Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Week Three - DOGMAN Wrapped

Week three was a wet one but the crew still managed to stay right on schedule. Overcast skies definitely added to the eerie storyline and feel of the movie.

Monday found the crew settling in at the Swander residence – their primary location for the week. The farm was used for Hank and Dorothy Purvis' house. The Swanders were very gracious and always willing to lend a hand. Thank you!

The entire week was action packed and included a snowmobile, trucks and motorcycles, stunts, chickens, a helicopter, and amazing FX make up. Cast and crew both were phenomenal. We can't tell you any more than that...you'll just have to watch the movie.

The shoot ended on Friday with a flurry of packing, a champagne toast, and many goodbyes as crew members parted ways. Now on to post production!

Photo taken by Craig Caugh.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DOGMAN Week Two Wrap Up

Week 2 was hugely successful. The team was on schedule and getting everything in the can in spite of weather challenges.

Monday and Tuesday found the crew filming driving shots - with the addition of a snowmobile roaring through the woods on Tuesday.

Wednesday was the deer/car crash scene. A deer was rented from a local source and Special Effects was on the scene to create mayhem. Neighbors were even involved when the crew parking area had to be changed and their driveway and yard served as parking for all our trucks, trailers and cars. Thank you to all those who have been willing to share their resources with us!

Thursday was the first night shoot. There were several locations on a farm that night. There was a very crucial scene which took place during the 'magic hour' - that small window of time between sunset and dark. Fortunately some cloud cover rolled in just prior - so the first two scenes were captured early.

Then, the trickiest scene - the truck crash and fire. The fire department rigged the crashed truck so that on cue it started to burn. Actors were delivering lines as the truck fire got bigger and bigger. The fire cooperated whooshing and puffing just when it ought to (see photo above). Amazing. Then two more scenes and at about 2:30am the crew was packing up and heading home.

Friday was the second night shoot. A few scenes in the woods with Hank (Larry Joe Campbell) were captured in the afternoon and then two more scenes were filmed out in the woods after dark with the Deputy and Hank.

All in all a great week that ended with everyone heading out to enjoy a gorgeous weekend in northern Michigan - you can't beat that.

Friday, September 23, 2011

DOGMAN Sightings Continue...and so Does Production

Check out this great piece from 9&10 news on DOGMAN. We love the coverage and production is rolling along without a hitch.

The end of the first week found the crew right on time. Everything that was scheduled for the week was in the can! They had their first Dogman attack and the deputy was in full gear and firing her gun. The crashed bicyclist was quite the trooper. He had two "injuries" to deal with and was on the ground hollering for quite some time.

The EFX team and make up artist got the stamp of approval from local EMS guys - they were also amazing! They were called in early to avoid the predicted rain, the rain never happened, and they ended up filming their scene about the time it was scheduled anyway! They enjoyed watching the process and shared their expertise (and equipment) on camera.

The week was ended at Paul Oliver. For two days we were using their facility - and their personnel. And were lucky to be able to do so. They are doing some remodeling - so we were tucked up in an area that currently isn't being used. It was quiet and secure for us and we were out of everyone's way. Perfect. The hospital staff was amazing - from fixing up a patient room to resemble an ER treatment room to coaching our ER Doctor on protocol. Some of the nurses and office employees even got to be extras.

All that, and our talent and crew are absolutely amazing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DOGMAN Day Three

Day three is already underway towards the production of DOGMAN - our newest indie feature made right here in northern Michigan.

Day one was great...but day two was exhilarating! Between a dogman attack, gun fire on the set, frantic first aid response (due to the attack of course), and a reserve sheriff on set things were pretty exciting.

We'll keep you posted.

These production photos provided by Craig Caugh - thank you Craig!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DOGMAN in Production This Fall

The newest Brauer Productions indie feature DOGMAN is currently in pre-production. Shooting will begin in Benzie County on Sept 12.


Hanklin Purvis enjoys the outdoors, and he loves to hunt. He and his wife Dorothy live on a family farm in the rural Midwest.

For some reason, during the season before autumn, things start happening. Chickens go missing, things gets stolen from his barn, and then the attacks start. The first victims are family pets, then wild animals. But it’s not until people are injured that the police get involved.

The attacker is not human, that’s for sure, and it needs to be stopped.

Then they discover that the wounds have a deadly bacteria, and the clock starts ticking for those infected.

Enter Hanklins neighbor, Francis Wellman, a Native American who believes she has discovered an ancient antidote. But can she get it in time to save the victims?

And will they ever find the perpetrator of these horrifying attacks?

They do…