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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

1st “Read through” of The Devil’s Five in prep for upcoming shoot

Devil's Five Poster

On Wednesday August 2 Director Terry Wickham conducted the first “read through” of The Devil’s Five screenplay.  This preliminary go around was done on Oovoo, so that actors spread out across the land could attend the webcam session.  Ralf Scheepers webcamed from Germany was there along with Kevin Cusick, Lee Baptiste and Sarah Haruko who are playing three detectives in the movie.  Two of the actors playing police officers in the film’s first scene, G. Paul Salvetti & Jordan Theodore took part and Emilio Rosa, who recently took over the role of “Sergeant Biehn” was present as well.  Altogether it was very productive as little bits of dialogue were tweaked, which will ultimately improve the film and make things better for the actors performing.

Jordan Theodore wins role of “Officer Capps” in Devil’s Five

JTheodore

Jordan Theodore beat our some mighty fine actors to play hot-headed “Officer Capps” in Devil’s Five.  Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham explains, “There was a deadlock between three quality actors.  When I noticed that Jordan went to the University of Washington, it prompted me to ask him why he attended college there.  When he explained he was from Seattle area, that was tie-breaker, since I felt compelled to help someone from my hometown.  But in all truth, Jordan displayed a spark of energy and high sense of self that bordered on almost arrogance.  This was something I want in this character.”

Bio & Resume below:

“Recent film and stage credits include Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle and Rita Shalimar, directed by Mark Richardson. Very special thanks to Andrew Stewart-Jones and Susan Bell.”

TV

MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM Roosevelt’s Assistant Dir. Sterling Milan

FILM

SPAGHETTI Adam (Lead) Dir. Aaron Raff
LICENSE PLATES Frank Dir. Marc Lucas
NED RIFLE The Deputy Dir. Hal Hartley
SCALES Nurse with Kid 2 Dir. Morgane Becerril
PROPRIETARY METHOD Acting Student Dir. Rory Pfotenhauer
IN STEREO Man in Bar Dir. Mel Rodriguez
THE TRAMP Thug II Dir. Dima Levanchuk
JUST A FIGMENT Brent (Lead) Dir. Willie Westone
SPACE CADET Drunk Leaving Bar Dir. Paul Riccio
BOUND BY BLOOD Ray Moretti (Lead) Dir. Brad Starr
THE PHOTOGRAPHER The Photographer (Lead) Dir. Sara Block
TOMORROW Simon (Lead) Dir. Erica Baier
THE HEARTS OF MEN Seth (Lead) Dir. Danjuma Mallum

THEATRE

RITA SHALIMAR Logan Dir. Mark Richardson
I INTEGRATED A LUNCH COUNTER Man I & II Dir. Jennifer Vermont-Davis
STRIPPED Hobbes Dir. Victoria Flores
NIGHTFALL Sante Dir. Alice Camarota
A WAR OF OUR OWN Harrison Post (Lead) Dir. Chelsea Cohen
LINE Stephen (Lead) Dir. Edith O’Hara
JETHRO: THE BRICKLAYER Jethro (Lead) Dir. Elaine Huber
VARIATIONS ON THE DEATH OF
TROTSKY Trotsky (Lead) Dir. Hope Rubinkowski
BOY’S LIFE The Wedding Singer Dir. Tony Doupe

TRAINING

Andrew Stewart-Jones On-Camera
Wynn Handman Class
Tony Greco Class
Elizabeth Kemp Class
Stanley Harrison Private Coaching
Laura Leyva Class
Suzuki/Slow tempo Michael Place
2009 Summer Conservatory Taught by various instructors, notably Patsy Rodenburg
Michael Howard Studios

2010 University of Washington Taught by various instructors – BA ~ Theatre & Drama

SPECIAL SKILLS

Fire breathing, sport fencing, picture-car