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Imagine If Productions – Your Road to Hollywood

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2003-09-27

If you would like to get your chance to act in film and TV spots, Imagine If Productions is your point of entry on the road to Hollywood. This local production team is a very good starting point for future opportunities, and you are invited to get involved! The creators of Imagine If Productions come from a background of wanting to do things on TV and film, and now they are beginning to make waves on Okinawa.

“The engine behind us is love of film and TV,” says Nigel S. Heintz, one of the founding members of Imagine If. “From being on different sets and seeing how things weren’t coordinated that well, we saw much room for improvement. Another thing we noticed was that extras in general needed to be treated better. We always try to keep a happy set. In many productions, there isn’t a lot of after-service, and many extras never know when what they just participated in is going to air! Believe it or not, oftentimes extras are left in the dark about these kinds of things. We work to remedy this. We believe in taking care of our crew and making every production a positive experience. We also always have a sponsored party after each production.”

Another point is that extras are not always extras. Sometimes, they are actually acting out “bit parts”. Though small, these bit parts are often good introductions into more advanced future acting spots. “We’re starting out with bit parts in hopes to mine major roles,” says Nigel. “I think we’ve done very well with coaching the talent on what the directors need. We are mining for talent on Okinawa and we’re also looking to promote the islands a little more as a film location.”

“The next production we’ll be working on is the Mel Fisher story. We need people to play Mel Fisher, his family, and staff at different times in his life. We also need children who can swim and snorkel and can dive from twelve years on up. Chaperones for younger kids will also be compensated. Pay is commensurate with experience and bento lunches will be provided.”

All are welcome to audition for the filming of the Mel Fisher story. Simply sign up on the “casting” page of our website at www.imagineifpro.com. After you have made an account, we need you to fill out your profile, upload up to four photos of yourself, and fill out your resume as soon as possible. “Everyone is welcome to sign up,” says Nigel. “This is a chance to experiment, have some fun, and make a little money.” For more information about Mel Fisher, go to www.melfisher.com.

The number one goal of Imagine If Productions is to bring Steven Spielberg to Okinawa. The more interest generated about Okinawa, the more we all benefit. Imagine If would like to see more local talent. Oftentimes, films about Okinawa are shot by mainland Japanese productions using mainland Japanese actors. These are valid films about Okinawa from looking on the outside, but there is not enough being shown from the inside! “We’d like to see more local talent,” say Nigel. “This means local Okinawan actors and actresses, but it also might include foreigners who have lived on the islands for a long period of time and have a valid inside view of Okinawa. With the technology available, it is possible to make a good movie. We’d like to learn more about the trade as we give people an opportunity to be on film and TV.”

“The name Imagine If comes from when we were creating many different events, we’d always say things like, ‘Imagine if this happened,’” says Nigel. “We said it so many times it just stuck. After all, that is what the whole industry is about—imagination. Einstein once said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’”

We are an excellent source for foreign talent. Our website is the first of its kind on Okinawa. There have always been problems with communications on the set, so directors asked us for a system where they could search for actors and actresses who fit certain criteria. Our website now provides an easy entrance for actors and actresses of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience into the world of TV and film. Profiles can then be looked up by directors on the search pages, but to provide added security to our members, we have password protected the search pages to make sure that only people we approve are doing the searches. Once a director is provided with a search password, he or she can then browse through our members’ profiles and give us a list of the actors and actresses he or she is interested for upcoming auditions.

Actors and actresses of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience are welcome to register at www.imagineifpro.com. This is an excellent chance to work and see behind the scenes—to get a glimpse of the magic of TV.

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