SARASOTA -- Shrieks emanated from inside the mansion.
A large group of wealthy party people dashed out the front door.
The director yelled, “Cut!”
The actors playing attendees at a charity auction waited to do the same scene all over again.
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The shoot would last from 6 p.m. until an expected 6 a.m. today.
The scene is part of the crime/thriller “Parker,” starring Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte and Michael Chiklis.
It’s being filmed at the Ringling Museum of Art’s Ca’ d’Zan Mansion.
Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford started shooting scenes for “Parker,” based on novelist Donald Westlake’s namesake criminal protagonist, on Wednesday.
About 300 people were cast as extras at a pay rate of $105 per day for the three consecutive days.
Ty Copeman, who resides in Port Charlotte, landed a role as a chauffeur.
The Former New Yorker, dressed in his own dapper black suit, has appeared in episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Third Watch,” “Sex and the City,” and “The Sopranos,” according to The Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).
“This has been pretty good,” the 56-year-old Copeman said while standing in front of the Ca’ d’Zan. “This is my first time acting in Florida.”
Sylvia Manning, wearing a striking royal blue evening gown provided by wardrobe, drove down from Seminole to participate.
“Yesterday they shot us walking up to the front door,” the 53-year-old said. “I’m just doing it for the fun of it.”
And perhaps a snazzy new piece of clothing.
“I’m going to buy this dress for $25,” Manning said. “They told me it was cheaper than them having it dry cleaned.”
Just then, an assistant told the actors it was time for another take.
The director couldn’t be missed on set. Hackford wore a bright red shirt and matching ball cap. He commanded the army of extras with ease and patience.
“No, let’s try that one more time,” he would say.
Hackford’s resume includes directing “Ray,” and “Devil’s Advocate,” as well as “Officer and a Gentleman.”
Jeanne Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office, said she enjoyed talking with Hackford and executive producer Stratton Leopold when she and Tina Shumway, the film office’s executive assistant, visited the set Wednesday night.
“We were very pleased and flattered to be invited,” Corcoran said. “We had a chance to have one-on-one conversations with Mr. Hackford and Mr. Leopold about what’s working best and we received great, positive feedback from them.”
Corcoran and Shumway also talked to Chiklis, who won an Emmy for lead actor in the drama series “The Shield.”
“He was standing with us watching the monitor and we just started chatting about the Sarasota area, which he thought was gorgeous,” Corcoran said. “He asked about what’s our real estate like here. He’s a very nice man and down-to-earth.”
Corcoran estimated that the “Parker” shoot is driving hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct spending into the area. The movie puts Sarasota/Manatee on the filmmaking map, which could lead to more productions coming this way. Hackford happens to be president of the Directors Guild of America.
“The high-profile names attached to this major motion picture attract so much publicity and raises the visibility of the area nationally and internationally, even if it is only shooting here for three days,” she said. “It’s priceless.”
Wade Tatangelo, features writer/columnist, can be reached at (941) 745-7057. Visit his blog at heraldbuzzworthy.blogspot.com.