Jason Mane this past week announced the final members of his cast for his production of “Crow.” When the original casting call was announced, over 230 actors, some from as far away as Ohio and California sent in their headshots, demo reels/clips, and the roles for which they were applying. From the original number, 57 callbacks were scheduled over the course of 11 hours on Friday. Every one of these actors brought their A-game hungry for a starring role.
The actors chosen include (from left to right ) Dan Keary as Mitch, considered the hot-headed, short-tempered, remorseless member of Vince’s (Bobby Laenen) group of criminal friends. Tasmay as Detective Parker, an assertive, but empathetic man, he must try to find his way through the labyrinth of a case in which he has found himself. And Dan Schmidt as Andy, the youngest and least experienced member of Vince’s group, And in the group photos (from top left to bottom right) Joshua Bootz, Ted E Dee, Chris Ewing, Robert Holland, and Ali Amine.
As his crew, Mane introduced Nathan Moser handling composing, sound editing, and sound mixing on “Crow” Jason Allen for production design. A multi-talented filmmaker, doing everything from writing, directing, producing and production design, Jason is a co-owner at Fellpeller Studios, a new production company, and media collective. And Tennille Barta-Taraszkiewicz will be production manager. Tenille is known for having produced Void (2018), Autolysis (2019), A Full Glass (2019), and Entropy (2019), along with two short documentaries, and several competition videos.
For those who have followed the comic book story, or have seen the original 1994 movie, the story-line is familiar. It starred Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, as Eric Draven, and his fiancée Shelly Webster (Sofia Shinas), who are brutally murdered by the building owner (a crime lord) in which they lived.By the first anniversary of Eric and Shelly’s deaths, their murders are still unsolved. On the anniversary, Draven returns from the grave, clawing his way up from the ground. He is met by a crow perched upon his headstone, his guide between the worlds of the living and the dead. The crow leads Eric back to his old apartment, where he suffers flashbacks about the murders.
Driven by a desire to seek revenge, Eric seeks out the four assassins who brutally beat and gang-raped Shelly and had threw him to his death from a sixth story window. Eric seeks to right the wrongs that were done to them before he can have eternal peace in the afterlife. The Crow movie came out at the height of the alternative rock zeitgeist. It was HUGE as a movie, and tied to the era, and the other darker colors of the 1990s. Both the original film and O’Barrs comic were legit masterpieces of their eras.
“This short doesn’t involve any characters or storylines that have appeared in the comics or movies. It’s more of a short film (And) in some essence, yes, a bit of a fan film too. Fans of the franchise would recognize core elements that make “The Crow” films part of the franchise,” said Mane.
Directed by Peter Paulos and Matt Szakal, produced by Justin Mane, Justin Mane’s “Crow” is a Tenille T. Productions/Fellpeller Studios short film project.
Production on this non-union short fan film will start in March and is tentatively scheduled for weekends April and May, with a possible pick-up in June (as needed) with a projected 5-6 days total filming time projected.
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Fellpeller Studios and Tenille T. Productions partner to produce Justin Mane’s ‘Crow’ short film project