For 21 days, we’ll be re-living the process — day by day — that brought Judas Kiss to life during principal photography two years ago, with reminisces from the creative team, behind-the-scenes photos and video clips. Please share your own memories (if you were part of the cast or crew), or observations (if you’re a viewer) along the way on our Facebook page.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 The second day of the Judas Kiss shoot took us back to Mad Pants Productions, a recording studio in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The temperature was in the 80s F (high 20s C), which made it pretty warm inside the studio, thanks to all the people and the lights.
The scene we shot introduces the supporting cast of young people at Keystone Summit University: Danny’s (Richard Harmon) best friend, Abbey (Julia Morizawa), their interview subject Chris (Sean Paul Lockhart) and Big Man on Campus Shane (Timo Descamps).
It was the main cast’s first day together on set in a scene with both comedic and dramatic elements. Everyone had arrived only two days before — Richard from Vancouver, B.C., Julia and Sean from California, and Timo from Belgium via Los Angeles.
While only four actors appear on screen in this scene (which starts at the 21:03-minute mark in the film), roughly 35 crew members were on set, running the camera, setting up lighting, feeding cast and crew, clothing actors in wardrobe, applying and touching up makeup throughout the day.
OUT OF TOWN cast and crew were staying at a student dormitory at the nearby University of Washington. Day 2 was a Saturday, and we ran a six-day week, Monday through Saturday.
That meant our first day off, Sunday, came after only two days of work. Director J.T. Tepnapa and producer Carlos Pedraza wanted to start the shoot with short scenes covering a relatively small number of pages.
STAND-INS While the set is being lit, crew members fill in for the actors who will appear in the shot. (Pictured, from left: Visual effects supervisor Joël Bellucci, camera assistant Cynthia Lin and sound engineer Alex Ibrahim)
This afforded cast and crew a chance to establish an effective working rhythm. Most of our crew was Seattle-based and had worked together before on many commercial and feature productions. We’ll introduce many of the crew over the course of this three-week retrospective.
Their experience together helped us stay on schedule throughout principal photography; we ended every day but one on time or ahead of schedule. This is pretty rare in filmmaking, and our talented crew were largely responsible.