Who wants to be a star?

By Peter Boskey

Want to be cast in a movie?

A “Dragonball Z” film is going to be made on campus. Tryouts will be held today at 7 p.m. at the Stevens Building, Room 224, and all are welcome to audition.

“Me and my friends had been playing with the idea of a ‘Dragonball Z’ movie since last semester,” said Chuck Miller, the director and co-writer of the film. “I have a friend that’s a media major and a friend that is into lighting and magic effects. Now we decided to make the movie.”

There are 21 casting spots to be reserved. Main characters such as Goku, Krillin, Piccolo and Yamcha still need to be filled, along with other smaller parts.

-Joining Miller in the project is co-writer Erik Elle, special effects designer John Elle, director of photography Eric Shapiro and Jason Shivers covering the technical support.

They already have everything set up to make the movie as accurate as possible. The movie will be shot using digital cameras. The film is then loaded onto the computer where the energy attacks and special effects will be added. Ropes will be used for the flying scenes. Just like the cartoon, there will be mid-air combat scenes. A majority of the film will be shot at camps and forests in the DeKalb area.

As far as the plot goes, it isn’t one of the popular sagas seen on Toonami. Instead, they wrote the script to fit into the movie versions of “Dragonball Z.” The film will start right after Trunks comes back from the future and warns the rest of the gang about the androids coming to Earth. The movie takes place in the middle of the training period.

A week after the auditions, they will do the final casting. Over the course of the semester, the cast will learn their parts, be trained in martial arts and learn the choreographed combat scenes. Next semester, during the winter months, they will film the non-combat scenes. They will film the outdoor combat scenes as the weather gets warmer. At the end of the semester, they will do all the editing and special effects. The film should be done by the beginning of July.

What will happen with the movie?

“We’re hoping to show it on the big screens on campus,” Miller said. “We’re also going to put it on the Internet to be downloaded and even send copies to people if they want.”

If you would like to try out, but cannot make the audition, there is still hope. E-mail Chuck Miller at dbzomegaforce@yahoo.com and work out some other time to audition. The cast won’t be decided upon until next Thursday.KRT Direct photo

The Dragonball Z casts flaunt their Super Saiyajin powers.