RED ICE: An Independent Feature Film
Set in San Francisco, RED ICE is the story of Evan, an overworked software engineer, who recently reconciled with his dying mother who, unbeknownst to him, fell under the spell of a murderous demon when Evan was young. Raised in foster care, Evan has emerged as a lonely, drug-addicted adult, whose only solace lies in his flute music. When he and his boss, Bob, cut corners on the software testing of a new military flight control system, the consequences are devastating, and summon the return of the old demon, who offers Evan a devilish deal to save himself — and the girl he loves.
The production employed two RED ONE™ cameras shooting, for the most part, simultaneously, enabling the 30-person crew to cover an average of four pages a day.
About half the shoot occurred on our sound stage in Foster City, California, and the rest, on location, primarily in the San Mateo county.
The cast has a strong international background:
- leading-lady Alexandra Bard ("Jill") is Australian;
- Haining Luan (the villain "Mr. Wu") is first generation Chinese-American;
- Bjorn Geske (the executive demon, "Belzebub") is German;
- Leonel Oliva (the henchman, "Hector") is first generation Cuban-American;
- and AVN-nominated transsexual porn star, Yasmin Lee (the brazen "Succubus"), is first generation Cambodian-American.
Special make-up effects were provided by Van Nuys-based Autonomous FX, including the facial and torso prosthetics for Belzebub and the Succubus, each requiring more than three hours to apply.
Lighting for the first shot of a 6P - 6A day in a San Mateo County park. Note the two Reds on sticks. DP Don Starnes is in the foreground, clutching his water bottle.
On set in Foster City, shooting scene three, in which Evan visits his dying mother
Writer-Director Ralph Hyver, middle, discusses upcoming scene with Bjorn Geske, left, and Haining Luan.