One year ago today—around 12:45 a.m. on October 31, 2016—we wrapped the very first day of production on The Nursery. With a bare-bones crew of seven, two of the film’s featured actors, and a handful of extras who popped up here and there, we had been shooting for about seven hours around various areas of the University of Wisconsin campus, starting just after the sun started to dip behind the buildings in downtown Madison and finishing about forty-five minutes past midnight. We hadn’t meant to schedule it that way, but it seemed fitting, all of a sudden, that we were wrapping the first day of production on our indie horror feature on Halloween.
When we called wrap after that first exhausting, stressful, exhilarating, magnificent, mind-blowing day of production, it would prove to be just the start of a whirlwind, dream-fulfilling process that unfolded over the course of this past year. Thirteen days over six weeks of production. Months of post-production, sound, and special effects work. Agonizing over all the finishing touches until you have to just accept that it’s done. An exhilarating sneak preview screening for cast and crew and friends and family. Our first film festival. And the search for distribution. It’s been an amazing year, and with our eyes on a potential spring 2018 release, the best is yet to come!
With that, here’s a look back in pictures at our year with The Nursery!
October 30-31, 2016: First Day of Shooting
October – December, 2016: 13 Days of Production
December 2016 – July 2017: Post-Production, Visual Effects, Sound
August 19, 2017: Special Sneak Preview Screening
September 29, 2017: First Festival Screening, Halloween Horror Picture Show