By: Megan A. Wilson, Contributing Writer
The Cabining has wrapped up production in Horton Bay … and the flick will be sporting some sights familiar to local folks.
In addition to utilizing art and furniture from numerous local businesses, The Cabining, produced by Mike Kopera, also features some local faces.
“My son and I were extras,” said former Sheriff George T. Lasater. “They needed someone in a uniform. We arrested the serial killer and put him in handcuffs and escorted him off the beach—we were the final scene.”
Lasater said he was impressed with actor Luce Rains.
“He was very likeable,” said Lasater.
Local Businesses were instrumental in the shooting of this film, helping to donate props for the movie, and also providing food for the actors, in exchange for movie credits and advertising on the movie truck.
“The Water Street Cafe catered two dinners for us and brought in some lunch,” said Kopera.
Water Street Cafe manager Valerie Glasgow said she supplied the crew with Mexican and Asian fare while they worked.
We were dropping food off at 9:30 and 10 p.m., and they didn’t eat until midnight,” she said. “They were a very nice group to work with.
Glasgow added, “I wish them a lot of luck, and I know they’re very excited about the project and I hope things go well.”
Bartlett’s Home Interiors donated the use of some of their furniture and various accessories.
“I thought it was exciting to work with a film company,” said Sue Bartlett, owner of Bartlett’s Home Interiors of Charlevoix. “I was excited to be a part of them in some small way.”
The businesses involved will be listed in the movie’s credits.
“I just want to thank The Cabining crew for contacting us and making us part of the movie and making it come to life,” said Glasgow. “We’re definitely glad that they decided to make this a part of our community.”
Another contributor that donated portions of the set was the Jordan Valley Glassworks.
“They borrowed our glass,” said Glenna Haney. “They called us and said that one of their crew happened to stop in and thought that it would be great to have one of our glass pieces in our movie.”
This isn’t the first time the Jordan Valley Glassworks has worked with people of notoriety.
“We’ve done work for three presidents, and several Michigan governors including Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder,” said Haney “It’s amazing how many people of notoriety go by Jordan Valley. We did a piece for Henry Winkler, and afterward he actually called us and spoke to us personally and talked to us for a little bit and sent us a picture thanking us for our work.”
Haney said she was thrilled to work with the movie makers.
“We’re very happy that they thought enough of our work to put it in their movie,” Haney said.
According to the director, shooting took three weeks.
“Each day filming (consisted of) approximately six scenes—that equates to roughly seven pages of script,” said Kopera. “The first day of shooting was a day shoot, and included scenes such as the villain being taken away in handcuffs, and a handful of short scenes were shot in the main character’s bedroom.”
He added, “We also shot two scenes of the main character driving to the artist’s retreat.”
The humorous horror movie is expected to be released at the Cannes Film Market in May of 2013.
“While a theatrical release is the ultimate goal, movies of this level are typically direct-to-video,” said Kopera. “With a strong festival run and heavy marketing and buzz, it’s possible the movie may get released in movie theaters.”
On set of The Cabining
The view was scenic for The Cabining’s first day of shooting—the cabin overlooks the lake which didn’t even have a ripple, and the sand lie undisturbed by footprints.
“The other morning when I woke up the water had a fog over it, and it just looked breathtaking,”said Melissa Mars, who plays Celeste. “I’m originally from south of Paris, and this is nothing like where I live.”
The Cabining’s Director Steve Kopera said the Horton Bay location was one of several across Michigan originally considered.
“We eventually settled upon this one because it filled the two main criteria we had: it was a log cabin in the middle of the woods and it was on a lake,” said Steve.
During shooting there was a pile of shoes by the door and blankets on the hardwood floor to muffle sounds as people moved quickly about changing the lighting around and getting props ready for the next scene.
“The people and businesses of this area have been very welcoming to us,” said Elyse Shapiro, Production Designer of The Cabining. “We couldn’t have gotten this project done without the help of all of them.”
The cabin was furnished from room to room with various pieces of furniture, a table with a cow skin rug in one room, while the next had deer antlers on the wall and fully stocked bookcases.
“We actually emailed 25 businesses in Northern Michigan, 15 of them responded back positively, I ended up using eight of those,” said Shapiro.
Off in another room a group of actors sat learning their lines and having casual conversations while waiting to shoot their scenes.
Shooting continued throughout the day, with the crew finally stopping to break for lunch around noon.