The RL short film
Josh Hammond, Hannah Landberg, Brandon Stacy, and Hayley Derryberry during production of the original short film, shot in Burbank, Ca over a weekend in December of 2012.
Brandon is the only actor that didn't reprise his role in the feature- playing David instead of John Allen (played by Paul J. Porter in the feature).
Hayley and Josh during his last day on set. He and his wife (actress Kristina Hammond) were expecting their first child and he needed to get back to California quickly so he didn't miss the birth- so we adjusted our schedule to shoot him out as early as possible.
We were lucky to have Josh reprise his role from the short version of the film that we shot nearly six months earlier.
Hayley Derryberry and Jessica Sonneborn conversing with some young fans outside of Bruce's Country Kitchen in Hanston, Ks- the only bar/restaurant in the town, which has a population of only 150 people.
Shoot day 6-
Jessica, Hannah, and Hayley posing for a photo with our 'Old Timers'- Mr. Larry Nuss and Mr. Leo Ziesch.
Leo is the father of our producer/production designer, Lance, and provided critical support during the production including locations and props.
Leo also bought the 1983 Chevrolet Caprice that he then restored to a period correct Sheriff's vehicle for the film.
Saturday nights in Hanston during production were the only night that the cast and crew had to relax since we were shooting six days a week.
Here Brandon and Paul are pictured during one of the few non-work nights.
Paul took advantage of the opportunity to get a picture with Megan before she cleaned the fake blood off.
Brian L. Reece (The Sheriff, Production Manager, 1st AD, etc...) makes a lighting adjustment during Hannah's last shot of production.
Most interior (and many exterior) shots used a bit of fog to create ambience and add to the retro/period feel of the story- which you can see in this shot.
Natalie Turner ('Stephanie', Production Assistant, Stand-In) shows off a set of prop claws fabricated by Brian L. Reece.
The claws were made from a combination of scrap metal and old farm implements which were welded together and ground into shape.
Shoot Day 3
We shot this scene in the field behind Sheryl Porter's (Executive Producer, Crafty/Catering, grandmother of Director Paul J. Porter) yard.
Mark Furini (Art Director, Associate Producer) stepped up to hold the boom mic on this scene.
Shoot Day 1
Before the very first shot of the film, Director Paul J. Porter shows lead actress Hayley Derryberry her running route for the shot.
We spent the first shoot day on the Ziesch property shooting only shots of Heather (Hayley) for the running sequence and a sequence later in the film when she is being chased through the woods.
Megan Hensley (Lisa, Production Assistant) takes advantage of the photo op with Josh on his last day on set.
This picture was taken in the 'smoking room' of the cabin- which several scenes were shot in.
We needed the camera to be as low as possible in order to 'cheat' a POV shot looking up, so we put Brandon up on a stack of crash pads to get the required height and allow the shot to be framed properly.
The girls (Hayley, Hannah, and Jessica) mess around in between takes while we were shooting in the Suburban.
The vehicle is owned by Porter's relatives and originally belonged to his great grandparents, Veryl 'Doc' and Irene Holmes.
Executive Producer Lori Mann (who also has a cameo as the Sheriff's Secretary!) stopped by set during the shooting of the dinner scene to check out the movie making process.
She is pictured with lead actress Hayley Derryberry and her nephew Paul J. Porter (John, Director).
Most of the cast and crew were on hand for one of the more personnel-intensive scenes of the film.
The cabin location doubled as cast and crew lodging and is normally rented out as a hunter's lodge by the owners, Walt and Gwen Salmans, of Hanston, Ks.
The cabin was a nearly perfect location without any assistance from the art department, but we did shift a few things around during production to keep the location period correct.
Meals during production were usually held at Executive Producer Sheryl Porter's house nearby in Hanston.
The basement of the house was used as the interior of the 'Hunter's Lair' set and doubled as yet more crew lodging. Many of the exterior locations were within a few hundred yards of the house as well.
The location originally belonged to the great grandparents of the director and is the house he visited every year for Christmas until he was 18 and joined the U.S. Marines.
Chris Bylsma (Ben, Sound Mixer) poses during one of our night shoots with his 'hippie' girls- Ali Lofquist (Amy), Natalie Turner (Stephanie), and Megan Hensley (Lisa).
Brandon Stacy (David) can be seen photobombing in the background.
Rather than shooting some of the driving shots actually on the road, we used a 'poor man's process' to create the illusion of movement for the shots.
The blue screen was used to key out the background so we could add a moving landscape in post-production.
We had a 1200w HMI light shooting through an orange gel to create early morning sunlight and randomly waved a cardboard box in front of it to look like trees casting shadows while a crew member shook the car for motion.
The team often ran two cameras in order to shoot as much coverage as possible as quickly as possible.
Here we have one camera on the jib and one on the tripod too with different lenses to get multiple angles on the action.
Shoot Day 6
Director Paul J. Porter poses with his grandfather, Paul J. Porter (Associate Producer) when he visited set during our biggest day of shooting for the town sequence.
Mr. Porter also surprised the crew with a Rabid Love birthday cake for the director's birthday that was a few weeks earlier!
Lead actress Hayley Derryberry (Heather) relaxes in between takes during a scene in the cabin.
'Truth or Dare' scene
One of the few scenes with all of the main cast on camera and Director Paul J. Porter behind it.
Monicca De Luna (Wardrobe) kept organized during production by utilizing the 'smoking room' to store and prep wardrobe for the entire cast.
She had to age many pieces of wardrobe to make them look worn and used since a lot of it was bought new.
Brian L. Reece as the Sheriff posing with Lance L. Ziesch (Production Designer, Producer) in the backyard of the cabin.
Photobomb by Chris Bylsma (Sound Mixer).
Devin T. Simmons (Gaffer, Stand In, 2nd AC, etc...) slating one of hundreds of shots for the film.
Devin took a bus all the way from Florida to work on the film!
There weren't many options for a 'lake' in western Kansas and the production was lucky to find this location outside of Jetmore, which is known as Boy Scout Lake.
It ended up being one of our main locations since there were several different looks and landscapes in a very small area that allowed the crew to move quickly between setups and scenes.
This one was a little tricky due to high winds that we had to fight for good sound.
Another scene shot near the Boy Scout Lake which was only several yards from base camp.
The first scene in the film was actually the last one shot.
Scene 1 was shot in December of 2012 in the same location (Toluca Lake area of Burbank, California) as the original short film exactly one year earlier.
The scene was shot with a skeleton crew in about seven hours with Director Paul J. Porter behind the camera.
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