Posted by: Drew | April 8, 2008

Inside the Jersey Shore’s Actors Studio

We had a chance to speak with several fine filmmakers and actors at the 6th Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park. I would like to take a moment to feature a few of them here. I feel this blog has a mission to let people on the shore, and visiting the shore see what kind of talent and excitement happens here on a regular basis. In the past year there been at least five independent films shot on the shore including Gone Too Far in Abseacon, Leeds Point in Ocean County, and Greetings From The Shore in Lavallette. That doesn’t count the major production Sorrow Hill , by Grindhouse Pictures, to be shot around Atlantic County. So don’t be surprised if you see cameras rolling at a beach near you!

Gentle Giant of a Man

William Allen is a retired State Corrections officer who has been into acting for about 18 months. My first though was he was a wrestler or something along that line. If he looks familiar to you, you may have seen him. You see Allen is an avid outdoorsman and if you fish anywhere around Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon or Wildwood you may see him reeling in a striper or two off the bridges.

The Millville resident was at the 6th Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park helping to promote his latest endeavor, Grindhouse Pictures new film, Sorrow Hill.

Allen’s most recent credits include a unnamed project, shot in Millville NJ, with Vision Wide Entertainment. In that Allen was a bodyguard. Allen finds that he is usually cast as bodyguards and so called heavies. No surprise considering his size and demeanor. Don’t let that fool you. Allen despite his look is a kind and knowledgeable gentleman.

On starting out in the business he says, “It’s a learning curve, the first few movies were background roles, then you get a line here or there.” Allen finds being an actor “Mentally demanding, trying to make yourself fit the role the producer wants. Its fun but at the same time it’s challenge.” Allen considers the last year and a half, “Living out a fantasy.”

Ms. Moxie – One Helluva Smile

When we met actress Doris Dunigan from Brick NJ, her personality what like at Texas tornado. Speaking with her at nine in the evening, she was more vibrant than we are on our best day! Dunigan has a presence that transcends her theater background and even her B&W photo. You can catch her performance in the acclaimed film, The Sublet.

Doris has performed with various theater companies, among them Circle Players, Mixed Company Productions, and NJ Public Theater. She studied acting with Michael Beckett and Elizabeth Dillon, at H. B. Studios, and Classical Technique with Judy Magee. As a Founding Member of StoneGate Artists’ Ensemble, she has performed in
The Perfect Party, ‘Night Mother, Belles, Beyond Therapy, Jake’s Women
, and the female version of The Odd Couple. At New Jersey Repertory Company, the Jersey Shore’s premiere professional theater, Doris has appeared in numerous staged readings

She sites Annet Benning and Robert Di Nero as influences and enjoyed working on The Sublet due to the strong directing skills of Georgiana Nestor. She strongly suggest supporting the arts by going to “every NJ Theater Professional; or Non” as it will hep you to compare different styles of acting.


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