Extras, materials needed for film shoot near Porterville

"The Devout" prepares to shoot near Porterville"The Devout" prepares to shoot near PortervilleFilmmakers are calling for extra help near Porterville this week as they prepare to shoot "The Devout," a new movie depicting the black plague that killed millions in 14th century Europe.

The film, written and directed by Mairin Hart, follows the story of a woman and her quest to save friends and family from the plague as it ravages the English countryside.

Professionals filming in the rolling hills above Porterville are now busy recreating the area into an English village while recruiting businesses and individuals that can add some visual touches and extra bodies to the scenery.

The film, now in its final stages of pre-production, is in need of the following items before shooting begins:

• 20-30 local actors, preferably Caucasian males and females between the ages of 18 and 70, willing to be in the film
• 2-4 horses, with owners willing to be in the film
• A number of farm animals like chickens, goats and sheep
• Catering for crew and cast during filming
• Security to have on set during production
• Assistants with the construction of the medieval village
• RVs, generators, firewood, weathered wood for construction

Producers will hold casting auditions from 1 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Porterville Chamber of Commerce at 93 N. Main St. Suite C.

Those who aren't able to appear in person may submit a photo and brief personal description at The Devout's Facebook page.

Those wishing to assist in the production of the film may contact Andrew Vallentine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Monetary donations can also be made at www.indiegogo.com/TheDevoutfilm while additional information can be found at www.thedevoutfilm.com.

Besides the Tulare County Film Commission, the Porterville Chamber of Commerce and the Porterville Unified School District has also assisted producers with local needs on the $50,000 project, including having high school students help engineer and construct sets for the medieval village used in the film.

The Devout will be Hart's first full-length film, following his directorial debut of "Playing House," a short film that came out last year about two youthful teenage girls who fatefully experiment with sex, drugs and alcohol.

Once completed, Hart and company plan to showcase The Devout around the world at a number of film festivals and other venues as well as a local premier in May 2012.