Behind The Scenes: Opening Sequence Drawing

crayon drawing of Cthulhu

Sally's drawing, by Oshyn Gibson.

A little close-up reveal of what little Sally is working on during the opening scene of Chartarum. Oshyn Gibson, who plays Sally Barnes, was asked to get a drawing started so the page wouldn’t be blank. I don’t think anyone gave her any kind of direction about the subject, but she took inspiration from her surroundings and produced the above. When you see the movie, you will understand why this was so great.
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Chartarum Showing At Porcfest 2012

Going to Porcfest this year? You can see Chartarum at a special midnight showing on Friday night (June 22nd)!

Porcfest 2012 Logo

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Chartarum Basically Done

Chartarum PosterChartarum is pretty much in the can!┬áIt’s been a long, hard road, but the movie has been cut together. Only ADR (re-recording dialogue) remains, and the cast is assembling this week to record that. They will also be recording at least one commentary for the bonus materials.

We’ll be posting more in the coming days!

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Images: Behind the Scenes – Step Carefully

John in fog

John Shaw (director, etc.) carefully makes his way through the bodies littering the ground during a (manufactured) foggy night shoot. (Photo: Mike Barskey)


Bodies (one of them belonging to Tegan Ballotti) and body parts littered the ground while John Shaw (director, etc.) filmed some of the carnage. Luckily, it was dry and not cold and the fog was fake.

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Images: Behind the Scenes – Gadberry Brothers

Drones ready for their scene.

From left: Richard Onley, Kurt Hildebrandt, Matt Ballotti, Jeanne Mosher, Fran Trovillion-Harris, Nathan Gadberry, Damion Gadberry (Photos: Dale Everett)

Nathan and Damion Gadberry

Nathan and Damion Gadberry, during the
make-up process.

Continuing with the family theme, please allow us to introduce the Gadberry brothers: Nathan and Damion. The boys were living across the street from the Luther property during filming. At least one person ended up at their house looking for the set, which is how they learned that a movie was shooting. When they learned that we still needed monsters (drones), they were excited to participate. They spent many hours on set and followed direction very well. We hope they had a lot of fun!

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Images: Behind the Scenes – The Johnson Family

We had several family groups participating in the filming and production of Chartarum. One family (the Ballottis) came for most of the week of shooting, one pair of brothers (the Gadberrys) lived across the street and spent several days and nights with us, and a couple of families came out to have a family experience for one night and document it for posterity. We’re still not sure exactly how our call for extras ended up on a scrapbooking forum, but it brought us two families – one of them was the Johnson family: Deanna, Sydney and Kelvin. Even if the kids aren’t old enough to watch the movie for a few years, this will be an experience they will look back on for a long time. They can honestly say that they were in a monster movie!

Deanna and Sydney Johnson

Deanna and Sydney Johnson (Extras), mid-makeup application during the first night of shooting in Luther, MI. (Photo: Anne Lasker)

Kelvin Johnson

Kelvin Johnson (Extra) between takes. (Photo: Mel Shaw)

One more pic behind the cut: Continue reading

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Images: Behind the Scenes – Monster Blood

John Shaw, Steven Smith, Dave Heid and Richard Onley

John Shaw (director, etc.) preps some of the drone extras (Dave Heid and Richard Onley) for the monster blood that Steve Smith is about to throw at them. (Photo: Mike Barskey)

Julie Hurford helps Richard Onley clean up.

Julie Hurford (Frances) helps Richard Onley (Ted) clean up some monster blood. (Photo: Dale Everett)

As someone who has been thoroughly soaked with the stuff, I can promise you that the gentlemen on the right (above pic) are real troopers. Monster blood is sticky and tough to get off: baby wipes are absolutely essential!

Later (right), Richard got an even more intense lesson along those lines (and some clean-up help from Julie), but that’s another story.


Monster Blood in a drink dispenser

We went through a lot of monster blood!

The blood actually washes out of most fabric quite easily — it’s just sticky and gross.

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Images: Behind the Scenes – on Location

Jason and John in downtown Luther, MI

Jason Osborne (producer, actor (Schumer)) and John Shaw (director, etc.) in downtown Luther, MI, discussing Jason's upcoming scene. (Photo: Roberto Warren)

Luther, MI is my second hometown, or at least it was when I was growing up. My paternal grandparents lived in Luther for most of my dad’s childhood until their deaths when I was a pre-teen. When I stayed with my grandparents, walking downtown was a special treat. “Beyond,” the property where we shot the bulk of Chartarum, is outside of town, so not within walking distance anymore.

On a gorgeous September morning, John, Jason, Roberto, Julie and I piled into cars to film a quick scene on location in downtown Luther.

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The Trailers

The final trailer will be released in the near future. Some folks who attended Porc Fest in June, 2011 got a sneak peek, but it’s going be a while before the rest of us can see it. In the meantime, check out the previous trailers:

Trailer 2:

Trailer 1:

Cast shown in the videos – Continue reading

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Chartarum on Google+

Google+ IconYou can now add Chartarum to circles on Google+.

It’s not really set up for fan pages, but what the heck. We like it.

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