About The Production
DEVIL'S DUE was filmed on location in the Dominican Republic, at Carnivale and
various other sites, including a nightclub in a ruined catacomb, where Zach and
Sam spend the fateful final night of their honeymoon. The production then moved
to New Orleans, where most of principal photography took place.
Radio Silence embraced the typical scheduling constrains that befall some genre
fare shot with "guerilla-style" filmmaking. "We felt like we had an abundance of
time and money, just based on the films we've made in the past," says Gillett.
"The biggest challenge was getting people on board for how we wanted to make the
movie. That becomes as much a part of the creative process as actually filming
DEVIL'S DUE. For example, we didn't need four hours to shoot a given scene
because we didn't shoot coverage conventionally. We don't need to light things
in a typical way because we're trying to create realism. We wanted to get
everyone on board with the experiment of jumping in and lighting to shoot
360-degrees and really let the actors discover the scene.
"So it was more about giving everyone the sense that we're a part of this
together, so let's jump in and have fun with it."
Still, no amount of experimentation could address some of the unexpected
challenges during production, including a tornado that blew through the church
set, which not only had the production scrambling to reschedule the day's shoot,
but had the cast and crew hiding in the building's stairwells to avoid the
Later, there was a fire - on the same set. "Just the fact that it was happening
in a church, and we're making a movie about the Anti-Christ, was just kind of
creepy," says Bettinelli-Olpin. "To this day, it makes me smile every time I
think about it."
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