Tehokkenhén:tons "Close To Death"

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Behind the Scenes

Editing and post-production has taken up a lot of our mental real estate lately, so we haven’t been able to post many updates. The good news is, the picture is locked and we are working on sound editing as I type. Special extra thanks to Matt Burke and Josh Allen who have been working a ridiculous amount to get this out the door for festival submission deadlines. Fingers crossed!

Since we can’t show you the movie yet, I thought it would be fun to upload some of our behind the scenes photos. Nothing too crazy though…don’t want to give anything away!

Enjoy.

Kitsuné Soleil (Annenake) and some crew.

Clean up in aisle 6: Oliver Georgiou (Richey) squirms through a pool of blood.

Key makeup artist Alex Rotundo applies the scar/stitch prosthetic. It looked amazing!

Makeup artist Lauren Cavanaugh gives last looks to Kitsuné.

Art department gals Liz Daicos and Kelsey Tremblay help Oliver with his IV and heart monitor. They did an amazing job of turning a small empty room into a hospital!

Rob Turi sets up his mic for sound.

Empty bed.

Aaron and Kaherawaks filming “Behind the Scenes”

Josh Allen (Director of Photography) and I discuss a shot. Or, if you have an imagination, Josh and I conjure magic and I get ready to shoot light out of my hand.

Kitsuné rehearses in front of the mirror.

Serious discussions between Matt and Matt. 

Costume designer Megan Oppenheimer adjusts Oliver’s bandages.

Chris Agoston (1st AD) and Oliver share a laugh during blocking. He’s wearing scrubs because I asked him to be in the movie at the last second and he ever so kindly obliged. In the end, we ended up cutting it. Sorry Chris! :)

Happy Josh

At the monitor

Having a laugh.

Daylight, “saline” and “morphine”

Set up for the final scene of the film.

FIN.

Colour photos by Erin Simkin www.erinsimkin.com

B & W phtos by Arkan Zakharov www.arkanz.tumblr.com

Aug 9
It was a wonderfully busy holiday weekend for the cast & crew of Close To Death! We wrapped filming on Monday, and are now in post-production! More updates to follow!
I can’t thank the cast and crew enough - they really gave 200% of their talents, and a LOT of time, and really brought my story to life! I can’t wait to see the finished film. I love every single one of you. 
More updates, to follow! 
-Kaherawaks (writer)

It was a wonderfully busy holiday weekend for the cast & crew of Close To Death! We wrapped filming on Monday, and are now in post-production! More updates to follow!

I can’t thank the cast and crew enough - they really gave 200% of their talents, and a LOT of time, and really brought my story to life! I can’t wait to see the finished film. I love every single one of you. 

More updates, to follow! 

-Kaherawaks (writer)

Aug 1

Meet our Ralph!

Andrew has been acting for about three years and to him, it is absolutely magical. He just came back from New York where he was at the IMTA competition. He placed third overall Male Actor of the Year in my category! He has been teaching ballroom and latin dancing for a living in the real world for over 25 years and competes with some of his students in Pro/Am competitions throughout Canada and the US. He also loves playing hockey and soccer and basically just moving his body. He have two children who are almost grown up now and have been the most important thing in his life. Life is wonderful.

Aug 1

Meet our Dr. Cole!

James is a Banker, actor, volunteer, arts lover, and a man of few words.

SILENT FACEBOOK AUCTION FUNDRAISER FOR CLOSE TO DEATH!Win some some gorgeous beadwork, AND help us make a short film! These original rosettes have been donated by the lovely and talented Angela Davis, for us to auction off as one final fundraiser for our film budget!Bidding starts at $50, & the auction has begun! Please click here to go to our auction, on Facebook! The silent auction ends on Wednesday, August 1st, @6:30PM (eastern time).Thank you for supporting our project, and THANK YOU to Angela Davis, for donating her original beadwork! Love, Team CTD

SILENT FACEBOOK AUCTION FUNDRAISER FOR CLOSE TO DEATH!

Win some some gorgeous beadwork, AND help us make a short film! These original rosettes have been donated by the lovely and talented Angela Davis, for us to auction off as one final fundraiser for our film budget!

Bidding starts at $50, & the auction has begun! Please click here to go to our auction, on Facebook! The silent auction ends on Wednesday, August 1st, @6:30PM (eastern time).

Thank you for supporting our project, and THANK YOU to Angela Davis, for donating her original beadwork! Love, Team CTD

Meet our Cast!

I am excited to announce we have casted some roles in CLOSE TO DEATH. Please give the warmest of welcomes to Jennifer De Lucia (Maureen), Matthew Espie (Red Neck) and Elizabeth Glenday (Susan). 

Jennifer De Lucia is our Maureen.

Jennifer is an award winning producer (Cancer Can’t Dance Like This – 2011 Canadian Comedy Award) and one of NOW Magazines top 10 ten performances of the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival for her role in A Crack in the Ceiling. Jennifer has starred in a number of indie horrors, Kill (2011),released by Troma Films and If a Tree Falls (Black Fawn Distribution/High Flier Films).Other selected acting credits for film, television and theatre: Trashy Affair (BizMedia), Syphon of the Soul (Movme Productions), The Atrophy (Lions Productions), The Dinner (Upstage Productions), Mayham and the Naked Knee (Theatre Columbus), Twisted Elegance (Upstage Productions) and Umbrella Rod (Bleeding Apple). Currently Jennifer plays the voice of “Mother” on the animated series Jerry and the Raiders. This fall Jennifer will be star in the 25th Anniversary Production of the Canadian Classic The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine.

Jennifer was born and raised in the city of Toronto and is a graduate of the theatre program at the University of Guelph.

Matt Espie is our Red Neck.

Matthew Espie was born March 26th, 1981 in Scarborough, Ontario and has been aspiring to be an actor ever since that day. But, not until recently has he started to take his approach to acting seriously. Coincidently, it’s also been within the last 5 months, that he has found success with his craft. Matthew’s urge to work hard and to fulfill his need to entertain others, is something that has always driven him and always will.

His curiosity at an early age, to somehow bypass the seriousness of content and mask it with humour or sorrow was apparent. Class projects as a youngster were never complete, unless there was the use of a camera. The attempt, to hypnotize his classmates and teachers was undeniable.

When attending Eastdale Collegiate in Oshawa, Ontario, he took dramatic arts all the way up to his last year of high school. This complemented his numerous attempts to entertain audiences, whether it was a charity fashion show or a school play. His non-serious attitude throughout high school was capped off with back to back, ‘Class Clown’ of the year awards.

After high school, Matt chose to go in a different direction with respect to a career. He attended Sir Sandford Fleming College, where he was enrolled in the ‘Police Foundation Program’. He graduated with a diploma and what he thought was a sense of purpose.

What he did or didn’t know, was that 10 years later, he would rekindle his romance with the idea that for him, making others feel and/or believe is what he loves to do.

‘Close to Death’, will be Matt’s true film debut.

Elizabeth Glenday is our Susan.

 

Elizabeth studied drama in university and has since enjoyed stage roles in The Decorator (Century Church Theatre), Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun (Theatre Orangeville), Journey from AMU (Sudbury Theatre Centre tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Leah Posluns) and Verdi’s Aida (Opera Columbus) as well as TV/film credits in Road to Avonlea, A Season of Song (CBET-TV) and Pastor Greg (CTVN).  During the hectic years of starting a family and running a fitness business, she instructed workshops, taught drama (Seneca College) and volunteered with local community theatre to keep the drama in her life. Musical theatre roles have included Orange Girl in SHOUT! - The Mod Musical (LP Stage Productions) and title roles in Sweet Charity (Orangeville Music Theatre) and Kiss me Kate to name a few favourites.  Elizabeth made her debut in the director’s chair in 2012 for the Creative Partners on Stage production of The Songs of Mary Poppins (Theatre Orangeville) with a cast made up entirely of adults with special needs. When she is not on stage or in front of a camera, Liz can be found at the dojo sparring with her husband and kids (9 and 14), teaching Zumba® Fitness and spin classes at a local gym and creating cool stuff for BusyLizzy Boutique, her online Etsy store.

Behold the cinematic genius that is “SECRETZ”.

Here’s the story.

There’s a scene in “Close to Death” where Richey wakes up to a cheesy chat line video playing on the tv. Rather than find one and figure out the legality of using it, we decided to make our own! The clip will only run in the film for about 5-8 seconds, but we decided to make a full commercial just for the hell of it.

We knew it would be a fun project, and that we could really go bananas on it in editing. I haven’t seen Josh laugh so much about a project in a long time. It cost us about $50 and one Sunday afternoon, and boy was it a good time.

I lie, we spent a few hours shopping the day before. We dropped about $50 on fake satin sheets to cover the couch, a bunch of roses, a cheesy old phone, some candles and candle holders and an amazing piece of artwork (it’s a trumpet on a black background with a rose coming out of it, in a sexy gold frame). I don’t think you can actually see it in the video, but it was still worth it.

Luckily I have the best friends ever who volunteered their time to get dolled up and be chat line girls, and they were so good at delivering every ridiculous line we threw at them.

I don’t think that there was a take where I wasn’t shaking my head or laughing at the cheesiness of the whole thing.

Cut to editing, where Josh made that amazing music and we decided on some of the best/worst transitions ever (diamonds!!!!1!) and some seriously offensive moves when it comes to the text.

All in all it was a great Sunday and we are very proud at our ability to make terrible commercials.

BEHOLD SECRETZ!

-B