Actor Aaron Mathias (as “Steve”) gets direction from Terry R. Wickham, while 1st AC Giorgio Savona listens near. Photo Jason Paluck
The principal photography for Abandoned began on Saturday April 23, 2016 and continued Sunday April 24, 2016.
Terry R. Wickham directs Abandoned. Siakie Tetteh & Aaron Mathias, who sit in the car to do the movie’s opening scene. While left to right Sound Recordist Patrick Reilly, Production Designer Michelle Rickert and DP Adrian Popescu (kneeling) listen. Photo Jason Paluck
Director Terry R. Wickham talks about what the small cast & crew accomplished: “Despite running into a few snags, the stuff we filmed looked incredible and I was extremely pleased with natural, unforced performances from my two lead actors Siakie Tetteh and Aaron Mathias.
Siakie Tetteh (who plays “Billie Winters” has fun before Sound Recordist Pat Reilly is about to mic her for Scene 1. Photo Jason Paluck
I also felt Siakie and Aaron had onscreen chemistry that wasn’t sexual or relationship based. That’s extremely important quality to attain when you want your audience to care about the characters and what ultimately happens to them.
Actor Aaron Mathias runs lines, while getting make-up applied by Make-Up Artist Alexa Branco. Photo Jason Paluck
I felt everyone brought their A-games to the table with Director of Photography Adrian Popescu capturing some truly stunning images. Adrian has a very pleasant deposition that brought a very calm feel to the set.
Director of Photography Adrian Popescu lines up a shot for Scene 1, while 1st AC Giorgio Savona (behind car), Director Terry R. Wickham and Production Designer Michelle Rickert stand nearby
1st AC Giorgio Savona was at his side helping with lighting, lenses and other camera elements. One of the funniest moments of the weekend was when Giorgio was shooing away two loud birds that had landed nearby on a small tree.
Editor/Still Photographer Jason Paluck (who shot all of the stills seen in this production blog) was absolutely invaluable. Not only did he capture the shoot with behind-the-scenes photos, but also provided location expertise and even keen insight in the process.
Production Designer Michelle Rickert was totally in her element, supplying all props seen in the movie.
Production Designer Michelle Rickert handles the slate, while Sound Recordist Patrick Reilly booms the mic. Actress Siakie Tetteh looks out the window of the car. Photo Jason Paluck
Sound Recordist Patrick Reilly ensured we had the best sound possible, though the airspace over the shoot didn’t always cooperate with countless airplanes and jets interfering with the sound.
Make-Up Artist Alexa Branco prepares actor Aaron Mathias (who plays “Steve”) for the day’s shoot
Make-Up Artist Alexa Branco made the actors look camera ready and I loved her positive attitude.
Left to right PA Michael Porciello, Director Terry R. Wickham, PA Javon Duff, Production Designer Michelle Rickert, Make-Up Artist Alexa Branco, Siakie Tetteh & Aaron Mathias (in car not visible), Sound Recordist Pat Reilly, DP Adrian Popescu and 1st AC Giorgio Savona. Photo Jason Paluck
Production Assistant Michael Porciello was a huge help, not only picking up breakfast and lunch each day, but doing everything the production needed and then some. Production Assistant Matthew Meehan gave us a big hand on Saturday, as he responsible for operating the slate. Jevon Duff was also there to take some stills and provided some good vibes for the production as well.