Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lights, Camera, Action! Vol State Student Lands Role in Indie Film



They say there are no small parts, only small actors.

But one Vol State student considers herself lucky to have landed a role in an upcoming independent horror film.

Kealani Hughes, a theater arts student and aspiring makeup artist, got involved after her friend and former Vol State student Nick Huntsman let her know a small production company called Deviant Pictures needed an artist for their upcoming horror sequel "The Hospital 2." After submitting some work, Hughes found herself in Alabama working on the movie.

"My goal is to be a special effects makeup artist. I want to be up there performing with my work. I like putting makeup more on other people than I do on myself, so I love special effects. That's what I want to do, so it was a great experience," she said.

The shoot lasted 10 days in late January as filming took place in Marion, Ala., with Hughes doing makeup work on the film. The filmmakers needed a small role filled, so Hughes auditioned and got the part of Officer Cooper, a rookie cop.


Vol State student Kealani Hughes as Officer Cooper in a still from "The Hospital 2."

Hughes described the film as a hardcore horror film about a haunted hospital, and it's definitely not designed for those who are squeamish.

"It is extreme hour. It's not for the kindhearted to say the least," she said with a laugh.

While the film might be shocking audiences when it's finally released in the fall, the experience making it was a lot of fun, according to Hughes. She learned a lot she can take into future filmmaking experiences.

"You just can't get 16 hours of experience working with a ton of people working by yourself at home. I just love it because it's not the same thing everyday," she said.

Find out more about "The Hospital 2," including behind-the-scenes pictures, and release date information, at the film's Facebook page.

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