Idyllwild Arts Senior Makes Feature Film Debut

February 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Dylan Arnold in production for Fat Kid Rules the World

Dylan Arnold, a senior Idyllwild Arts Theatre major, will walk the red carpet this March when his upcoming film Fat Kid Rules the World premiers at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas. This is Dylan’s first feature film and professional onscreen appearance. Directed by Matthew Lillard, Dylan plays the supporting role of “Dayle” in the film alongside actors Billy Campbell, Jacob Wysocki, Matt O’Leary and Lilli Simmons.

Dylan is represented by an agent in Seattle, near his hometown of Bainbridge Island, and goes on auditions whenever he’s home on break. This past summer, he auditioned for the role – never thinking that he would get the part. Dylan said, “A week went by and I hadn’t heard from them. Finally, my Mom called and said that I would have to find someone to take over my summer vacation job as the producer called and wanted me for the role. I dropped the phone in surprise.”

The production began in July, with Dylan on set for three of the five weeks of filming. According, to Dylan, working with first time director Matthew Lillard was a real privilege and tremendous learning experience for him. Matthew has had a distinguished career as an actor, appearing in films such as Scooby-doo, She’s All That and – most recently – The Descendants. Dylan described Matthew as an “actor’s director… he tells you what is going on in the scene, and then asks for input from the actors.”

Dylan also states, “I give my training at Idyllwild Arts full credit for having made it possible to win this first film role. At Idyllwild Arts, I learned how to analyze and develop a character more fully, be more natural on stage and stay in the moment.”

While at Idyllwild Arts, Dylan acted in several student films. In 2011, he appeared in Laura Holliday’s “Rockstars: The Pete Weaver Experience” with Conor O’Farrell. In his first semester, in Spring 2010, he was cast in two films: the award winning “Shortcomings” by Andrew Reisfeld and “On the Bright Side” by Laura Holliday. Dylan says that the “experience of working in front of a camera is completely different than being onstage. I learned the need for subtlety and how to contain myself when the camera is up close. Being in student films at Idyllwild made all the difference in knowing how to behave in front of a camera.”

Next, Dylan is off to the Chicago Unified Auditions and would like to attend either Chapman University, where he could study both Theatre and Film, or Roosevelt University in Chicago to study Theatre. Fat Kid Rules the World is also scheduled to appear at the Seattle International Film Festival.

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