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Trenches. What is it? Well, it's the newest film from Shane Felux (Star Wars - Revelations; Pitching Lucas). Someone finally decided to give him some money, and he produced this. The film is a Sci-Fi War movie set in a far off future. Two armies (The Rossdale Alliance and the Kuzaa) are at war over a piece of rock, fighting for a useless scrap of land. There's a lot more involved, but I'm not sure how much I can give away right now. The film is being made for Stage 9, which is a new division of Disney.

Shane called and asked me and my team to make all the costumes, props and weapons for both armies, as well as all the FX make-up. A tall order since we only had 7 weeks of pre-production. Somehow we pulled it off, and here are the pics of our behind the scenes, and on set adventures.

Sadly, since this film is still in Post Production and not expected to be released until October, I can't post any of the pics of the costumes, props, FX make-up, sets, or other bits until I get permission. Sorry. :(

The first week of shooting took place in a rock quarry in Virginia. The same quarry where I first met Shane in 2002 while making Revelations.

Before I get to the pics and stories, here's a list of the people on my team that I would like to thank for all their help (in no particular order):

Tony, Eric, Pete, Jenni, Graham, Cat, Erica, Sam, Dicky, Nikki

And now the pics:

In the hotel sorting the gear, Graham starts goring up the Ben Affleck head.

With such short pre-production time, we had to do all the actor fittings in our hotel room the night before the first day of shooting. And then after the fittings, we had to stay up all night to make adjustments and alterations. Jenni, Erica, Sam and Cat rocked that night and had every costume ready for our first day on set and the 6am call time!

Graham making blood.

The Wardrobe trailer. Sad how I miss this place already.

Erica taking a nap. It became a fun little game of trying to get pics of different people while taking a cat nap on set!


The quarry walls. We were at least another 100 feet (or more) deeper in the ground this time than we were in 2002 for Revelations.


Jack (the DP), and Scott (the 1st AD) discussing a shot. Or maybe Jack is explaining to Scott that we'll all be sharing 3 Porta Potties for the next 2 weeks.



Oooh, what's going on here? Cool stuff...

Casey the stunt girl cleaning up my garbage.

Look, a trench!

Erica showing off her dirty hands.

Sam rubbing Erica's belly for my amusement.

Video Village. Where Shane commands his troops.

Maureen, the Craft Services Assistant bringing out lunch!

Stephanie (the Craft Services Girl) bringing out a cake for Lev's birthday.

Lev's cake. I don't think I've ever had as much cake in my entire life as I did during the 4 weeks of making this movie. Every couple of days, another cake. The cake budget for this film must have been in the 6 figures.

Sam and Jenny debating on whether or not to get some cake.

Dicky and Erica goofing off.


Dicky, Erica and Jack.

Dicky, Erica, me and Jack!

Vicky sleeping.

Erica, Dicky and I play a little game of Shadow Puppet Theatre!


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