Posted by Terry on September 11, 2012

The entrance of the transformed bus in its first big scene.
Transformed bus

Travis Fowler plays the Bus Driver.
Travis Fowler driving the bus

Everyone had masks on and the camera was wrapped in plastic for the shots with the bus entering the depot because of all the movie dust blown around by giant fans.
Crew wearing masks

Director Scott Belyea, in a rare quiet moment, contemplates the next shot.
Scott Belyea contemplating next shot

Setting up to shoot inside the bus wasn’t particularly easy, but these first few shots taken when the bus was inside the warehouse that was our bus depot location were much easier than the ones taken later on under the blazing sun.
Setting up inside the bus

Actors playing survivors patiently wait for the crew to finish setting up for the scene where they board the bus. Their costumes look nice and clean now, but they don’t stay that way for long.
Waiting to board the bus

Rob Ryan (Father) and Tennyson D’Onofrio (Son) wait for their next scene. Although not related, they certainly look like there’s some family resemblance.
Rob and Tnnyson wait

Actors Clint Webb (from left), Tenille Millsap, Amanda Samuelson, Seanna Quinn, and Brandon Carpenter enjoy Mark Shpur’s explanation.
Mark Shpur's gizmo

Rob and Tennyson decide to play cards while they wait.
Rob and Tennyson playing cards

By 2 pm on Friday, we wrapped all the shots at this location. From now until shooting wraps at 3 am on Wednesday, there will be little shelter from the sun and no respite from the heat until a brief storm rolls through Tuesday afternoon.

At 9:30 pm at our new location on a County road northwest of Grande Prairie, the sun is still bright as Producer Dave Rice gets work done in the van that Greg and I lend the guys whenever they’re in town.
Dave Rice working on the road

Even though our personal vehicles were parked at a farm about a kilometre away, our vehicles and gear still take up a lot of space on this quiet country road. As vehicles drove up, we explained what we were doing and then waved them through. At this time of year (only 3 weeks past the longest day), the golden hour seems to last forever.
County road set-up

Interns Kyra Plontke (left), Art Director Joelle Lawton (centre), and intern/actor Jasmyn Duby (right) enjoy each other’s company during a lull in action.
Kyra, Joelle and Jasmyn

Travis Fowler (Bus Driver) enjoys some water after his “bloody” scene at the side of the road.
Travis Fowler

Despite the superstition associated with Friday, the 13th, the day has gone well and shooting ends at 10:10 pm with everyone still smiling: (clockwise from top left) Travis Fowler, Rob Ryan, Cam Belseth, Cam White, Dustin Shaffer, Tenille Millsap, Abby Stanley-Mella, Dale Dryer, Clint Webb, and Scott Belyea. However, shooting has not been progressing quickly enough and Saturday will be another shooting day rather than a day off as originally scheduled. Despite the heat, spirits remained high. The same could not be said for Saturday.
end of Day 3 of shooting

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