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Stash Gallery

To commemorate the upcoming release of Devil’s Five feature film, here is a Gallery from Stash, which was the first of five segments to go before the camera back in the summer of 2014.

Part of Stash was shot deep in the woods of Califon, New Jersey. In the far distance Stash Writer Tim Clark is venturing into the real world his character “Faith Daniels” would be traveling through later at dusk. Photo Connor Hassler
G. Paul Salvetti (left) and his family allowed the production to shoot Stash on their considerable acreage of wooded land. G. Paul Salvetti, Director Terry R. Wickham (center), Production Designer Michelle Rickert hidden behind Writer Timothy David Clark (in black shirt and hat on right) hold a conference before shooting begins on Saturday 7/12/14.
Stash had an incredibly hard-working crew. Here left to right: Best Boy Kyle Weaver (blue), Gaffer/AD/Associate Producer Michael Fels (white) helps Best Boy/Key Grip Ian Clarkson (red) carry the equipment needed to light up the woods at night.
Steadicam Operator Devon Catucci prepares for a whole night of shooting. Director Terry R. Wickham was told by the first DP he hired for Stash that he would never get Steadicam for Stash because the budget couldn’t afford it. Wickham proved that DP wrong after he fired him. The truth is Devon Catucci accepted the gig less than 24 hours before the shoot, when Wickham had to scramble after the original Steadicam Operator took another gig the day before shooting begun. 7/12/14 Califon, NJ.
Wickham selected young filmmaker Zachary Atlas to document the making of Stash. Look for the behind-the-scenes chronicle to be part of the Devil’s Five release.
Director of Photography Edwin M. Figueroa was a huge part of Stash. Not only was he responsible for the look of Stash, but a year later The Devil’s Five segment, which he also shot for Wickham. Figueroa is one of the three partners that make up the feature film Devil’s Five and directed his own episode called “Choke.”
Production Designer Michelle Rickert (middle right) prepares “Faith’s” (Almog Pail) Stash bag for the movie. Behind them in the woods of Califon, NJ left to right: Associate Producer G. Paul Salvetti, Costume Designer Lindsey Vandevier, Make-Up Artist Sarah R. Cruz and 2nd AC Tiffany Provido.
DP Edwin M. Figueroa sets up a stand for Devon Catucci to rest his Steadicam rig between shots.
Director Terry R. Wickham goes over the first Stash scene with his leading lady Almog Pail on 7/12/14.  DP Edwin Figueroa and 2nd AC Tiffany Provido stand in the distance.  Editor Robert Figueira stands in pink shirt in foreground. 
Near left Production Designer Michelle Rickert (blue top) talks to Costume Designer Lindsey Vandevier (middle in grey), while Make-Up Artist Sarah Cruz listens. In the distance far left Director Terry Wickham talks to his star Almog Pail. Editor Robert FIgueira (middle in pink) observes as well as Gaffer/AD Michael Fels (white) on far right.
Director Terry R. Wickham directs one of the shots that are part of the first item “Faith” (Almog Pail) must find. DP Edwin Figueroa and Steadicam Operator Devon Catucci prepare accordingly in Califon, NJ.
Steadicam Operator Devon Catucci and DP Edwin Figueroa get down and dirty to capture the look of Stash.
Director Terry R. Wickham can almost always be seen with the script for the movie he’s making in hand within his blue protective binder. Here Almog Pail listens to the direction of the next shot as the sun goes down and things are about to get very dark in the woods.
Never one who afraid to get dirty, Production Designer Michelle Rickert wades into the swamp to set up a critter effect she ingeniously created and will hand operate for the shot.
Director or Photography Edwin M. Figueroa really put to use his considerable skills and experience to create the gorgeous look of Stash. Taking full advantage of what the woods offered the production.
As night falls, Steadicam Operator Devon Catucci stands ready for the next shot in Stash.
Filmmaker Terry Wickham helps direct the placement of the critter Production Designer Michelle Rickert will operate during Stash.
The production had to truck-in/hand carry in a considerable amount of movie making equipment (lights, c-stands, mumbo-combos, etc) to light of the environment for the first night of shooting on Stash.

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.


Going into our last shooting day, I knew it was going to be long & grueling and it was.  18-Hours later all I can do is smile with what we accomplished.

The facts are: we made a movie with seven-times less than what we wanted from our Indiegogo.com campaign.   When you consider we lost more than half a night to a thunderstorm (our second night in New Jersey – which on a short film like this is a big loss).  That we were probably under crewed much of the time and we had to scratch & claw for everything we needed (locations, insurance, meals, you name it) but even with all these struggles, we still FINISHED TWO DAYS QUICKER THAN I HAD ANTICIPATED.

I credit this to being able to adapt to each situation and my incredibly hard-working cast & crew.  There is no way a movie is made by one person.  STASH certainly wasn’t made by just me.


My Director of Photography Edwin M. Figueroa was a Godsend.  Edwin knows the equipment like the back of his hand and runs the team of camera assistants, grips & electrical personnel with expert authority.  This group of crewmembers is essentially the offensive line of filmmaking.  Everything goes through them.


Without lights, electrical and camera equipment there is simply no movie.  What these guys did on Sunday, allowed the rest of us to do our jobs.  Having Kevin Saporito, Zack Alliger, and Greg DeBonet onboard this weekend really helped us out.  Not only their work on G&E but traveling to pick up the van to transport our gear and even pick up dinner from restaurants.  Those things helped us out immensely.  Over the course of the entire production, Ian Clarkson & Kyle Weaver carried a bulk of this heavy load. 


My Assistant Director/Gaffer/Associate Producer Michael Fels (he wore three hats) has earned deserving praise from all who’ve had the pleasure to work with him.  His job was vitally important not only because he coordinated Edwin’s instructions but also ran my film set.  He was so polite and carried such a optimistic attitude that he made it easy for people to listen to him and do what he asked.  I wanted people to enjoy working on this movie and Michael is one of the reasons they probably felt this way.

1st Assistant Camera John Galeano was beyond huge for us.  On Sunday July 27th (the last day) Edwin’s RED camera had a problem.  Shortly after beginning filming it just stopped working.  If it wasn’t for John bringing his RED camera as a backup, we wouldn’t have been able to finish shooting our movie. 


Robert Figueira (pronounced “Rowbear”), my Editor/Post-Production Supervisor made it to every shoot.  Having him there the whole time was for not only great getting his expert opinion of what was being filmed but also he helped pull focus at times and came up with footage solutions when we needed them most.


Our Production Designer Michelle Rickert could almost fly under the radar but not on my watch.  She worked tirelessly to put everything in frame we see within the movie.  Though we ran into a few snags (like not being able to buy items needed for the finale, when all stores had just closed) she didn’t let it stop her from performing her job and doing it well.  I really appreciated her working everything for as long as she could, kind of like one of the chefs on the Food Network until they are told to back away and put their hands up.  I’ll never forget the first weekend when she stood in ankle deep swamp, amongst skunk cabbage & bugs for an hour and a half to perform a gag needed for the shot.  That’s dedication.


I was happy that our Sound Recordist/Sound Designer Junior Manzueta finally got a chance to capture sound without loud generators ruining what he was recording.  Plus this was truly this film’s “acting” weekend, as the heavy dialogue scenes dominated what was filmed.  Junior had a couple assistants to help him along.


Almog Pail is in every scene in STASH.  She went through the ringer for us and always looked great doing it.  Sunday was no different.  After getting her hair done by my good friend Frank Fuina (a professional hair stylist whom you can book an appointment at his salon/store: Guilty Indulgence, 10 N Park Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 · (516) 868-1706) Almog did a sensational job carrying out the first scene in the movie.  This opening included not only our other main actors but thirty extras.  Almog was always graceful, in character and dealt with any production hang up that came along (and they did).


Jonathan Weirich delivered the goods as “Minister Malcolm.”  He has a charismatic way of carrying himself that’s amplified by his can-do attitude, something that made it impossible not to like him.  He was essential as the leader of the church and his on screen relationship with the other cast members glows.


This Sunday was a big day for our young actor Jesse Ray Sheps who was playing “Devin.”  This cute 9-year old boy made an immediate impression and blew everyone away with his grasp of acting.  Fearless and completely prepared, Jesse laid down the law of his slightly devious character and made all of us proud that he was part of our film.  Hearing the lines come out of his young mouth, with the amount of concentrated conviction, made everyone take notice and raised the talent meter of our film considerably.


Speaking of the extras, I’ve got to give kudos to everyone for waiting out our technical issues, which delayed the first scene.  Every extra came dressed appropriately and just made the “Bake Sale” scene feel real.  I was thankful for the patience and positivity each person had, which made the difficulties easier to sit through.  I can’t thank everyone enough for donating not just their time but rolling with the production punches.


Speaking of “Bake Sale” I can’t possibly I forget to mention Francesco’s Bakery and owner Francesco Guerrieri.  His amazing Italian-American Bakery supplied all the absolutely delicious gourmet-assortment of baked goods needed for the scene.  It was funny watching crewmembers put their dibs on specific cupcakes, pies, Danish, cakes, donuts and pastries, while the children couldn’t help but repeatedly ask for freshly baked cookies and ornate brownies.  For example, I had a mouth-watering cupcake that had a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup cut in half with a Kit Kat split down the middle on top of sweet, almost frosting like cream.  I never imagined we’d get the superb level of baked goods we received and I’m telling you make it a point to visit one of Francesco’s Bakery locations; Hicksville, Massapequa, Farmingdale, Bethpage and Plainview, New York.

 Buffalo-Wild-Wings-Exterior-31    Chili

Buffalo Wild Wings and Chili’s in Farmingdale, NY contributed the last supper for us.  The assortment of different tasting wings, along with a variety of chicken, quesadillas, sliders and salad went very quickly and more than satisfied everyone working on the film.   I have to thank General Manager Liam Connors @ Buffalo Wild Wings and Chili’s Managing Partner Sidney Rusaw for their help for supplying such a satisfying main meal of the day.  The little trays and size of the wings made it easy to eat on set and Chili’s is one of my favorite restaurants because of the quality of food and variety.


We worked on finishing the climax of the movie until the sun came up.  It was exhausting and real test of endurance.  There is one part of this scene that worked like gangbusters. It’s a scene where “Louis” (Rick Kern) leads the way with unabandoned glee.  I don’t want to give too much away other than to say the scene had me laughing hysterically and I predict it might be singled out as the best moment in the film.  Even all business Edwin was on the floor laughing, so that is a telltale sign.


Near the last part of the night our Special Make-Up Effects artist Beatrice Sniper was called upon to perform her magic.  Bea has such an infectious positive attitude and capacity to accept delay, that I loved working with her.  Nothing was too challenging to her as she just took every task head on.  I can’t stress enough how good this is while under the gun to finish a movie.

Sarah    Dylann

I can’t forget the wonderful regular make-up job that Sarah Cruz applied over the duration of the production.  She drove from Pennsylvania to make our actors look their best and on this last weekend was assisted by Dylann Stahl.


Also Costume Designer Lindsey Vandevier certainly did an excellent job of coordinating the costumes.  The spring Easter colors she had all the performers wear in the bake sale certainly stood out against the darker colors that followed in the sinister last quarter of our movie.

I want to thank each and every person who put something into the making of “Stash.”  I couldn’t have done it without you.