Terry R. Wickham on the set of The Devil’s Five
On Friday afternoon the
news broke that Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham has agreed to direct Enhanced Interrogation.
After reading the supercharged screenplay and having a productive 2-hour conference call with Screenwriter/Producer Daryl Brooks and Screenwriter/Producer Stephen Martino, the feeling was mutual about working together.
Wickham talks about the next film he will be directing, “I have to be honest. After seeing the title of the project, I had a preconceived notion of that the story was going to be focused on the violence and maybe even torture of advanced interrogation methods. But that was not the case.
Writers Daryl Brooks and Stephen Martino have constructed a controversial story that is incredibly topical in our modern day society and asks the potent question of “What if” our country was put in a pressure-cooker situation of the moral dilemma this story raises.
How far would one go to save innocent lives if they knew a catastrophic event was in the works? What would high-ranking governmental officials choose to do to protect their people?
The script is a lot more thoughtful and subverted than I assumed and I love the opportunity to put these characters into the frying pan of sorts, to create as much drama and suspense as possible.
Like the incredibly successful shows
The Walking Dead and Homeland, this story is all about the people. Plus this project will give me the chance to explore another genre and I undoubtedly look forward to making the movie even more cinematically powerful with my skills as a filmmaker.
The best analogy I’d give for
Enhanced Interrogation would be a cross between Homeland and 12 Angry Men.“
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.
To celebrate the upcoming completion of
Devil’s Five feature film, look at the behind-the-scenes photos from Terry R. Wickham’s atmospheric suspense segment Abandoned.
Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham did his best to utilize the creep factor of one of the large locations used for the movie. Photo Jason Paluck
Actress Siakie Tetteh is super excited to play “Billie Winters” in Abandoned. Here Sound Recordist Patrick Reilly mics her up. Photo Jevon Duff
Director of Photography Adrian Popescu (right) and 1st AC Giorgio Savona (left) prepare for a cool slider shot in the guts of an Abandoned looney bin. Photo Jason Paluck
This photo of Production Designer Michelle Rickert and actress Siakie Tetteh was taken right after Abandoned wrapped Principal Photography at Pilgrim State Hospital 7/24/16. Photo Jevon Duff
The places Abandoned was filmed, left lots of room for Director Terry R. Wickham to construct tension. Here Production Assistant Matthew Meehan prepares for the shoot inside the dilapidated structure. Photo Jason Paluck
The production team had some nice discussions, like this deep one actor Aaron Mathias (far left) is leading outside Pilgrim State Hospital. DP Adrian Popescu (hat & sun glasses), Sound Recordist for the day Mark Goldberg (middle), Siakie Tetteh and Terry Wickham (far right) listen. Photo Jevon Duff
Sound Recordist Patrick Reilly is rocking in the run-down locale of Abandoned. Photo Jason Paluck
Abandoned was photographed in multiple locations. This one was a dead end cul-de-sac near an deserted playground. Cinematographer Adrian Popescu lines up a shot on 4/24/16. Photo Jevon Duff
The production of Abandoned made full use of places like this that had been neglected and left to rot for years. 7/23/16 Photo Jason Paluck
Make-Up Artist Regina Tune (near left of center) enjoys her time on the set of Abandoned. Left to right Steadicam Operator Mark Goldberg (far left) sets up his rig with DP Adrian Popescu. Actress Siakie Tetteh looks pretty in pink while talking to Sound Recordist Pat Reilly, PA Jevon Duff stands listening (far right) on 7/23/16. Photo Jason Paluck
The moving pictures DP Adrian Popescu captured on 4/23/16 were stunning to say the least. Photo Jason Paluck
Actors Aaron Mathias (playing “Steve Timmons”) and Siakie Tetteh made their most of their shooting time on Abandoned 4/23/16. Photo Jason Paluck
Director Terry R. Wickham listens to the wonderful sound Patrick Reilly is recording on 4/23/16. Photo Jason Paluck
The crew on the last shooting day of Abandoned consisted of (left to right): Sound Recordist Mark Goldberg, Production Designer Michelle Rickert, DP Adrian Popescu, actress Siakie Tetteh, Director Terry R. Wickham and actor Aaron Mathias. Photo Jevon Duff 7/24/16. Photo Jevon Duff
Director Terry R. Wickham directs his cast & crew for the second shot of the 1st shooting day on Abandoned 4/23/16. Photo Jason Paluck
Production Assistant/Still Photography Jevon Duff shots into the monitor while filming on 4/24/16. Production Coordinator/Editor/Still Photography Jason Paluck stands on left with 1st AC Giorgio Savona on right. Photo Jevon Duff
This photo captures just a tiny portion of the massive deserted lunatic asylum. Sound Recordist Pat Reilly prepares to use his boom, with 1st AC Giorgio Savona is in the distance. Photo Jason Paluck
Filming at the power plant @ Pilgrim State Hospital, (L to R) Sound Recordist Mark Goldberg w/boom, Siakie Tetteh, DP Adrian Popescu, actor Aaron Mathias and filmmaker Terry Wickham. Photo Jevon Duff
Adrian Popescu films a slider shot amongst the debris-strewn nut house. Photo Jason Paluck
You can tell the two stars of Abandoned Aaron Mathias and Siakie Tetteh really enjoyed their experience on the last shooting day 7/24/16 in Brentwood, NY. Photo Jevon Duff
This was to be the 2nd shot of the first day of filming but unfortunately it had to be Abandoned when the production found it necessary to vacate this particular structure on 4/23/16. Photo Jason Paluck
Production Designer Michelle Rickert operates the slate on 4/24/16 while Adrian Popescu (kneeling) shots a cool shot through the front windshield of “Steve’s” car in Abandoned. Photo Jevon Duff.
Siakie Tetteh is breathtaking as “Billie Winters” in Abandoned. Here she’s photographed in the movie by photographer “Steve Timmons played by Aaron Mathias. Photo by Jason Paluck 4/23/16
The power plant at Pilgrim State Hospital fit perfectly as the enormous uninhibited place for Abandoned. Look at the crew below to gage it’s vast circumference, this will give you a little idea of it’s monstrous size. Photo Jevon Duff
The teamwork on Abandoned was tight knit. The small production team Wickham handpicked filmed in some historic, legendary locations that make the movie look sensational. The filmmaker will always be appreciative of everyone’s efforts and willingness to venture into the decrepit places chosen to film Abandoned. Photo Jason Paluck
After Abandoned wrapped, Director Terry R. Wickham smiles knowing there was nobody better than Siakie Tetteh to play “Billie Winters” in Abandoned. Photo Jevon Duff on 7/24/16