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Rhode Island Film Collaborative & RIPTA Work Together on Community Film

Saturday, April 02, 2011


It may not have appeared to be a match made in heaven, but RIPTA showed its creative flair this week when a crew of more than 60 volunteers jumped on board local buses to film a short, the winner of Rhode Island Film Collaborative's screenplay contest.

And it was smooth riding.

In true community filmmaking style, the collaboration between filmmakers and public transportion professionals set the stage for the final scenes of the short film, The Perfect Day For A Picnic.

A day, a bus, a driver

RIPTA’s generous donation and allowance of on-site filming included a full-day, exclusive access to a RIPTA bus and driver. “Although this is a short film, there are some challenging scenes involving multiple locations and extras," said writer/director Bob Lucas. "A special thanks goes out to the people at RIPTA who provided us with their support for one of the more complicated scenes."

And to make the event a truly Rhode Island one, the more than 40 volunteer extras portraying the bus's passengers enjoyed lunch donated by Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches of Providence.

Picnic stars Michael A. LoCicero of the Rhode Island-based film Sleather and is a visually-driven, surrealist drama. The film is being produced and funded by the RIFC, comprised of a network of industry professionals, students and hobbyists that come together to foster the growth of the independent film community. The RIFC, whose motto is “Filmmaking through Community” have worked with many local organizations, including RIPTA, to help local filmmakers continue and finish their projects.

"I just want to make something that everyone involved will be proud of," Lucas said.

Next stop: editing.


A short video made by RIFC about the day's shooting

Photo, above right: Eric Weindel (Director of Photography) films while Bob Lucas (Director) watches the action. Above left: Crew members Joe Riccitelli (Boom Operator), Erica Mills (Production Manager), Nicholas Delmenico (1st Assistant Camera), Eric Weindel (Director of Photography), Anthony Ambrosino (1st Assistant Director), Bob Lucas (Director), Bill Hayes (Behind the Scenes Videographer), Kyle King (Key 2nd Assistant Director), and Matt Delisle (2nd 2nd Assistant Director) pose for a photo with their driver, Bill from RIPTA.

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