Served Cold: Behind the Scenes

So back in March, some of us shot a sequel to Patriots and Tyrants. It’s called Served Cold.

Side note (and yes I know it’s a bit early for side notes): Have you seen Patriots and Tyrants yet? Because it was released online a couple of weeks back, and available to watch RIGHT NOW and FOR FREE on PatriotsandTyrantsFilm.com! So go watch it now. I’ll wait.

Seriously, WTF are you still reading for? GO WATCH: PatriotsandTyrantsFilm.com. Now. Damnit.

Okay, so I’ll assume you’ve seen the film by now (and that if you haven’t you can’t read or something, because I have no hope for you). The shoot was a lot of fun – in part, because EVERYONE who was involved in the first production has a credit in the second film. Only two crew members were unable to return, but get archive footage credits because a couple of their clips appears. But everyone else returned to set in one form or another (and if you’ve seen the first film, you’ll realize that’s a fairly big spoiler).

For a short film with a budget that barely cracked four figures – or for any film really – it’s an amazing cast and crew, and what’s even more remarkable is that we all came back together and did it again a mere 10 months after shooting the first. Plus we added a few new members to our P&T family. I’m humbled and grateful that everyone took the chance to take part.

The film itself is much more ambitious than the first. It has a running time of half the length and probably 1/4 of the lines, but seven times the number of scenes, the vast majority of which were outside. We filmed on location in Capitol Hill, and in other locations around Washington DC, including the Gallery Place Metro Station platform. Our production schedule was set for two days, set two weeks apart. One got mostly rained out, so we pushed to three. One scene had to be completely re-written after we wrapped, and we added a fourth day almost a month later. All for an eight minute film. But everyone worked their tails off to make this as great as possible, and I’m really pleased with the result. I can’t wait for you all to see it.

In the meantime, check out a behind the scenes look at our shoot below, then make sure you come back to watch the full film on PatriotsandTyrantsFilm.com on Tuesday, September 1.

Moments before we embarked on production on Saturday, March 14.
Moments before we embarked on production on Saturday, March 14. Photo credit: Rich Kessler
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Me giving notes to our star, Madeline Louden. She was much more excited than she looked here. Photo credit: Rich Kessler
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Maddie on set and in character. Photo credit: Rich Kessler
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Maddie reporting to set on Day 2 of shooting. Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Adrienne Nelson and I trying to look like we’re discussing something important. Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Rose Rylotte, Jason Martin and Matthew Vance all heading out for a key scene in the film. Photo credit: Liana Gorman
When not acting, Matt also served as a producer, sound tech...and in this case, boom stand (that's him behind the fuzzy thing - he needs a shave). Photo credit: Liana Gorman
When not acting, Matt also served as a producer, sound tech…and in this case, boom stand (that’s him behind the fuzzy thing – he needs a shave). Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Our extremely talented Director of Photography, Oscar Brunno, of Interitus Pictures, flanked by co-producers Peyton Fallas and Cameron Isom. Photo credit: Liana Gorman.
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Prepping a scene in a Capitol Hill back alley, subbing in for New Washington (another spoiler). Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Maddie with Demetrius Stephens, a local actor whose career is blowing up right now. We were lucky to have him. Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Caption this one for yourself after you watch the film. 🙂 Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Co-producer and sound tech Peyton Fallas. Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Believe it or not, Cameron is concentrating as much as Matt here (look down for sound levels!) Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Adrienne and Maddie, close to the end of our second day. Time for a drink? Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Day three. It was great to have Peter McGlynn back on set, and just as great to meet Missy Merry for the first time. Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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L to R: Matt Gontarek, Peter, Me and Maddie, prepping for a key moment in the film. I think we’re talking about bouncing light off a wall here. Photo credit: Liana Gorman
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Maddie, Missy and Peter. One day you’ll see this same picture at an international film junket or comic-con or something. Photo credit: Liana Gorman