By Ryan Horton
The filming of a full-length horror film came to a close in Choctaw earlier this week.
Under the direction of Adam Bass, cast and crew wrapped up filming of “Reel Dead” in just nine days, which is considered exceptionally fast for a full-length film.
“The cast and crew did tremendous. As actors you want to always get your best work out there, and I’m really pushing them since we have to move so much faster than your average film,” said Bass. “When you shoot so fast you learn you have to give up some things artistically just to meet the deadline. From the producer side, I know we don’t have the money to keep going, but the artistic side knows some things could really be perfect with more time.”
A committed and talented cast and crew, who were willing to work through the night, allowed the low-budget production to meet the nine-day goal.
“We got some good footage, but you never know until we start editing and putting it all together at the end. We had a lot of roadblocks early on, and had to rethink some things to get it done on our deadline,” explained Bass. “There’s a lot of pressure on me to make sure these actors look as great as I know they’ve done.”
An average film takes six to eight weeks to complete after filming, and that’s the goal for “Reel Dead.”
Lead actress Andrea Andrade is the only cast member that isn’t an Oklahoma native, and she has high hopes for her first feature film.
“This is my first feature film as a big lead role. I’m from New Orleans so it’s cool to travel to Oklahoma, I’ve never been, but I haven’t seen much because we’ve been working day and night. But I love the filming location for this movie,” said Andrade. “I’m not sure all the routes we’re going with the film, but I really just hope people enjoy it.”
When complete the film is expected to run around 98 minutes, and be rated “R” due to violence.
“It’s fun working with local people. This was a very challenging project, but there’s a lot of really good local talent in this film,” said cinematographer Ryan Brackett. “Filming in just nine days is a big accomplishment.”
For more information about “Reel Dead” visit www.reeldeadthemovie.com.