The principal photography for Abandoned began on Saturday April 23, 2016 and continued Sunday April 24, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 made the actors look camera ready and I loved her positive attitude.
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.
Giorgio is a former Physicist that one-day decided that was better to go out in the world to take photos instead of being in a room to calculate integrals.
As photographer he has been working for Newsweek, WSJ, Le Monde , Das Magazin, Bild, Marianne, Paris Match, The Guardian, Repubblica, Io Donna, Espresso, Panorama, New Yorker, Daily Mail, Humanitè, Stern, The Scotman, Internazionale .
In 2014 he decided that was time to sign a contract with an agency, and he become a Corbis Photographer. But when Corbis was sold to Chinese VCG, Giorgio was sold to Getty Image.
In summer 2015 he started the Documentary “Alice’s Voyage”. He travelled for more than 10000 miles around Russia meeting bears and strange people with bottle of vodka, but this will not stop him to finish the documentary in 2017 in a sober way.
In the mean time he met an other dreamer Riccardo Valsecchi while he was presenting his documentary and one night they decided to found the North Brooklyn Productions a little video production company in New York.
In spare time he shares the couch with his cat Minou.