ILLNESS, RAIN AND RUGGED TERRAIN MAKE FOR INTERESTING FILM DAYS

Since the start of production in the beautiful state of Tennessee, the Into the Wilderness cast and crew has had many amazing days shooting in various locations. Many locations for this film are deep in the woods or in other rugged areas where we can’t take cars and must haul heavy equipment either in hands or in packs carried on our backs or thankfully, with motorized and manually guided carts loaded to the max. We all agree that Tennessee is an incredible state to film in and we’re enjoying every moment that we get to spend here.

Throughout the month of September and into the first couple weeks of October, we saw torrential rain and to be honest, for many of our outdoor shots, the rain was a great backdrop for natural assistance with making our scenes look as realistic as they possibly could and it truly helped with the rugged feel that we wanted to capture on film with our actors.

  Shuler Hensley (right) and Christopher-Lawson Palmer (bottom left) prepare to film a scene on a rainy day

Shuler Hensley (right) and Christopher-Lawson Palmer (bottom left) prepare to film a scene on a rainy day

That same wonderful rain that made some shots look beyond perfect, has unfortunately made it impossible for other scenes to be shot when scheduled. We had to postpone many days of film production because some of the amazing locations were flooded and we had to wait out the downpours and allow time for the valleys and other drenched areas to dry out naturally.

We’re working in many mountainous areas with rugged terrain and our shoot locations are difficult to get to even when dry. The rain made those locations impossible to get to easily and far too dangerous for cast and crew to attempt.

Trust us when we tell you, it is certainly no fun at all to arrive on location with a caravan of cars, trucks and even an RV or two fully loaded with cast, crew and hundreds of pounds of camera, mics and other equipment only to find out the location is flooded, and we can’t shoot that day.

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Amazingly, and very thankfully, we have a team that has become extremely close during production and even through the difficulties, we’ve been able to laugh through the tears and work together to move forward with production although we’ve had to re-arrange several scenes while waiting on better weather.

A few weeks into production, several members of our crew came down with something with strep throat like symptoms, or at least a terribly bad stomach bug or possibly even a horrific cold from working in the rain day after day. Through it all though, our team has persevered and has worked extremely hard to maintain good timing and keep everything running smooth even when we have had to rearrange several scenes to shoot in a different order than planned.

  Equipment drying after a long day shooting in the rain

Equipment drying after a long day shooting in the rain

With just a few short weeks left to film, we’ve hopefully moved past the rain that we were experiencing, our crew members seem to be over the colds or other illnesses and we’ve moved directly into a mixture of bitter cold early morning shoots, hot afternoons and cool evenings.  

Tennessee has a climate like no other and while we’ve had a few days that have been a little delayed, one thing is certain and that is the fact that we are loving every minute of it and best of all, the bonds we’ve made with the amazing actors, their immediate families, our crew members and others we’ve worked with and met since arriving are bonds that we’re thankful to have and we hope to never lose.

Angela Caito