Saturday Afternoon Happenings

Emily Pantalone will play Hope in GOT THIS

GOT THIS Casting News: Introducing Emily Pantalone

EMILY PANTALONE will play Hope in Saturday Afternoon’s upcoming short, GOT THIS! A recently certified yoga instructor, Emily loves learning about anatomy. She enjoys reading and dancing, and warms up before scenes by rapping Eminem songs.

The Pittsburgh native currently resides in Brooklyn, but is extremely excited to return to her Pennsylvanian roots for this project. She’s also thrilled so many cast and crew members are PA natives, despite their questionable allegiance to the Eagles.

Pennsylvania has a small but dedicated, sophisticated artistic community. I love that I have the chance to go back to my home state and do work there.

Emily’s favorite part of acting is the way it pushes her to understand people better. For her, empathy is of the utmost importance when tackling a character. So empathizing with Hope in GOT THIS! should be very rewarding.

In between acting and teaching yoga, it’s hard to imagine Emily finds much spare time. When she does, she may be found nurturing her love/hate relationship with YA (Young Adult) novels. She’s also an avid tv fan with far too many favorites to list. But The Daily Show, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, and Parks and Rec make the cut. Her favorite thespians include Meryl Streep, Claire Danes, Kate Winslet, and (Sir) Ian McKellen.

Emily is a fan of Saturday Afternoon’s small footprint style of filmmaking. She is very excited that the Bucks County community will play such an important role in GOT THIS!

Emily Pantalone

Emily Pantalone

I love that we’re going to be working with people from the community where we’re filming. Storytelling is all about community!

Be sure to learn about Emily’s costar here. You can join them and the rest of the cast and crew at Sunday’s “Behind the Screen” kickoff event. Tickets available now.


GOT THIS! Casting News: Introducing John Racioppo

Saturday Afternoon Pictures is pleased to introduce one of the stars of GOT THIS!

In the film, JOHN RACIOPPO will play Jack, one half of the couple in search of its missing cat, Bugsy. The Toronto native currently resides in New York City, loves The Lion King, and plays hockey in his spare time. He only fears one thing more than heights, and that’s centipedes. But hopefully he won’t encounter either while filming GOT THIS!

John is really looking forward to the grand comedic moments his character, Jack will face. But he also recognizes that at its heart, the story is about a young couple trying to make their relationship work. “The balancing act between those two elements will be a lot of fun to play around with,” he says. And it will definitely be a lot of fun to watch.

Want to know more about the lifelong Maple Leafs fan? Join John and the rest of the cast at next month’s Behind the Screen event at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. Be sure to reserve your tickets today!

John Racioppo will play Jack in <em>Got This!</em>

I think to a certain extent, all art strives to tell stories. Performance, however, may be the only time we actually get to embody those stories.

If you have any questions you want answered at Behind the Screen, send a tweet to @SaturdayPix using the hashtag, #GotThisFilm. In the coming weeks, there will be more announcements on members of the cast and updates about the production process, so check back regularly.


Susan and Jen at Got This preproduction meeting.

And We’re Off: Got This! Prep Begins

Pre-production for the comedic short, Got This!, has officially begun!

The production staff met for the first time this past Sunday. The group members traveled from three different states and included Saturday Afternoon veterans and some new faces as well. The discussion topics ranged from the tone and style of the film to each person’s goals for the production. Without a doubt, everyone is excited for this collaboration.

The crew currently includes:

  • Susan Barry – Co-writer, Director
  • Laurie Norton – Assistant Director
  • John M. White – Director of Photography
  • Maya Shumar – Production Designer
  • Ethan Cadoff – Co-writer, Co-producer
  • Jennifer Frankhouser – 2nd Assistant Director, Choreographer
  • Nichole L. Knight – Blogmaster, Social Media Coordinator

Take a look at some photos from the afternoon.

John, Laurie and Maya at Got This production meeting

John, Laurie, and Maya

John at Got This production meeting

John weighs in on the look of the film.

Ethan at Got This production meeting

Ethan shares his thoughts.

Jenn and Susan Got This production meeting

Jenn and Susan go over some final details.

Laurie and Maya Got This production meeting

Laurie regales Maya with a story after the meeting.

Check back frequently for updates on the production process. We’ll help you get to know the production staff, meet the cast, and explore what happens behind the scenes. Plus, we’ll document our interactions with the New Hope and Doylestown communities and provide updates on how to get involved. And stay tuned for information about the Got This! rough cut screening in May.

Be sure to reserve your spot for the Behind the Screen Kickoff Event at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA on Sunday, March 8. There will be a live script reading followed by a fun filmmaking workshop.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @SaturdayPix and follow the hashtag, #GotThisFilm. Like Saturday Afternoon Pictures on Facebook.

Behind the Screen at the Michener Art Museum

Mark your calendars! On Sunday, March 8, Saturday Afternoon Pictures will present a script reading and filmmaking workshop to launch Behind the Screen at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA.

Michener Art Museum banner

The workshop will feature a live reading of the script for the upcoming short film project, Got This!, followed by a discussion of some fundamental elements of filmmaking. Topics will include directing, cinematography, and editing. The event will be a great way for community members to find out how to get involved in the project spanning March through May.

Behind the Screen is offered in cooperation with the Michener Art Museum and the County Theater. It is open to the public with discount tickets available for students as well as Michener and County Theater members. Saturday Afternoon Pictures is very excited to be working with both of these wonderful organizations.

Tickets and more information

Date and Time: Sunday, March 8, 3-5pm
Location: Michener Art Museum – Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion
Tickets: $10 for Michener or County Theater members or students with valid ID; $20 non-members

Be sure to check back regularly for updates on the Got This! production process, and information about a rough cut screening in May.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @SaturdayPix. Tweet us with the hashtag #GotThisFilm.