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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.

The Devil’s Five Trailer posted

We’ve finally got something to show everyone.

Here is the Trailer for the segment The Devil’s Five from the feature film Devil’s Five:


Please share it on every available outlet you have to spread the word and help us building the audience for our film.

The Devil’s Five Shooting Weekend #1 Part 9

Interrogation Room Scene 2

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

The Core-4.  That’s what I call actors Ralf Scheepers, Kevin Cusick, Sarah Haruko and Lee Baptiste.  These four are the principal actors in The Devil’s Five because they are the ones who have the most screen time, dialogue and thus are central or the key to the foundation of the not just segment, but entire feature film Devil’s Five.

When I was casting the movie I was more than aware of this.  I was not just looking for thespians that looked like the characters in the script,  I was also determined to find the best actors available.  When auditioning I weighed in their attitude, commitment to acting, besides how well they performed the sides given to them.

On our first shooting day Friday September 18th, it was more than apparent that I cast the right people for these roles.  I have already spoken about our International shining star Ralf Scheepers, so please read my previous blog about his special talent if you haven’t already.


Kevin Cusick has the most screen of any character in The Devil’s Five.  So it was paramount that he not just had the acting chops to pull off the character, but dramatic strength to carry this story.  If he didn’t, we would be in trouble.  But that was never a concern of mine because I felt he was the best actor I auditioned for not just his part , but the entire movie.

Terry watches Kevin & Ralf

Kevin first displayed this belief I had in him,  when I learned that he held rehearsal with Lee and Sarah at his place, even including an acting coach to help them all prepare as a team.

Interrogation Room Scene

Kevin further demonstrated I made the right choice when he came fully prepared to rattle off pages of dialogue and hit all the targets that outlined his character’s arc.  He did this in such a selfless manner that it feed his fellow actors, so they could bounce off each other and all achieve excellence.


Lee Baptiste ended up playing the role after the original actor couldn’t make the new shooting dates.  I really admired Lee’s no guff approach.  Not only did he bring a powerful physical presence that was palpable, but he carried this over to the way he articulated.  There was an abruptness that hinged almost on violence that highlighted the choices he made in not just his body language, but the way he expressed himself.  In other words he brought the muscle in comparison to Kevin’s more cerebral approach.

Terry with Kevin & Lee

I also loved the physical differences between Kevin & Lee.  Besides the contrast of their skin color, age and physical stature, when you combined the way the actors carried things out, it was very easy to picture them not just as partners, but experienced officers whose occupation is to investigate and solve crimes.


Lee also understood his position in the hierarchy of his partnership.  Kevin was to take the lead, but when his time came, he delivered without apology.  For that kind of understanding I will always be thankful.

Sarah H & Sarah C
Actress Sarah Haruko & Make-up Artist Sarah Cruz stand ready


Sarah Haruko was nothing short of fantastic.  Not only did she bring femininity the movie needed, but did so as a completely believable officer of the law.  It was crucial to me that she didn’t come across as butch or a man in a female body.  I wanted her to absolutely be a woman.

Terry & Sarah H

There was never any doubt about her onscreen conviction and she truthfully had the second most dialogue to communicate to the audience. Ever since her audition I just loved the way she spoke.  She had a true sense of patience that came across as controlled professionalism that was needed to accurately portray her part.

Sarah H

Also her stunningly beautiful Asian good looks mixed wonderfully against her fellow actors, bringing not just cultural diversity, but helped create the strikingly different human landscape I always aim for my movies to have.

I got very lucky with the incredible four people that made up of The Devil’s Five Core-4.  .  They individually came fully ready to mix it up on screen, challenging each other to reach the highest levels of performance.  They did this completely together as a unified team.  Maybe just as important was the humbleness and openness  each had at trying to attain such a high level mark as actors.