Two days after finishing up the 25-day shoot on his new horror flick “Red State,” the “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy” director held a wrap party, during which he screened a finished cut of the film for the cast and crew. That’s right — the freaking thing was completely edited and even included a six-minute end-credit sequence.
“We finished shooting late Wednesday night, but I’ve been cutting the flick every free moment over the 25 days of production,” Smith wrote on his blog yesterday. So at our wrap party last night (for the flick we wrapped 2 days ago, mind you) we also watched the flick we just completed. And I’m not talking about some bulls–t assembly, either: this puppy is fine-cut, complete with credits and some pre-mixing: 92 mins without credits, 98 mins with a end credit sequence that’s not to be believed.”
Smith said a turnaround this quick “may be an absolute first — particularly considering the director was also the editor (I haven’t slept much).” In what may be another first, Smith revealed that the film’s spooky first poster, which he calls “The Holy Ghost,” was designed by Melissa Bloom, an assistant to one of the film’s producers. Check it out after the jump.
As for how the flick — which tells of religious extremism at its scariest (and stars Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, John Goodman and Melissa Leo) — turned out, Smith seems pretty stoked with the results.
“Kicking back and taking in the very same flick we all worked so hard to get in the can with the very same cast & crew that made it a mere 48 hours back more than makes up for the low budget (4 million) and the complete lack of salary,” he said. “But you do a movie like RED STATE because you love it; everyone’s there because they wanna be there; there’s not a one of those disgusting, soul-f—ing paycheck players in the mix. Passion calls us all together, love of what we’re doing/saying bonds us, and the film is the result; the movie’s a love child. And sometimes, that love-child turns out to be a f—ing Jedi…”
Are you pumped to see “Red State”? And what do you think of the poster? Tell us in the comments!