Lights, Camera, Action... Mercyhurst in the movies

The office of Mercyhurst University President Dr. Tom Gamble morphed into a movie set this morning, complete with lights, cameras and plenty of action.

Gamble’s schedule had him on the road and so he graciously agreed to let a film production crew, About The Logo,LLC, use his office as one of several Mercyhurst campus settings to be featured in the new, independent film, “The Underground Railroad” (working title). Nearly 30 talent and crew were on campus for Wednesday’s shoot.

“We were looking for a beautiful campus with an Ivy League look and Mercyhurst fit the bill,” said executive producer Tim Larson. The crew is also expected to shoot scenes at Warde Hall and Hammermill Library in the coming days.

“The Underground Railroad” is high-paced adventure with an uplifting sprinkling of comedy throughout. Sam and Tarquin, two law students vying for the same coveted internship, decide to settle their differences over a challenge in which they retrace a journey that many took in their courageous bid for freedom during a defining moment in American history.

Larson said filming is at the halfway mark and projections are the film will be completed and ready for submission to film festivals in late summer 2013.

“The Underground Railroad” is one of several films completed by About The Logo. Two of them, “Best Friends Forever” and “Up Country” are currently on the festival circuit. The company’s first film, “Homecoming,” is scheduled for distribution in the near future. In recent years, About The Logo films have taken “Best Picture” and “Best Actress” awards at film festivals.

About the Logo,LLC,is a local company, although most of its crew members are from outside the area, hailing from England, Australia, New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans.


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