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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.

Terry Direct’s the Trailer for Whatever It Takes

Right to left Director Terry R. Wickham stands ready to get started while Steadicam Operator Frank Angelcyk discuses shot with Director of Photography Adrian Popescu, 1st AC. Giorgio Savona listens arms folded.

Saturday January 21, 2017 was a very productive day for filmmaker Terry R. Wickham.  It was the beginning of a 16-hour period of time that he led 18 people in making the Trailer for Whatever It Takes.  The shoot began with the crew arriving at a call time of 3pm and didn’t end until 6:45am the next day, Sunday January 22, 2017.

The lead actors of Take It Back are (left to right) Nicholas Calhoun, Anthony Bisciello, Phil Locastro and Rocco Gioia

This opportunity brought some crew from Terry’s film Abandoned, mixing them with the main cast from Take It Back TV Episode 1 (2015) and some new cast & crew members.

(L to R) Director Terry Wickham leans down to look at his shooting script, while Grip Ian Biesinger is ready to assist, DP Adrian Popescu lines up shot, with Steadicam Operator Frank Angelcyk listening.  Giorgio Savona holds the Steadicam. Near far right actor Rich Haddad sits preparing to play the role of “Dan”

Wickham talks how things went down, “Whenever you do a movie, trailer for movie or music video there’s no telling how things will go because you are combining all sorts of folks.  Some are experienced, while others are not.  You don’t truly know the commitment each person will make or the work ethic they will exert beforehand.  So in some ways it sort of crapshoot.  The one thing that’s certain is no shoot is ever exactly the same.

(L to R) Grip Eileen Viglietta, Steadicam Operator Frank Angelcyk, Gaffer Dexter Fenner, DP Adrian Popescu, 1st Giorgio Savona holding Steadicam, Grip Ian Biesinger adjusting light

But as we went to work, it was obvious to me that we had some hard working talented people on board who cared about what we were doing.

In the screen grab from the Trailer for Take It Back, DP Adrian Popescu really captures  the moment with his lens and lights as Nicholas Calhoun plays “Lorenzo”

There’s one shot between his acting and the composition Adrian Popescu orchestrated, which looks right out of a Michael Mann film.

In this screen grab from the Trailer for Take It Back, “Gino” (Rocco Gioia) listens to “Mike’ (Phil Locastro) rant to “Betty” (Janice Silver)

Rocco Gioia played his character “Gino” not far off the vest.  This was a smart choice on his part, as he come across very natural.  Some of his lines & expressions with “Sarah” (Megan Penn) had me laughing.

Actress Megan Penn really shines in the scene as “Sarah”, Sound Recordist Mark Fraunhofer holds the boom mic

Actress Megan Penn delivered as “Sarah.”  Leading up to the shoot I was met with some opposition from some of the stalwarts on the project as they didn’t feel her character was necessary and couldn’t understand someone would fly in from Los Angeles to do the part.

In this screen grab from the Trailer for Take It Back, “Sarah” (Megan Penn) is trying to deal with the death of a loved one. “Dan” (Rich Haddad) sits close to her right, while “Mike” (Phil Locastro) sits in the distant right

But Megan made them believers after seeing her performance.  I really enjoy working with her because she’s utterly committed and looks sensational.

Director Terry Wickham watches actress Janice Silver play “Betty” in front of Phil Locastro and Gocco Gioia, Grip Ian Biesinger leans legs crossed waiting to begin

Janice Silver really impressed me as “Betty.”  Not only did she bring the wealth of her life experience to the role which made her very believable, but helped transport Megan to the shoot as well.  Most important to me was her positive attitude.  She didn’t complain one bit when it took a while to get to her first scene and I appreciated her patience and understanding of the filmmaking process.

Cinematographer Adrian Popescu is a master of the camera in Yonkers, New York January 21, 2017

 

Director of Photography Adrian Popescu proved is worth in gold and made a lasting impression on everyone who hadn’t worked with him before.  I got compliments on his work from almost everyone.

DP Adrian Popescu and Director Terry R. Wickham show true chemistry as a filmmaking tandem. 1st AC Giorgio Savona has been part of both their filmmaking endeavors so far

What’s so great for me about Adrian is that even though I came in with a strong vision (every shot planned out), when you get in the throes of production sometimes you need to alter or cut shots.  When this happened I would go to Adrian to ask what he thought and he always had excellent feedback when I had to make such decisions.  To me, it’s not just telling the DP what to do, but at getting his creative input to germinate our visual partnership on the movie.

1st Assistant Camera Giorgio Savona between shots

Having Giorgio Savona back from Abandoned as First Assistant camera was nothing but a joy.  Giorgio understood Adrian’s working style and provided Adrian the assistance as his right hand man.  Giorgio brings a real upbeat attitude that makes the hard work even more fun than it should be.  I can’t wait to work with him again on the film I’m directing and Adrian is shooting next month called Gruesome Threesome.

Steadicam Operator Frank Angelcyk with his rig

Steadicam operator Frank Angelcyk stayed beyond the time he had initially agreed to, which really helped to get the floating shots I had envisioned for this scene.  I credit this to his character and obvious friendship with Adrian, who brought him aboard the production.  I haven’t seen the footage since we shot but in the monitor it looked quite good to me.

 

Gaffer Dexter Fenner looks pleased to be part the shoot for the Trailer for Take It Back

 

I could help but notice the effort given by Gaffer Dexter Fenner.  I kid you not that the man virtual never stopped working.  I saw him stepping over pews during takes to attend to lights, flags, apply diffusion on a never-ending basis.

This is the only photo Terry could find that had Co-Producer RIchard Kern in. You can see Rick way back on the far right watching the scene scene shot of the four guys talking in the pew in Virgin Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church located in Yonkers, New York

I’ve got to give Co-Producer Richard Kern credit.  Besides finding Dexter and the two grips and production assistant, Richard gathered all the food for the shoot and took care of some production logistics.  This was very helpful for the shoot because Producer/Co-Writer/Creator/Actors Rocco Gioia and Phil Locastro were busy playing their respective roles.

“Dan” (Rich Haddad) walks over to sit down next to his friend “Mike.” Steadicam Operator Frank Angelcyk follows capturing it happen

We have to really thank Rich Haddad for getting the location, which not only looked good but was very comfortable filming in.  Plus Rich played the character “Dan” seen early in the scene.  I felt his contribution as an actor was valuable because he help set up the comradery of the scene.

Sound Recordist Mark Fraunhofer with boom on the set of the Trailer for Take It Back

Sound Recordist Mark Fraunhofer joined the team shortly before the shoot when the original sound guy departed three days before filming.  Mark captured what was needed with a combination of his lavalier and boom mics.

Make-Up Artist Regina Tune works her craft on actress Megan Penn

It was great seeing Abandoned Make-Up Artist Regina Tune again and everyone loved working with her.  She certainly did her job making the actors look as they could.  I just adore her how beautiful of a person she is on the inside and outside.

Make-Up Artist Maria Alexandra at work for the Trailer for Take It Back

Make-Up Artist Maria Alexandra was new to the team and she was quiet and went about her job in an almost unnoticeable way, which is a compliment to her.

Five Towns College ended up providing the two grips and production assistant, so I was happy with who came out of that institution.  The knowledge and integrity each person displayed reflects that school well.  Plus they were the only people who got to the location before me, which hasn’t happened often in my 30-year directing career.  So right of the bat they made a good impression.

Grip Ian Biesinger operates the slate on the set of the Trailer for Take It Back

Grip Ian Biesinger was pretty invaluable jumping right into helping Dexter get the lights set up and then later taking the reins on updating and clapping the slate.  Ian definitely has what it takes to do this type of endurance work.  There seemed to be no job too big or small for his skills and that’s the perfect attitude needed to succeed in this business.

Grip Eileen Viglietta (center of photo) looks on as a shot is set up

Grip Eileen Viglietta was a real breath of fresh air on the set.  She came in with a smile on her face and carried enthusiastic spirit that was infectious.  This may not sound like a big deal to you, but on a movie shoot that lasts a double a normal 8-hour work day, it’s huge in making the experience more enriching.  Eileen was also right there helping with lights and all related equipment, which was exactly what was needed.

Production Assistant Nicholas Girimonte

Production Assistant Nicholas Girimonte was another real find.  Positive, interested in everything, he served as Richard Kern’s right hand man taking care of all sorts of things needed to be attended to.  He is definitely passionate about filmmaking and that’s the single most important trait anyone can have to do this type of work.

The only real problems over the shoot was having some perfectly good takes ruined by people talking outside the set area and some normal delays with lighting and the Steadicam gear.

Director Terry R. Wickham as very pleased with his Camera Team (L to R) Adrian Popescu, 1st AC Giorgio Savona and Steadicam Operator Frank Angelcyk

Despite a high page count and over 20 shots to get in limited time, the shoot for the Whatever It Takes was a success.  Sure I had to alter some of the shots I was hoping to get, but that is expected on every production.  I look forward to when the Trailer/scene is edited and ready for everyone to see exactly what we did up in Yonkers, New York on this January weekend.

 

 

 

 

“Choke” Shooting begins Part 2

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Jared Christopherson (center) stood tall for the first day of production on “Choke.” He graciously allowed full use of his penthouse apartment in NYC and even played the important role of the “Producer’s Assistant.” He was critical in making the first day of shooting possible and one of the main reasons it went so well. Robert Sheps (back), Sarah Cruz (blue) and Lisa Zebrowski far right stand around Jared waiting their turn to do their thing in “Choke.” Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine

 

Before I get to the rest of the cast, I have to thank the unbelievably kind hospitality and amazing location Jared Christopherson provided for “Choke.”

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Being the host of movie like “Choke” does have it’s benefits. Left to right Lisa Zebrowski (front), Megan Penn (Back), Rrita Toka, Sarah R Cruz, Jared Christopherson and Stephanie Almeida.

 

His penthouse apartment overlooking NYU area, with an extensive massive “L” shaped rooftop terrace was perfect for the Red Carpet Event scene.

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The view from the Christopherson’s Penthouse apartment was magnificent to say the least and the weather cooperated as well on November 5th, 2016. Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine

 

The balcony perspective was absolutely sensational, but even better was how open Jared was to allow us to free reign to shoot the scene the way Edwin M. Figueroa wanted it.  I’m sure I speak for the rest of the cast & crew that we will be forever grateful to him for this day and I can honestly say we  could not have had a better place to begin the movie.

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Jared Christopherson as “Producer’s Assistant” delivers an important message to the Producer (George Brianka) in “Choke.” Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine

 

On top of that, Jared played role in the scene as the “Producer’s Assistant” and he had the crucial function of trying to protect the Producer from seeing something that was going to really upset him.

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Designer / Wardrobe Stylist Janine Giorgenti stands in the middle of the men she provided the wardrobe on the set of “Choke.” Left to right, Stylist Assistant Alexandro Jomar Ramirez, James Balsamo, Janine Giorgenti, Terry Wickham and George Brianka. There is a saying that you feel as good as the clothes you wear and on this day we felt like a million bucks.

Next I have to talk about the contribution Designer/Wardrobe Stylist Janine Giorgenti gave making George Brianka, James Balsamo and I look our absolute best.  Janine not only provided the thousand dollar suits we each wore, but she personally came to the shoot to make sure the clothes fit us best and pinned us by hand, when she needed to.

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Designer / Wardrobe Stylist Janine Giorgenti stands in the middle of the men she helped look so good on the set of “Choke.” Her Assistant Alexandro Jomar Ramirez (left), James Balsamo (are to Janine’s right side), while Terry Wickham and George Brianka (are to her left). 11/5/16 NYC. Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine

 

It meant a  lot to me that someone as talented and successful as Janine was willing to help our little production.  It says so much about her kind and generous heart.  The world needs more people like Janine and I’m honored she was willing to help us look so good.

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Alexandro Jomar Ramirez Assisted Janine with Styling the filmmakers and then appearing as one of them in the film. Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine

Janine was assistant by Fashion Stylist Alexandro Jomar Ramirez, and we can’t thank them enough for the expertise and the incredible clothing they dressed us in.

If you live or do business on Long Island or New York City and are in need of any kind of men’s fine clothing, there is no one better than Janine Giorgenti.

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1325 Franklin Ave. Suite 255
Garden City, NY 11530
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1 Rockefeller Plaza
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These two “Cloaked Figure” appear in “Choke” as a hint of things to come in “Stash.” Terry Wickham (back), Stephanie Almeida and Jared Christopherson (Center), far right Alida Lang can be seen behind them. Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine

 

Richard Kern was back to make a cameo as one of the “Cloaked Figures” from “Stash.”  Edwin thought this was a good idea since “Stash” will follow “Choke” in the order of movies shown in DEVIL’S FIVE.

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Rick also came through with helping provide some of the dinner as he spearhead obtaining a tray of Baked Ziti from Dan Romano @ Frankies East Side Gourmet Italian Restaurant (located 313 Main Street Farmingdale NY 516-756-2753) which was gobbled up faster than you can blink an eye.

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Jesse Ray Sheps looks happy to perform for Stephanie Almeida. Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine

 

The other “Cloaked Figure” from “Stash was young Jesse Ray Sheps.  It’s always great to work with the little guy who projects maturity way beyond his years.  Having worked with Jesse four times now (“Stash“, XXistence Teaser Trailer, “The Devil’s Five” and “Choke“), seeing him and his amazing parents Robert & Marci almost feels like family to me.

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Dazzle In, Stephanie Almeida and Megan Penn all enjoyed the multi-performance ability of Jesse Ray Sheps.

 

Choke” also afforded Jesse the opportunity to show off his musical skills on guitar and the ladies enjoyed his performing no doubt.

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Christian Peragine (left) is a chip off the shoulder of his dad Kato Peragine (right).

Last but certainly not least were our two Paparazzi photographers Kato Peragine and his son Christian Peragine.  I go all the way back to 1994, when I directed a Music Video for Guitarist Michael Knight called “The Phoenix“, which Kato was the drummer in that band.  Christian by the way has picked up the sticks and is really developed into drummer himself.

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Kato Peragine is a man of many talents. Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine
Kato and I struck up a friendship then and have worked together on all sorts of things since.  For example, back in the late 90s, when I couldn’t attended a Joe Satriani concert in NYC as a journalist/photographer I called Kato and he went to the show instead and covered the show with some amazing photographs.
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Kato couldn’t help but enjoy the view the incredible location offered. Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine
Kato auditioned for the role of “Johnny Garrett” in Evil Streets back in 1996 and served as the Gaffer on the fundraising Trailer I made for Anomaly.
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Kato found a inventive way to shot a self portrait on 11/5/16. Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine
Besides being an occasional actor and Drummer, Kato is also a very experienced Electrician and actually provided all the electrical work in my house right after we bought it.  Kato and his son (s) rewired/reinstalled every single outlet plug and light switch in the entire house.
Kato is also an accomplished and decorated Martial Arts Instructor and in mid-2015 I directed an Infomercial for the Super Punch and Kick Target product Kato and his business partner created.
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Christian Peragine looks pleased to be part of “Choke.” Photo Kato Peragine & Christian Peragine
Having Kato and Christian in “Choke” was fantastic for me because with their talent behind the lens and our long history, it just made the whole experience that much more meaningful.  Their outstanding pictures in this and the previous blog can certainly attest to that.