ON THE SET...
Thursday, January 29th was the second night of shooting for our "proof of concept" trailer for The Gospel According to Stephenson. We filmed at a private residence in one of the original early neighborhoods near downtown Colorado Springs. The location was perfect and many thanks to the wonderful family who graciously allowed us to take over their home for a few hours!
I was on set as a production assistant on this night, and as always, I was fascinated by the fun and camaraderie the crew and actors shared throughout the evening. Actor, Charles Gilbert was great at being our creepy yet hilarious Droppo the Clown. Both Charles and Steven J. Sabell (as DuWayne the hapless newlywed) were great as our door-to-door ministry team for our star vampire Leslie Stephenson (portrayed by actor Matt Block).
Here’s the sceene set up: Droppo and DuWayne interrupt a perfectly nice evening from a lovely suburban couple, played by Richard Schimmelpfenneg and Saundra Larsen. Being on the set of a horror-satire is a unique experience, and I was doing my best to not laugh loud when Charles was delivering his lines.
We had a surprise visit from Co-Producer, Jim Musante. It was great having Jim on set and watch him and our Director, John Schuermann share satisfied smiles as they both witnessed their creative vision- many years in the planning- come to life. Thanks for the support and all you do Jim.
I also know that behind every successful man is his wife—Thank you to Margot Schuermann for all her encouragement for this project, and the great conversations we had behind the scenes!
Our production team are fast workers, and soon it was a wrap at this location. After a quick tear down we were on our way to our second location for the evening. A HUGE thank you to Southside Johnny's Restaurant for their hospitality and allowing us to film on their property. It may have been FREEZING, but we all warmed up with some wonderful hot beverages and food, provided by Johnny’s. A special shout out to all of our extras who came out to support the film. Thank you for standing outside in the cold weather for HOURS with us so that we could create a convincing crowd and helping actor, Key Dieck with the proper
motivation for the scene. Key did a stupendous job and even got some great reactions from random passersby.
Even though it was cold, and we didn’t wrap until midnight, I felt energized. Making movies is incredibly exciting, and I am thrilled to part of this one. I look forward to reporting to you next time from the point of view of an actress. I even get a death scene! Well, sort of...
You’ll find out more in the upcoming blog, so stay tuned!
Britta J. Russell-Reporting