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Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham with Paula & Rosina Wickham on the Red Carpet

Leading up to Devil’s Five Red Carpet Premiere, it was a lot of work trying to get the word out, promoting the event as much as possible.  I did everything I could to tell people (in person, phone, texting, emails, my website and all related social media), make the effort to land sponsors (I got Darkside Haunted House & Chambers of Horror NY for Devil’s Five Red Carpet Premiere and Long Island Ice Tea for After Party) and attempt to get radio/TV and journalists to cover our night to remember.


Devil’s Five Partners (left to right) Edwin M. Figueroa, Terry R. Wickham and George Brianka

There’s most definitely pressure and a high level of stress that comes with striving to influence people to buy tickets to see our unknown film.  Add that people don’t always have extra money, many don’t like to go out to the theater, combined with the increasing attention deficit level of today’s society, it was a difficult task to say the least.

“Abandoned” Star Siakie Tetteh with Jevon Duff

Also, folks have so many things to choose to do on the last night of their weekend, you can add another level of difficulty.  Plus throw in our culture’s addiction to not letting go of their phones, NFL games, Halloween activities and the Season 8 Premiere of The Walking Dead, it all made it a difficult road to plough.

“The Devil’s FIve (aka The Wraparound) Star Kevin Cusick on the Red Carpet with Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham

Sunday October 22, 2017 was a beautiful day in on Long Island.  The days leading up to that day I approached just like when I direct a movie.  I like to slow things down, simplify my life and try to do the things that relax me and keep me calm.  There is a stillness that I believe works wonders against things that can go a little crazy.  I do a lot of thinking, work out, do yoga and watch parts of movies that inspire me.

“The Devil’s Five (aka The Wraparound)” Actresses Rachael Scarr & Chanise Renae bask in the light of Devil’s Five World Premiere

I wanted to get to Seaford Cinemas early, so I could set up, set the volume level of the movie and be prepared to show a film I’d spent four years making.

“Choke” Actor Kata Peragine gets mic’d for his Red Carpet Interview

As usual, life can take you on turns and like a movie set, things can change like the weather.  I went to pick up a chicken salad for dinner, but Wendy’s drive-thru wasn’t fast at all and I ended up waiting 20 minutes in the drive-up window line.  Then when I got to the theater, I was behind with all the hustle and bustle that I never even got to set the volume level of the theater because I was doing other things that were necessary.

Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham with “Stash”/”The Devil’s Five (aka The Wraparound)” and “Choke” Actor Jesse Ray Sheps

As a director we like to think we have some control.  The truth is we can’t make money grow on trees, we cannot stop the clock from it’s endless circling and the weather, forget having power of that.  Mother Nature does what she wants to do.  People, that’s a whole other story.  We can’t snap our fingers and give them all the same work ethic, commitment to the film or drive to endure countless hours of filming/promoting etc.  Unfortunately, this is all just part of the process of making movies.

“Abandoned” (left to right) Star Aaron Mathias, 1st AC Giorgio Savona, Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham and Director of Photography Adrian Popescu

When I was a senior in high school right before graduation, my school, Snohomish High School (in Snohomish, Washington) passed out a magazine to all Seniors to give all of us something to read to inspire us to go forward with our lives.

Lucky for me this magazine had Rob Bottin, the Special Make-up Effects Artist from John Carpenter’s The Thing on the cover. Inside there was a huge article about how involved he got it on that film (which is one of my three favorite movies and the film that solidified me wanting to become a film director) and the incredible details about how long & hard he worked on that film.

Bottin spent a year working on the effects, most of which had never been attempted on film or duplicated since. The werewolf-like bearded effects whiz led a full team of artists into uncharted science-fiction horror territory and ending up in the hospital with nervous exhaustion.  His unearthly work ethic, combined out of the world creativity was something I admired and was determined to imitate.  Looking back at that now, I don’t know if sometimes if it’s a blessing or curse I choose to follow in his dedicated footsteps.

It was moving seeing all the people that came to support Devil’s Five. The turnout was big-time and everyone was excited to see the film.  This included not only cast and crew from all five movies, but friends, acquaintances, coworkers from each of the respective members of the films and total strangers who learned about our Red Carpet World Premiere in some way.

“Stash”/”The Devil’s Five (aka The Wraparound) actor Michael Pope, his friend Brenda Albert and Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham

Some of the folks I had not seen in near 30 years. Others in time increments short of that, but still long periods of time ranging from 5 to 10 years and so on.  The fact that those people would come to see our movie was incredibly gratifying and something that we did not take for granted. For them to choose us was inspiring and humbling at the same time.

Stash Actress Tina Surabian & husband with Producer/Director Terry R. Wickham

Seeing all the people that showed up to support Devil’s Five one couldn’t help but be touched deep inside. This happened on multiple levels because these people cared enough to be there for us and did what they had to, to view the film in it’s greatest exhibition setting.

“Stash” Music Composer Geoff Tyson, Producer/Director Terry R. Wickham and Writer Timothy David Clark

I was literally blown away that “Stash” Music Composer Geoff Tyson flew in from Prague.  Others drove from all over New Jersey, New York City and Long Island.  Larry Levy (our Riverhead Representative) drove down from Utica and caught just the last 25 minutes of the movie, but the fact he made it for even a part of the movie meant a lot.

“Abandoned” Stars Aaron Mathias & Siakie Tetteh with Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham

Meeting new people, seeing old friends and reuniting with the cast and crews was remarkable. I was very aware that the chances of seeing all those people together one place again was probably not likely to happen again. So I cherished it.

The Red Carpet was a little bit difficult to navigate since there were so many folks in the lobby. We had to take our turns getting in front of the camera for photos and at the same time Nicholas Girimonte & his documentary team tried doing interviews for the documentary they are creating to chronicle of momentous evening.

Devil’s Five Red Carpet World Premiere Documentary Crew (left to right) Issac Wong, Sal Peretti, Deddrick Raymond, Daniel Pomboyno and Nick Girimonte

I spent a great deal of time preparing my Introduction for the film. I wanted to try to inform the audience as much as possible about the difficulties we faced making Devil’s Five.

FIlmmaker Terry R. Wickham’s Introduction of Devil’s Five

I wasn’t doing this for pity or any kind of self-gratification. I thought it was important the audience knew some the many obstacles we had to overcome to get Devil’s Five to the big screen. I felt that if I was sitting in the audience I would want to know those things, since it would ultimately make me appreciate the movie even more. I planned to only speak 8 to 9 minutes. I probably spoke closer to double that, but the whole time I was conscious of the audience’s reaction and my sense of what I should say. I must have done okay as I got a lot of compliments afterwards.

Watching Devil’s Five on the big screen with audience was just thrilling experience for myself and I’m sure my two partners in the other theater (Edwin told me the next night seeing it on the big screen was great).

“The Devil’s Five (aka The Wraparound)” Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham with Actress Nadie Lahaie

We sold enough tickets that I had my cast and crew from “The Devil’s’ Five (aka The Wraparound)”, “Abandoned” and “Stash” and the ticket buyers I had influenced in one theater. While George and Edwin had their cast and crew from “Don’t Say These Words” and “Choke” and the tickets they sold in a second theater.

“Abandoned” Stars Aaron Mathias and Siakie Tetteh

It was beyond cool listen to the audience react to scares, suspense, humor and drama.  There were laughs, I heard some screams and saw people covering their face in fear throughout the entire running time of the film.  This made the experience a it lot of fun for everyone in attendance.

“Abandoned” Red Dress Maker Grace Obeng, Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham, Star Siakie Tetteh

After the film finished, there was rousing deep-felt response, which was made everything it took to get to this point worth it.  Then I did a Q&A in my theater for about 15 minutes and George & Edwin did a shorter Q&A in their theater.

“Abandoned” Dress Designer Grace Obeng & Star Siakie Tetteh are living it up on the Red Carpet Devil’s Five World Premiere

After the last credit I got a lot of great responses from audience members.  I tried to poll as many people as I could to get a feel on what they really liked, and the truth is I heard lots of different answers to what was their favorite episode.

Audience members Brandon Brass, Andrew Cohen and Michelle Morales are psyched to see Devil’s Five

Also I asked as many people as I could about what was the scariest part, I heard a lot of different reactions, which I took as a very good thing since Devil’s Five has so many different things offer. Everyone seems to agree that all the segments are totally different, which made our film diverse and very entertaining.

Left to right Sal Peretti films interviews, while Deddrick Raymond takes stills on the Red Carpet

I had to breakdown the Red Carpet banners and all the stuff I had brought to the theater, so by the time I got to Runyon’s for the After Party, a lot of people had already left, but I still spent a good hour talking to those who remained at got a lot of great feedback from both regular audience members and loved catching up with cast & crew.

Brandon Brass and Glenn McBride with Devil’s Five Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham

I’m a little surprised that there were at least 25 people that bought tickets that didn’t show and just as many cast & crew that cancelled coming in the few days leading up to the event.  I also expected probably fifty more people beyond that who seemed like they were genuinely coming but never showed.  In today’s world of flakey, flighty, unreliable people, Devil’s Five Red Carpet World Premiere still attracted almost 300 people into two movie theaters.  It’s an accomplishment and event nobody will soon forget.


Abandoned Photo Gallery #3

To celebrate the upcoming completion of Devil’s Five feature film, look at the behind-the-scenes photos from Terry R. Wickham’s atmospheric suspense segment Abandoned.

Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham did his best to utilize the creep factor of one of the large locations used for the movie. Photo Jason Paluck


Actress Siakie Tetteh is super excited to play “Billie Winters” in Abandoned. Here Sound Recordist Patrick Reilly mics her up.  Photo Jevon Duff


Director of Photography Adrian Popescu (right) and 1st AC Giorgio Savona (left) prepare for a cool slider shot in the guts of an Abandoned looney bin.  Photo Jason Paluck


This photo of Production Designer Michelle Rickert and actress Siakie Tetteh was taken right after Abandoned wrapped Principal Photography at Pilgrim State Hospital 7/24/16.  Photo Jevon Duff


The places Abandoned was filmed, left lots of room for Director Terry R. Wickham to construct tension. Here Production Assistant Matthew Meehan prepares for the shoot inside the dilapidated structure.  Photo Jason Paluck


The production team had some nice discussions, like this deep one actor Aaron Mathias (far left) is leading outside Pilgrim State Hospital. DP Adrian Popescu (hat & sun glasses), Sound Recordist for the day Mark Goldberg (middle), Siakie Tetteh and Terry Wickham (far right) listen.  Photo Jevon Duff


Sound Recordist Patrick Reilly is rocking in the run-down locale of Abandoned. Photo Jason Paluck


Abandoned was photographed in multiple locations. This one was a dead end cul-de-sac near an deserted playground. Cinematographer Adrian Popescu lines up a shot on 4/24/16.  Photo Jevon Duff


The production of Abandoned made full use of places like this that had been neglected and left to rot for years. 7/23/16 Photo Jason Paluck


Make-Up Artist Regina Tune (near left of center) enjoys her time on the set of Abandoned. Left to right Steadicam Operator Mark Goldberg (far left) sets up his rig with DP Adrian Popescu. Actress Siakie Tetteh looks pretty in pink while talking to Sound Recordist Pat Reilly, PA Jevon Duff stands listening (far right) on 7/23/16.  Photo Jason Paluck


The moving pictures DP Adrian Popescu captured on 4/23/16 were stunning to say the least.  Photo Jason Paluck


Actors Aaron Mathias (playing “Steve Timmons”) and Siakie Tetteh made their most of their shooting time on Abandoned 4/23/16. Photo Jason Paluck


Director Terry R. Wickham listens to the wonderful sound Patrick Reilly is recording on 4/23/16.  Photo Jason Paluck


The crew on the last shooting day of Abandoned consisted of (left to right): Sound Recordist Mark Goldberg, Production Designer Michelle Rickert, DP Adrian Popescu, actress Siakie Tetteh, Director Terry R. Wickham and actor Aaron Mathias. Photo Jevon Duff 7/24/16.  Photo Jevon Duff


Director Terry R. Wickham directs his cast & crew for the second shot of the 1st shooting day on Abandoned 4/23/16. Photo Jason Paluck


Production Assistant/Still Photography Jevon Duff shots into the monitor while filming on 4/24/16. Production Coordinator/Editor/Still Photography Jason Paluck stands on left with 1st AC Giorgio Savona on right.  Photo Jevon Duff


This photo captures just a tiny portion of the massive deserted lunatic asylum. Sound Recordist Pat Reilly prepares to use his boom, with 1st AC Giorgio Savona is in the distance. Photo Jason Paluck


Filming at the power plant @ Pilgrim State Hospital, (L to R) Sound Recordist Mark Goldberg w/boom, Siakie Tetteh, DP Adrian Popescu, actor Aaron Mathias and filmmaker Terry Wickham.  Photo Jevon Duff


Adrian Popescu films a slider shot amongst the debris-strewn nut house.  Photo Jason Paluck


You can tell the two stars of Abandoned Aaron Mathias and Siakie Tetteh really enjoyed their experience on the last shooting day 7/24/16 in Brentwood, NY.  Photo Jevon Duff


This was to be the 2nd shot of the first day of filming but unfortunately it had to be Abandoned when the production found it necessary to vacate this particular structure on 4/23/16. Photo Jason Paluck


Production Designer Michelle Rickert operates the slate on 4/24/16 while Adrian Popescu (kneeling) shots a cool shot through the front windshield of “Steve’s” car in Abandoned. Photo Jevon Duff.
Siakie Tetteh is breathtaking as “Billie Winters” in Abandoned. Here she’s photographed in the movie by photographer “Steve Timmons played by Aaron Mathias. Photo by Jason Paluck 4/23/16


The power plant at Pilgrim State Hospital fit perfectly as the enormous uninhibited place for Abandoned. Look at the crew below to gage it’s vast circumference, this will give you a little idea of it’s monstrous size. Photo Jevon Duff


The teamwork on Abandoned was tight knit. The small production team Wickham handpicked filmed in some historic, legendary locations that make the movie look sensational. The filmmaker will always be appreciative of everyone’s efforts and willingness to venture into the decrepit places chosen to film Abandoned. Photo Jason Paluck
After Abandoned wrapped, Director Terry R. Wickham smiles knowing there was nobody better than Siakie Tetteh to play “Billie Winters” in Abandoned. Photo Jevon Duff on 7/24/16

Abandoned Principal Photography Phase 2 (July 24) Part 1

The final shooting day on Abandoned took place at the deserted power plant at Pilgrim State Hospital 7/24/16. Photo Jevon Duff


Sunday July 24, was quite a different experience for Director Terry R. Wickham and his film Abandoned.  The Award-Winning Filmmaker of 3-Minute Chillers Contest talks about it, “This part of the shoot felt totally different than the other three shooting days because, we didn’t have to worry about getting kicked out of the location.  We filmed at part of the historic Long Island mental facility Pilgrim State Hospital in Brentwood, NY.

Cinematographer Adrian Popescu and Siakie Tetteh enjoy a moment between shots @ Pilgrim State Hospital

I have got to be honest.  Not having to worry about someone telling us we can’t shoot and the fact that we were outside breathing clean air made a big difference.  Plus throw in that we only needed to do four exterior shots to finish the movie, helped as well.”

Cinematographer Adrian Popescu checks the first shot of the day, a cool creeping slider shot moving with the lead characters approach of the towering edifice they will enter. 7/24/16

First up was the establishing shot to show the enormity of the structure Abandoned takes place in.  Wickham continues, “Production Coordinator Jason Paluck, DP Adrian Popescu and 1st AC/Steadicam Operator Leftonred Atanycorner visited the location the weekend before our shoot and they liked it.  So I went there after work the Wednesday prior to filming to map out all four shots.

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This screen grab from Abandoned shows what Wickham saw by shooting the structure from it’s Southwest corner.


As a visual director like myself, I loved being able to be there ahead of time and visualize where the characters should walk, talk and how to best capture those cinematic moments.  I also walked around the area surrounding the power plant to figure out where the topography would match what we already shot.  I also saw that by positioning the first shot  with a corner perspective of the building, that it was was not only three dimensional and helped increase the massiveness of the structure.”

Director Terry R. Wickham likes what he sees.

Wickham choose yellowish dirt road to the southwest corner of the building.  Director of Photography Adrian Popescu, set up some make shift vegetation to help show off the slow slider shot movement, tracking the two actors walking to what was in real life an abandoned power plant.

Wickham leans in to see the beautiful shot Popescu has constructed for Abandoned

The director elaborates, “I wanted to not only establish the vast building, but further continue steady, fluid shots to help draw the audience into the story and to make them feel that they were watching a movie from a sure-handed director.  I can’t stand the overuse of super fast cutting in so many movies today.  It gets tiring and wears out its welcome quickly.  I also feel that it also goes against the fabric of creating suspense, so for me, I opt to go the other way.”

Leftonred Atanycorner with boom mic, Siakie Tetteh is carrying “Billie’s” bag, DP Adrian Popescu executes the lateral slider shot while Aaron Mathias and Terry R. Wickham (back) look on at Pilgrim State Hospital vacant power plant

The next couple shots established that our main character “Billie” (Siakie Tetteh) gets the sensation that someone is watching them.  The Director shares his vision, “We used the geography of the location to carefully intertwine our lead characters with the adversarial presence.  I tried to construct movement and momentum with economical choices.  Things had to flow and I didn’t want anything to stop the natural progress of the movie.  But I kept pushing for shifting perspective and use of space within the frame.”

Aaron Mathias and Siakie Tetteh loved being in front of the camera

The filmmaker speaks about his lead actors, “I really enjoyed how natural Siakie and Aaron were together.

Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham with the two stars of Abandoned, Siakie Tetteh and Aaron Mathias 7/24/16


Their relationship came across as both friendly and professional, which is exactly how their roles were written.  I like how they both seemed aware of the surroundings but in different ways.  There is no doubt that they are both comfortable in front of the camera and Adrian did stellar job filming them.”

Production Designer Michelle Rickert with Siakie Tetteh. 7/24/16

Production Designer Michelle Rickert was on hand again to provide all necessary props and even got to sort of appear as one of the shadowy foes.

Leftonred Atanycorner served as the Sound Recordist/Boom Operator on Sunday 7/24/16


Sunday was a bit of a break for Leftonred Atanycorner.  He took control of the boom mic because Sound Recordist Pat Reilly couldn’t make the shoot.  This was especially good considering how much Steadicam work he did the day prior.

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Slate Operator/Production Assistant Jevon Duff was invaluable on Abandoned


Jevon Duff was on hand again to help the team any way needed as a Production Assistant.  Wickham finishes up the day, “Jevon & Siakie transported a couple of the cast & crew from the city and he  operated the slate again.  He was a big help.”

Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham with the beautiful star of Abandoned, actress Siakie Tetteh.

The production got all that was needed and wrapped in four hours.  Wickham sums up the extremely satisfying experience, “I had some really talented passionate people working with me on Abandoned.  It was obvious that they cared about the film and put their hearts and souls into the work.  This isn’t something that’s automatic and bodes well for the outcome of our movie.

The cast and crew of Abandoned took the time to talk about some important issues with life and society as we know it

My goal was to make a shorter film than Stash and The Devil’s Five that was super suspenseful that exuded cinematic style.   I wanted to do it with a smaller group of people to make things more intimate, I felt this important on this film because of the setting and what takes place in the film.

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In this screen grab from Abandoned something seems amiss surrounding our two lead characters


It’s think it’s always hard and maybe even wrong for a filmmaker to to proclaim that a film has achieved something before the audience sees it, because they ultimately will be the judge & jury of the film.

The abbreviated production team on 7/24/16 left to right; Leftonred Atanycorner Sound Recordist/Boom Operator, Production Designer/2nd Assailant Michelle Rickert, DP Adrian Popescu, actress Siakie Tetteh, Director Terry R. Wickham and actor Aaron Mathias


What I can say is that stylistically Abandoned mirrors more of my own visual taste than any film I’ve ever directed.  That’s not a knock against the films I directed like Madame Red, Double Fantasy, Out of Touch,The Downfall of Johnny Garrett or Stalk from Evil Streets, Washington, Road, Help Me, Hair of the Dog, Stash, The Devil’s Five or any other title from my work.  I was really primed to make this film, after coming off a year and half of the most directorial opportunities in my career so far.”