Andrew Fognani is the talented executive producer and lead male actor in the feature short film “REIGN”. He is a native of Denver, Colorado, where his love of entertaining others began to develop. Fognani attended the University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business, and graduated with a double major in finance and accounting. After returning to Colorado, and working for a year, he decided to take the ‘leap of faith’ and move out to Los Angeles, California to become an actor. “It was one of those things, a dream, which always has fear behind it, and I said, I’m going to face it, and just go out there and see what happens.”
Upon arriving in Los Angeles, he signed up for acting classes, and began to network. Within a short period of time, he met many directors, actors, and his current writing partner. “Building up my relationships has really been a key point in the progress that I’ve made.”, Fognani stresses of the importance of networking. Fognani began studying acting with Kimberly Jentzen. “I loved her acting classes. She’s a great acting coach.”, states Fognani.
These classes led to many conversations about film and making a movie. Fognani met with Kimberly Jentzen and Peggy Lane, and began brainstorming ideas for scripts. “It was probably just three days later Kimberly (Jentzen) had the script, and it was amazing, so we jumped at the opportunity.”, explains Fognani. The script evolved into the feature short film, “REIGN”. The film is about three Marines serving in a unit in Iraq. The story centers on the decision the three Marines must make after “baiting” insurgents with ammunition, and the sole survivor is a woman. Fognani stars as Delano, as well as working as the executive producer on the project, along with Mark Rickard as a producer, Peggy Lane co-producing and Kimberly Jentzen directing.
Casting was the next key challenge to complete. Over several weeks, Will Wallace was cast as Cooper, and agreed to produce the film as well. Casting director, Sara Wallace, was brought on to contribute her expertise to the casting. Clayton Hoff was cast as Gates, and Caroline Macey was cast as Raine Delano. Finding someone to play the key female role of Fadwa was a challenge, until Peggy Lane recommended Sheetal Sheth for the role. “We were so fortunate to get Sheetal Sheth. She is just an absolute dream to work with, extremely easy, very laid back, so talented, and she just really draws the performance out of you. You don’t have to sit there and work too hard. Sheetal, she is such a talent and a gem to work with.”, Fognani says of his co-star.
Additionally, Fognani credits Will Wallace with helping to maintain the synergy by recommending the project seek help form Bob Harvey at Panavision. “Will Wallace is an absolutely amazing person. He recommended speaking with Bob Harvey at Panavision, then everything just started falling into place. Kimberly (Jentzen) went to Panavision, and Bob Harvey just saw the inspiration in Kimberly, saw the script, and said, ‘Who’s your favorite director?’, Kimberly said, ‘Clint Eastwood’ , and Bob Harvey said that he knew Jack Green.”, explains Fognani. Mr. Green reviewed the script, and after meeting with the talented collaborators agreed to be one of the cinematographers on the project. “I remember when we were first meeting with Jack(Green), he said, ‘You know what? Get ready. This is going to change your life.’ I’ll tell you what, it certainly has.”, states Fognani.
The positive momentum continued when editor Simon Carmody agreed to lend his talent to editing “REIGN”. “We had a wonderful editor, Simon Carmody, who went above and beyond everything that was asked of him.”, commends Fognani. Fognani credits the entire, cast and crew with bringing “REIGN” to completion, “It was really everybody that helped. Everybody went above and beyond. It was just a magical project to work on.It was well worth it in the relationships that I’ve made through the film. Everybody, from Will Wallace, Kimberly Jentzen, Peggy Lane, Sheetal Sheth, Simon Carmody, Jack Green, Susan Marder, and the volunteers. It was everybody that really helped in getting this film made and into festivals.”, commends Fognani. “REIGN”, has won several awards as of this writing; most notably for Best Director from Actors Film Fest, and Best Short and the Audience Award from Louisville International Film Festival.
Andrew Fognani is currently developing a new script with his writing partner, Mark Thayer,and hopes to move into production in 2013. www.imdb.com/name/nm3887753
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