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Week 6 – Busted!

October 15, 2008

BUSTED!           Karen's father filled with rage

Luckily, Day 10 went without rain as the outdoor production begins to come to a close.  Sunday was a fuller day than the previous week in preparation for Chad’s return.  This morning, we watched the Hoodie tribute which was surely entertaining.  “Greg did some excellent work putting it together,” said Dorothy.  The rest of the morning was spent in West Lincoln at Karen’s house.

In a continued struggle, similar to that of last week, Dorothy had to defend the crew, but this time from the local authorities.  At the house, it was apparent the locals were concerned for their neighbor’s house and an anonymous call alerted the police.  Dorothy once again had to exercise her negotiating skills and guaranteed the cop that the filming received approval from the home owners who were conveniently out at the time.  Crisis averted.

We continued to film the scene in which Karen escapes her house from her father.  Mike, a friend of Pete’s, played the father and delivered a frighteningly angry part.  All of us could only put ourselves in the shoes of the fleeing daughter and that prospect was certainly terrifying.  “I don’t really yell at my kids,” Mike assured us.  He was great.

The scenes at Karen’s house took quite a bit longer than expected due to all the camera setups and problems.  We had to push back a scene until after lunch and move on through the day at Wilderness Park, South East Community College, and Rose’s apartment.

Week 5 – Life with the Neighbors

October 12, 2008

Biohazard at Trixie'sThis was a very light weekend.  Chad is out of the country in Mexico for his honeymoon, so Greg took over the cinematography for the lone Sunday.

Dorothy showed her gift for diplomacy when a concerned neighbor rushed on to the morning’s location. She expertly defused the situation explaining that the group was not a roaming gang of vandals but an independent film crew. It should be part of the filmmakers’ code, “First take the blame then try to explain.”


Deb drives by Trixie'sThe minimal crew had to battle the wind and outside noise at various places around downtown Lincoln, but, otherwise, it was a relaxed afternoon.  Outside shooting is nearing a close as everyone looks ahead towards the indoors.

Earlier in the week, Chad was able to put together a few rough cuts of a party scene and a scene in the woods.  “I’m really happy with how they turned out,” said Dorothy.  The scenes give a little taste of what is to come and make the project seem all the more real.

Next week is short as well, but the day is looking to be full.

Week 4 – Parking Lots and Porches

October 2, 2008

Stefanie and Bryan

Day 7 started off in Wilderness Park.  The morning looked at getting a few shots with extras made up of friends and neighbors.  This allowed for some down time in which there was much conversation ranging from travel plans to finding buried thongs.  Being that there so many people around that morning, there were several rounds of musical cars played to empty the next shot.  The shots were taken and were certainly creepy, but what were even creepier were the buzzards circling over head all morning.  Who knows what was dead out there?


Dt. Lawerance Confronts DebThe afternoon brought us to Dorothy’s husband’s factory where Eric, played by Bryan McClure, works.  A Creighton graduate, Bryan has been in several other productions this year.  He has plans to move to L.A. next year to further his acting career while continuing to work from home.  The scenes at the factory also used a few extras who were actual employees returning to work out of the goodness of their heart.

The scenes at the factory received a lot of directorial attention from Dorothy.  They were key scenes in the relationship between Deb and Eric and needed that extra touch of direction.  Plenty of takes were done in order to get the perfect amount of detail.

My day ended with lunch at the factory, but shooting continued through
the evening at Dorothy’s house and Pete’s house to get a few exterior shots.

Week 3 and the Perils of Independent Filmmaking

September 30, 2008

Hoodies Everywhere!               Talking Through the Scene

My name is Steven Speicher and I am in my second year at UNL majoring in Film Studies. I find myself privileged to be blogging for this wonderful cast and crew. I will be spending a few hours a week on set taking notes and interviewing the cast and crew to bring you updates on the production of Wake the Witch. Although, I have no experience being on any set, but have loved films for quite some time, I look forward to being around all the satisfaction and frustration that comes along with filmmaking.

My first day, Saturday the 20th, began early, biking it to Dorothy’s at 7:00am. I began with meeting some of the staff. Rose Staley, coming off success in L.A. working under Kenny Myers, is the makeup artist found through a local friend at Fringe and Tassel. She is excited to be heading up the makeup design for the entire production. Sadly, there was frustration within the first 30 minutes of the day. Rose’s makeup kit was left in the car where some of the gel melted and seeped through the entire box restricting access to some now ‘glued’ shut drawers. Fortunately, quick thinking brought upon a hair dryer and the process was reversed to the delight of the mid-makeup Hoodies.

After some consolidation and preparation, we carpooled out to Wilderness Park for the 3rd weekend of outdoor shooting. The day began cool, but around midday temperatures rose. “I was glad to start early…and pissed”

said intern Joel after recalling his early awakening. Despite fatigue, there was quite a bit that got done on a rigid timeline.

The day focused on a few pickup shots and a reshoot of Karen’s takedown and dragging scene. After a minor prop drop, we proceeded with a newly found tire iron without too much lost time. The morning moved along with the Hoodies in full grotesque makeup. Luckily, there were no passer-byers concerned by Karis’ chilling screams. I know some of us feared an unexpected and unintended 911 call. The rest of production looks exciting and I anticipate some more enjoyable experiences.

First Weekend of Shooting In the Can!

September 9, 2008

The cast and crew, tired but happy, completed the first weekend of shooting entirely in Lincoln’s Wilderness Park at 7pm Sunday evening, September 7th. The production managed to dodge the rain over the weekend and completed 20 scenes including some of the more technically complex car interiors and dream sequences.

The performances by Stefanie Tapio, Karis Yanike, and Rachel Lien made the script come alive. “They gave me goose bumps in auditions,” explained DP Chad Haufschild, “and I got them again all weekend long.”

“They were so amazing!” said Director Dorothy Booraem. “I loved it. They brought so much to the characters and were so willing to experiment. I hope they felt as good about it as I did.”

After two days, twelve hours a day, eveyone was tired and a little punchy nearing the end of Sunday. The jokes got more stupid and the laughter lingered a little longer between shots. But spirits stayed high through the two days.

The first few days are always the hardest. Everyone is still learning how the others like to work and communicate. By the end of the first day that short-hand had already begun to develop. Looking forward things look very promising.

No Time to Waste! Full Cast Comes to Lincoln

August 28, 2008

Director Dorothy Booraem shares the schedule with crew         Cast and Crew read the script for Wake the Witch

The cast was informed just four days ago and already they’ve come together for the first full read through of Wake the Witch. The entire cast showed up at director Dorothy Booraem’s home for the read.

Dorothy wanted the cast to have a chance to meet and chat with one another as this may be the only time many of them would ever be in the same room with eachother for the rest of the production. Jackie Geist, WTW’s costumer, also took the opportunity to talk with each actor and size them all up for wardrobe.

Chad Haufschild, director of photography, took a moment to describe the visual philosophy of the picture describing it as a “Japanese horror movie made by a bunch of Americans,” letting the action in front of the camera compose the shot. He stressed the need for the cast to come prepared with the days lines as many of the scene may be a single camera setup.

Dorothy was humbled by the excitement and praise given about the script. Many cast members commented on the tension they felt as they read and the natural passing of the dialogue. “I want the fear to come from what the audience thinks might happen,” Dorothy said, “more so than what is happening.”

The Cast is Set

August 25, 2008

Wow! What a great experience for the WTW production staff. Auditions went off with out a hitch and a lot of great talent came through the doors. The staff would like to thank all the actors that came out to audition. The Nebraska Film Group, Omaha, also deserves a great big thank you for their support and marketing.

Callbacks were held directly after the Lincoln auditions on August 23rd. Eighteen talented actors had to be narrowed down to eight. To see who made the cut check out the Cast page.

open-callbacks     Rachel-and-Bryan

The Pieces Fall into Place

August 14, 2008

As pre-production continues it’s hard not to feel anxious. Anxious because things are going well, maybe too well!

We’re excited to have some great people jump aboard this crazy train. Jaclyn Geist, owner of local business The Black Market, has joined the crew and has donating five hundred dollars worth of clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as her time, to costume the lead characters in Wake the Witch. Ana Sterns has agreed to take on much of the grassroots maketing through the production. This is a huge addition to our humble staff, relieving the producers of what is sure to be a heavy load. Rose Staley has also joined the production as FX makeup artist, an essential for every horror film.

The quest for finacing has also begun. UE hopes to raise several thousand dollars to cover hard costs during production and post. Raising money is never easy and most creative types cringe at the thought. Wish us luck and we’ll keep you up to date on the financial front.

Casting begins this coming Saturday, August 16th in Omaha and next weekend the 23rd in Lincoln. We’ll let you know how it goes. If you’re interested in auditioning please see our Cast page.

More later!