Producer/Writer Of Horror/Comedy Being Filmed In Bangor Has Long History With Maine
Last week, we brought you the news that there's a horror/comedy film being shot here in the greater Bangor area.
The film, titled October 31st, is slated for release in October 2023, according to the producer/writer of the film, Christina Scott.
Scott, who says she grew up in Maine, was excited to return home to shoot the film.
"I lived in Bangor with my Dad for a while. I went to UMO and lived in Old Town and Orono."
Scott, who double-majored in advertising and journalism at the University of Maine, said she teamed up with her brother to start Wicked Scary Productions. She currently lives with her family in Florida, where she relocated to be closer to her son who is in school there, but the plan has always been to come home.
"When my brother and I decided we were going to form a film company, which is an ode to Maine, Wicked Scary Productions, we decided that eventually, we would film here in Maine, because we love it so much."
Scott's brother, Matthew Hayden, is also a producer and creative consultant.
"When we finally got a chance to film our first movie, I convinced our director the best place to do it is in Maine."
"We are filming a horror/comedy, which I wrote. It's about two kind-of nerdy teenage boys who go from hunting monsters in real life. They encounter a mysterious girl...it's got a lot of humor in it, a lot of blood."
There's no doubt Scott was influenced by Maine Horror Legend, Stephen King.
"It was kind of funny because whenever there was a premiere of a horror movie, I would be in line and Stephen King would either be ahead of me or behind me because we'd always want to hit the horror movie first. And so, of course, growing up I always read a ton of his books and thought, 'Man, I want to do horror. I want to write horror.' And now it's so cool to now be able to shoot in Bangor where we'd go to see movies together."
How does Scott feel about being back in her home state?
"It's kind of exciting. It's our first film, you know, my brother and I and we're just really happy and excited to be back in our home area."
"I've always written and I have a ton of screenplays," Scott says she got connected with the film industry through a relative of a former colleague. "He read some of my stuff and said 'Hey let's do something!'"
Scott says when it came time to pick places to shoot, she knew exactly where she wanted to go.
"I have tons of family around this area, so that was one of the things. I was like Oh Gosh! I'll be able to visit family. They'll be able to come to set. They'll be able to help me!! So that was a big draw."
But even with a "home-field" advantage, Scott says finalizing locations to shoot was a tricky task.
"The process was a lot harder than I thought it would be...It would be 12- to 14-hour days of just searching and searching and searching. We were scouting in April and May and a little bit in June. It was a daunting process."
"Doing it on my own was definitely tricky, but I think I was good at it. Our locations were all within 10 to 15 minutes of each other. I started with AirBNBs, which I probably won't do again, just because of the ramifications of asking people 'Hey, is it okay if I throw fake blood around your house?' Most people aren't cool with that."
"One of my cousins has a place in Hartland, and he was like 'Sure, you can have blood all over the place; roll a head down the stairs, you know, if you want, sure!' The main issue I had was the time of filming; we wanted to film in the summer because there are a lot of kids in the film. And then I found out that you guys have your new stage there and you're having tons of concerts; lots of people! But it's turning out fine."
Filming around vacationing crowds wasn't the only issue that popped up. There was also an issue with finding a place where the cast and crew could stay.
Scott said she reached out to the University Hospitality Services Manager at Husson because it was so close to many of the locations they were using to film.
"His name is Sterling Pingree and he has just been amazing!"
Pingree was able to help provide some housing for the production.
"So we've been like all staying here at Husson, and our two stars are staying with us in the townhouses."
"It's been so cool. Everybody I've encountered has been so nice and so helpful."
Scott says the production started filming the second week in July and plans to wrap up filming at the end of July.
"We basically have to go through the process of after-filming. You know, audio and color correction and all that type of stuff. I think we're going to try to take it to some festivals but for now, it will probably end up on Netflix unless we get it purchased at the festivals."
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