Tying up loose ends.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 | | 0 comments

Hey guys, long time no blog. I've just been really busy trying to get EXIT 101 in the can. We are just 2 weekends away (if all goes as planned) from being completely done with principal photography, and then its on to Post Production where it all starts coming together. I just want to take a moment once again to thank all of my amazing cast and crew members who did an awesome job in the cold of winter, the seering heat of summer and the sometimes grueling long hours they had to endure to get this movie made. We have all worked very hard on it, and we can't wait for everyone to get a chance to see it. Want to give a special shout out to Monica Simmons as without her alot of what we were able to do would have been impossible. Also a special thanks to Dennis and Dorcas Fraser for letting us invade their home/property more than a dozen times, and for Mrs. Dorcas' outstanding craft services even at all hours of the early morning.

It really has been a great experience, and I can't wait to see what else is on the horizon for EXIT 101 and for future films! By the time I post again, we will have wrapped on EXIT 101!

Its the Final Countdown!

Saturday, August 14, 2010 | | 4 comments

Hey guys, I know its been a LONG time since I updated this but I've been extremely busy. We've shot some of the most intensive scenes of the film and I've been talking to tons of people and sorting out extras and doing all sorts of producer duties. I decided today I'd take the time to update literally everything. So if you haven't yet.. go check out the newly updated Blackflight Studios page at www.blackflightstudios.com and go add us on Facebook as well. We are down to the final days of filming. It seems that everything that could go wrong would go wrong right here at the end. We've had to deal with people we weren't prepared for, camera's getting run over (lol), rain, and TRAINS!!!!!! We would have already been done filming if it weren't for the ridiculous amount of trains that come through this area. I really do love this area for what we are doing, but from an audio standpoint.. the trains really aggravate us when we are trying to get perfect sound.

I'd like to take this time to give a shout out to all our Cast, Crew, and Extras and anyone who has in someway helped make this film possible. Without you guys, we would have nothing. I want to see everyone in line at the Cordele Theater come opening night (whenever that is!) Once EXIT 101 is in the can, we already have several projects in the pipe that we are extremely excited about. I can't go into any details yet, but soon!

To finish out the blog, here's a few stills. Some of you have probably already seen them. Just want to give a shout out to one of our extras Lori Cameron for being a trooper.

Down to the Wire.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 | | 13 comments

We are getting very close to picture wrap. We just got done with a grueling weekend. I was awake for literally two days straight while we filmed the two biggest scenes in the film. We were only able to complete half of one of them. The first scene on Friday night was amazing. Raina Strickland, who plays Erica; completely floored me with her performance. She's come into her own so much as this film has progressed and I am extremely proud of what she's accomplished. Saturday was an adventure to say the least. The entire crew was running around like chickens with their heads cut off. We ran two cameras simultaneously, thanks to Greg Block for bringing his. We also were able to run the Crane for the first time. The shots were amazing from it. It was a very grueling nearly 18 hour day for myself, and some other members of the crew. But, we stuck it out and got the shots we needed before the sun came up. Now we are on the home stretch, and we should be getting ready to wrap this thing up shortly.

What happens then? We go into Post and start the arduous process of editing and doing post sound and effects. Then, we begin with a premiere in our hometown, and then off to the festival circuit. Its going to be a fun ride!

Nearing completion!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | | 6 comments

I haven't posted in a while. We've been super busy preparing for the BIGGEST scene in the entire movie. We are shooting it starting on July 10th, and it may pour over into another day. Its going to be full of extras, blood, and special FX. The most special FX in the entire film. After thats out of the way, we only have a few more scenes to do and we are done with this thing. I'd like to thank everyone who has stuck with us thus far, its been an amazing ride. We aren't done yet, but we are getting there. Once filming is complete we go into the arduous process of post production.

We are still looking for extras for July 10th.

College age kids 17-25 with halloween costumes (non copyrighted)
Infected citizens of any age, who can come wearing old clothes.

send submissions to blackflightstudio@gmail.com

Here's a few recent screencaps for being patient with us!

Over the Hump!

Sunday, June 13, 2010 | | 4 comments

Hey guys, its been a bit again since the last time I posted. Have had alot going on. Done alot of shoots, and we are well on our way to being done with this thing! Its summer time now (or at least it feels like it) and we are working on things for the biggest shoot in the film. We hope to have (with your help) a whopping 100 or more extras for a huge Halloween Party scene. We have been testing special effects this weekend to get ready for that. In saying that, We are still looking for as many extras as we can muster for this scene. We really want to raise the bar. So far we have close to 100 possible extras, but the more we can get the better. We are looking for 2 types. Here's the breakdowns:

Any Age/Ethnicity/sex to play "Infected Citizens". You'll need to wear some clothing you don't mind getting bloodied/messed up.

We also need people to play College Aged kids, who would need to be wearing a non copyrighted Halloween costume.

This is a volunteer project, but copy/credit/meals will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to blackflightstudio@gmail.com with a recent photo and contact info. No experience required.


Sunday, May 23, 2010 | | 4 comments

I looked at our shooting schedule today, which is a spreadsheet I created that lists every single scene in the film, so that we can keep track of what we have filmed, and what we have left to shoot. As we shoot the scenes are highlighted in yellow to denote that we are done shooting that particular scene. I'm glad to let you guys know that there is an awful lot of yellow on there right now! We are moving along! We just wrapped several scenes up with some great actors. Want to thank our Associate Producer Monica Simmons for helping us out with the Crisp County Sheriff and EMS. Also want to thank them for hanging in there with us for the shots we got this weekend. We are getting ready to release the first of a few teaser trailers on youtube/vimeo and some other sites over the next week. We hope that you like what you see! As this is being written the last video is being encoded for viewing. So, to finish this out I'm gonna give you a rundown of our crew as they deserve to get a mention for all their hard work and amazingness on set so far. We've had a small crew, and sometimes large crews.. but no matter what we have a great time, and many times these guys wear many different hats. Give it up for the EXIT 101 CREW!

Location Sound/Boom Operator
Kevin "Kebo" Beasley

Set Electrician/Clapper
Dennis "Battleaxe" Frasier

Key Grip/Clapper
Jerry Hawkins

Set Photography/Promotions
William Mahnken

Hair and Makeup
Brenda Phillips
Melinda Stephenson

Special FX/Special FX Makeup
Joseph Lavender
Kevin Beasley
Brooke Echols
Jarrod Musselwhite

Script Supervisor/Costume Designer
Brooke Echols

Neerav Maniklal

Associate Producer/Locations Manager
Monica Simmons

Associate Producer/Costumes
Stephen Dixon

Catering/Craft Services
Dorcas Frasier
Janice Lavender

Moving right along!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | | 2 comments

Ok, so this is a belated blog. Remember, we are filming a movie right now! Anyways.. Everything is going great. We had our first shoot with a ton of extras in makeup this past shoot, and everything went flawless except for a few things here and there. We did have a HUGE scare before the shoot as one of the actors we originally cast decided to drop out just an hr before the shoot. Stage Fright? Anyhoo, we were lucky to have Shelby Keith with us who actually only came out to be an extra, and we found out that she had some previous acting experience and put her on the spot! She agreed to do the role, and did an amazing job! We believe it was meant for her to do the role, all said and done.

We want to thank everyone who has remained interested in what we are doing all this time. We are having a blast and we want to keep you guys involved as much as we can on what we are doing! To make up for the late blog post, here are 2 screencaps you can't see anywhere else but here.