THE NURSERY: A Year in Pictures

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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!

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September 8, 2017

Indie Horror Film The Nursery Releases Its First Trailer

Indie Horror Film Shares First Trailer This Week with its 60,000 Facebook Fans

Madison, WI  – The indie horror film The Nursery gave its nearly 60,000 Facebook fans a big treat earlier this week, releasing its first trailer exclusively to its Facebook fan base, and the film’s social community responded enthusiastically. The Nursery’s Executive Producers Glenn Chung, Chris Micklos, and Jay Sapiro said they were extremely excited to give their fans a sneak peek at the recently-completed film.

The Nursery has been a fan-focused project right from the start,” said Chung, who also produced many of the visual effects for the film, “so we were really eager to get our first trailer in front of our great fans and enjoy their reactions and responses.”

The first trailer for The Nursery can be found on YouTube here:

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And on Facebook here:

https://business.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie/videos/786939454811002/

The Nursery is a micro-budget, independent horror movie in the tradition of Halloween, Phantasm, and House of the Devil. When a damaged college sophomore babysits for a family with a tragic past, she finds herself stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past. Soon, she and her friends must confront the angry spirit hunting them down one-by-one on a deliberate march toward its ultimate prey.

The Nursery has made fan outreach and engagement a priority during development and production of the film, using social media to share production updates and behind-the-scenes photos, exclusive stills, and more fan-friendly content throughout the filmmaking process. Horror fans have responded enthusiastically by helping The Nursery build a huge social following of nearly 60,000 Facebook fans even before the film was completed. Find The Nursery’s Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie/ .

The Nursery was recently named an Official Selection of the Halloween Horror Picture Show 2017.

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The Nursery Selected for Halloween Horror Picture Show

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For Immediate Release

August 23, 2017

The Nursery Selected for Halloween Horror Picture Show

Indie Horror Film with 60,000 Facebook Fans Named Official Selection of HHPS 2017

Madison, WI  – The indie horror film The Nursery and its nearly 60,000 Facebook fans received good news this week as the film has been named an Official Selection of the Halloween Horror Picture Show 2017. The annual horror festival, which is in its thirteenth year, will be held in Tampa, Florida, September 29 – October 1, 2017. The Halloween Horror Picture show becomes the first festival to make The Nursery—which was completed just last week—an Official Selection.

The Nursery’s Executive Producers Glenn Chung, Chris Micklos, and Jay Sapiro said they were proud to be selected by the Halloween Horror Picture Show 2017.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be chosen for HHPS 2017,” said Sapiro, also a co-director of the film. “To have the opportunity to get The Nursery in front of real horror fans so soon after completing the film will be a huge rush for us and something that we are sincerely grateful for.”

Chung, who also produced many of the visual effects for the film, concurred, noting, “The Nursery has been a fan-focused project right from the start, so we can’t wait to get the film in front of real horror fans and see how they react to it.”

The Nursery has made fan outreach and engagement a priority during development and production of the film, using social media to share production updates and behind-the-scenes photos, exclusive stills, and more fan-friendly content throughout the filmmaking process. Horror fans have responded enthusiastically by helping The Nursery build a huge social following of nearly 60,000 Facebook fans even before the film was completed. Find The Nursery’s Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie/ .

The Nursery is a micro-budget, independent horror movie in the tradition of Halloween, Phantasm, and House of the Devil. When a damaged college sophomore babysits for a family with a tragic past, she finds herself stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past. Soon, she and her friends must confront the angry spirit hunting them down one-by-one on a deliberate march toward its ultimate prey.

“We wanted The Nursery to look, sound, and feel like an old-school, circa 1980 horror classic—the babysitter in peril!—while reflecting and leveraging the technological and cultural realities of 2017,” Micklos, also a co-director of the film, said. “We are very proud to have realized that vision.”

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THE NURSERY: What a fine fine-cut!

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It is mid-May and time for a quick update on our post-production efforts on The Nursery!

It has been a very productive past several weeks! Not only have we completed a rough-cut of the film, but in the last few days we’ve finished trimming down to our initial fine-cut, as well! That means that we are rapidly closing in on a finished film!

What has that entailed? Well, the work on getting from the rough-cut to the fine-cut has mostly meant:

  • Trimming up some of the most suspenseful scenes to ensure that the timing and reveals hit with the best payoff.
  • Revisiting some of the most intense “action” sequences to ensure that they have just the right impact that we are trying to achieve.
  • Rearranging some shots and dialogue so that we aren’t repeating ourselves or revealing too much too soon.
  • And doing all we can do ensure that the pacing and mood of the film is as effective and impactful as we can make  it!

Now, we are in a position to make final edit decisions, to work more aggressively on audio engineering and sound effects, and to start laying in our visual effects. Most of our visual effects are practical effects that were staged on-set, but we still have some post-productive visual effects to work in, as well, and now is that time!

Are you excited? We certainly are!

Once again, the team at The Nursery wants to express our tremendous appreciation to all our fans, friends, and followers who have been asking us for updates, expressing support, and sharing our excitement and enthusiasm for this film! As we have said over and over, we’re making this movie for you!

We’ll be back with more soon!

Meanwhile, here are some more behind-the-scenes photos from production on The Nursery!

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THE NURSERY Post-Production: Full Steam Ahead

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It’s been a while since we’ve shared an update on the production of The Nursery, and so we just wanted to take a break and tell you a bit about the great progress that we are making!

First off, the team at The Nursery wants to express our tremendous appreciation to all our fans, friends, and followers who have been eagerly asking us for updates, expressing warm wishes and support, and sharing our excitement and enthusiasm for this film! As we have said over and over, we’re making this movie for you!

For the past couple of months, we have been fully engaged in the post-production process, working through the amazing footage our team produced and the outstanding performances that our cast delivered. Between October 30 and December 10 of last year and over thirteen days of principal photography, we put literally thousands of shots and sequences in the can; and working through that footage, choosing the best takes and imagery, and finding the most creative ways to weave it all together is a joyous–but definitely time consuming!–process. The reward is seeing the vision that we started with so many months ago take shape right in front of our eyes and start to become the movie that we have hoped it will be!

And it is! Right now, we honestly could not be happier with how it is all coming together, and we think that by the time we’re done, we are going to have exactly the kind of creepy, suspenseful, and terrifying throw-back indie horror flick that we’ve been promising all along!

You know, there’s a cliche in filmmaking that says that a movie is written three times: once in the script writing process, once on-set during production, and once during post-production. Each phase offers opportunities to develop not only the story and characters, but also the thematic undertones, the anticipation and mounting dread, and–in the case of The Nursery–the scares! That has certainly been the case for us, and we are taking advantage of every available opportunity in this final phase of the process to raise the stakes, build the suspense, and make The Nursery the terrifying treat that we want it to be for our fans.

And we’re getting closer every day!

If we had to estimate, we would probably say that we are about two-thirds of the way through our rough cut, and we are concurrently starting to work on sound and visual effects and the little details that will really bring the movie to life. In fact, it’s our hope and expectation that we will have the final film completed before the end of spring…and then it will just be a matter of figuring out all the different ways to share it with you!

Hopefully, you are excited about that. We certainly are!

In the meantime, we promise to be better about sharing updates, images and footage, as well other previews and treats for our fans (nearly 57,000 and growing on Facebook alone!!) who have been so great about keeping us excited and motivated through this process!

Thanks again, and please enjoy some spoiler-free EXCLUSIVE stills below from The Nursery!

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Sneak Peek Behind the Makeup of THE NURSERY

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Photo above:  (Left to Right) The Nursery‘s makeup and effects wizard Judy Denny works to prepare Monica Bahr’s makeup, while Judy’s daughter and assistant, Anna Elise Petterson, works on star Maddi Conway.

According to Hollywood legend, Boris Karloff endured at least four hours (and sometimes more!) of grueling, painful makeup work every single day to bring Frankenstein‘s monster to life for the original 1931 film. The incredible result, designed and implemented by the great Jack Pierce, remains to this day the most iconic horror movie makeup in cinema history.

We’d like to believe that the process was not as painful for The Nursery‘s Monica Bahr, who nonetheless had to endure hours of makeup every time she came to work on The Nursery…one day enduring six hours in the chair! The results–which we can’t share yet!–were amazing.

Channeling the spirit of Jack Pierce, The Nursery‘s makeup and effects wizard Judy Denny designed and implemented the horrific makeup for the film, which our fans will absolutely LOVE when they finally see it in full effect!

Judy–whose film and TV credits include My Son My Savior, Come Follow Me, WWE Smackdown!, American Idol, and Major League, among many others–was assisted throughout production by her daughter, Anna Elise Petterson, making her feature film makeup debut on The Nursery.

Below are some production photos of Judy, Anna, Monica, and others working through makeup on The Nursery.

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Photo above: Monica Bahr, who on some days had to endure up to six hours of makeup work during production of The Nursery, sits patiently here while goop dries on her hands and arms!

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Photo above:  (Left to Right)  Judy Denny works with Emmaline Friederichs to prepare her for her first day of shooting on The Nursery.

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Photo above:  (Left to Right) Makeup and effects artist Judy Denny works on bloodying up the hands of The Nursery‘s Claudio Parrone Jr. Even Judy seems to be grossed out by her own handiwork!

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Photo above:  (Left to Right) Judy Denny, on set in Greendale, WI, jumps in between takes to do some touch up work on Maddi Conway.

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Photo above:  This is the least cluttered the makeup table ever looked during production of The Nursery!

Horrorsociety.com shares The Nursery’s first public image

The well-trafficked online horror site Horror Society has picked up the story about The Nursery releasing our first public image…and helped us share that image with its millions of worldwide readers!

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According to the story:

With principal photography expected to be completed in the early days of December, producers of the indie horror film “The Nursery” yesterday released their first still image from the film, featuring actress Maddi Conway in the lead role of Ranae. The image was first posted on the film’s Facebook page, as an exclusive first-look for the film’s 47,000+ Facebook fans.

Executive Producers Glenn Chung, Jay Sapiro, and Chris Micklos said that they were very excited to release the initial image of the film to their incredible social fan base, and they noted that more images—from production photos to stills from the movie—will be posted in the days to come.

“Our fans have been so loyal and enthusiastic,” Chung said today, “that we wanted to give them just a little treat…a preview of the great images and look that we are developing for the film.”

Sapiro concurred, adding, “We have a top-notch team working to make ‘The Nursery’ look terrific, and day after day, we could not be more pleased with how it’s turning out.”

Micklos hinted that the first image might also give fans a glimpse into the broader tone and feel of the film…and what they can expect from the finished product.

“Maddi Conway has been amazing for us in ‘The Nursery’’s lead role,” Micklos said, “and even from this one image, fans should be able to get a feel for what she’s bringing to the table. Intensity. Gravity. Passion. Maddi is putting together a real breakout performance that anchors the entire film!”

With a huge horror fan readership globally and 630,000 Facebook fans alone, the coverage in Horror Society exposes The Nursery to a massive worldwide audience! We’re so excited to be reaching horror fans all over the world!

Click to read the full story at Horror Society here!

The Nursery Movie Makes Social Media History

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Photo above:  Carly Sauer as Grace, confronting the darkness in The Nursery.

For Immediate Release

December 9, 2016

The Nursery Makes Social Media History

First Indie Horror Film of its Kind Ever to Reach 50,000+ Social Fan Mark before Production is Completed

Madison, WI  – The indie horror film The Nursery and its incredible fans made history yesterday, becoming the first indie horror film of its kind to surpass 50,000 social media followers (Facebook fans, specifically) before production on the film is even completed. Cameras rolled on the film’s 13-day production schedule on October 31 of this year, and the film is expected to wrap on Saturday, December 10.

The Nursery’s Executive Producers Glenn Chung, Jay Sapiro, and Chris Micklos have made fan outreach and engagement a priority during development and production of the film, sharing with its fans production updates and behind-the-scenes photos, exclusive stills, and more fan-friendly content throughout the filmmaking process. Horror fans have responded enthusiastically by helping The Nursery set its historic mark and build its unprecedented early fan base.

“I’ve been a horror fanatic all my life,” Micklos—also Writer and Co-Director of The Nursery—said. “And since this movie is being made by horror fans, you can bet that it’s being made for horror fans, as well. That’s what this all about.”

Co-Director Sapiro concurred, noting, “We know exactly who our audience is, and we know exactly what scares them, and so we are able to use what we know and what we are learning about them every day through social media to make this a horror movie that they will really respond to.”

Chung said that audience engagement and interaction has been a priority from the start. “When we first began this movie,” Chung said, “we started reaching out immediately to our core audience, keeping them engaged and involved and making sure that they were—and continue to be—part of the process. And they have really rewarded us with their enthusiasm and loyalty.”

 The Nursery is an independent horror movie in the tradition of Halloween, Paranormal Activity, and House of the Devil. When college freshman Ranae agrees to babysit for a family with a tragic past, her run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror. Stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past, Ranae and her friends must confront an evil spirit determined to hunt them down one-by-one on a deliberate march toward its ultimate prey.

Find The Nursery’s Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie/ .

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Contact:  Chris Micklos

Phone:  (608) 279-1324

Email:   chris@visuality.com

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Photo above:  (Left to Right) Executive Producer Glenn Chung with technical advisor Jason Knight, as star Maddi Conway prepares for the first shot of The Nursery.

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Photo above:  (Foreground Left to Right) Co-Director Jay Sapiro with Diretor of Photography Daniel Andera, triple-checking the next shot of The Nursery.

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Photo above:  (Left to Right) Writer and Co-Director Chris Micklos reviews the scene with stars Maddi Conway and Emmaline Friederichs during a break in filming The Nursery.

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Photo above:  (Left to Right) Stars Monica Bahr, Claudio Parrone Jr., Maddi Conway, Carly Sauer, and Emmaline Friederichs cheesing out after a late night of filming The Nursery.

The Nursery Releases First Public Image

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For Immediate Release

December 2, 2016

First Image of The Nursery Movie Released

The Nursery Releases the Film’s First Still Image to its 47,000 Facebook Fans

Madison, WI  – With principal photography expected to be completed in the early days of December, producers of the indie horror film The Nursery yesterday released their first still image from the film, featuring actress Maddi Conway in the lead role of Ranae. The image was first posted on the film’s Facebook page, as an exclusive first-look for the film’s 47,000 Facebook fans.

Executive Producers Glenn Chung, Jay Sapiro, and Chris Micklos said that they were very excited to release the initial image of the film to their incredible social fan base, and they noted that more images—from production photos to stills from the movie—will be posted in the days to come.

“Our fans have been so loyal and enthusiastic,” Chung said today, “that we wanted to give them just a little treat…a preview of the great images and look that we are developing for the film.”

Sapiro concurred, adding, “We have a top-notch team working to make The Nursery look terrific, and day after day, we could not be more pleased with how it’s turning out.”

Micklos hinted that the first image might also give fans a glimpse into the broader tone and feel of the film…and what they can expect from the finished product.

“Maddi Conway has been amazing for us in The Nursery’s lead role,” Micklos said, “and even from this one image, fans should be able to get a feel for what she’s bringing to the table. Intensity. Gravity. Passion. Maddi is putting together a real breakout performance that anchors the entire film!”

The Nursery is an independent horror movie in the tradition of Halloween, Paranormal Activity, and House of the Devil. When college freshman Ranae agrees to babysit for a family with a tragic past, her run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror. Stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past, Ranae and her friends must confront an evil spirit determined to hunt them down one-by-one on a deliberate march toward its ultimate prey.

Find The Nursery’s Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie/ .

And check out the image of Maddi Conway as Ranae HERE.

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CLICK HERE FOR A PDF VERSION OF THE NEWS RELEASE!

Contact:  Chris Micklos

Phone:  (608) 279-1324

Email:   chris@visuality.com