By Aaron Worley
MONROE – Downtown Monroe is being introduced to the world of cinema thanks to KP Films, an independent production company, and they’re looking for anyone interested.
KP Films provides lighting, casting, wardrobe, set design and editing. The company also has plans to extend its services to drone piloting as soon as it meets the necessary license provisions.
Patti Price, a genealogist and half of the company’s duo (husband Michael Klug is the other half) decided to venture into the movie-making industry because of her love of filming.
She got the idea from her daughter, who was interested in making a web series. Her daughter preferred being on the other side of the camera, with the operations and handling of the equipment. They helped her film with some new equipment, and when she went off to film school, they put the new technology to good use.
Price is heavily involved with the preproduction, casting and location, while Klug manages the photography and camera work.
Five years ago, they made their dreams of opening a professional space official: Price noticed a sign for an available office in a large space and took a chance. Now, with all the paperwork finished, she and her husband are two months into their new space and couldn’t be happier. The office is fully customized with a green screen room and editing suite.
Most of the duo’s films are shot on the weekends as a side hobby to their regular jobs.
They have completed commercials, including one for Caroline Walker, who is running for U.S. Senate.
KP Films also entered a competition to write, film and edit a movie in 48 hours. Its submission, titled Apple Infused Oasis,” was a road comedy about a foreign exchange student mistaken for a celebrity by two girls.
Price said the most challenging part was filming at different locations, especially within the constricted timeframe. Due to budget restrictions – a crucial element of most film production schedules – the script must allow for characters to be as flexible as the environment and take the story to other places.
Price and Klug hope to talk to anyone with scripts and those interested in learning more about the film industry, especially younger people.
They recommend those interested join the Carolina Film Community, which is composed of actors, casting agents and directors. It is an opportunity for them to learn networking skills and a chance to show their work and receive honest feedback and criticism.
“What keeps me going? Seeing people with a genuine interest in the area, because I want to do everything I can to help them out.” Price said.
Want to learn more?
KP Films is located at 103 W Franklin St., suite 214. Visit www.kpfilms.film or call 704-965-6891 for details.