We told you yesterday that Ben Wagner’s latest horror film, Dead Within, was scooped up for distro via Millennium Entertainment, and right now we have some exclusive stills and more for you!
“I was repairing a window in my house. I was going to have to break it out of the frame and figured, why not film someone busting through it? I was going to just make a short film about a home invasion, but it quickly grew into something bigger,” director Ben Wagner tells us.
“The majority of Dead Within was shot over a 72-hour period. The actors developed the backstory and the first scenes that establish this new world. After shooting these initial scenes, the actors were isolated in the cabin where they improvised the second act. They did not know how the story would develop beyond the establishing scenes. Beats were pre-planned and partially scripted, and the actors were provided with scripts and scenarios only as the story unfolded.”
“After the marathon three-day, round-the-clock shoot, production took a two-day hiatus. The crew then returned for four additional days of traditional production during which they shot missing scenes, reaction shots, VFX, and other beats necessary to complete the story.”
“This is not a found footage film. Two cameras manned by experienced camera operators ran at all times, with remote focus pullers guaranteeing a high quality image and composition throughout. With total control of the location, the skilled crew was able to properly light scenes, anticipate camera angles, and capture usable audio. The crew worked in shifts, recording almost 24 hours a day during the initial three-day period. On-set assistant editors immediately ingested footage and strung out scenes on Final Cut Pro to identify missing shots while time remained to pick them up on the spot.”
Dead Within stars Amy Cale Peterson and Dean Chekvala. Wagner, Peterson, Chekvala, and Matthew Bradford wrote the script. The thriller will be released on all entertainment platforms this fall.
Set six months after a deadly outbreak that has all but ended the human race, a man and woman have survived by isolating themselves in a remote cabin and never opening the door. Now, they don’t have a choice. Starved for resources, they must confront the horrors that threaten them… but what’s inside may be even more toxic than what remains outside.
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