Lebanon Reporter

November 2, 2013

WeBo grads to film parts of horror film in Jamestown

By Sarah Lang
The Lebanon Reporter

---- — Jamestown — Three Western Boone graduates have been working together this Halloween season to create a unique horror film that will include some scenes from Boone County.Jason Coffman, a 1995 WeBo grad, has written and is now in the process of filming his first feature film called “Still.” It is the story of Alice, a young woman living in Chicago who survives an attack during an attempted robbery. When she wakes, she learns she has a rare neurological condition called akinetopsia, or motion blindness. While trying to live with this new disorder, she finds herself plagued by strange dreams featuring a mysterious figure.The idea for this film began when Coffman was reading a book that mentioned this neurological condition.“I couldn’t think of anyone who had done anything with that before,” he said. “It seemed like an inherently cinematic thing; something that could be translated easily to a film.”Coffman, now living in Chicago, works in quality control at a tech company that makes mobile apps. He isn’t a filmmaker by trade, but it’s something he’s always been interested in. He made is first short film last year, called “Tape.” He’s done a few short films since then, but this is his first try at a feature-length film.The film features two other WeBo grads as actors: Amanda Hiese, class of 1996, and Tim Dodson, class of 1995. Coffman has been friends with Hiese and Dodson two for several years, Hiese since kindergarten and Dodson since third grade. Coffman ran into Hiese who also lives in Chicago, and Dodson resides in Indianapolis.Most of the film is being shot in Chicago and its suburbs, but Coffman and some of the actors will be coming to Boone County later this month to film some scenes in the Jamestown area. Part of the story takes place in Jamestown, he said.The crew is about 20 percent finished with the initial filming, so there is still a lot of work left, Coffman said. He hopes to have the filming done by the end of the year, and then to have to post-production completed by March. It’s a lot of work to do in his spare time, he said, so he said it’s basically all he’s doing other than his job.“It’s been a lot of fun, but also a lot of work,” he said. “It’s been going very well so far.”Actors in the film are a mixture of professionals and newcomers, but everyone is doing a great job, Coffman added. He tried to write characters tailored to an actor’s personality.Coffman and crew have set up an account on Kickstarter.com, a website that helps people fund original ideas or projects. The website can be found by going to Kickstarter.com and searching “Still horror.” Coffman hopes to raise $6,000 to help with rental fees for some locations and sets as well as some software needed to finish post-production. Any extra funds will go toward entry fees for film festivals next year. The film trailer is also available on the website.Financial backers who donate at least $5 will receive an access code to watch the full film online. Some backers will also receive a DVD of the film.The psychological thriller is heavily influenced by 1970s female-centric genre films, like “Season of the Witch” and “Images,” the press release states. It is being pitched as “La Jetée” meets “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death.” More information can be found online at www.facebook.com/stillthemotionpicture.