About The Production
While RAVENOUS is set in California's Sierra
Nevadas, it was decided early on that filming there would have
been prohibitively expensive. The production scouted locations
in Canada before deciding on the Czech Republic, Slovakia and
Mexico. "We were looking for a location that could stand
in for the Sierra Nevadas," comments executive producer Tim
Van Rellim. "And of course, the crews would have to be good.
So we were very lucky to find both in the Czech Republic."
One aspect of working in the former Czechoslovakia that wasn't
so smooth was the weather. As originally conceived, RAVENOUS was
set in a snowy landscape But after a brief delay in production,
the weather had changed significantly, and the script was re-written
to take place without the winter powder. "It became a 'green'
picture," laughs Heyman, "and that's how we proceeded."
"Our weather changed dramatically," emphasizes Van Rellim.
"It could change from day to day, sometimes even within the
day. It made for a very challenging and fluid shooting schedule."
The resourceful creative and production teams found a way to turn
this climatic unpredictability to their advantage. During the
final week of production, snow again began to fall heavily. "So
we returned to making a 'snow' picture, with a bit of 'green'
thrown it," Heyman explains. "It returned the picture
to its original vision, which made us all very happy."
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