of its central character, fifteen-year-old Kirby Russo. Casting children is hard because there's such a narrow time window wherein they look the right age, yet still have the acting chops to pull off a serious dramatic and comedic role. As for finding the right Kirby, I'd turn to Wes Anderson and the team he's used to cast the leads in both Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom. In casting Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer, and Jared Gilman as Sam Shakusky, he managed to find actors who could put up the prickly fa├žade troubled kids often evince, while simultaneously depicting the vulnerabilities and fragilities that cause that prickliness in the first place.

Finding the right actress for Debbie Russo (the harried single mother of Kirby) is key to setting the right tone for the film. In the wrong hands, Debbie could come off as being self-centered and that was never my intention when I wrote her. At the same time, she's got to have enough grit to stand up to Kirby when he pulls some of his...[read on]
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