I just returned home from day one of shooting on the next project of Neon Reel Entertainment, The Interrogation of the Downsville Deucer. It tells the story of a young American Brigadier during the Spanish Civil War, ordered to venture behind enemy lines and assist a group of guerillas in blowing up a bridge, and his struggle to reconcile his duty with his honor in the midst of—
Shit. No, wait. Our film is about a pair of cops interrogating a suspect in a series of petty vandalisms. But you see how I got them confused.
And it’s a comedy!
Day one of shooting was a blast. Myself, Rob and Juan make up the whole cast, and so far it’s been nothing close to work. Though I must add that Rob and Juan are able to maintain their usual, ordinary appearances throughout production while I, in an effort to look like more of a serious hard-on police detective, will be sporting a ridiculous looking mustache. (Think Joey Ryan, ROH fans; think Lt. Dangle from Reno: 911, everyone else.) To some of us, art is worth suffering for.
Matt Matzen is once again our fearless leader, directing from a script that I wrote and which is — if it’s cool for me to say this, being the author — pretty funny.
Downsville Deucer is only the first half of a forthcoming Neon Reel one-two punch. We have another film ready to go as soon as this one’s complete, and that should be a keeper, too.