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the San Diego Union Tribune
"Oceanside High becomes stage for
By Sherry Parmet and Pat Sherman
Nearly 200 students at Oceanside
High School strolled the food court yesterday
carrying notebooks, trays and cell phones.
It was like any other school lunch period,
save for the wardrobe racks, production
lights and a director shouting through
crew is filming the pilot show for a possible
television series at the school this weekend.
"Veronica Mars" is a drama about
a teenager in the fictional town of Neptune
who moonlights as a private investigator.
Paul Kurta said much of the filming will
take place in Oceanside.
a seaside town that still feels like middle-class
people live there," he said. "Most
of the seaside towns feel resort driven."
line centers on Veronica Mars, a high
school senior at Neptune High School who
helps out with her father's private investigation
business, Kurta said. Her father [Enrico
Colantoni]is the town's former police
chief who was fired while investigating
a murder suspect, a powerful industrialist
who is the wealthiest man in town.
before noon yesterday, the show's 23-year-old
star, Kristen Bell, was seated at a table
in the middle of the quadrant, preparing
for one of numerous takes.
of the bullies is trying to pick on this
guy and the main character, she's trying
to stand up for her friend," explained
15-year-old freshman Melissa Molino of
pretty much the new guy around, an outcast,
and she's trying to help him fit in,"
said 15-year-old sophomore Jessica Gerry.
and Jessica are among numerous Oceanside
High students volunteering as extras for
the project. Stu Segall Productions, located
in San Diego, is paying the school $7,750
for the use of the campus and extras.
If picked up, the drama will air on the
an interesting experience for me,"
said Melissa, a drama student who learned
of the opportunity through her teacher.
"I've never seen actual filming up
close . . . . If you you want to be an
actor, it's kind of cool to see them making
a pilot firsthand."
get the whole 15 minutes of fame,"
is paying the school $3,000 for use of
its campus. Student groups such as band,
chorus, track and ceramics will receive
an additional $4,750 for supplying extras.
contract with the school is to shoot only
one episode of Veronica Mars, said Laura
Chalkley, spokeswoman for the Oceanside
Unified School District. Filming will
series gets picked up, and the production
crew wants additional use of the Oceanside
campus, a new contract would be negotiated
with the school board, said Chalkley.
the Hollywood Reporter
By Nellie Andreeva
has been cast as the male lead in UPN's
drama pilot "Veronica Mars."
Mars," from Warner Bros. TV and Silver
Pictures, centers on a hip teenage girl
(Kristen Bell) who helps her father (Colantoni)
with his private detective agency.
is best known for his role as photographer
Elliot DiMauro on NBC's "Just Shoot
Me." His credits
also include the features "Full Frontal"
and "Galaxy Quest" and TNT's
"James Dean." Colantoni
is repped by Innovative Artists and manager
"UPN saves 'Trek' but beams it to
new slot "
By Gary Levin - Excerpt
Newcomers include Veronica
Mars, which is about a teenage girl who
helps her dad's private-detective agency.
It stars Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni
(Just Shoot Me).
Tuesday: All of Us at
8; Eve, 8:30; Veronica Mars, 9