BLOG: RIOT ACT Completion (MELTDOWN Arkansas Incentive/Rebate Trial-Run)
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Completion of third week for "THE RIOT ACT" Western Production
Greetings HHSE Friends & Followers - The "toughest" footage is now in the can... including all of the OPERA HOUSE sequences (with over 200 costumed characters and extras) and the "Main Street" Sequences (with over 40-animals, 100 extras and 70 truck loads of dirt!). Only 1-1/2 more weeks of principal photography and this one will be ready for editing and post work.
Meanwhile, here's a link to some local news coverage of the shoot... including a last minute "cameo" recruitment of Executive Producers FRED SHEFTE and ERIC PARKINSON to appear as the Newspaper Photographers (anything to save a buck!).
To protect the confidentiality of the cast and story elements, the local news journalist on the above story was prohibited from shooting during actual filming of THE RIOT ACT.
THE RIOT ACT is based on the true story of romance, murder and revenge that occurred at the Van Buren Opera House in 1903. The film is planned for an APRIL 27, 2018 Theatrical Release through Hannover House, with top USA Markets targeted.
Nearly 35% of the film's production financing is coming from the State of Arkansas incentive and rebate programs... additionally, the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce, the Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Arkansas Heritage funds have all contributed to provide materials, props, goods and in-kind services equivalent to more than $500,000 in production cost savings. One of the key benefits to making THE RIOT ACT as the first HHSE "in-state" production in Arkansas under the new incentives program, is to prove the accessibility and benefits of the local production support and State incentives, in anticipation of the ambitious "MELTDOWN" feature - planned for principal photography early next year at the Arkansas Nuclear One plant outside of Russellville, Arkansas.
( Five Photos with captions )
HHSE CEO ERIC PARKINSON and FRED SHEFTE on the set at Historic Van Buren