On May 25, 2014, we began rolling cameras on the world’s first 3D found footage horror film. Two days later, six actors and twenty-seven crew members descended on a ranch 10 miles outside of Gonzales, Texas, and completely took it over for the next three weeks. We braved snakes, spiders, wasps, and billions of mosquitoes to make a film that we hope (and the footage seems to suggest) will go down in history.
Our final day of shooting began during a full moon on Friday the 13th and ended at 6:50 the following morning, when we finally shot our last frame:
Now begins the long process of post production. We have 600 Gb of raw picture footage to review, over a dozen visual effects shots to render, and the all important sound to design, so that this time next year you’ll all be able to watch this in theaters and be as excited to see it as we’ve been making it.
We’ll continue to post videos and photos, so keep coming back for all the latest news and content.
Our practical effects teams returned to the set today to start shooting some of the really freaky shit that takes place at the end of the movie. We don’t want to give away too much, but here are a few stills from when the shit really hits the fan.
If you’ve been paying attention at all (and especially if you’re part of the Twitterverse), you already know that FEARNet critic Scott Weinberg is playing himself in Found Footage 3D. And going into our third and final week, it was time to bring him onto Gonzales.
Here he is today, meeting our producer Kim Henkel, just moments before being called to set to shoot his first scene.
On Thursday we’ll be killing Scott in glorious fashion. Stay tuned!
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.
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.