Talisman Production Update #2

As the shooting date for Talisman drew near, we decided to get the cast together to do a table read. We wanted to make sure the script was right and that the dialogue didn’t come across clunky. It was also a great way to meet the cast in person.

Our Director of Photography, Danny Gevirtz was away working on another project, and Jack Ligenza, who will play Connor in Talisman was starring in a production of Footloose three hours away. While there wasn’t much we could do to have Danny in two places at once, we were able to Skype Jack into the table read.

The cast arrived, along with producers John Manning and John Magee. It was great to finally get to meet everyone in person and also to see what kind of chemistry they had together. Hearing the cast deliver the lines that we had written was a strange yet exhilarating experience. And deliver they did. The cast did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. Even through Skype in Jack’s case.

After a couple of small tweaks to dialogue and some clarifications, we ran through the script a second time. And that was even better. After, we had some snacks and refreshments and got to talk and discuss plans and answer questions. It struck me that we were really lucky to have chosen a cast that is talented, but also made up of great people.

The morning of the table read, I couldn’t shake a feeling of doubt. Not doubt in the cast that we had chosen or even the script… rather, it was doubt that I’d be able to pull this off. That maybe I’d bitten off more than I could chew. In reality, as a writer-director, I’ve only really shot 3 short films. And Talisman, by far, is the most complicated of them. A funny thing happened though… after going through the script and meeting everyone, my nerves calmed and the doubts went away. It was clearer than ever to me that we were on the right track. And even more so, that we had chosen the right actors.

Talisman is now only a few days away from beginning production. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. As I write this, we are busy moving furniture, hanging posters and turning a home into a film set. Final preparations are almost complete. Stay tuned for some behind the scenes looks and hopefully more posts on the making of Talisman

Talisman Production Update #1

In January, I began working on a short film that I was hoping would serve as proof of concept for a web series I’ve been developing since 2015, called Event344. I had an idea for a story that centered on three friends who have an incredible experience one night while they gather to comfort their friend, who’s just lost someone very close to him.

The idea was solid, but I really wanted to inject some humor and snappiness to the dialogue. When I let John read my first draft, he really liked it. Inspired by a recent conversation/fun argument we’d had, he set about capturing the spirit of our argument and used it as the backdrop for these characters. All of the sudden, the characters popped.

Responsibilities and obligations in the real world often prevent me from pursuing what I love most — crafting stories and then turning them into films. With this really fun script sitting there collecting dust, I decided I wasn’t going to continue stalling. It was time to go after the dream instead of hoping I could find time.

I published a casting call and we began to take video auditions. We were incredibly fortunate to get to watch amazingly talented actors perform the lines we had written. It was an overwhelming experience and a tremendously difficult decision picking between such talented people. After much lamenting, we had our cast.

They’re beyond talented and even better people, which only makes us more excited to get this project off the ground.

Recently, we added Director of Photography Danny Gevirtz, a Philadelphia area native, to the project. Danny brings a host of experience with him and has even worked with James Yoder, the actor who will play one of the leads.

With everything falling into place, there’s only one thing left to do… make the movie. And we can’t wait to get started and to bring you a fun, energetic story that will introduce you to the Event344 universe.

This is only the beginning. We hope you’ll follow along with us as Covered Sun Films gears up for Talisman, which films in August.

Stay tuned for behind the scenes photos and updates.

James Yoder, who will be playing Ryan in Covered Sun’s new short film, Talisman.

The Final Confession

What if the Allies hadn’t won WWII?

As the fighting of WWII makes it to the US mainland, a sinner enters God’s house in 1947 Philadelphia looking for forgiveness… Instead, he finds a priest in an unusual condition. The two men share stories, a jug of wine and their final confessions.

This short was written and directed by a good friend of Covered Sun Films, John Caruso and features CSF’s own Wayne Cella in the lead role (for better or worse). While it’s not technically a Covered Sun production, we wanted to share it with you.

Written and Directed by John Caruso
Starring Wayne Cella, Paris Ahrens-Nichols and John Caruso

Filmed March 19, 2017