It is almost here. The start of principal photography for Carver. We are fully cast. It was a long and thorough process but we wanted the strongest possible cast so we took our time and were comprehensive. So I am going to be announcing the remainder of our cast throughout the week. I will be doing multiple posts daily and here is our first announcement today. David Armanino has been cast in the role of Josh.
Be sure to check back throughout the day and week for more exciting cast announcements.
One month away. As I type those words a feeling of euphoria mixed with dread sweeps over me. I know how much work we have been doing to get everything in place before filming begins and yet it seems like every day there is more added to the list. The past 8 days have been packed morning until night with nothing but Carver. Thank goodness I am home schooled and I am finished for the year. It has been really tough on my dad. My grandfather is in extreme poor health and my dad is splitting his time between visiting his dad and trying to not ignore his Carver duties. He barely sleeps. But he keeps telling me it is all worth it and when we eventually wrap in mid July the feeling of accomplishment is going to be cathartic. I will never be able to thank him enough for all that he is doing and has done to help me make Carver. I have learned so much from him already and we haven't even yelled action.
This past week we had a great rehearsal with our two leads, Sarah Robertson and Mark Ryan Anderson. The two of them have amazing chemistry and we know it will be evident to the audience.
We also finished securing all of our wardrobe this week. I didn't think wardrobe was going to be that difficult since the story is set in the present but finding affordable wardrobe that is a different story. My dad and I searched high and low for the best deals and I am confident our cast is going to look amazing. How could they not? Have you seen them? Gorgeous. Anyhow, back on point. The best part of wardrobe was putting together the Halloween costume each character would be wearing. I had a lot of fun giving each of our characters their own distinct look.
Then to finish the week we had our first Carpenter High Cheer Squad rehearsal. I had a blast with all the wonderfully talented dancers from the CaRu Dance Studio. Amanda, Molly, Cassie, Emily, Heather, Sarah, Diana, and Victoria blew us away with the amazing routine that Cassie put together. If Friday night's cheer rehearsal is any indication on how the movie is going to turn out we have a hit on our hands. I have included an exclusive sneak peek of their routine below.
There are 31 days until Carver commences. Let the craziness begin.
I missed my goal of blogging at least once a day leading up to the first day of principal photography. It wasn't from the lack of content. It is astonishing how much we have left to do and the little time in which we have to do it. Any how, I will make a couple of posts today announcing some cast additions.
We are excited to announce the addition of Brian Colin Foley to the cast of CARVER. Brian will be playing the role of Dean.
Be sure to visit our cast page to read more about Brian and the rest of the CARVER cast.
What an incredibly busy start to the month of May. It has been really easy to keep my promise of at least one blog post per day. Today I would like to introduce one of the latest additions to our cast. Grace Kubus!
Go to our cast page to find out more about Grace and all of our other wonderful cast members. A lot more to come in the days ahead.
Yesterday we did some preliminary special effects make up tests. Our special effects make up artist John Rattacasa did an amazing job. We had a few bumps along the way as you will see in the videos below but by the end we ironed out all of the kinks and got a nice blood flow going. I want to thank John Rattacasa, Sarah DiPrimio, James O'Hagan, and John Delaroderie for taking time out of their Saturday to help out with our test. Enjoy the videos below.
Here it is the incredible CARVER mask sculpted by Gus Clark, which was inspired by artwork by Buz Hasson, Ken Haeser, & Blair Smith. We are very pleased with how the mask turned out. This mask is exactly what we we envisioned for our killer. Feel free to leave a comment below.
The fictional high school in Carver is named Carpenter High School. The team mascot is the Huskies. If you are a true horror fan you will get the significance of why we chose those names.
There is a large pep rally scene and below are a couple of pictures of what our football team and cheerleaders will be wearing.
Stay tuned for details on how you can be a part of Carver and participate in the huge Pep Rally scene! We are still working out all of the times but we know we are filming the scene Saturday, June 21st.
It is May 1st. Which means 48 days left until filming begins. Which means it is time for my daily post. I figured I would start things off with a bang by giving all of you a sneak peek at our killer's mask. The mask will be debuted this weekend across all of our social media outlets. But for now here is a little peek.
That photo was sent to us this week by our mask creator Gus Clark. We can't wait to debut the mask later this weekend.
49 days. That is all that is remaining between today and the first day of principal photography. Time has flown by since we were successfully funded on Kickstarter. I have a variety of emotions coursing through my body. I didn't realize once we got this close that I would begin questioning everything we have done up to this point. My dad tells me that this is normal. All I know is we have 49 days to get the remaining details in order and believe me, there are still a lot of details to sort out.
My dad keeps preaching that there is importance in even the smallest of details. That so many times small budget productions forget to spend time on the little things and it hurts production value. We have worked day and night to ensure that everything that appears on camera has a purpose and flows with the scene. For example, our movie is set during the fall, more specifically Halloween. When we shoot interior shots, it is vital the decor represents the time of year. If there are flowers, we have to make sure they are seasonal. We have to be mindful of how the sky looks for the part of the day we are representing. There are so many details but I am confident that our film will not only have the big things covered ie: sound, acting, cinematography, and special effect but also the smaller important details of set and costume design.
Starting tomorrow. I am going to try and blog each day to let everyone know where we are with production and what we are working on that day. We will be announcing the remainder of our cast throughout the month of May as well as debut the mask our killer will be wearing. May is going to be a very busy month for Carver and we can't wait to share it with all of you. So bookmark my blog and check back every day.
We are pleased to announce that we have cast Emily Elizabeth Czerniakowski in the role of Chloe.
Emily is an actress based out of Philadelphia who really brought Chloe to life in her audition. We are very excited to work with Emily. Principal photography for CARVER begins June 18th.
Emily DiPrimio is the 14 year old writer director of Carver. A throwback to the 80's style slasher film told through the unique perspective of a 14 year old, female director. Carver is currently in post production with a release date TBD.