We released the first official teaser for my upcoming Jeepers Creepers: Reborn -movie two weeks ago, alongside the teaser poster. Both were well received in the Internet and while sharing but a quick glimpse of what we’ve been working, they have well grasped the vibe the film is going for.
A lot of people have been asking for additional information – release date, official full trailer and so forth. I’ve always tried to explain that in case of Jeepers Creepers: Reborn I don’t have that information – I know just about as much as the rest of the people, although, of course I’m constantly working with the post production team to finish the film, so there’s that. But it’s all coming together very nicely and I can’t wait to get to present the movie once it’s finished.
Some of you have been following me on the blog but just to recap, we shot the film in two parts – first, in Louisiana, then in UK. The Louisiana shoot was DP’d by amazing Brad Rushing and took a bit to prepare and shoot under the scorching Louisiana early autumn, while avoiding hurricanes, power outages and what not. We assembled a really fun team to work with, and obeying the COVID-19 regulations, managed to get everything done in a beautiful way – some photos of the adventure below:
The journey continued in UK, where we went to Lasham, close-ish to London to Black Hangar Studios where the second block took place between December and January 2020-2021. COVID-19 was rampant right then and the whole country was in a pretty hardcore lockdown mode, so going around places, not to mention prepping and shooting the film was always a bit of an added challenge. I mean, filmmaking is always hard – with the strict lockdowns and everything, it’s nearly impossible.
But it turned out to be also quite an intimate experience. The crew was mostly packed in an old mansion in the countryside and we were quite a tight team from beginning to the end. The UK shoot was DP’d by extremely talented Simon Rowling.
After getting back from the adventure I’ve mostly spent time moving, recovering, and watching over the VFX and post-production process. In addition to this, I’ve been working on two new feature films, the other one I’m shooting later this year, an action flick, and another one, a horror picture that I’m eyeing for next year shoot. It’s nice to keep oneself busy – to pace it with something I also directed two commercials (for Gigantti and Genano) and have been popping in and out of film festivals – Sombra festival in Spain and Trieste Science+Fiction festival in Italy, and the online one at Molinas, Spain where I’ve been in the jury watching loads of films and getting inspired for future endeavors.
The winter is now at the door. It’s raining in Helsinki and you only see short glimpses of light daily. There’s no escape from the fact that it’ll be a long dark and rainy time but at least there’s some pretty interesting things happening keeping the spirits high. Covid is also fading – at least, in general. US opens its’ doors for international travel tomorrow and most of the clubs and bars, restaurants and hobby places are open here in Helsinki without too strict restrictions. Still possible we get back to something if things go worse or a new variant pops up, but so far it’s looking good – as long as you’re vaccinated.