NEWBERRY — A house in Newberry’s historic district will soon add a new credential to its ever-growing history: Genesis Studios, a production company near Columbia, recently filmed an episode of their web series The Trunk that will be submitted to Project Greenlight.
Project Greenlight, which is associated with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, is a nationwide competition looking for the next great director. The winner will get to direct a feature film, according to projectgreenlight.com. Contestants must submit a three-minute short film by Aug. 8.
“It will be great to be able to direct a feature film, but we also get to produce an episode of our web series The Trunk, which runs about three minutes,” director Cliff Springs said.
The web series resembles The Twilight Zone, with each episode unique from the previous one, but with a central theme of drama and psychological thrills.
The location of the production is a home on Calhoun Street in downtown Newberry owned by Joan Marshall.
Springs filmed a baptism video there some months ago and after seeing the basement, came up with an original plot line and asked if they could film there again.
“When they came to film the baptism video, I asked them if they wanted to see my ghost, so I took them down to the basement to see where I found the picture I discovered down there, and apparently they liked the feel of the basement,” Marshall said.
The “ghost” was actually a framed black and white photograph that was found, frame and all, underneath the dirt in Marshall’s basement, something she feels adds history and charm to the home.
“The photo is of an old soldier, maybe Civil War or Spanish-American War, but at this point everything about the photograph is speculation, from who it is to why it was buried in the basement,” Marshall said.
Luke Borgnis, one of the actors in the short, said he signed up for the productions because of the script, and because of the collaborative nature of the film industry. The script involves two men hanging out in the basement when something goes awry.
Marshall is overjoyed to have Genesis in her home filming, especially when it could mean the director getting into and possibly winning Project Greenlight.