The first week of filming for Found Footage 3D was long and exciting, and now we’ve compiled some of our favorite moments for you guys to see. You’ll get an exclusive look at the cast and crew both on and off set.
We hit some pretty major snags yesterday. The entire day centered around only two shots, both of which went spectacularly wrong, with a major continuity error on one and an effects gag that failed to perform as required on the second. But we got what we needed for our VFX wizard Trevor Harris to fix the latter digitally in post-production, and because we are so far ahead of schedule, we were able to reshoot the other scene today.
It’s a testament to our amazing cast and crew that things are chugging along so smoothly. Even when we get thrown a serious curveball, like we did yesterday, we’re able to roll with it and get what we need.
At the end of our first day of filming, Steven gets a little emotional as he shows his appreciation.
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:
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.
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 tests 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?
Charles, Steven, and our DP Drew Daniels figure out how we’re going to light this spot at night from two hundred yards away. You know, without making it look like we’re lighting this spot from two hundred yards away.
This week has been crazy busy, so instead of talking to you myself, I’ve decided to give you a look inside the make-up FX studio of Eric Zapata. Eric, some of you may know, was on both the 4th and 5th seasons of Face Off on SyFy. He’s a make-up badass and he’s building some sick appliances for our film. Here you get to see the clay models that he’s sculpting in order to cast the appliances.
This week’s update comes to you from Los Angeles, where we spent several days doing auditions. Steven tease some big casting news.
[We apologize for the sound and the focus issues, but Steven had to shoot this himself and there was a limited amount of equipment he could bring with him.]