Production Diary Blog - (Peer into The Rift!)

Pre-Production Madness

 

A lot's been happening.

We've been working on the schedule, which has gone through a few evolutions.

  Alyssa G. works on the schedule. Old school style.

Alyssa G. works on the schedule. Old school style.

We're having some special FX props made for the film, too. I even paid the FX house a visit and had a little too much fun testing out some sample props...

One of our biggest pieces of news is that we've secured our location. It's an old, old Victorian house with a super creepy vibe. Perfect for a supernatural thriller!

  Cue creepy music...

Cue creepy music...

Here are a couple of tantalizing glimpses of the inside... 

  No, the Fortress of Solitude is not in our film. You'll just have to wait and see what this is...

No, the Fortress of Solitude is not in our film. You'll just have to wait and see what this is...

This past Saturday was a pretty big day for us. It all started with a fun FX makeup test. Elizabeth applied the FX makeup to my face because our actors were preparing for a photo shoot and we needed their faces free of blood... and such.

  And yes, Jess is a Green Lantern fan. (Not a huge fan of the movie, though...)

And yes, Jess is a Green Lantern fan. (Not a huge fan of the movie, though...)

We're not revealing any makeup effects until the film premieres, but rest assured -- Elizabeth is great at her job and this is going to be scary! Check out her website to get an idea of what she can do. Once I was made up, I enjoyed greeting our cast with a bloody, macabre smile as they arrived for the photo shoot.

About the photo shoot... as you may know, our producer Alyssa G. is also a photographer. Weeks and weeks ago, we had ordered a green backdrop for her, so some of the photos she took could be composited against different backgrounds and other elements.

Well... the shipment ended up not arriving on time, so I had to pull out the old green screen I made almost a decade ago and iron out all the kinks.

  They don't really make ironing boards big enough for this...

They don't really make ironing boards big enough for this...

The green screen ended up performing admirably, of course, as did our talented and photogenic cast. Therefore, the photo shoot was a big success. Rane and Danielle are total pros, and somehow they also kept us in stitches the entire time.

Some of what we photographed will appear in our first poster, so that's exciting! And you'll get to see the poster here before it goes public online or in the press.

After the photo shoot, though, our day wasn't over yet! We still had our table-read, where we sat down and read through the entire script out-loud. It helped us spot any final details that needed taken care of, and it was also the first time the cast got to go through all their lines together.

Well, we definitely picked the right cast. We had a great time, and it was very exciting to hear everything Alyssa and I wrote being spoken out-loud for the first time.

  Danielle Lozeau (left), Rane Jameson (center), and Sean Dwyer (right)

Danielle Lozeau (left), Rane Jameson (center), and Sean Dwyer (right)

It was a long day, but a very productive one. There's plenty more to do, and we're working at it every single day. There will be more updates in the next few weeks as we close in on the end of Pre-Production and move ever-closer to principal photography at the beginning of January. So stay tuned, and wish us luck!

~Jess