Movie Crews Move into Scottdale for Project
Polacek, Karl, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Parents, actors and members of a movie production team gathered on Friday at Greystone Manor in Scottdale to take care of paperwork and to have still photos taken and costumes fitted before filming begins Saturday.
Greystone Manor, at the intersection of Chestnut and Mulberry streets, is the location for the movie, "Gore Orphanage."
It was the first home H.C. Frick built after he left West Overton in the 19th century as he developed his coal and coke empire. Later, Frick found it necessary to build a bigger mansion in Pittsburgh.
The movie is based on an urban legend that claims that in Vermilion, Ohio, in the 1800s a fire destroyed an orphanage, killing many of the children, whose ghosts now haunt the ruins. Most of the movie will be set in rural Ohio in the 1930s.
The movie is a joint venture of Cody Knotts, producer, and Emily Lapisardi, director, who were recently married and live in Uniontown.
Most of the cast members are children. The youngest are 8 years old, which posed special problems because of Pennsylvania's child labor laws.
Kirk Holman of California, Pa., who has been friends with Knotts for many years, said he is helping because he has a great deal of respect for the talent of Knotts and Lapisardi. Holman's son, Charles, 31, is handling the paperwork involved, including making sure all the work permits for the child actors are in order.
Charles Holman said the recently revised Pennsylvania Child Labor Act is strict. For example, children ages 6 to 8 may not work more than 8 hours in a 24-hour day and may not work past 12:30 a.m. on a non-school day. They also may not begin work before 5 a.m., and 12 hours must elapse between the time of dismissal and the time of call on the following day.
"The work rules are stiff, but were needed," Charles Holman said.
Kirk Holman said the governor's office has been helping the film's officials keep in line with the laws and regulations.
There were many children to check on Friday morning.
Ray Wade, the still photographer who also acts as the second cameraman and gaffer, has worked with Knotts on four films.
Emma Smith, 9, of South Park, was waiting to have her picture taken under the watchful eyes of her mother, Dawn. Smith is playing the part of orphan Nellie. She was ready to go on Friday, if not suffering just a bit from the itchiness of the skirt of her costume on the very warm day.
Brandon Mangin, 8, of Knotts' hometown of Taylors-town, Washington County, was calm as he awaited his turn in front of the camera. …