Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham says, “When the opportunity opened up for me to write/direct a third film for the feature film Devil’s Five, I felt strongly that I needed to make something brief that would grab the audience. I came up with the idea for this short piece when I visited an old abandoned psychiatric hospital with The Devil’s Five Special Visual FX Artist Jason Paluck. Going to the locale inspired my mind with a cool idea for a film. Jason immediately got it and agreed to be the DP and Editor. We both felt that it should be shot in 1-day and not make it a big production.”
As Wickham was putting the script together, he got a strong feeling to call his friend David Helpling to see if he might be interested in scoring the film. Terry elaborates, “David is so damn talented and I love the way he works. He doesn’t go for obvious choices as a composer and I admire his musical creativity. I felt this story is as much about the location as it is the human characters, which would afford David the chance to run wild in a subtle way to match the movie’s approach. It’s a weird dichotomy, where it’s a small found footage horror movie but I want it to look & sound amazingly stylish and slick. David’s signature ability to generate a huge canvas of sound in an ambient way, would crystalize my vision for the film.
The fact is 12 years ago David and I made a wonderful movie together called Hair of the Dog. I credit much of the success of that film to David’s music. He is without question one of my favorite musicians in the world. I felt strongly there was no reason why we shouldn’t join forces again on a project that contained something we both love, cinematic suspense.”
Look for more updates about “Abandoned” as the production comes together. Paluck and Wickham are planning to shoot the film in the spring. They have already put out casting notices for the all-important female lead.