third project, "Isolation Booth,"
is a real departure from the
first two movies. It took me four weekends
to shoot and was produced on a budget
of $3000. I collaborated with a costume
designer and a group of make-up artists.
We shot across a total of six locations,
including the sand dunes off Province
Town, Cape Cod that doubled for a post-apocalyptic
wasteland. I also worked extensively in
the art department for the project. One
of the props I helped create was a giant
metallic hood that had to be raised and
lowered onto the lead actress (Danielle
King) while she lay still on a table covered
in a white sheet. We created the hood
out of foam core and then spray painted
it to look like rusted metal. One of the
most difficult locations I had to find
was a tunnel. I needed a practical location
that I could light to create the appropriate
atmosphere for the scene. I found my location
in the basement of Canton High School.
It actually was the equipment room for
the baseball team with fish net covering
the batting cages. The room was perfect.
It was about one hundred feet long with
a wall on one side and the batting cages
opposite. We also got extremely lucky
for there were electrical outlets all
along the top of the batting cages and
a bar at the top that was great to hang
lights from. I was able to get really
low angles and shoot through the batting
cages. At the top of the wall there was
room enough to place the camera to get
interesting high angles. The space became
my own studio to create the visually haunting
look I was after.