Production Concludes on "Dead or Alive"
The newest Philip Krieg film, "Dead or Alive," officially finished production on January 1st after a long day of hard work. A few scenes had been filmed in December, but most of the work on the film was done in November and January. The January 1st production date included some of the most important scenes of the film, including work on the pre-credit sequence, as well as a scene with Miss Monet of the Underground Banking System, and the climax of the film.
"[The pre-credit sequence] was a neat set, with the darkness, the shadows, the swinging light," said Matthew Sensinger, who played Agent 02 in "Gone Rogue," and took on the role of "Interrogator" in "Dead or Alive." "...it was just kind of the atmosphere that did it for me... this was something that was new and definitely caught my liking."
The scene with Miss Monet, a returning character from "Meeting with Destiny" also features the return of her faithful guard, who has a slightly larger role in this film, even though, not unlike his previous film, he doesn't do a very good job protecting his boss. Chris Baldassano, who plays the guard, said amid laughter, "Well, I started with zero lines, and this time I had one, so I'm pretty excited about the way things are progressing!"
"Working with Linda and Chris was a lot of fun, we were all laughing the whole time, and I think that was my favorite part of filming this movie," Philip Krieg said at the conclusion of filming.
Miss Monet ends up supplying Philip Krieg with information that becomes key to his mission. "She is a competent female... it's nice to see a powerful woman for once," Linda Baldassano, who plays Miss Monet, observed, contrasting the Miss Monet character against other female characters in the franchise, such as Miss Pennypacker's comedic ditzy personality.
Nevertheless, "Dead or Alive" shows a more serious side to Miss Pennypacker, particularly in the rather dismal opening to the film. "My portrayal of Miss Pennypacker in the current film was a lot more in depth in terms of the facial expressions," Sarah Sensinger points out. "Miss Pennypacker's role has definitely changed... we see a more serious side, we see a more conniving manipulative side... she's definitely someone you need to watch out for."
In addition to the return of these previous protagonist characters, and the villain Alfred Lugner, played by Peter Groff, new characters also will be seen in the film. First off is 42, played by Tom Smith, who filmed his part separately and sent the clip to the editor for inclusion in a conversation over a viewscreen. "The idea for the character 42 originally came about shortly after 'Meeting with Destiny," explains Tom Smith, who plays 42 and originally suggested the idea. "Right after they made that film, I pitched the idea of 42 to be kind of a gadget master kind of like the way Q is in the Bond series. They always had 17, Martin Groff's character, giving them the gadgets before."
In previous films, 13 was mentioned as 17's superior. For the first time, 13 made a live appearance in the film, played by Ben Carpenter, who previously played Adam in D-Dowd Production's "Three Too Many" series. This is his first AMPCorp feature film in recent years. "It was definitely a change of pace from the kind of thing I normally do... I played an angry character which is not my personality," Ben Carpenter said when asked about his role.
"Overall," says Martin Groff, who wrote and is editing "Dead or Alive," and directed it along with Philip Krieg, "I think the film is going to turn out quite nicely. I'd say the action sequences are bigger than 'Meeting with Destiny,' though smaller than 'Gone Rogue.' I'm happy with the camera angles we were able to use and the number of actors we had, and so far in the editing process the only disappointments I am noticing are a few clips with camera noise. If it doesn't get any worse than that, I'd say we're in good shape!"
As production on the final scene began, it was unclear where it would be filmed. Three trails were considered for the sequence. "[the largest trail] was too muddy, so we couldn't film there. We just filmed at a smaller trail and shortened the scene a little bit," said Peter Groff, who scouted locations for the movie.
Ironically, the very last scene filmed was the very first scene to be shown in the final film: the opening where Philip Krieg shoots at the camera, a sequence based on the gunbarrel sequence of the James Bond films.
Post production is now well underway and moving forward quite swiftly. A new trailer will be released within the next week, before the film is released on January 15th, approximately 7 years after the release of the first Philip Krieg film, “Now or Never” in 2005. We at GK Productions are pleased with how this film has turned out so far and are looking forward to releasing it.