Monroe- Woodbury High School to be the set of new Netflix series


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By Daniel Stimpfle

— For four days cameras will be rolling at the Monroe-Woodbury Senior High School as the school will become the set for Netflix’s “The OA."

The Monroe Woodbury School District has made an announcement on it’s website, encouraging high school students who are interested in the film industry to submit emails stating interest in participating as extras for the series by March 20.

Those interested should as be able to commit to all four days of filming, which begins March 21.

'A campus they could work with'

Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez, said that Netflix originally considered a nearby location, but then reached out to the district to request use of the high school because “we have a beautiful high school and a large campus they could work with,” she said.

Rodriguez also said the filming companies involved gave money to the schools and went through a long vetting process which involved district attorneys to ensure that the project would be in compliance with any applicable laws.

The actual show, titled, “The OA”, will be an hour-long drama series which has agreed to release eight episodes exclusively on Netflix later this year.

Prominent writers, directors, producers

The series is being created by some prominent businesses and members of the film industry, such as writer and director Brit Marling and writer-director-producer Zal Batmanglij who have previously worked together on “Sound of my Voice,” which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

The filming of “The OA” is supported by major production companies such as Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Anonymous Content, which manages actors such as Emma Stone and Samuel Jackson and has produced commercials for Audi, The NFL and Subway.

Owner Steve Golin has also developed the production company, Propaganda Films, which according to IMDB.com, is “the largest music video and commercial production company in the world”.

Marling has previously appeared in other award-winning films such as “Another Earth” and “The Company You Keep,” a movie based on the 2003 novel written by Neil Gorman which centered on the trial of an ex-Weather Underground member who is wanted for bank robbery and murder.

Batmanglij has written and produced other television dramas such as “Way Ward Pines” which premiered on May of last year winning awards as “Best Science Fiction Television Series” and “Best Actor on Television.”

Details under wraps
“The OA” will be their first TV project for the two co-writers.

So far the details of the show remain under wraps as Netflix has not released any details about the show.

Those interested in participating as extras can write their emails of interest to: bgsubmissions@centralcasting.com by March 20.




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