Filming in full swing [UPDATED]Published 10:49am Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Updated 12:57pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012
With filming of the psychological thriller “Geist” in full swing at the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, director Eric Dunn is loving the location.
“It’s almost perfect,” he said. “It lends itself real easily to have a production here of this caliber and this size.”
It also can easily be adapted to the chilling mood Dunn is trying to convey in “Geist,” which is about a man who wakes up in a mental institution with no clue how he got there. Meanwhile, some ghost hunters are tracking down the rumored spirits of children who were murdered on the grounds.
“We shot down in the tunnels, and being down in the tunnels by yourself is creepy,” Dunn said, noting that that’s a good thing. “In a lot of the buildings, it’s perfect for a horror film.”
The film began shooting Friday, with much of the first weekend dedicated to filming the murders of the kids. The film’s “butcher” character (played by Ashby resident Beau Brendmoen) comes up with a variety of grisly ways to do in some of the children.
“We killed the kids off first because it was the weekend,” said Dunn. “We had to be creative about it because we didn’t have Danny Lopez like we thought we would originally.”
Lopez, a world-famous Johnny Depp impersonator and past collaborator with Dunn, is expected to arrive in Fergus Falls Saturday, followed by four production days that Dunn said will have the crew “going like gangbusters.”
Dunn praised his cast and crew, many of them from Fergus Falls and the surrounding area, and said that it’s due to their dedication and talent that the filming has gone well for the most part so far. He’s also crazy about the film potential of the RTC, noting that the place is so big that several movies with different atmospheres could be filmed in different floors or locations inside.
“If the building is still standing, we could make another film here at some point,” he said.
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