Q: What local comic shop was a shooting location for a new feature film?
A: Richard’s Comics and Collectables!
Here’s a little bit about how that came to be.
Last April I received a call from Patrick Durham. Patrick is a writer/director/actor who had visited the shop on several occasions. He was working on a new film called Cross Wars and needed to shoot the opening scene in a comic shop. I, of course, agreed!
Cut to April 30th, the scheduled day of the shoot. While we were waiting on everyone to get ready, I helped in making the actual Cross #2 comic book that was a prop in the film. Industry secret: it was a cover wrapped around an old comic that was then bagged and boarded. I did manage to keep several of the cover copies for myself.
By around 3:30 everyone was on site and filming began. It was interesting to watch the same scene being shot multiple times from different angles or with tweaked dialogue. The entire process took a little over an hour and a half, for just 5 – 10 minutes of the actual film. I did not close the store during the shooting and it was fun to watch customers’ reactions as they came in.
After filming at the store was completed, I was told the majority of the movie was to be shot in Los Angeles. It took several months to finish filming, editing, and assembling the final version of the film. During that time, Patrick stopped by the store and shared some rough footage with me. He later sent a look at the film’s trailer.
Cross Wars was released on February 7 of this year. Brian Austin Green (Smallville; Beverly Hills, 90210), Danny Trejo (Machete; From Dusk Till Dawn), Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand; Snatch), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan; Black Hawk Down) and many more star. It’s now available on Amazon if you’d like to check it out. The scene set at the shop opens the film! I even got to see myself on screen for a few seconds, though I did look a bit like a deer in headlights. Still, it’s kind of cool to see the store in the movie and to share it with family, friends, and customers.
If you do watch the film, be sure to let me know what you thought and give it a hopefully positive rating on IMDB.com. While Cross Wars is enjoyable on its own, it is a sequel to Cross which is also currently available. A third Cross movie is currently in the planning stages!