A local crew member’s account of a feature film in production in the Adirondacks…
In the quiet community of Tupper Lake, something terrible is happening in the forest…bereft the constant cellular reception that a well-greased film crew is used to in the city, phone coverage is spotty, and calls are being dropped. Such is the horror of the film “Recreator,” a project for which the real story, for now, is to remain concealed.
Recently, a day of the 25-day feature film shoot was chronicled in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. The sci-fi horror film from writer-director Gregory Orr is said to be going very well, and local help accounts for a great deal of that. In addition to cast and crew from Albany and New York City, several locals are hard at work on the set.
The Lake Placid Film Forum’s own ace volunteer from 2009, Jordan Craig, is working on Gregory Orr’s “Recreator” film, serving as a grip. The role of a grip is to support the camera department by shaping light sources and insuring safety. Working for the Gaffer, who is guided by the Director Of Photography, the grip crew work with dollies, light diffusers, negative fills, and other tools to assist the camera department and help craft the director’s vision.
“Being able to work on the set of a feature without having to leave my hometown has been great,” Jordan says. “The Adirondacks provide great scenery for features and I know that is something the director wanted to capture in “Recreator.” We have shot scenes on the lake, at the beach, and in the woods. It’s great to be a part of a film that is using so many elements of the Park.”
“Recreator” director, Gregory Orr, is a true New Yorker, diversified and savvy. He’s also worked as a production manager and cinematographer, and is an Emmy Award nominee. As with “Recreator,” he both writes and directs.
Jordan describes a day dealing with the notoriously capricious, and often inclement, weather of the Adirondack Park: “One series of scenes we shot 40 yards into the woods after it had rained for several days. To get all the crew and equipment to the set we had to lay down a plywood walkway. Another day, we were shooting on a remote road and it began to snow. To keep the camera protected, I spent the whole day holding an umbrella over the camera in between takes.”
Not always glamorous is production work on a feature, in this case an independent. It can be a tough haul for all involved. While they juggle their phones in the air, trying to get a signal from the outside world, the “Recreator” team is defined by Jordan as having an outstanding crew, and a talented cast. “It is a film that will provide great entertainment value to viewers,” he says.
The rest remains a secret for now.