For ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING Director Rebekah McKendry Juggled Filmmaking & Childbirth
Anyone remotely connected to filmmaking knows that bringing a movie to fruition (any movie) is a feat of herculean proportions. Which makes that fact that Shockwaves co-host Rebekah McKendry tackled principal photography on her latest feature, All the Creatures Were Stirring, while 9 months pregnant nearly incomprehensible.
But that’s exactly what she did, only taking a 3-week break mid-production in order to give birth and recuperate. Here’s what she told Entertainment Weekly:
“We shot the first two segments while I was nine months pregnant. Then we had to stop because it reached a point where I went a little bit past my due date. My doctor was like, ‘Okay, you have to give birth this Wednesday, we’re making an appointment.’ My first call wasn’t to my parents, it was to my producers, saying, ‘Okay guys, we can’t shoot next weekend, I have to go give birth.’ We took three weeks off after I gave birth, and then we were right back on, and I brought my son to set with me.”
Now that’s commitment!
McKendry wrote and directed All the Creatures Were Stirring with her husband, David Ian McKendry; the film, a Christmas-themed horror anthology, stars Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite, Graham Skipper, Amanda Fuller, Morgan Peter Brown, Herve Clermont, Matt Mercer, Jocelin Donahue, Makeda Declit, Maria Olsen, Megan Duffy, Brea Grant, and Chase Williamson.
All the Creatures Were Stirring arrives DVD and VOD platforms on December 4th. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.
The joyful spirit of Christmas takes one dark turn after another — from sadistic office parties and last-minute shopping nightmares to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons.
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