DreamStalker Films

Dead Scene


Taylor Plecity as Sarah
Andrew Irwin as Delivery Guy
Brandee Castro as Young Sarah
Beverlee Castro as Sister/Death

Directed by Derek Lookingbill
Assistant Directed by Joseph M. Benzer
Written by Taylor Plecity and Derek Lookingbill
Cinematography by Joseph M. Benzer
Music by Scott Kos
Production Design and Lead Editing by Derek Lookingbill
Sound Operation and Boom by Breanne Roxbury, Shannon Griffith, and Dori Perry
Grips/Misc Crew: Alanta Noel, Shannon Griffith, Dori Perry, and Breanne Roxbury
Special Thanks to Grandma Tony ‘ s Pizza & Wings in Tucson, AZ

This film was for the 2014 A3F Fright Film 72 Hour Challenge. On the night of October 10th, we were given the requirements:

Theme: Wrong Turn (literal or figurative)
Prop: Phone (to be used)
Line of Dialogue: “What was that?”

While Joe, Shannon, Bree, and Dori headed to Tucson to shoot overnight that very night, Taylor and Derek worked on the script.

The first shot came at 12:30 am and shooting continued until 6:30 am with a short break in which everyone git to eat the wonderful stew Derek and Alanta made for everyone.

With principal photography completed, Derek and Alanta slept and everyone went about their weekend.

Once Joe and Shannon arrived home, Joe shot second unit footage with his girls, Beverlee and Brandee.

After some sleep, Derek was off to editing the film, while Joe edited the second unit footage and composited that into Derek ‘ s first cut.

The next two days was editing and color timing for Derek with Joe consulting only.

Sunday morning/afternoon it became clear that the original composer was not going to be able to deliver a score in time due to equipment issues.

Derek contacted our go-to composer, Scott Kos and began looking for free music just in case. Luckily, Scott was able to deliver us one of his best scores to date early on Monday using his brand new rig.

The film was completed in time and submitted to A3F digitally before the 7pm deadline Monday. 39 teams had signed up, but only 30 made the cutoff time. The wait to see if the film was judged good enough to be viewed in the top 20 premiere began…


Saturday, October 18th we found out for the first time DreamStalker Films had a film in the top 20!

In addition the first email blast about the A3F Fright Festival used a shot from “Dead Scene” (the picture at the top of this page)!

The premiere in Phoenix was on the 23rd, and although we did not receive and individual awards, it was well received with the group of 19 other great horror short films. (And that pic was used on the flyer again)



Scott finally gets paid for a DSF score!

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