We met the crew at Hot Tin Roof in Hillsborough at 11pm for an all-night shoot. Even though the film takes place during the day there are no windows in the bar, so the scene could be filmed after closing time.
You may remember director Michael Babbitt from a few LFT episodes earlier this year. The Endless Whispers is his passion project and he's assembled some really tremendous talent for the project. Huckleberry is one of several short films that introduces the audience to many of the main characters before the events of the feature film.
The first thing we saw once all the equipment was unloaded was Michael sitting with the actors and discussing their characters' motivations while the crew setup the equipment. This was probably the most efficient, professional crew I've ever seen in action and it took them no time at all to do everything from rig lights to cover all the TVs in the bar with green screen paper.
Once shooting began things moved swiftly- just two or three takes and it was on to the next shot. The most difficult part of the whole shoot seemed to be obscuring the numerous Budweiser and Miller signs scattered around the bar and finding the source of a red dot that appeared on one of the actor's faces like a laser pointer around 4am.
We weren't able to stick around for the entire shoot and left around 5am, but what we saw looked great and if Huckleberry is any indicator we can't wait to see some of the other featurettes that were shot over the past few weeks.
To learn more about The Endless Whispers and see some of the featurettes that have already been released, head over to Bombshell Studios. Also keep an eye out for out set visit episode as well as the release of Huckleberry in a few short months!