Today we had our first special effects shot of the film.
We’re incredibly lucky to have Everett Byrom III as our special effects supervisor. Everett’s worked on dozens of major films, including Dante’s Peak, Armageddon, Jurassic Park III, and the Spy Kids franchise. And true to form, he knocked it out of the park.
We won’t go into too many details, but we got the whole thing in one take, kept everything safe, scared our neighbors from half a mile away, and left a heck of a mess for our art department to clean up:
Mother nature strikes again. The gloomy weather on our first day of shooting in Austin couldn't even compare to what awaited the Found Footage 3D cast and crew upon arrival in Gonzales, TX. Due to the remote location of our primary set, the only way to get there is via mostly-unpaved country roads. It turns out that these roads are extremely susceptible to flooding, meaning that the extremely heavy rainfall from the previous day had essentially turned them into small rivers.
So what did we do? We drove straight through them, of course.
Picture's up on Found Footage 3D! Early Sunday morning cast and crew arrived at the home of our Executive Producer Joe Woskow in Austin, TX, which was our first location (Derek's home). Despite the grey weather and a few delays, the hard work of the cast and crew kept production ahead of schedule and then some, letting us shoot an extra two hours of improv scenes.Read more
We had our production kickoff meeting today. Top three quotes:
3. "When in doubt, don't shout." -- Charles Mulford
2. "We can never have enough blood, right?" -- Steven DeGennaro
1. "The Spectre will be coming out of the closet" "The Spectre's gay?" -- Trevor Harris
We're just days out from the start of filming, and the set is dressed and ready to go. I'm giving you a behind-the-scenes tour of the cabin in which the majority of the film will take place.
Make-up artist Eric Zapata testing out some scary make-up concepts on actress Alena von Stroheim. Don't you *so* wish you could see what this looks like from the front?