Los Angeles-based Box Time Entertainment plans to hire 15-20 local crew and several child and adult actors this May for the production of the fifth episode in their children’s video series, said writer/producer/ creator Richard Heene.
Heene and core crew will be in town for three days of pre-production and five shooting days to create the half-hour “Box Time #5: Police Car.” Auditions are planned for late March.
“We’ll be locating a shooting stage and using points of interest in Chicago,” Heene said. “We’re going from town to town as a way to get territories built in.”
“Box Time” is an educational video sold as a package with supplies for families with children age three and up to watch and build a playhouse together along with the video. Episode 1 is in L.A. stores now. Episodes 2 and 3 are in production, with episode 4 slated to shoot in New York.
Heene plans to complete the 36-part series within three years, going straight to video with an eye toward an eventual TV deal and a Spanish-language version.
“The intent is education, it brings families together to watch and learn how to build a house,” Heene said. “The music is in a style that parents and children can both enjoy.”
Heene recently met with Elmer’s Glue executives in Ohio to discuss a sponsorship. “Elmer’s had strong interest in our product,” Heene said. “They may want to pick the entire series up and call it Elmer’s Box Time, which could take us off on a whole different avenue.” Heene said he’s holding off on a national release while he waits to see if the Elmer’s deal materializes.
“Box Time” director is longtime Hollywood producer and director Rupert Hitzig (“Jaws 3D”). Music by Smokey Miles and Heene.
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