|Once the script was completed, no more
thumbs could be twiddled. Suddenly, everything moved. The
principals for the roles of Eve, Lenora, Kim, and
Victor were cast. Vic Martino, one of the actors
from my previous film, Wonderguy, was handed
the role of Victor. This was anti-typecasting, as Vic is
usually sought for tough guy parts the opposite of
the sensitive, broken-man role he was now cast for.
Elissa Groh, who possesses much personal strength, would
also have to go beyond herself to portray the naive Eve.
There were quite a few others who were cast against type.
Sometimes, the tried-and-true is not always exciting; in
fact, the reason I was attracted to such disturbing
material is that it was against my own natural, usually
The parts of Jeremy and Ben were also given to actors from Wonderguy, but when they dropped out, it was time to scramble. My casting notice did not call for these roles, and I didnt have a pool of actors to select from...which became a problem when everything began to happen at once. Also, the original actress for Lenora needed to be replaced (very fortuitous, as Angie Spivey, who wound up with the role, could not have been more perfect). As a result, the first production meeting on November 5, 1998 was combined with an audition for Jeremy and Ben. Vic, Elissa, and Paula LaBaredas (who plays Kim) were given their copies of freshly-printed scripts. Now it would be their turn to decide whether they wanted to be a part of the production....and there was a good chance they would find the material to be too much. There were plenty of loose ends at this stage, not alleviated by the fact that we needed to get going immediately, and attend to the exteriors before the weather got too cold.
Epilogue: there was such a positive, gung-ho energy during the production meeting, for the first time, I realized Eves Preyer would become a reality. You know that click you feel when theres no turning back? Despite my worries, a sense of empowerment and confidence developed, and thats the kind of strength you need when you embark on a low-budget feature film production.
NEXT ANECDOTE: Cameras Roll, First Day
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