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The Devil’s Five Photo Gallery #3

Please enjoy this photo gallery in celebration of final post production phase of The Devil’s Five segment for the upcoming horror-thriller DEVIL’S FIVE.

Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham and Editor Kris Ramsey are putting something together a little something special for the End Credits that everyone should enjoy.

Terry R. Wickham (center) directs actor Ed Gorman (Ambulance Driver) during the shoot for The Devil’s Five segment, while actress Diana Noris (Vala Schneider) stands near at the old Grumman airport runway Calverton, NY

 

Director of Photography Edwin M. Figueroa prepares to film a Interrogation Room Scene. Kevin Cusick (Detective Armitage) applies eye drops, while Sound Recordist Patrick Reilly stands ready with boom mic and Ralf Scheepers (Ansell Schneider) sits patiently.

 

Make-Up Artist Sarah Cruz prepares Vanessa Michelle Charles (Corporal Hamilton) for Police Front Desk scene in The Devil’s Five.

 

Candy Nairovy (Officer Pope) is armed for good reason in The Devil’s Five

 

Action is the name of the game in The Devil’s Five. DP Edwin Figueroa talks to David Denowitz (Captain Friedkin), while Director Terry Wickham goes over the scene scene with his Devil’s Five Partner George Brianka who plays Mister Jingles in the segment.  Make-Up Artist Sarah Cruz listens in distance. At the same time Stunt Coordinator Matt Solazzo prepares actress Diana Noris (Vala Schneider) who’s barely on screen on far right. Actress Sarah Haruko (Detective Hannigan) standing back to us center, takes it all in.

 

Actress Diana Noris and Sound Recordist Pat Reilly chill between setups on the airport runway in Calverton.

 

1st AC John Galeano prepares one of the RED cameras during the shooting of TDF at Riverhead Town Hall basement.

 

Terry Wickham directs Ed Gorman (Ambulance Driver), while Lauren Dougherty (Nurse Davenport) and Richard Kern (Dr. Goode) listen in Calverton, NY.

 

Special Make-Up Effects Artist Church Haley airbrushes Diana Noris to play Vala Schneider in TDF.

 

Production Designer Michelle Rickert middle in distance prepares the bloodbath inside the ambulance. Key Grip Michael Goguey (bottom left) and Special Make-Up Effects Artist Church Haley (bottom right) do their part to fill the medical transport vehicle with carnage.

 

DP Edwin Figueroa films Ralf Scheepers (Ansell Schneider) while AC John Galeano and AC Guillermo Cameo stand ready to assist in Riverhead, NY
On September 27, 2015 the Harvest Moon shone bright over the The Devil’s Five shoot in Calverton, New York.
Producer/actor Richard Kern, Jesse Ray Sheps (Devin), Nadie Lahaie (Babs), Lawrence Levy (Beat-up Business Man) and Michael Pope (Cloaked Figure) seem to be enjoying the TDF shoot in Riverhead, NY.

 

Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham was real happy to be work again with his Devil’s Five Partner/TDF DP Edwin M. Figueroa on the airport runway set in Calverton, NY.

Stash Trailer goes LIVE

Check out the Trailer for the suspense burner Stash, which is one of the five segments from the feature film Devil’s Five.  The Trailer was Edited by Jason Paluck, Sound Design Thomas Jackson and Music Composed by Geoff Tyson.  Stash was Produced & Directed by Terry R. Wickham.  Stars Almog Pail, Jonathan Weirich, Richard Kern, Jesse Ray Sheps and Tina Surabian.  Director of Photography Edwin M. Figueroa.

The Devil’s Five Shooting Weekend #1 Part 4

Ralf Scheepers and Kevin Cusick prepare to do a scene in the Interrogation Room in Riverhead, NY
Ralf Scheepers and Kevin Cusick prepare to do a scene in the Interrogation Room in Riverhead, NY

By Co-Writer/Co-Producer/Director Terry R. Wickham

When a director casts the lead actor in a movie, the significance is beyond important.  It goes without saying, the person needs to fit the role and hopefully have the ability to put the movie on their back.  As a director of a low budget film, I’m restricted to not being able to go after established SAG film actors and for that reason I believe in taking chances.  Another thing I’m opposed to doing is casting overused actors from other low budget productions, because I don’t want my film to carry their baggage.

Director Terry R. Wickham goes over the opening scene for The Devil's Five with Ralf Scheepers and his fellow actors
Director Terry R. Wickham goes over the opening scene for The Devil’s Five with Ralf Scheepers and his fellow actors

In late April 2014, I went to see the power metal band Primal Fear perform live in New York City with one of my Devil’s Five partners and fellow directors George Brianka.  After seeing the group tear through a rousing set highlighted by material from their album Delivering The Black, we got to meet with the band backstage.  This was the reason we were actually at the show.  We needed to get permission from the band to use their song “Delivering The Black” for the end credits of our movie.

Ralf Scheepers as "Ansell Schneider" sits ready to do the Interrogation Room Scene with actor Lee Baptiste in Riverhead, NY
Ralf Scheepers as “Ansell Schneider” sits ready to do the Interrogation Room Scene with actor Lee Baptiste in Riverhead, NY

After the band agreed to let us use the song, vocalist Ralf Scheepers approached me to let me know he was interested in doing some acting in a movie.  This really caught me off guard and truthfully I didn’t know what to think at that exact moment.

Ralf Scheepers as "Ansell Schneider is apprehended by Jordan Theodore playing "Officer Capps." Director Terry R. Wickham and Stunt Coordinator Matt Solazzo look on from the top left
Ralf Scheepers as “Ansell Schneider is apprehended by Jordan Theodore playing “Officer Capps.” Director Terry R. Wickham and Stunt Coordinator Matt Solazzo look on from the top left

When I relayed Ralf’s message to The Devil’s Five investor Thad Byrd, he told me that we had to call him on that.  See, Primal Fear is Thad’s favorite band and he immediately saw the value in getting an international known name attached to film.

September 18, 2015 1st Assistant Camera lines up actor Ralf Scheepers for a shot in Riverhead, NY
September 18, 2015 1st Assistant Camera John Galeano  lines up actor Ralf Scheepers for a shot in Riverhead, NY

Flash forward to September 18, 19 and 20th 2015, when I firsthand got the chance to work with Ralf, when he played the lead role in “The Devil’s Five.”

Actors Chanise Renae & Tyler Kipp enjoy a moment on set with Ralf Scheepers on the airport runway in Calverton, NY
Actors Chanise Renae & Tyler Kipp enjoy a moment on set with Ralf Scheepers on the airport runway in Calverton, NY

We believed so much in him that we used a good portion of our budget to fly Ralf to New York from his home in Germany.  I cannot over emphasize how extremely lucky we got because when you roll the dice on an unproven actor, there’s no guarantee of what you’ll end up getting.

Ralf with actress Lauren Dougherty shooting on airport runway in Calverton, NY September 20, 2015
Ralf with actress Lauren Dougherty shooting on airport runway in Calverton, NY September 20, 2015

But what we got was a performer totally committed to not only pulling off the character, but doing everything he could to help us make the movie.  Ralf is someone that everyone, including my family loved and respected.  There were a bunch of people on our production team that commented how good of an actor he was, which I wholeheartedly agreed.

Director of Photography Edwin M Figueroa shoots lead actor Ralf Scheepers, while 1st Assisant Camera John Galeano and 2nd Assistant Camera Guillermo Cameo look on
Director of Photography Edwin M Figueroa shoots lead actor Ralf Scheepers, while 1st Assisant Camera John Galeano and 2nd Assistant Camera Guillermo Cameo look on

What amazes me the most about Ralf is that for all he’s accomplished, there’s not an ounce of attitude or whiff of arrogance that you sometimes get from lesser known talent.  The fact is Ralf was there one hundred percent committed to making the movie the best it could be and was willing to do whatever that took.  There was no clock ticking in terms of when he needed to stop working or needed a break. There were even a couple times, he pointed out details in my own script I was missing in the rush of production.  That is absolute proof of a person who cared about getting what was written.

Diana Noris, Terry R. Wickham, Veronica Freeman and Ralf Scheepers in Riverhead, NY shooting The Devil's Five
Diana Noris, Terry R. Wickham, Veronica Freeman and Ralf Scheepers in Riverhead, NY shooting The Devil’s Five

At this point, there is no doubt that we hit the casting jackpot with Ralf Scheepers. There’s not a better person in the world, to act as the spokesman for The Devil’s Five than the talented, hardworking, optimistic German gentleman, who simply understands what needs to be done to make dreams come true.

Ralf Scheepers curls my daughter Rosina on the airport runway set in Calverton, NY Sunday September 20, 2015
Ralf Scheepers curls Rosina Wickham on the airport runway set in Calverton, NY Sunday September 20, 2015

He absolutely helped me realize my vision for The Devil’s Five and for that I will forever be grateful.

Director Terry R. Wickham with the stars of the movie Ralf Scheepers and Diana Noris
Director Terry R. Wickham with the stars of the movie Ralf Scheepers and Diana Noris