Alvin and his cohorts will bring Mardi Gras to Conyers next week.
The city has given permits to the fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, “Road Chip,” to film in Olde Town Conyers, May 4-8.
Casting calls for extras went out and can be found on line at Southern Casting Call, Project Casting and other free casting sites. The production company is looking for extras who look like New Orleans jazz musicians, partying college students, and 18-to-70 year-old extras. Those who know how to dance or who have their own Mardi Gras costumes are encouraged to apply by emailing photos and information such as age, weight, sizes and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In particular, the casting director is looking for African-American extras who can play the trombone and are available May 4-7, including night calls on May 6 and 7.
Location managers for the film spent last week meeting with merchants, property owners and others to discuss compensation for inconveniences encountered during filming on Center Street. Production crew members try to accommodate local businesses during filming, said Andrew Galbraith, assistant location manager for the production.
“We try to patronize the local businesses in every way possible while we’re filming. We’re just happy to be in Conyers for this project,” he said, adding that so far, the meetings have gone very well.
Details on the shoot times and locations will be released later, according to an email sent by Gina Hartsell, camera ready film liaison for Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council Inc.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip” is scheduled to open in theaters on Dec. 23.
The first of the Chipmunks animation and live action films, “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” grossed more than $361 million. Two sequels followed, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” in 2009 and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” in 2011.