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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.
Going to Porcfest this year? You can see Chartarum at a special midnight showing on Friday night (June 22nd)!
Chartarum is pretty much in the can! It’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!
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.
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!
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!
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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.
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.
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:
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