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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.

See Stash Star Almog Pail in Me, Myself and Rita

Do yourself a favor and go see Stash star Almog Pail perform her 1-woman show. I saw it last year and was amazed at how she can balance singing, dancing and acting.

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“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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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.