Georgia Southern University invites fans to be part of a new major motion picture titled “Erk.” Scenes for the film about the life of legendary Eagles head football coach Erk Russell will be recorded Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. during the Blue White spring football game at Paulson Stadium. Filmmakers will shoot close-ups of fans and crowd shots.
Georgia Southern fans are asked to dress in period 1980s attire to make the shots accurate and to have a chance to be in the film. “We want to capture the essence of Paulson Stadium as it was in 1984,” said “Erk” producer and Georgia Southern alumnus Beau Turpin. “We highly encourage everyone to come out dressed as mid-1980s college football fans. In addition to the clothing, the big hair that was popular with women in the 80s is also encouraged.”
Turpin cautions fans to not overdo it. “Statesboro was a small town with new fans at the program’s infancy,” he explained. “The more simple, the better. We will be passing out signs for the crowd. Milk jug-shakers and homemade noise makers are all welcome. The important part is that we are cheering on the 2013 Eagles for the Blue/White game."
Turpin also said that the filmmakers will be in the background and won't interrupt play, but they might talk to the crowd to get specific shots. Full production on “Erk” begins later this year.
Prior to the game, the Eagles will host the Little Eagles Camp at 11 a.m. The camp is free and open to all kids ages 4-12. Following the game at 7 p.m., the Eagle Football Alumni Association will be hosting the $10,000 reverse raffle. Tickets can still be purchased by contacting the Athletics Foundation at 912-478-5520.
The Georgia Southern baseball team, softball, men's soccer and men's tennis will also be in action this weekend. Baseball will host a three-game weekend series against The Citadel, while softball is hosting a three-game set against the Samford Bulldogs. The men's tennis team will square off with Samford on Friday and Chattanooga on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled to start at noon and it will be senior day on Saturday. Men's soccer will host a doubleheader of spring soccer on Sunday. The first match against North Florida is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and the second against SCAD is set for 5 p.m.