The Painted Creek Productions and Lakeview Pictures TV series of Tevis Marcum’s “Tale of Tails” has entered the final phase of post-production. With the original concept idea by Tevis Marcum, written by Steve Kopera, and Harley Wallen, directed by Harley Wallen, a lot of work and preparation has gone into developing this eight-episode mini-series.
Many of the people who work on these sets are seldom recognized for their work. These are behind-the-scenes or below the line people. The difference between the above-the-line and below-the-line personnel is their perceived value to the creation of a series. And yet for an even a lower-budget series such as this to come together and for this series to flow seamlessly, the cast, as well as every member of the crew makes a significant contribution.
This article is to credit those individuals who contributed to this series and not to offer even the thinnest outline of what goes into creating a series, nor a treatise on how to read an IMDb full cast and crew page.
The story-line of this series goes something like this: This was Msrcum’s concept. “Tale of Tails” is the story of Tails a not white-collar gentlemen’s club. A borderline-legal bar with topless dancers and a back room where anything goes for the right price, Nick, the owner, keeps Tails afloat by taking advantage of the desperate women who dance for money and the desperate men who pay for female attention. When a dead body shows up in the bathroom, Nick’s control begins to unravel. Hunted by an ambitious, relentless cop, Nick’s enemies begin to surround him. He must decide how many friends to sacrifice in order to save himself!
Tevis R. Marcum is a Sag-Aftra actor from Ann Arbor known for A Parent’s Worst Nightmare (2019), Boyne Falls (2018), The Shade Shepherd (2019), and War Flowers (2012), He can now add producer to his resume. “Tale of Tails” is Marcum’s first film as a producer. Also, in this series for all eight episodes, he appears as the character, Roadie.
Although originally conceived by Marcum, it takes talented writers such as Steve Kopera, and Harley Wallen to flesh out the idea, and give substance to the story-line. Sparked by Marcum, writer/producer Steve Kopera fleshed out 7 episodes as a credited writer. He also was producer, production manager, and editor for this production (Kopera and Marcum worked together on Boyne Falls, a production that Kopera both wrote and directed.) Kopera also handled editing of all eight episodes (although which episodes are not credited.)
Harley Wallen, a credited writer having written some fourteen scripts (according to IMDb), including those for his own movies including Moving Parts (2017), Agramon’s Gate (2018), and Eternal Code (2019), is credited with co-writing five of the eight episodes that tell this narrative that is Tale of Tails. An award-winning director, Wallen’s resume includes nineteen productions which he has directed, including those already mentioned and Abstruse (2019), Enigma (2019), and A Bennett-Song Holiday(2020), and 62 films in which he has acted. He has produced 24 films in total. He has appeared in feature films and television shows with legendary stars such as Tom Sizemore, Tara Reed, and John Savage among many others. In Tale of Tails, Wallen appears as Nick / Nick Nikolovski, the owner of Tails through all eight episodes.
Joseph Victor is credited for setting the mood on the set and juggling all kinds of things as Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (credited for 1 episode). Victor has been an assistant director for some very big productions and is known for his work on Into the Storm (2014), Need for Speed (2014), and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011), among others. Kaiti Wallén, the wife of Harley Wallen, ran a big part of this production as the production manager.
Tale of Tails was led by Alex Gasperetto (who is credited with the cinematography for much of the series). Gasperetto is best known for his camera work on such productions as Sincerely, Brenda (2018), and Blood Immortal (2019). He has also worked with Wallen in such movies as A Bennett Song Holiday (2020), Ash and Bone (which is in post-production), and Beneath Us All. Jake Cypert, who is recognized for his work on Children Are Monsters (2020), and Detroit Dreamers (2020), and Chene Coffin, who is best known for two of Wallen’s productions, Eternal Code (2019), and Agramon’s Gate (2019), both worked accompanying Gasperetto as first assistant cameras, Cypert for two episodes, and Coffin for one. Walter Beltran, who has worked with Wallen on Moving Parts (2017), Enigma (2019), and Bennett’s Song 2018), contributed to the series for all eight episodes as the drone photographer.
Sound for Tale of Tails was handled by Matt Baum, an award-winning sound recordist/boom operator who moved to Michigan from Iowa, who has worked on a credited 34 films including The Wretched (2019), and Pajama Party Work Night (2019), and Sue Bob & Hank (2017), Perlo Vita II, who has worked with Wallen on other productions, Nick Bottesi, best recognized for working in sound on Wild Faith (2018), The Eden Theory, and The Acorn (2018), and Andrew Elya who has worked in sound in Indictment: Dead Witnesses Can’t Talk (2016), and Insta Famous (2021). These four guys made up the sound department for Tale of Tails.
As a bevy of beauties made up a large part of the cast from Tale of Tails, special attention was given to make-up. The make-up department was made up of four women including Nicole Diehl, and award-winning MUI with two wins and 1 nomination, and a total of 22 credits on IMDb, has worked on Agramon’s Gate (2019), Brain Engagement (2019), and Betrayed (2017), Kate Walsh, Carly Tank, and award-winning MUI known for her work on Pajama Party Work Night (2020), Tale of Tails and Love Immortal (2019), Kelsey Reynolds, known for her work on Ash & Bone (yet to be released), A Bennett-Song Holiday (2020), and Snapshot.
Michael Hamilton and Courtney Hamilton VanLoo provided use of the building in which Tale of Tails was filmed and served as hosts at Tails and helping us make this come to life.
This series is wrapping up post-production.
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