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January 8, 1998


The 10-minute film will explore how people deal with their limitations.

A Lawrence filmmaker is holding auditions for her current project, and aspiring young actors may want to try out for its cast.

"Personal Spacecraft" is described by director Karen Dillon as a 10-minute film short that is a "slice of life," featuring both comedic and dramatic moments.

Auditions are slated at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oldfather Studios, Ninth and Avalon Road.

The cast calls for youngsters between the ages of 8 to 18. Also, actresses age 50 and older are needed for one scene. Most of those selected during the casting call will be used as extras.

Dillon, the film production instructor for the Kansas City Art Institute, is one of 28 finalists for an annual $10,000 grant awarded by Aperture Inc., a Los Angeles publishing company that specializes in film photography books.

For the competition Dillon submitted two scripts, and both were selected for the final round of competition.

"This short is actually an excerpt from a feature I wrote," Dillon said. "I want to shoot it to promote the feature, and I want to work locally."

The film focuses on three boys, whom Dillon said are in their preteen and teen years and come from an extended family. One boy is an American Indian and another has been disabled in an accident and is coming to terms with being wheelchair-bound.

"It's really about how all people compensate for their limitations," Dillon said.

Dillon said the aspiring thespians do not need to bring prepared audition material, but they do need a confident attitude.

"I have material for them to read from. I'll be asking questions to see how much self-confidence they have in front of people. It is different from interviewing adult actors," she said.

Dillon and the other finalists are prepackaging their productions, overseeing budgets, writing scripts, assembling crew lists and casting the actors. They will then submit those materials in the competition. Their preproduction work will be judged and the grant will be awarded in March.

But whether she wins or loses, Dillon said she will shoot her script, beginning in May.

"I've done all the preproduction. I might as well go ahead and shoot," she said.

Dillon, a Lawrence native, has worked extensively in New York and Los Angeles as a film distribution company production manager, public television associate producer, photo assistant, script reader and reporter for Spin magazine.

She studied photography at the School for Visual Arts in New York and is now doing graduate work in film theory at Kansas University.

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