Fear, Loathing and DSLR Cameras In Cairo
If there’s one thing to be said about Friday’s shoot in Cairo, IL,
it’s that we learned what the lesson that all of our favorite childhood
movies from the 90′s have tried to teach us: sometimes, a rag-tag team
of misfits can work together against all odds to accomplish something
Despite tornado and thunderstorm warnings, a power outage, and
incredibly windy weather, we are proud to report that Friday’s shoot
went off without a hitch. Actually, there were a lot of hitches. I don’t
know why I said that. The point is, the majority of our war scenes are
filmed and look fantastic.
This was one of the biggest, dirtiest, fake blood-shooting-est shoots
of the film so far, and to be perfectly honest, we all had a blast.
While leaving Carbondale, IL in the morning, we knew that there was a
40% chance of rain for Cairo, IL, our destination and location for our
battle scenes. What we didn’t realize was that conditions in Southern
Illinois would be perfect for thunderstorms and
After arriving on set, rehearsing and blocking scenes and prepping
our actors, we began shooting the first scene. 20 minutes afterward, we
got word that there was a tornado warning issued for Cairo. Regardless,
we kept on shooting, though cautiously, knowing that the recent disaster
in Harrisburg, IL occurred in weather conditions similar to the ones we
The crew got a few scenes shot just as it was reported that a tornado
was seen in Makanda, IL, about 30 miles away from us. One power outage
and a warning siren later, we decided to put filming on hiatus for the
Then, the weather cleared up almost hilariously: the clouds all but
disappeared and the sun came out for long enough to allow us to shoot
our remaining scenes. It was a push, but we shot the majority of our
scenes and managed to clean up the equipment just before we were kicked
out at 5 p.m.
Wish you could’ve been there with us? Check out the gallery on our production blog to get a look at the goings-on.
For all the snags, we successfully got another major group of scenes
shot and in the can. This was an incredibly intense day of shooting, and
our cast and crew performed exceptionally. We are all really starting
to fall into and embrace our crew roles, and each shoot seems to be a
vast improvement on the last one.
Though we’re still on pace to complete the movie by the end of May, to paraphrase Bugs Bunny in Space Jam, “We need your help!”
There are now 5 days left on our Kickstarter
campaign, and we are only $1,100 shy of our goal. Now that time
is bearing down on us, we humbly ask our fans and supporters to please
(please) do us a favor and send our Kickstarter page to anyone (or everyone) you know that would be interested in helping us. Direct them to our Twitter feed (featuring live, on-set tweets!), Facebook page and photo galleries, etc; we’re in this for the long haul now.
Wondering exactly how much craziness went into shooting on
Friday? Check out the video below to see our crew working in dangerously
high winds to get the shot we needed. Just in case you have any doubts
about our work ethic.
Thanks once again to everybody that’s been helping us get this
project off the ground, and stay tuned for even more updates as we move
through our production schedule!