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For Immediate Release
June 16, 2009 Update
DEUCE OF SPADES - 8

 

DEUCE OF SPADES - THE FULL FEATURE HOTROD FILM EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT

A Hotrod Full Feature Film By Faith Granger

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THE JOHNNY CALLAWAY'S 50'S SHOP

James Callaway, Johnny's father, was a machinist and avid hotrodder. He will teach Johnny everything about cars at a very early age. Unfortunately, WWII will claim Jame's life and father and son will never be able to "put the new 32 body on" together as they had hoped. 

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DEUCE OF SPADES - A flashback to Johnny Callaway's childhood from Faith Granger on Vimeo.

 

As soon as Johnny is old enough, he will quit school and run his father's shop. Which means that I needed a period correct shop I could use for many shoots, as several scenes take place in the CALLAWAY SPEEDSHOP. As always securing locations when you have zero budget was a very very challenging task. It will take no less than four shops to create the illusion of one shop. I was able to sneak a shoot at one shop, then a shoot at another, then found two more shops who were willing to open on a Sunday twice each to allow me to film the reminder of the needed scenes. Many thanks to these four shop owners for

their kind help and support.

Filming in a shop was stressful and labor intensive because even the most "period correct" shops were still cluttered with a million modern day items that were not period correct, such as machines, tools, products, chemical bottles, modern car parts etc etc etc... Resulting in our skeleton crew of hard core volunteers to spend no less than four hours cleaning up a corner of each shop each shoot, to make our set fully period correct. It was a lot of work. It also meant I had even less time to shoot my scene, since when we wrapped it would also take us a good two hours to put everything back the way we found it.
 
Despite the many challenges, I loved filming in the old shops. The light, texture and atmosphere was simply out of this world. Today I would like to take you on a quick tour of the four locations we used for the CALLAWAY'S SHOP...

LOCATION ONE:
 
The first location was in the city of Ventura, CA. The very tiny shop was very crowded and it was hard to find any room to set up my dolly, but I executed one of the coolest shots of the film there that day. We utilized everything at hand to add to the production value, including a model A body, a flathead engine on a stand and another hotrod that was stored there.

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LOCATION TWO
 
At the second location (downtown Fillmore, CA), we filmed two scenes. One behind the shop, Johnny taking a cigaret break and the other, a key scene showing an argument between the boys.

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LOCATION THREE
 
The third location (North Hollywood, CA) was used for one scene only, showing Johnny working on cars, and was none other than Tom Sparks own home shop. We used his fiftie's hotrods as well as one of his collector's cars in the scene. Tom was very nice, showing our lead actor TIM MCREYNOLDS, how to use some of the old machines he still has.

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LOCATION FOUR
 
The last and largest location was in Downtown L.A and was used twice. You can see it in the teaser http://www.vimeo.com/2544050 in the 1942 flashback to James Callaway's days. It was also used in the first flashback of the film. I also used it as the exterior shot showing the front of the shop. It was truly an awesome location, with lots of very old machines, all of which still operational. Filming there was very challenging because it sits a mere 20 feet from the busiest freeway in California and we could not get clean sound. All day and all night, modern cars are passing and the building has a million windows, some of which have broken glass.

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Well, there you have it, four shops to make the one Callaway shop, showing once again that when there is a will, there is a way!!!

Below: Filming the Callaway's shop:

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Below: the modern items and clutter have been stored on a work bench (right), outside of my frame. Inside my frame, everything is period correct.

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