The first 12 days of filming have been quite a learning experience. The thing I am most proud of at this point is that we are still on schedule. We have made every single one of our days, some of them with time to spare. I can not say enough wonderful things about my crew. They have all worked their collective butts off. Each day we work together the more cohesive of a unit we become. It is so much fun watching a well oiled machine operate and that is what we are at this point. An unstoppable machine.
The cast has really knocked it out of the park as well. They have all come prepared and they all knew their characters very well. It was a joy watching them bring my story to life. I don't like singling one actor out but it is imperative I give our lead the notoriety she deserves. Lea Falcione joined this project 3 days before filming began and delivered a performance that left me speechless. We parted ways with our original lead amicably when a scheduling conflict arose. We wish Sarah Robertson all the best and hope we can work with her some day. Any how, my dad and I had recently recorded a production of Fiddler on the Roof for GAMP a performing arts high school in Philadelphia. One of our producers, Christina Blankenship, is a teacher there and she also directed Fiddler. The production was fantastic but there was one girl who captured our attention. I remember the car ride home, my dad and I spoke about this girl and how it was a shame we didn't know here while we were casting Carver. Funny how the universe works because 2 weeks later there we were meeting with Lea and offering her the lead role in Carver. She had 3 days to familiarize herself with the character and the story. 3 days to learn her lines. 3 days to become Sophie. Believe me when I tell you, she was utterly fantastic.
We have filmed the majority of the kills and the team of my dad and John Rattacasa have made them a gory, gruesome spectacle. With the Red Viper, (what my dad calls the fire extinguisher he has rigged into a blood pump) they have rained blood all over our sets. My dad and John have worked relentlessly to ensure that my promise of NO CGI gore will be kept.
The first 12 days have been a roller coaster. Ups and downs. Twists and turns. Exhilarating highs and cavernous lows. But at the end of these 12 days I can say I have grown not only as a director but as a person. I have learned how to deal with a variety of personalities and not let the bumps in the road get me down. Our entire production team has rolled with the punches and navigated the some times choppy waters of production and when all is said and done and I yell that's a wrap for the last time I know that we will have an awesome movie to share with the world.