Roughly speaking, it goes like this – usual people, a filmmaking duo by the name “The BAPartists” (Lydelle Jackson & Cezil Reed) decide to make a movie. They have about $14,000, give or take, plus some help from their family and friends.
They are determined to make the best possible film, just like every other filmmaker out there. So they start the project… and here it is – “The Taking” in the making.
“We self-financed this film. We’re not rich, we’re just like everybody else. We have bills, student loans, and alcoholism to pay for,” filmmaker Lydelle Jackson told BZFilm.
“So while it gave us a great deal of limitation, we were able to make it through principal photography with $14,000. We just made it happen paycheck-to-paycheck,” Jackson admitted. “This film really should’ve cost way more than what we spent.”
He said often currency was used in the form of favors from friends and family, and also selling the cast of the film “on the dream”.
“we where living in Northern Virginia where there isn’t a fruitful film community, so it was tough. Friends, familiy, and our ambitious cast and crew made this film possible,” Jackson said.
For as much as $14,000, the film’s trailer looks quite good, and creepy. Take a look below:
To some, it might seem hard to realize what is the story of the film. Who’s being “taken” and why? Lydelle Jackson revealed some details on the story.
The experience begins with Carl who seeks to murder his best friend and adulterous fiance. Unexpectedly, he awakens in a wooded wasteland. He has no idea as to where he is or how he got there. A sinister family now holds him captive along with another victim named Jade. They’re subjected to arcane rituals and are left tied to a tree for several days.
When Carl looks back on their grisly experience in the forest, he comes to the realization that they’re not just in the woods; rather, they are in a place where people go to fight the vices living inside of them. The losing of this fight is something far worse than death; it’s the utter damnation of one’s very soul.
“There’s tons of fun stuff for the audience to be frightened about,” Jackson said. “There were 13 days of principal photography. We shot 6 days on, took a 1 day break, and shot for another 6 days.”
Further, Jackson explains, why “The BAPartists” duo managed to make the film for so little money.
“One major reason why the film was so cheap to make is because my family owned a few acres of wooded land in Stafford, VA so we shot the majority of the film out there,” Jackson explained.
“We’ve been getting letters of interest from some really distinguished distributors that are interested in both domestic and international territories. Right now, however, we’re placing focus on our home turf, as well as the UK, Australia, and Germany,” Jackson said of film’s distribution.
He added, that thus far nothing has been signed and secured yet, “The Taking” is being taken on a festival run.
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