covering the DEUCE OF SPADES in the opening flashback scene was loaned by Mr. DEIST himself.
Bettie's house was filmed at several location. Her front porch and living room were filmed at a 30's home in Santa Paula. Her kitchen, at a local house in Woodland Hills which had all the 50's appliances and belongs to a friend of mine. Bettie's parent's bedroom is none other than hot rod veteran TOMMY SPARKS own bedroom. Laura Sparks, let us use all her vintage brushes and hair pins for that one scene. The Sparks also let us film one of our shop scenes inside their own shop and both Tom's 50's model A hotrod and his midgets are in the film, as well as his gorgeous 50's Buick.
The Hospital scenes were filmed at three locations. The most notable was the AUTOMOBILE DRIVING MUSEUM, who very graciously allowed me to use the front of their museum as the Hospital, and even parked their priced cars on my set to create the
illusion of a 50's world, outside.
Another wonderful location was the Vintage gas station. This station has been in many movies, including TRANSFORMERS and was donated by Owner George Lewis, free of charge, to help me see this film through.
Another famous location was the diner, which was also in many movies and TV series and also was donated, free of charge by the owner, to help me out. Yes, yet another DEUCE OF SPADES miracle.
A gorgeous ranch was donated to film the outdoors scenes, such as the Lovers Lane scene, the crash scene, and other outside shoots. Also, a private road was donated by Pepe's trucking and served as the backdrop of many of the orchards scenes, as well as the famous SURVIVAL OF THE FASTEST scene (see teaser TWO).
I used no less than three train stations to create the one train station in the film. Complete, with a real 50's train.
By far the hardest location to secure was the dragstrip. Airstrips were asking about $8,000 for one day and having no budget, that was not an option. But once again, God provided and through a series of strange coincidences, I met a very nice man, classic car owner himself, who felt inspired to support my endeavor. The big studios pay a lot of money to use his property, and I hear Clint Eastwood himself was planning on filming there. Yet, he let me use it for an entire day, pro bono, just to support my Hot rod film. And so it was, that after over one year and a half of looking, I was finally able to roll on my biggest scene: the SAUGUS dragstrip scene.
In my next update, I would like to tell you a little bit how we managed to pull of that scene, on a ZERO budget and how much fun it was to film it.
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