Hi! It’s Sam again for my second and last blog post. I’m returning to my home in America next week, and while I’m excited to go back, I’m definitely going to miss it here at Tailored Films. We’ve had a very busy few weeks, and that’s mostly due to the production of Spooky Stakeout. If you’ve been following Tailored Films’ past work, you know that we’ve created two series called Spooky Stakeout. The series, produced by us for RTE, follow Team Spooky as they hunt down ghosts. It was interactive, so while being on television, viewers could also go online and vote, helping to shape the path of the series. Recently, we started working on a full length feature, incorporating parts of series 1 and 2 as flashbacks, and adding in a whole new story with Team Spooky. This time, they go to a haunted castle, but what happens next you’ll have to wait to find out!
This was my first time on a movie set, so it was absolutely amazing to work with Ruth, Julianne, Paula, and the rest of our production team on this feature. One of the best parts of the entire process was the absolutely stunning location. We filmed at Dardistown Castle in Co. Meath for three days. A family currently lives in part of the castle, but they’ve left the right wing of the castle in its authentic condition. This included the spiral stone staircase that our crew had to climb up and down a thousand times by the end of production, the drawing room that ended up becoming the cast’s favorite place to hang out, and our basement where we worked with green screen technology to bring the spooky aspects to life. The green screen was a particularly fascinating aspect, especially as I’ve never seen one in production before. The scenes it was used for have already been edited and they look great, you all are in for a real treat when the trailer comes out.
While the location was amazing, the entire cast and crew can attest to the fact that it was absolutely freezing in the castle. Our lovely host told us that while the house was warm in Summer and Autumn, it hadn’t had the chance to warm up yet. Two of our stars, Lauren, who plays new character Alex, and Zena, who returns as Sarah, the brains behind Team Spooky, took to wearing robes and carrying hot water bottles so they could keep warm. We also had the pleasure of Dardistown Castle’s three cats to keep us company. Harry, who plays lovable tech geek Cian, Lioyd, the actor behind fan-favorite Brian, and Tadhg, reprising his role Team Spooky’s fearless leader Noah, had a blast following a particular cat around as he hunted down mice. As this is the third time these actors, with the exception of Lauren, have worked together, it was a little hard keeping them focused, but our 1st Assistant Director TJ made sure to keep them on task. Though we were all exhausted by the end of the shoot, I can honestly say I was sad to say goodbye, and I’m hoping that the next Spooky Stakeout takes place in America so I can see this amazing cast and crew again.
Our editors are hard at work on the trailer and the film itself, so we’ll keep you updated when those will come out. In the mean time, I spent the week as our set photographer, grabbings stills from both production and behind the scenes. Here are just a few photos to give you a taste of Spooky Stakeout and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see more updates from Spooky Stakeout and all of our other projects coming up. Thanks!