“The mark of a good actor is one who takes direction well and these boys are exceptional at it.” Fiorela Canaj - Producer of the film, Fishbowl.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 8, 2010 –
The Hall Brothers are heating up. Spencer, Justin and Tyler are a well-oiled, nonstop, acting machine. From movies and videos to national touring Broadway productions, the Hall Brothers are on a roll.
A typical month for the busy brothers looks something like this:
- Tyler and Justin audition for lead roles in a feature film directed by Martin Scorsese.
- Justin is called back for a second meeting on the Scorsese film, titled "The Invention of Hugo Cabret”, which is scheduled to begin shooting in Paris and London this summer.
- Justin auditions for an upcoming Tim Burton feature film and is called back at the request of the superstar director for a supporting role, under the keen eye of casting director Jen Rudin (a fan herself, who plucked Justin from the thousands of hopeful “Michaels” for the company of Mary Poppins)
- Justin auditions for a role in a new Steve Carrell film, as yet untitled.
- Spencer’s film from 2008, “See You Tomorrow”, in which he stars as the lead character, Earl IV, is finally set for release with an April premiere in New York.
- After two years of staged readings, and industry reviews, Tyler’s play Sweet Prince makes it mark on the theatrical world, having been picked up by the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, for their prestigious Winterfest 2010 gallery of work.
- Justin was offered the sassy role of “Michael” in the prestigious Chicago touring company of Billy Elliot, but ultimately chose to stay in New York with his family. He hopes for a shot to perform on the Broadway stage this summer.
- The brothers work on honing their acting skills with coaches Larry Gleason, Todd Etelson and David Wenzel; and study improve with the legendary Diane Hardin.
- They dance privately at the Great Neck Arts Center and Two Worlds Dance Studio (with Lance Theobald Jr. and Dee Dee Carillo), and train vocally and instrumentally at Queens College Center for Preparatory Studies in Music.
- All three will be in the prestigious Random Farms Kids Theatre Industry Showcase in March, performing monologues and songs to top tier industry professionals.
- Tyler participates in Kidz Theatre’s sold out production of A Chorus Line
- Justin and Spencer participate in Queens College Preparatory Music School Opera Recital in which they sang in German (the Magic Flute), French (Carmen) and English (Gilbert and Sullivan)
For the first time in their ever growing, successful young careers, all three Hall Brothers (http://www.thehallbrothers.com) were plucked from among the many young boys brought in by producer Fiorela Canaj to star in a student film being shot this month. Called “Fishbowl”, this undergraduate thesis project from Fairfield (CT) University’s film school will feature all three boys working together for the first time on the same film project.
“We saw a lot of young men over a four week period,” says Canaj. “Spencer and Tyler were both great separately but together as brothers in the film they have amazing chemistry. And then we brought in Justin to play a friend of Spencer’s character and he was fantastic as well. I think they all are destined to do big things in this business.”
The premise of Fishbowl is about a young boy (Spencer) who learns his pet goldfish is having breathing problems and so he goes to incredible lengths to save his life. What the boy learns along the way as he seeks a solution for his pet is both heartwarming and inspiring.
“The boys were great at improvising and they took great direction from Ryan Duff, our director,” adds Canaj. “The mark of a good actor is one who takes direction well and these boys are exceptional at it.”
Still another film that’s headed for the festival circuit and stars Spencer is a 30 minute short called Prince Leonidas. This touching portrayal of a young boy dealing with the death of his grandfather was a meaty role for the nine year old from Great Neck, New York. Maria Vlahos, the student director of the film, was astonished by the preparation and conviction of the youngest Hall brother. “When he auditioned I just knew I wanted to cast him in the film,” says Vlahos. “His acting was phenomenal. He captured each and every emotion of the character so well.”
Spencer was “very confident” when he came to rehearse for his character in Prince Leonidas, said Vlahos. “We had really long days and he never complained once. I see a really bright future for him as an actor.”
All three Hall Brothers are top notch students at their respective schools on Long Island. Tyler attends Buckley Country Day School (7th grade) while Justin and Spencer attend Portledge (5th and 3rd grades respectively). They also find time to hang with their friends, compete fiercely in extracurricular team sports and create original music courtesy of Apple’s Garage Band.
And, as if all of this were not enough – these down to earth, outgoing, engaging young men also found time to work on a singing career.
Last summer, the Hall Brothers shot their first music video. They performed a song called, “When I Close My Eyes” (lyrics by Jim Papoulis), that was co-produced and engineered by Grammy winner Michael Tudor. The New York based Tudor, who won a Grammy for the recording of “Spring Awakening The Musical”, was impressed with Tyler, Justin and Spencer for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was their professionalism and overall talent.
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