Alright, I’m back! And by “back,” I mean that I’m physically and mentally recovered after I spent the entire month of February pulling 10-14 hour days (with one final 26-hour session) in the editing room. Yes, I admit that was a bit excessive and not recommended for obvious health reasons, but those 4 weeks were the window of time that I had available to put together the Behind the Scenes for our thriller film Last Seen in Idaho’s April 24th DVD release.
With over 50 minutes of Behind the Scenes (a.k.a. BTS), you basically get half of a documentary with the movie when you buy the DVD. This exclusive content will be available only on the DVD, which you can pre-order now on Amazon.
In our BTS, there are tons of interviews and on-set BTS footage with the film’s stars – Hallie Shepherd (me), Wes Ramsey, Shawn Christian, Casper Van Dien – as well as director Eric Colley and other cast/team members.
We had great BTS cinematographers on set led by Hunter Bennett, who was only 18 years old at the time we shot the film. I’m always so inspired when I see young people with such talent, and Hunter captured amazing footage for us.
This is the third time I’ve edited the BTS for a movie’s DVD release, so at this point I really know what kind of footage I love to work with once I’m inside the editing room. During the shoot, I told Hunter to be sure to get lots of interesting angles of the filming of the scenes that showed not only the actors at work but the set surrounding the actors. That way, I could intercut BTS footage with actual movie clips so you can really see what it was like on set: As in, this is what it looked like on screen, but this is what it looked like on the day in person.When it comes to special features on a DVD, I know what I like as a viewer and I know what I don’t like. What I want to see most of all is actual BEHIND THE SCENES! It’s always a disappointment when the BTS for a movie consists of only interviews with the key cast/crew interspersed with movie footage. I just watched all that movie footage five minutes ago, and now I want to see the inside stuff, not just fluffy promo stuff!
So I’m happy to say that our BTS is jam-packed full of actual on-set making-of footage, showing the cast, the director, and the team at work, as well as showing the cast members cutting loose a bit and joking around during downtime. Films are hard to make, but they’re also fun to make. And our BTS shows you both sides of that.
One thing that I don’t like as a viewer of BTS is when the interviews with the cast or the director simply recap the film’s plot. I just watched the movie; I already know what happens! In our BTS, rest assured that no one will explain to you what happened in a movie you just watched. Yes, you will get to hear the cast talk about their characters and the story, but it will be about their preparation into the role and their experience playing their character. No long, boring plot recaps!
There are three BTS featurettes on the DVD:
The Making of Last Seen in Idaho , 31 minutes
This is the main “making of” with lots of interviews of Wes Ramsey, Shawn Christian, Casper Van Dien, director Eric Colley, yours truly, and other key cast members. Interviews are interspersed with plenty of on-set BTS footage so you can really see what went into shooting the scene.
Behind the Action, 12 minutes
This is a breakdown of some of the film’s stunts, fight scenes, and chase scenes. It includes prepping and rehearsing for the action as well as the shooting of those scenes.
Blooper Reel, 9 minutes
This includes actual outtakes from the footage, hilarious moments from the cast interviews, and a bit of the cast goofing around on the set. Last Seen in Idaho will be available on April 24th on not only DVD but also VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Xbox, PlayStation, Vudu, and through local cable/satellite providers. However, you’ll only get the BTS special features on the DVD.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out here.
A Fireshoe Production
Starring: Hallie Shepherd, Wes Ramsey, Shawn Christian, and Casper Van Dien
Directed by: Eric Colley
Written by: Hallie Shepherd
Produced by: Eric Colley, Hallie Shepherd, Edward Kahl, Nidal Kahl, Sean Gleaves and a great big, fabulous production team!
USA Release Date: April 24th 2018
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Hallie Shepherd is a writer, actress, and film producer. Follow her on Instagram where she celebrates the stories we tell.