"The movie is in the can", as they say in Hollywood. "Overexposed" wrapped up their Guthrie filming on Sunday, and the movie's production team are now headed back to California for post production work. "Overexposed" was filmed at multiple sites here in town.
The News Leader had an opportunity to sit down with lead actor, Jake Allyn last week here in our downtown office on one his few days off. We were able to discuss his position in the movie and his four weeks in the Guthrie area.
Allyn is a Dallas, Texas native who has since relocated to California to pursue his career."The culture shock of California and all of the different types of people was the first thing I had to get use to out there,"said Allyn.
The actor began his acting career at Cornell University in New York. A former football player turned actor, Allyn received his bachelors degree in history from Cornell."There is a lot of collaboration between history and acting," said Allyn. His early years included going through a season of auditions, and after several years of writing and producing shows, Allyn landed several good roles. Prior to his work on "Overexposed", Allyn has been on a phonetic base having been in Atlanta from October to January shooting a new series called "The Quad", which airs on Wednesday nights on the BET network. Ten episodes for the show have been shot and four episodes have aired so far. "The reviews I have heard are favorable, but I will not know if we will shoot anymore episodes until I get back to California," said Allyn.
After the trip to Atlanta, October through January, Allyn came to Guthrie to shoot "Overexposed" in February. This film is being directed by his brother, which is the first time the two have collaborated on a film project.
His position in this Guthrie filmed movie is the first lead role for Allyn in a feature film. However, he also has three other feature films in post production that he wrote and acted in. "It is unusual timing for all of the films to hit post production at the same time. Some of those films were finished filming a year ago and we are just getting them finished up", said Allyn. Following the shootings of "Overexposed", Allyn plans to wind down in Dallas for a couple of weeks seeing family and friends before heading back to California.
On Guthrie, "It was a great place to shoot a movie. Everyone has been very helpful, and the background of Guthrie fits in with the movie perfectly, Middle America", said Allyn.
Stacy's Place received a call out from the actor for all the good food that the crew and staff were feed while in town by Allyn.
"Overexposed" also stars Marguerite Moreau as the local sheriff and mom of lead actress Mary Katherine Duhon. The film, according to Allyn is a murder mystery surrounding a teenage girl who is caught up in a sexting scandal at school with her boyfriend. Allyn plays the big brother of the boyfriend, Jimmy Cowls, who mysteriously disappears in the middle of the scandal. Moreau plays the town sheriff that is investigating the disappearance, whom has no idea that her daughter is heavily involved in the disappearance. Allyn, as the older brother, finds out about the scandal prior to his brothers disappearance and is involved in the search.
Allyn would not disclose how the movie ended, only to say that Duhon was involved in the disappearance and was trying to hide the crime from the sheriff, whom is also her mother. The movie is 105 minutes long and will take about six months of post production work before it makes its way into the theaters. Allyn is hopeful to bring the film back to Oklahoma for its premier, for the people of Guthrie to see.
Allyn has two other feature films out which are "Wicked Love" and "Ex-Patriot", both described as thriller films. His additional television appearances are: "The Middle", "Blood Relatives" and "Killer Kids", as well as appearances in "Zoe Gone" and "Pocket Listing".