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Adrian Popescu Cinematographer for Gruesome Threesome

Director of Photography Adrian Popescu (right) on the set of Abandoned, goes over a shot with Director Terry R. Wickham (left)

Director Terry R. Wickham is proud to announce that Adrian Popescu will be the Director of Photography on his upcoming horror-thriller Gruesome Threesome.

DP Adrian Popescu lines up a tracking shot for Abandoned


Wickham says, “We had such a great working relationship on Abandoned that I wanted to carry that onto Gruesome Threesome. What I love most about Adrian’s work is how we communicate together. The relationship between a director and cinematographer is super critical on a movie.  That fact that we can understand each other and see the same vision is a beautiful thing.

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DP Adrian Popescu went into some dark places to capture Abandoned


What’s also remarkable about Adrian is that he brings things to the table that doesn’t detract my vision, but instead embellishes it, which was one of the special surprises I experienced on Abandoned.

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Popescu & Wickham forged a great team on Abandoned


It goes without saying a DP should to be a master of light and lens. But I got more than that with Adrian on Abandoned.  That was apparent to other people when they saw the footage and were blown away.


When I showed footage of Abandoned to two producers for a movie I was being considered as director, they immediately wanted to hire him for the movie.  Then more proof is when I showed Abandoned to one of my director friends and quickly asked what kind of camera Abandoned was shot with, because he was so impressed that he wanted to buy the camera (the the real reason it looked so good was not just the camera itself but Adrian’s expertise with it). These are just a few examples of why I’m ecstatic that Adrian is returning as my cinematographer.”


Abandoned Edit Log/Plan turned over to Editor Jason Paluck


Today Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham turned over his Edit Log/Plan for Abandoned to Editor Jason Paluck.  With so many projects on Wickham’s plate, it took a while.

For those who might be interested Abandoned is made up of 33 total shots.  The average take count was 4.66 takes per shot.  The most takes for one shot was 14 takes.  The least was 1 take.

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The Director shares some thoughts, “The footage is incredible.  Between the acting, legendary locations and camerawork we’ve got something really strong.

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There’s a sure-handedness to the direction I really strived to achieve.  Aaron Mathias is frigging amazing in the film and Siakie Tetteh comes across very natural and believable.

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The movie is captured by Adrian Popescu ‘s silky smooth cinematography.  He did astounding things with lens length and light to generate short depth of field, where our characters are surrounded by blurred foreground and background.   We wanted to draw you to the characters.

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Leftonred Atanycorner’s Steadicam work definitely is an attribute in the film, though I wouldn’t say it’s ever done in a show-off way.  It’s grounded to the purpose of what is happening in the scenes and sometimes you might not ever guess it’s Steadicam.

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I also feel there’s a visual economy to the movie that probably comes from what I’ve picked up from John Carpenter’s directorial approach.  I think it’s something Carpenter is a master at doing and missing in much of today’s film making.

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Now I can’t wait to see how it all comes together in the hands of Editor Jason Paluck.  I know this movie means a lot to him because he played integral role in getting Abandoned made.”

Director Starts Edit Logging Abandoned



Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham finally started Edit Logging the footage for ABANDONED tonight. Wickham says, “The footage looks sensational and I’m really happy with my actors’ performances. Fun trivia: so far in the first 4 shots, we averaged 5.25 takes per shot with the last take being the best in three shots, while the other one, the second to last take will be what I’ll use.”