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Ryan with script supervisor Julie, Natalie, the behind the scenes vidographer, and Haley

Hoopin' it up !


First published in the official Ryan Merriman website on 11th November 2005

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Ryan and company finished the first round of production on "Home of the Giants" in North Carolina on October 9th and what a shoot it was! Ryan says, "This is the greatest bunch of people I've ever worked with. Working on this film and getting to develop the character of Matt under the direction of Rusty Gorman, just bouncing ideas off of each other and shooting it to see what worked, was the best acting experience I've ever had. Having that much freedom to bring a character to life is an actors was amazing!" The cast and crew will travel to Indiana sometime in November for a final week of shooting. Since the story takes place in Indiana in the winter, they need to get some pick up shots of the stadiums there and also get some exterior footage in the winter with snow on the ground and bare trees.

"Home of the Giants" is a story of hoops, heroes and friendship. The kind that brings two unlikely characters together to form a bond that only gets stronger with time. It's based on trust. An "I've got your back", through the good and bad times story. Even in situations that cross the line between right and wrong, these two friends hold tight to their belief in each other. They inspire and encourage each other and stand strong together, especially through adversity.

Ryan had an amazing time working with Haley and even more fun hitting a few of the fine golf courses Greensboro had to offer. They spent their off time on the links at Grandover and Pinehurst, just to name a couple. He had a great time working with Danielle Panabaker too. "She is a very beautiful and talented actress. Her eyes and smile light up the screen.", Ryan said. Kenneth Mitchell, who plays the role of Keith, older brother to Ryan's character Matt, became a great friend. They got to take in a few movies; a Panther's Monday Night Football Game, hang out at a local brew pub for a few rounds of pool and spent an evening with the ladies in their lives when they came to town for a visit. Kenneth is engaged to be married and the couples had a great time together. Ryan can't wait to catch back up with everyone again in Indiana for final shoots.

Ryan got to work extensively on his basketball skills with some amazing young athletes. There were two weeks of practices before filming and some one-on-one coaching.

Ryan with Kenneth Mitchell who plays older brother Keith.

Big Nasty, Ryan, Matt, Brandon and Eric

Ryan with his director Rusty Gorman who is amazing.


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