More filming in Valley, but not Corrente this time
By WILLIAM HAMILTON
Times Staff Writer
Movie cameras have been rolling again in the Blackstone Valley, but this time it has nothing to do with Michael Corente or the Farrelly brothers.
This time itís Nick Pasyanos, a 46-year-old salesman who has used locations in Pawtucket, Lincoln and Cumberland as the backdrop for an independent film heís producing, directing and bankrolling himself - all of it for the first time.
He has never attended film school, never taken a film class, never even been on a movie set before he stepped onto his own.
But so far, Pasyanos has managed to corral experienced actors and dozens of extras for this comedy; many are City Nights Dinner Theater veterans and all are volunteers for the project. Almost every weekend since the summer, Pasyanos decided on what to shoot, where to shoot and how to shoot it.
He also has signed on a professional film editor, is ready to hire a music composer and dub a soundtrack.
"Iím the director, director of photography, producer and just coordinator of stuff" the Middletown resident says.
"You know the credits at the end of the movie - Iím in a lot of them."
Not bad for a man who works as a sales representative for a cardboard company by day and a wedding photographer on weekends.
You may have seen him and his crew around recently.
Theyíve been shooting on Conant Street in Pawtucket, outside the vacant Collyer Insulated Wire building in Lincoln and outside the former Triangle Wire Co. in Pawtucket. They also have shot scenes in Davenportís Restaurant and Eggs Up in Cumberland.
Pasyanos has always had an interest in the movie industry. He started writing a few scripts awhile ago and planned to pitch them to any agent who would read it.
After reading about other independent filmmakers who have made it big, Pasyanos had a thought: "Why donít I shoot it myself."
"It was a moment of clarity," he says now. "And Iím so glad I did it."
"Pasyanos wonít say how much he has spent, but he admits that some of his credit cards have been maxed out. ("Thank God for the 5.9 Ė and 4.9 Ė percent interest rate cards," he says.)
So how do you learn to produce and direct a movie?
Read. Pasyanos says he read 42 books on moviemaking.
"When I started reading the same things over again, I knew I was ready," he explains.
He reviewed the piles of headshots at City Nights Dinner Theater. He scheduled a casting call at Le Foyer In Pawtucket. About 150 actors showed up, all of them looking for a break and willing to perform for free.
The movie, called "BoxedMan," is a comedy about a man trying to help his grandmother who is in financial difficulty. He gets a job as a salesman at a box company. "He works for an overbearing boss, and has to succeed or he knows heís going to get canned."
Richard "Ace" Aceto, a North Providence comedian plays the male lead. Terri Leander of Providence, a City Nights veteran, plays the boss.
They started filming in July and have worked almost every weekend since. Still working days as a salesman, Pasyanos has spent all of his spare hours coordinating the shooting schedule, which took crews from Cumberland to Newport and most places in between.
Pasyanos used his contacts as a salesman to obtain permission to film at various locations - most were clients, such as Enviro Pak International in Lincoln and Red Farm Studios in Pawtucket.
Much of the filming took place at Crystal Thermoplastic Inc. in Cumberland. "They were gracious, giving me the keys to the place and allowing me to go in any time I wanted," Pasyanos said. "It was a blessing."
Shooting is now complete, and Pasyanos is in the midst of editing and finding a composer.
Once the product is complete, he plans on shopping it around to agents. Maybe itíll be shown in some independent film festivals; maybe itíll be picked up by a film distributor, he says.
Does he want to make money my making this movie?
"I just want to be able to do it again," he says.