R.R.E.E.L., Inc. Newsletter

Redwood Region Entertainment and Education Liaisons, Inc.

June 2012 

Issue No. 6

Feature Films in the Redwoods


Spring shooting in the Redwood Region started off with a bang!  Both, Del Norte and Humboldt County,  experienced a feature film in the dazziling Redwoods.    We thought you might enjoy hearing about the latest filming in our beautiful neck of the woods.


Cassandra Hesseltine 

Del Norte and Humboldt County's  

Film Commissioner




Del Norte
Love in the Time of Monsters,
 Independent Feature Film
Number of filming days in Del Norte = 20 days


Love in the Time of Monsters
is a suspenseful, hilarious horror film that weaves its outrageous tale of love and Zombie Bigfoots through the dark woods of Northern California and stars Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th), Doug Jones (Fantastic Four, Rise of the Silver Surfer), and Gene Shaw (CSI, Not Another Teen Movie).  This TBC Films production is about two sisters who travel to a cheesy tourist trap where they battle toxic monsters dressed in bigfoot costumes in order to save the ones they love.


Why Del Norte?  The writer of the movie Mike Skvarla, who wrote the film based on a nightmare he had, happened upon the main lodge of the movie while driving up to Portland from L.A.  He stumbled upon the perfect location for the story and knew he had to convince the rest of the production to film here.  It didn't take much convincing once they saw it for themselves!  And with in a year they secured enough funds to shoot this fun indie film in the Redwood Region. 


Since Love in the Time of Monsters is a low budget indie, they utilized film students from Humboldt State University, volunteers from Del Norte and community support by governing agencies.

When asked about filming in Del Norte, Producer Andy Gunn had this to say, "Assistance from locals-the Chamber of Commerce, the Visitors' Bureau, Lighthouse Repertory Theatre and filmDELNORTE - has helped make this movie happen!" 



After Earth,

Sony Studios Feature Film 

Number of filming days in Humboldt = 9 days  


After Earth, a Sony Studios' film, starring Will Smith & Jaden Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan filmed a portion of the movie in Humboldt County's majestic Redwoods this past spring.  This sci-fi, action adventure is about a boy and his father who crash land on an alien planet.


Why Humboldt? Well you will have to see the movie to find out!  But more importantly, could Humboldt accommodate a big production?  And the answer is... yes!    


According to Executive Producer Bennett Walsh, "the county's experience with filmmaking influenced the decision to film here."  Humboldt County, best known for Outbreak, Jurassic Park and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, has had features shot in Humboldt for the past 100 years!  (For a complete filmography of all the Feature Films, TV, Commercials, and Print Ad, visit our filmography: filmHUMBOLDT's filmography.)


But infrastructure aside, it was the beauty that caught M. Night Shyamalan's attention.  In the middle of filming, Shyamalan tweeted:   There are moments in the redwoods where a mist comes in and the sun punctures the canopy and the crew gets quiet because its so ethereal.  That's when I start screaming like a madman "Get Jaden! Start shooting, NOW, NOW! Turn on the camera!"   


After Earth is scheduled to hit the big screen in the summer of 2013.   




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