This weekend cameras were still rolling on Altered. Thursday night, we had a late call time. Set was what used to be the atrium for a school auditorium in Gary, IN around the downtown area, now it's an abandoned half of a building slowly crumbling away (a result of arson, and unable to be rebuilt due to budget cuts. I'm sure this was a gorgeous building at one time, complete with marble staircases and adorned in engravings). Nonetheless, through the lens of a camera it still looks quite epic. We had to light the site from scratch because a)it was night and b)abandoned building = no working light switch (in fact, I'm pretty sure someone stole the light switches that used to be there, a sad reality indeed).
DP Dan Slemons and Key Grip Steven K. Greer deserve special acknowledgement for their early arrival to set to make this all happen. Our director, Kely McClung stepped in for a close-up, and we had some great extras make their way to set just in time to be part of movie magic.