hundreds of hours) taking in what remains (and I think we all agree on this) America's golden era.
But that was still not enough for me. I wanted to talk to the people who had LIVED IT ALL. Our "Ol' timers". After all, this movie is my tribute to them and to hotrodding. So I went out and found old timers, many old timers, and picked their brains until there was nothing left. Leaving no stone unturned. Every little details in my film had to match. When depicting the SAUGUS dragstrip, I looked at photos, I studied what the surrounding area, vegetation, hills, layout was... I then talked to people who raced there. Heard their stories. I even went as far as asking them what color the FLAG was. And matched it in my film.
That's how dedicated I am to making DEUCE OF SPADES one of the most period correct, and hotrod accurate, film to date.
Working with no funds to speak of made it very challenging to achieve absolute period correctness and the purists may find some things, here and there, that are not 100% correct, and hopefully they will understand that it was not for the lack of wanting, nor trying, but rather for the lack of funds / budget. For example, it was a miracle that I was able to find an airstrip to use for an entire day FREE OF CHARGE. Beggars can't be choosers and that airstrip ground color does not match that of Saugus. However, it is located but a few miles of Saugus and as a result, the surrounding hills and vegetation match to a T. All in all, we did well.
Yes, I worked very hard to make a film that would be TRUE TO THE ERA. So today, when I see old timers watch my trailers and say: "My God, you brought my youth back" or even " You are Spot on! You nailed it!" it makes me so very very happy. Some of them had tears in their eyes. All this hard work was not in vain and has paid off. I truly feel that I am leaving something worthy behind.
Expect to see no sideburns, clean cuts, 501's rolled a little too high, leather shoes, penny loafer, plaid shirts, saddle shoes, pony tails, scarfs, white cover alls, Coca Cola glass bottles and needless to say, lots and lots of period correct hotrods and stock cars. Complete with the right license plates and period correct tags.
Enjoy! In my next update I will talk about some of our period correct sets and locations.