Mark Webber-directed drama starring his two year old son gets cast

Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller

by: Ronnita "Ronnie" Miller
January 26th, 2011

Mark Webber is no stranger to indie film and is one of those actors that you wonder why he hasn't broken through to the mainstream. He's appeared in films such as DEAR WENDY, BROKEN FLOWERS, and JESUS' SON. He was recently in SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD which, despite its success among the critics, didn't produce the box office revenue that was expected.  In 2008,Webber made his directorial debut with EXPLICIT ILLS and production of his follow-up film is currently underway.

The film, which is as of yet untitled, will star Webber's two year old son, as well as Amanda Seyfried, Shannyn Sossamon, Jason Ritter, and Webber's SCOTT PILGRIM co-star Michael Cera. Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles. The plot will center around the relationship of a struggling actor and his two year old son, after the death of the boy's mother. Seyfreid, Sossamon, Ritter, and Cera will play versions of themselves.

The film will be shot on the Canon 5D, the same camera used for the SXSW hit film directed by Lena Dunham, TINY FURNITURE. This is because Webber's intent is to show the most realistic father-son dynamic he can portray. In order to do that, he has taken great pains to shield his son from the rigors of the shoot.

He is shooting without a crew - just himself, a director of photography, and a sound person.

Webber said, "It’s been really cool and eye-opening to limit the exposure to my son but create the scenes and moments that seem realistically uncomfortable...The blurring of boundaries and the overcompensation that you do with a child -- how you look to them for affection when it’s not appropriate? It’s been an exercise to capture real life moments and still tell a compelling story."

Source THR's Risky Business Blog

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