(The following is the first installment of a four part production diary by director John Bruno that chronicles the making of “Asylum”)
I can’t really sleep tonight because I’m so excited about my first day of shooting “Asylum” for Falcon Studios tomorrow. I have wanted to shoot this video for over 4 years now. I think the guys at Falcon were so sick of me pitching this idea to them that they finally let me shoot the film just to shut my ass up. So, THANK YOU Falcon for giving me the opportunity to bring “Asylum” to life.
Falcon Exclusive Erik Rhodes and I worked together on this project. We tossed ideas around and came up with some very cool stuff. We’re shooting at Linda Vista Hospital a creepy, abandoned, and run down old hospital near downtown Los Angeles. The hospital has been used in popular music videos, as a location for top rated crime and hospital themed TV shows and even big-budget Hollywood films have filmed here. It’s even rumored that Howard Hughes used this place as a ‘hotel’ in his crazier days. This location is AMAZING to say the least so I know the production values are going to kick ass on this movie. Eerie boiler rooms, long scary hospital hallways, a freaky looking morgue and operating rooms pretty much make this place a wet dream come true for any director who appreciates unusual locations and strong production values.
Tomorrow is the first day of the shoot and I think we pretty much have everything in order – the costumes, special props, lighting, etc. Luckily none of our models have dropped out, missed flights or just gone MIA at the last minute so we aren’t scrambling to find replacements – I fucking hate when that happens.
This isn’t going to be your typical Falcon production. It’s going to be really dark and nasty. I think it’s going to be a nice change of pace for Falcon fans.
Well, I better try and get some sleep, I’m going to need all the energy I can get tomorrow. The first day is always the toughest.