'Death Row' First Edit

Written by Sarah Newman, produced by Red Squares Kino, Location: Nevada

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This film was produced by a group of non-professional filmmakers.  We selected Death Row not only for the very compelling script, but also because we wanted to take an advantage of the location - we have an old prison in our town. The prison was built in 1862 and was in operation up until 6 years ago, and all these years it was Nevada’s death row and execution chamber location. They also say that there’s some paranormal activity as well.

We had scheduled our filming for 8 hours on  April 13th, Friday (red flag, right?!)   We were happy about big windows that would provide plenty of daylight for our set, as there’s no electricity in the building.  Everyone had secured time off from their day jobs and we were ready to go. But…

The date of the shoot had to be changed due to circumstances beyond our control. The new date given to us was Saturday. Most of us had prior engagements for Saturday, and couldn’t make it to the set till late in the afternoon.  The actress who was supposed to play the Guard was not available at all.   And filming would have to take place after the sunset – in an old prison with no electricity, and possibly ghosts of former inmates...

Even though we bought several battery-operated lights, it was still very dark.  The layout was very different than what we have imagined. The locks on the cells, operated by cable system, were questionable. We only had about 4-5 hours to complete the shoot (not a big deal for a two-page script, right?!)  Everyone worked really hard, and ultimately we had fun filming it. What we learned is to prepare for unexpected. Plan, but be ready to adapt to unforeseen circumstances.

Photos from the shoot and film