If you're under the impression that the cast and crew of Story of a Sleeping Man are going to take any guff from a tornado, I'm afraid you're sorely mistaken.
If there’s one thing to be said about Friday’s shoot in Cairo, IL, it’s that we learned what the lesson that all of our favorite childhood movies from the 90’s have tried to teach us: sometimes, a rag-tag team of misfits can work together against all odds to accomplish something awesome.
Despite tornado and thunderstorm warnings, a power outage, and incredibly windy weather, we are proud to report that Friday’s shoot went off without a hitch. Actually, there were a lot of hitches. I don’t know why I said that. The point is, the majority of our war scenes are filmed and look fantastic.
This was one of the biggest, dirtiest, fake blood-shooting-est shoots of the film so far, and to be perfectly honest, we all had a blast.
While leaving Carbondale, IL in the morning, we knew that there was a 40% chance of rain for Cairo, IL, our destination and location for our battle scenes. What we didn’t realize was that conditions in Southern Illinois would be perfect for thunderstorms and tornadoes–simultaneously.
Here’s a quick glimpse of the behind-the-scenes wackiness that was Friday afternoon’s shoot:
After arriving on set, rehearsing and blocking scenes and prepping our actors, we began shooting the first scene. 20 minutes afterward, we got word that there was a tornado warning issued for Cairo. Regardless, we kept on shooting, though cautiously, knowing that the recent disaster in Harrisburg, IL occurred in weather conditions similar to the ones we were in.
The crew got a few scenes shot just as it was reported that a tornado was seen in Makanda, IL, about 30 miles away from us. One power outage and a warning siren later, we decided to put filming on hiatus for the time being.
Then, the weather cleared up almost hilariously: the clouds all but disappeared and the sun came out for long enough to allow us to shoot our remaining scenes. It was a push, but we shot the majority of our scenes and managed to clean up the equipment just before we were kicked out at 5 p.m.
Wish you could’ve been there with us? Check out the gallery below to get a little taste of the goings-on:
For all the snags, we successfully got another major group of scenes shot and in the can. This was an incredibly intense day of shooting, and our cast and crew performed exceptionally. We are all really starting to fall into and embrace our crew roles, and each shoot seems to be a vast improvement on the last one.
Though we’re still on pace to complete the movie by the end of May, to paraphrase Bugs Bunny in Space Jam, “We need your help!”
There are 6 days left on our Kickstarter campaign, and we are still about $1,300 shy of our goal. Now that time is bearing down on us, we humbly ask our fans and supporters to please (please) do us a favor and send our Kickstarter page to anyone (or everyone) you know that would be interested in helping us. Direct them to our Twitter feed (featuring live, on-set tweets!), Facebook page and photo galleries, etc; we’re in this for the long haul now.
Thanks once again to everybody that’s been helping us get this project off the ground, and stay tuned for even more updates as we move through our production schedule!