Molly Rydzel runs Edible Brains Productions. She’s a killer producer who’s not afraid to hire talent and deligate. They were applying to a theatre festival in New York City. She wanted to produce a video for the submission. She needed us to break down the 2-hour feature into a trailer. We’d mostly use the cast from the short run they’d done. We took it as a way to experiment in imagery. What world could we build using what we had?
I was living in a carriage house in Brooklyn, near a firehouse. Old buildings, now inhabited by wealthy people, were once filled with metal kids. There was a great backyard space a basement used for band practice and a massive garage. Which we transformed into a prison yard, a cult meeting space and a, well, rebellion meeting space. We rear projected planet of the apes for the bedroom scenes. All told maybe 5 hours of shooting with 2 cameras. The firehouse even kept pretty quiet. We..did not.
My 2nd camera, Yun Kim also cut the trailer. We did a 2nd shoot with the main actor, Levi to get a few more things to cut in near the end. We put him in a tub covered in blood and lots of fun shots with an old WWI gas mask. Everybody Dies got into the festival that year.