Wrestling Movie Filming at Perry Hall High, Extras Needed

A major scene in "The Hardest Six" is scheduled to be filmed at Perry Hall High School.

Martin Whittier spent several weeks scouting high schools between Baltimore and Cecil County—but when it came to finding the perfect backdrop for a major scene in his upcoming short film, one stood out among the rest.

"Perry Hall is probably the most neutral and one of the cleanest. It also has one of the most cooperative staffs," said Whittier, writer and director of the in-progress movie, "The Hardest Six."

It was no surprise to Whittier that a portion of the 1987 version of "Hairspray" was filmed at the . A was also filmed in part at the school last year.

"Mr. Arnold, the assistant principal, he's been great with helping out with whatever. He said 'We're accustomed to Hollywood around here,'" Whittier said.

Principal George Roberts told Patch he was looking forward to the school's part in the project.

The 25-minute film, produced by Whittier's company, Brumar Films, is about a teenage boy who moves in with his grandparents after his soldier father is deployed to the Middle East. While adjusting to his new life, he faces challenges on his school's wrestling team.

By naming the school in the film Patrick Henry High School, Whittier can keep up all of the school's "PH" signage and decorations.

The central scene in the film involves a wrestling match in the school's gym, but it also calls for about 400 extras in the stands. Filming is scheduled for June 30 and Whittier said he is hoping for volunteers from the surrounding community.

"We're looking for everybody, families, older people," he said, adding that anyone interested should sign up on the film's website as soon as possible.  

The 27-year-old Belcamp resident said the film is partially autobiographical. Whittier wrestled for four years at and said his experiences with the sport were a major part of his own coming of age.

"It's frustrating to know you can't beat that one guy. Mentally you just have to accept it," he said. "My buddy and I back in high school always joked how cool it would be to make a film about wrestling."

But Whittier said the film will appeal to more than just wrestling fans.

"A lot of the movie is relationship based, between the main character and his grandfather. The themes in the movie can apply to anything in life outside of sports," he said.

"The Hardest Six" will likely be shown at film festivals and released on iTunes and DVD. Whittier said he hopes production will be fully funded and completed within the next year.

"So far, we've raised about $3,500. The rest has just come out of my own pocket," he said. "The movie's never been about the money, just about getting it done and showing it off, and hopefully it could turn into a feature film."

Tell us what you think about the film idea in the comments.

Bill Howard June 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Very Cool. I hope the production is a success. I would like to watch them film it.
BALTIMOREDEE June 10, 2012 at 02:38 PM
It's important to support all filmmakers who film in Maryland, but especially the few who film in Baltimore County. I hope that everyone will visit the Website to sign up as extras and also, if you can, donate to help finance the making of the film; how often do you get to make a difference in an artist's life and in your community's? Further, economically, filmmaking in a community is a great thing. To quote from the Maryland Film Industry Coaltion's Website: The scope of (film) production activity is broad, resulting in substantial expenditures with local businesses. Goods and services are purchased from many types of Maryland businesses, including hotels, restaurants, property rentals, art supply stores, lumber and paint companies, equipment and party rental stores, costume shops, thrift shops, fabric stores, sign shops, car rental companies, coffee shops and carry-outs. Ordinary citizens benefit from hosting film, television and media productions in their communities. Individuals may receive location fees for the use of their homes, fees for use of their cars as “picture cars.” Community associations, churches, recreation centers, VFW halls and community organizations benefit from donations and location fees for the use of their facilities and in gratitude of community support." I applaude Brumar Films for choosing Perry Hall High School and wish the filmmaker success! I hope to see your film at the Maryland Film Festival next year!
momaj June 13, 2012 at 07:23 AM
i would also be interested in being an extra in this local film. please contact me at momaj@verizon.net
Antonio alarcon November 08, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Antonio Alarcon wants to. Be film contact me at 5622533857
ezinne ohaka February 08, 2013 at 02:43 AM
I would like to be an extra in this film..my number is 2404866463 ....karenohaka@yahoo.com


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