At 4am on a chilly Sunday morning, May 18th, 2014 just as the first light of dawn illuminated the eastern horizon, Director Nancy Criss shouted out, “It’s a wrap!” And with those three words, amid the cheers and applause of the cast and crew, the film version of Deadly Sanctuary was complete and my exciting 5 month adventure was over. I have to tell you, it was no easy task to bring Kendall O’Dell, Tally, Tugg, Ginger and all of your other favorite characters from the novel to life on film, but our list of talented artists did a wonderful job!
The cast of characters include Rebekah Kochan as Kendall and Marco Dapper (Y&R) as Tally, Eric Roberts as Tugg, Dean Cain as Roy Hollingsworth, Daniel Baldwin as Dr. Price, Paul Greene(Bitten) as Eric Heisler, Teri Lee as Ginger, and Bobbi Jeen Olsen as Claudia. To see a full listing of all actors and actresses go here - IMBD Deadly Sanctuary (2015) What a great cast we have with some great talent!!!
The pre-production phase of making a film entails dealing with literally thousands of details from choosing the right cast and crew to spending endless hours scouting out locations, endless discussions with the Director of Photography and the Director, obtaining necessary permits, renting the right camera equipment, having sets built, etc, consulting with wardrobe, makeup and hair. I made literally hundreds of phone calls, sent hundreds of emails, faxes, there were scores of meetings and many important and difficult decisions to be made. And making a film is a rather expensive proposition as well. Everyone had to work long hours under some uncomfortable conditions. We had heat, wind, dust, bugs and noise, but everyone worked cheerfully and with enthusiasm. It was truly one of the most amazing events of my entire life and I am as excited as all my fans to see the finished product!
I learned alot. Being the writer is one thing, but stepping into the shoes of a film producer entails far more work than one could ever imagine. The process was exhausting, exhilarating, stressful, enlightening and truly educational. It came as a surprise to me how deflated I felt when it was all over and after our movie “family” disbanded to head to other projects.
We are now in the post-production phase of the film which can take anywhere from 6 to 8 months. Thank you for all your support and encouragement to bring Kendall to the big screen! I will keep you posted along the way. Here are a few photos from the set.
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(Read more about the Making of Deadly Sanctuary HERE)