Cleric Photos – Day 7

More behind-the-scenes photos from day seven of the film shoot for Cleric.

Fast-paced day on the set today, with a run-and-gun feel to it. Everyone was on point, with Katy Saul working overtime as makup and AD, keeping us moving against a ticking clock. Three cameras rolling at all times, with Mike Piech rocking camera C like a pro, banging out scenes like the world is ending… and for some of our characters, it did. Twists and turns take their toll, showing us that not all is as it seems in this strange and fantastical world. Everyone played muliple duties today, with Rick Arena and Travis Kiefer wrangling lights and cables at warp speed. I was juggling a camera, continuity dust-wrangling wrag, tooth decay, blood jugs, effects shot setups, and tons more all day. Everyone performed spectacularly. Time for some well-earned R&R!

Careful, day seven might chop off a limb after the jump:



Cleric BTS Pictures – Day 6

More behind-the-scenes photos from day six of the film shoot for Cleric.

Betrayal by the innocent. It hurts more, because you never see it coming. Well, Bill saw it coming in the viewfinder of the Red, while Cedric and I handed off the HVX in a dance of taichi meat dolly action. The Alpha Howler woke up on the wrong side of the concrete slab, and decided to weild a seven-foot long battle chainsaw while slaughtering any hive scum foolish enough to attack him. Samara, weakened after her betrayal, was nearly eaten alive by a punk Belower, who selected choice D. How’d that turn out? Watch the bloody movie, mate!

Careful, day six might chop off a limb after the jump:



Cleric BTS Pictures – Day 5

More behind-the-scenes photos from day five of the film shoot for Cleric.

Day five, and the Red One bore witness to the juiced-up fist of a howler nearly taking out Samara, cracking her shield in the process. A searing post-nuclear sun, unfiltered by a long-poisoned atmosphere, beat upon our heroine as she herded the Rat Shaman across the wastes. More scumbags were dispatched on the trip into the Below, and a chainsaw-weilding giant ended the Rat in a blaze of gory. We’re talking chunky, people. I can’t believe I just typed blaze of gory.

All the CGI and visual effects work take some serious horsepower to process. Here’s some of the renderfarm that I’ll be using to crank out frames in post-production:

Day five awaits after the jump:



Cleric BTS Pictures – Day 4

More behind-the-scenes photos from day four of the film shoot for Cleric.

Today was one sizzling day on the shoot, with a spell-binding battle of blade and blaze! Crystal the fire-eater blew up the set while her friend Shay kept a watchful eye on the mayhem. (a thousand apologies if I spelled your names wrong, ladies, let me know!) Seregon braved screaming fireballs whipping blindingly fast past her face, putting her life in Crystal’s expert hands. Thankfully Katy Saul’s whimsical fire-eater makup didn’t melt and blind Crystal; Seregon is hot enough without being lit on fire! The acrid stench of burning hydrocarbons was a treat that took me back to my childhood (no comment). We did have one casualty of the inferno – audio maestro Marco’s windscreen caught the tail of a fireball and has the scars to prove it! And wait till you hear the fire’s voice… Oh my god.

More beautiful set dressing from Mark and Travis. Those guys can really dig some gold out of the ground when needed; they’ve got an eye for details and know what works. Mark has also done a fine job keeping us all well-fed, hunting and gathering some local treats that have gone over quite well. Lots of green screen shots today, too. Day four lurks after the jump:



Cleric BTS Pictures – Day 3

More behind-the-scenes photos from day three of the film shoot for Cleric.

And who has the most kick-ass electrical department? This is epic gaffing right here, folks. It was so far from the upper floors to the generator that I had to take five photos and stitch em together! (would have been a better stitch but I wasn’t using a proper pano head) See that tiny blueish speck on the lower right? That’s a large generator. I hope Rick Arena wasn’t suffering from vertigo as he got that cable up.

Massive fun today filming hot-like-sparks Seregon O’Dassey (as Samara) battle with the brilliantly twisted Sean-Michael Argo (playing Jah), going at each other’s throats in uber-silky slow-motion, trading plasma bolts back and forth in time, and blasting away with terrifying psychic attacks. Bob Bozek threw some insane acting into the lens as the Rat Shaman, with a spot-on mix of creepy and hilarious. Day three of chaos after the jump:



Cleric BTS Pictures – Days 1 & 2

I’m working on production for a film called Cleric, being made by a fantastic group called Medicine Show Cinema, among other things. I am serving as the CGI effects supervisor, production photographer, second camera, and put on other hats as needed to make this insanity happen. You’d be dumbfounded at how much has to be done. Even still, I am so totally loving working with a group of such talented, enthusiastic and cool people – amazing performances, hott costumes, scary makeup, a beast of a DP, and support working their butts off! So for all of you, cast and crew, I can only say you rock!

Here is a small sample of behind-the-scenes photos from days one and two of the film shoot for Cleric. These are unprocessed and shrunk for the web; full size and retouched images will be available after production is complete. Photos taken by me, Cedric, and probably a few others who were handed my camera at some point! Gotta spread the love, right?

See the full gallery after the jump: