The catch?...Well, as the minds eye of the films director/writer, David Quintana, always contends; the catch is that this Federal Agent has a way of stepping in too far into the killers mind and actually "seeing" the method to the madness; usually at the highest level which affects her personae in the darkest way possible and threatens the progress of the case at hand. The plotline for Mantis is a special one which any veteran actor would die for a chance to audition for. But the studio decided to cast the new actress, as part of a well thought out move.
Wilson is not alone in this production. She has veteran actors Bobby Osborn, Brett Wilson Sr. [her actual father & actor], and Stephanie Greenfield to assist her in the acting department. The movie started production in Southern San Antonio on Friday, March 16, 2017, and will last another three to four days over the next two weeks until it wraps. The studio claims that the initial day of shooting was more of an "ice breaker" between the film teams of Montgomery and San Antonio, Texas. The studio also released news that this film is expected to run 80 minutes and will have a premiere in the spring.
"We got our team together the night before, transitioned from a group meeting to pre-production screenplay pretty smoothly" said Quintana. "During our first day on the set we covered a lot of ground and shot for a little over seven hours, capturing some great scenes almost immediately."
Quintana added that many of the San Antonio team members have been dying to working on a new project, mainly to get back into the grind of working on something fun and inventive. "Most of the veteran actors, like Osborn and Wilson Sr., have prior film knowledge and have worked on Independent films before" added Quintana. "Working with our studio on the set, they learned some new filming techniques and short-cuts that weren't considered by them before. I feel like they were surprised at the speed in which we moved from one scene to the next, plus I think they knew they would see their progress in a step-by-step format which can reaffirm a teams effort that things are being done with solid results."
Some of the concerns from outside of the production team has been the studios decision to cast a young, first time actress to the leading role; is Brandy ready some may ask? Is she prepared? "It's my deepest opinion that leading actors, actors of all positions, and even extras are only as good as the director who directs them" says Quintana. "During my initial notes to the films script, I wrote about a young agent who was just out of the academy. She was written to be too young, a little naive, but too mature for her age. On the set, Brandy has fulfilled her part of the role by following my direction with a profound sharpness and has delivered her performances brilliantly in front of the camera. However, is she prepared for the 'instant success' that could come from this projects exposure to the local fans?...that remains to be seen."
Funding for the film was acquired from two investors in Spring and The Woodlands, cities located just north of Houston, TX who are both excited to see the film come into fruition. The films funding not only ensures that the film is a paid gig for the actors, but that the film will have funds to procure permits, licenses, and entry fees for festivals; should the team decide to enter that phase of film promotion. But the question remains, is this a horror flick or another SciFi production?
"The film is definitely a darkly written, dramatic story with a hint of super natural phenomena" claims Quintana. "All of those past years working on SciFi films has given many people the stigmata that every film I write and produce is based on the SciFi genre, but that is not the case here...well, sort of."
A release date has not been set by the studio, but expect to read [and see] more about the film project on next months E-Magazine "Special Spring Break" edition!