Marble Falls film director holding casting call for modern-day Western

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MARBLE FALLS — When Jack Mayberry talks about his upcoming independent film, he comes across a little over the top. But for the director and screenwriter, that’s OK, because he admits his film is definitely over the top.

“It’s all the cliches about good guys and bad guys,” he said with a laugh. “The bad guys will be wearing leather and black. You’ll know who the bad guys and good guys are, that’s for sure.”

Mayberry of Big Sun Studios is holding a casting call 1-6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Uptown Marble Theater, 218 Main St.

No experience is necessary.

“My goal is to find real people who would like a shot at a new profession,” Mayberry said. “The people that Hollywood is saying is ‘your people,’ well, they’re not my people. I want real people from right here in this area.”

Mayberry is the writer and producer of the independent film, “Die When You’re Done.” He described it as a Western set in modern times. The basic synopsis boils down to a government agent being sent to a small West Texas town to shift through the graft and corruption. Of course, he encounters lots of conflict along the way.

Mayberry grew up a fan of the Western genre and of films such as “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” But he never set out to write a Western, per se. When a friend read over the script, she pointed out that he had written a Western, just set in the modern era.

“It’s definitely a good-guy-versus-bad-guy film,” Mayberry said.

Mayberry has set his sights on filming the movie in the Highland Lakes. He’s already found locations in Bertram and Burnet but also is scouting possible sites in Marble Falls.

As an independent film, Mayberry is basically funding the production on his own.

“We don’t have a big checkbook, so it’s coming out of my skin,” he said.

Along with looking for a cast, Mayberry wants to speak with anybody interested in working on the film behind the camera as well. He also wants to pull together a production crew from the Highland Lakes.

Go to the Big Sun Studios website at www.bigsunstudios.com for a complete list of roles, crew and other needs.

The plan is to first produce a trailer for the movie. Once that’s completed, Mayberry plans on setting up a Kickstarter account so people can contribute to funding the movie. Kickstarter is a web-based crowd-sourcing company that allows projects, such as movies, to seek funding from the general public.

For now, Mayberry is looking for people interested in acting or learning the film industry behind the scenes.

“I want people who want a shot,” he said.

daniel@thepicayune.com