Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham made
Double Fantasy in 7 shooting days spread out between July 12, 1989 and May 6, 1989. There was actually 2 other shooting days that were done, not used in the film because of the replacement of actors.
Madison Di Loren, Helen Proimos and Lydia Rodriguez play the Lavelle family. Here scene at Proimos Residence in Dix Hills, NY.
July 12, 1989 @ Proimos Residence in Dix Hills, New York
DP Gabe Gabrielsen shoots down from ladder as the “Shadow Lover” (Ted Moriates) romances “Joann” (Madison Di Loren) @ Gardiner Park in West Islip, NY. Joe Biondi looks on with slate.
September 10, 1989 @ Gardiner Park in West Islip, NY & Biondi Residence in Franklin Square, NY
Jimmy Cactus listens to phones, while Gabe Gabrielsen shoots @ Flash Studios in Central Islip, NY. Both Jimmy and Gabe acted as Directors of Photography on the film.
November 13th, 1989 in Central Islip, NY
Noreen Abrams, Madison Di Loren and Jennifer Drake play the girlfriends who tell their fantasties on this candle lit staircase @ Flash Studios in Central Islip, NY
January 16th, 1990 @ Flash Studios in Central Islip, NY
Madison Di Loren as “Joann” & Ted Moriates as “Lance-The Shadow Lover” @ Flash Studios in Central Islip, NY
February 6th, 1990 @ Flash Studios in Central Islip, NY
Terry watches scene while DP Dennis Gartner shoots.
April 29, 1990 @ Wickham’s apartment in Elmont, NY
Mitch Abrams, he was a production assitant on the film, carries his wife Noreen @ Flash Studios in Central Islip, NY
May 6, 1990 @ Cactus Studios in Kings Park, NY
Front row left to right; Noreen Abrams, Jennifer Drake, Production Assistants Peter & Phil. Back row left to right; Mitch Abrams, Madison Di Lorren, Terry and DP Gabe Gabrielsen @ Flash Studios in Central Islip, NY
The story of Double Fantasy involves three girlfriends played by Madison Di Loren, Noreen Abrams and Jennifer Drake. The friends drive out to a spooky house on eastern Long Island to tell each share their fantasies with each other.
PA Phil lights the candles on the staircase where the girls tell their imaginative stories. This scene was actual shot the first time using two different actresses with Madison. Unfortunately during a take, one of the girls went into an diabetic seizure almost catching her hair on fire from the nearby candle. Terry decided to replace those actors with Noreen Abrams and Jennifer Drake.
The first fantasy concerns one of the girls (Jennifer Drake) getting more sexual loving than one could ever imagine. The second fantasy is a
Beauty and the Best type tale of “Joann Lavelle” (Madison Di Loren) having a relationship with the legendary “Shadow Man” (Ted Moriates) who actually lived within the old house they are within.
Terry directs the staircase scene. DP Gabe Gabrielsen shoots, while Jimmy Cactus listens to the headphones and PA Peter wait to assist bottom left of frame @ Cactus Studios in Central Islip, NY
The last girl (Noreen Abrams) has a funny quick fantasy that helps deflate the tension sustained in the dark love story that proceeded it.
The “Pivotal Moment” in Double Fantasy is where if “Joann” accepts the ring from the “Shadow Lover” she will remain with him but not without dire consequences. This was shot @ Biondi Residence in Franklin Square, NY
But Joann’s fantasy isn’t over like you think, when she gets the ultimate choice to join her man in heaven. But if she does do it, she will die here in our existence.
DP Dennis Gartner and Director Terry R. Wickham discuss scene @ Proimos Residence in Dix Hills, NY
One of 3 Directors of Photography on the film, Dennis Gartner came out of the Wedding videography business. Here he lights the important bedroom scene at Proimos Residence in Dix Hills, NY
DP Dennis Gartner double checks his lighting of Madison Di Loren in the all-important bedroom scene @ Proimos Residence in Dix Hills, NY
DP Dennis Gartner photographs “Mrs. Lavell” (Helen Proimos) attending to her distressed daughter Joann (Madison Di Loren) @ Proimos Residence in Dix Hills, NY. The role of the villain in the feature film Out of Touch was originally written for the blonde actress, but opted not to do the film.
“Tabitha” (Lydia Rodriguez) stands at the foot of her sister’s bed as her mother (Helen Proimos) attends to “Joann” (Madison Di Loren) @ Proimos Residence in Dix Hills, NY
Madison Di Loren, Lydia Rodriguez, dog (can’t remember the name) and Helen Proimos made for a picture perfect family.
Madison Di Loren as “Joann” wanders around Valley Stream State Park looking for the man of her dreams.
Ted Moriates as “Lance” later the “Shadow Lover”, is looking for love in his life @ Valley Stream State Park
“Lance” and “Joann” get together @ Valley Stream State Park on Long Island, NY
“Joann” falls head over hells for “Lance” at Valley Stream State Park
Ted Moriates and Madison Di Loren made for an adorable onscreen couple @ Valley Stream State Park
Ted Moriates before the 5-hours it took for “Shadow Lover” make-up to be applied.
Special Make-up Effects Assistant Joey Biondi looks at Madison Di Loren’ hand pointing out the excellent work on Ted Moriates face as “Shadow Lover” @ Alvino Residence in Franklin Square, NY
Special Make-up Effects Artist Jason Alvino applies the 5-hour “Shadow Lover” make-up job on Ted Moriates @ Alvino Residendce in Floral Park, NY. Besides Double Fantasy, Jason headed the make-up effects on Terry R. Wickham’s films Madame Red, Out of Touch, the episodes “The Downfall of Johnny Garrett” and “Stalk” in the feature film Evil Streets.
Special Make-up Effects Assistant Joe Biondi prepares “Shadow Lover’s” hands for the shoot. Joe was invaluable to a whole slew of Terry’s films as not only an Effects Assistant but PA and later camera operator as well. This was taken at the Alvino Residence in Floral Park, NY
Ted Moriates in make-up as “The Shadow Lover”
Cast & crew @ Gardiner Park in West Islip. Terry sits in hat with headphones. Left to right Make-up Assistant/PA Joe Biondi, DP Gabe Gabrielsen, Special Make-Up Effects Jason Alvino, Ted Moriates and Madison Di Loren.
Madison Di Loren looks at Ted Moriates as the legendary “Shadow Lover” @ Gardiner Park in West Islip, NY
Terry listens to the scene on headphones @ Gardiner Park in West Islip, NY
Terry directs DP Gabe Gabrielsen @ Gardiner Park
Ted Moriates focuses on the important scene he’s about to do in “The Shadow Lover’s” liar. This was filmed in the basement of the Biondi Home in Franklin Square, NY
DP Gabe Gabrielsen shoots at Flash Studios in Central Islip, NY. Gabe not only shot part of Double Fantasy but Terry’s film Madame Red as well. Terry met Gabe at a Long Island video maker’s meeting in Levittown, NY.
Terry & DP Gabe Gabrielsen on set @ Flash Studios in Central Islip, NY
The love between “Joann” (Madison Di Loren) and “Lance/The Shadow Lover” is really what Double Fantasy is all about.