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(2009)

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Originally, Vanessa Hudgens wanted the part of Charlotte, and thought that if she got cast as Sa5m instead, she would turn it down.
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Originally the film was titled "Will", then the title was changed to "Rock On", and finally to "Bandslam".
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All of the instruments and singing in the movie were recorded by the actors, with the exception of the guitar parts of Vanessa Hudgens, Scott Porter, and piano parts of Lisa Chung. Although Hudgens and Porter learned how to play their songs, they were dubbed by guitarist Jason Mozersky.
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David Bowie agreed to take part in the film because he's a fan of director Todd Graff's previous film Camp (2003).
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Vanessa Hudgens sang "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse as her audition song.
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The band name "I can't go on, I'll go on" comes from the last line of the 1953 Samuel Beckett novel 'The Unnamable'.
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Bandslam's high school scenes were shot at Austin's School for the Deaf and A.N. McCallum High School and Fine Arts Academy, just a few blocks away.
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The main band in the film is comprised of high school students in the story. In real life, at the time of filming, the only actor in the band who was actually still in high school was Charlie Saxton.
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Charlie Saxton shot this movie's high school graduation scene before he had actually graduated from his high school.
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All of the vocals for this film were filmed live by each of the cast members who sang, as mentioned by director Todd Graff. One of the requirements for the film was that all actors had to be able to provide their own vocals.
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Because Aly Michalka (Charlotte Barnes) was on tour with her sister AJ Michalka (Aly & AJ) and Miley Cyrus, she didn't arrive in Austin until midway through rehearsals. Conveniently, the tour's last stop was in Austin, Texas, where rehearsal and filming for the movie took place.
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The part of Irene Lerman (cellist) was originally written as Ira Lerman, a male character. However, when Elvy Yost auditioned, director Todd Graff was so impressed that he rewrote the part for her.
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'Jason Mozersky' and Jordan Richardson were the two instrumentalists that helped with the recording of the bands' music in the film. They are now the lead guitarist and drummer (respectively) in Relentless7, Ben Harper's band.
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Tim Jo (Omar) found the announcement for the audition himself and to audition, videotaped himself playing a borrowed electric guitar since he didn't even own one.
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When Glory Dogs is first performing near the beginning of the movie, Will asks Sa5m how big Bandslam is at the school, and she says "Texas high school football big". The lead singer of Glory Dogs is played by Scott Porter who played a Texas high school quarterback on Friday Night Lights (2006).
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Liam Aiken was originally set to play Will, and had just been accepted to NYU's film school. He was later replaced by Gaelan Connell who left NYU's film school mid-semester to take on the role of Will.
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In the original script, the band name "Glory Dogs" was written as "River Dogs" but the name was changed because in real life there is already a rock band called River Dogs- funnily enough, the real band River Dogs are from New Jersey, where most of the movie is set.
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A classical bassist, Tim Jo (Omar) originally auditioned for the part of Bug (the bassist in the band).
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Cody Linley was originally up for the part of Ben Wheatley, but the role was later given to Scott Porter.
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Elvy Yost (the cellist)'s cello teacher Kris Yenney went to college with Todd Graff (the director), and she played cello on Graff's demo album.
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The movie was released to great critical acclaim, but only took in $2.7m in the first week. The press, and marketing teams at other studios, put the blame squarely on the film's ad campaign, which presented it as the latest in a long run of "High School Musical"-style pictures for "tweens". Reportedly, this decision incensed the film-makers and led to many arguments as the film neared release, but the decision was never reversed.
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In the scene where Karen Burton is selling band shirts during the competition an actor in the background is seen wearing a shirt with, "Made in Texas" printed on the back. The movie was shot in Austin, TX.
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Charlie Saxton had his callback audition for Bug on his birthday.
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Gaelan Connell was cast 2 weeks into the rehearsal process, with only 2 full days of rehearsal left before filming commenced.
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'Bandslam' was the first feature film audition Tim Jo and Elvy Yost ever had.
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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Tiger Station".
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