Mid-day Sunday the movie “King of Palookaville” filmed a scene at Bodi N Balance gym at Harbor Light Landing in Port Clinton. The feature-length independent film has been filming in the Sandusky and Port Clinton/Marblehead area the past few weeks.
Joey Cassel of New Departure Productions is a Sandusky-born-and-based videographer and photographer. He studied film and video production at Cleveland State University and has written six feature length screenplays, all of which have won awards.
“King of Palookaville”, Cassel’s first feature-length film, is locally funded, filmed and produced. It tells the story of Rob Geronimo, an unsuccessful and depressed car salesman who has decisions to make. It is a dark comedy with the true spirit of independent cinema. It will be submitted to film festivals this summer and fall.
Trevor Tieche, owner of Bodi N Balance, is a friend of Cassel’s and has worked with him on commercials and promotional videos. Cassel is very appreciative of Tieche making the gym available for the filming, “Having a gym like this as a resource is a huge advantage.” In addition to those at the gym and the Sandusky locations, the crew also filmed at the AA gas station in Marblehead.
There is just one more day of shooting before Cassel begins the editing process, a process he is very familiar with and enjoys, “especially as cold as it has been while we have been filming.”
Weight bench scene being filmed. Noah Smith, right, plays the spotter.
The journey from script to finished product “has been more difficult than I originally thought,” said Cassel. “When filming began, there was a larger crew, but we now have a core group that really believes in the movie and that has helped overcome any obstacles. “
Zane Maughmer, who plays tough-guy Howie in the movie, said, “I have been having a blast.”
Locations presented challenges, as did equipment and props. For example, “A lot of the movie is based on a road trip in a jalopy. The jalopy actually did break down and so we had to get it repaired enough to run (to finish filming), “ said Cassel.
Funding for the movie was largely raised on www.indiegogo.com. Cassel and his wife film and produce wedding videos, often at Mon Ami restaurant on Catawba, and many of the brides contributed to the movie funding.
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