Thanks so much for checking out the ACCH production blog! We have now begun the editing process on ‘A Country Called Home” and are excited to see the movie come together in the cutting room. Before we share more details on the post-production side of things, we still need to get you caught up on the last week of production in Texas as well as our 1 shoot day in Los Angeles!
Our last week of production in Texas continued at “Amanda’s House,” our hero location, for another two days. Being able to film at the same location for 5 consecutive days not only created a fun, familiar atmosphere but it made packing up at the end of each shoot day a whole lot easier on the crew as well. The 29th & 30th were both productions last two days in Smithville and Mary McCormack’s last two days of filming as well, so wrapping out of our ACCH ‘Home Town’ at the hero location seemed very fitting!
After we wrapped on “Amanda’s House” in Smithville, we spent Wednesday Oct 1st shooting at the San Antonio airport. Being out ‘in public’ was a fun experience and we had plenty of curious travelers watching as Anna, Charlie and the rest of the crew zipped through a very successful day of filming- we even wrapped out early that day which was an awesome ‘last week of production’ treat!!
The end of our Texas run took us to a bank location in Bastrop for one quick scene and then on to an overnight shoot at the local Beall’s department store in Elgin. It was a very very long last day (we filmed until 3:00am!) but we went out with a bang and had a blast doing it! Being locked up in a department store after hours was super fun and our line producer, Patrick Stapleton, organized a late night coffee truck to come and make us all some coffee drinks to get us through the night!
Calling “it’s a wrap” on the ACCH Texas Unit was definitely bittersweet. We could not have asked for a more committed and fun group of people to work with. Smithville, Bastrop, Austin, Elguin, San Antonio, College Station & Schulenberg were all really wonderful places to shoot at and we are all so grateful for being welcomed so warmly as a production.
Our final day of production on ACCH took place in Los Angeles. We started the day on the East Side, filming a scene with Imogen and the great Shea Whigham who plays Ellie’s older brother in the movie. We then moved the company to Culver City where we shot the last two scenes of ACCH at the historic Helms District. Imogen was joined on set by Jon Gries and Josh Helman, who were awesome additions to the cast and great fun to work with!
We still can’t quite believe it all happened and it DEFINITELY couldn’t have happened without YOU!! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again and again THANK YOU!!!! Your generous contributions and enthusiastic support made all of this possible and we really do feel that our Kickstarter community was with us every step of the way. We have more work ahead of us and are extremely excited to share the final product with you. Stay tuned for more updates on the rest of the “A Country Called Home” journey!