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(2011)

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Following test screenings of Skew, it was decided that additional scenes would need to be filmed. This decision was complicated by the fact that Amber Lewis (who plays Eva Hansen) was eight months pregnant at the time. Reshoots involved filming Lewis behind open car doors, placing objects in front of her baby bump, and shooting her reflection through the car's side view mirror. The new (pregnant) footage made it into five different scenes of the final film.
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It took several hours of training to have the deer stand in one spot during the tour bus scene.
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When Rich holds up the newspaper in the convenience store, he points to the date which says July 22, 2005. This is Sevé Schelenz birthday.
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While the cast and crew prepared for one of the nightly motel room scenes, a group of teenagers was setting up a party in the room next door. Inebriated and excited about their soiree and the filming next door, the teens grew louder and rowdier to the director's chagrin. Luckily, once shooting began and the word "action" was uttered, the rambunctious group was never heard from again until the final words: "That's a wrap" the following morning. It turns out that the teenagers had passed out before the camera started rolling and awoke as the crew packed up to leave.
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The location for the phone booth scene wasn't discovered until mere hours before the shoot when a production assistant was sent out to find an adequate setting. Not having a generator to connect to for an additional light source in the middle of the night, the crew used the closest available power source - a nearby house. The homeowner slept through the entire shoot.
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The final motel room scene was filmed in the script supervisor's apartment. The script supervisor also plays the character of the convenience store clerk.
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The original working title of the film was Road Trip. Although Schelenz felt that Road Trip was the best choice for the film, he struggled to find another title as he did not want the film to be confused with Road Trip (2000) starring Tom Green.
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After long debates over whether Rob Scattergood (who plays Simon Lacey) or the cinematographer should operate the actual filming camera, the director Sevé Schelenz decided to go with the actor. It turned out to be the right choice, as Schelenz wanted to capture the feeling of a first-time video camera operator. Despite only having two hours to familiarize himself with the camera before the first day of principal photography, Scattergood eased into the role. As a result, the other actors were able to play off Scattergood's character more naturally.
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The character Simon Lacey is named after one of Schelenz's best friends. The real Simon Lacey not only appears in the film as a cop at the first motel, but his voice is used as a disc jockey on the radio at the same motel. The real Simon Lacey served as the production manager and first assistant director on Skew.
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Schelenz purposely shot the film in chronological order so that the characters' facial hair would grow without interruption, the actors would become agitated and tired of one another, and Rob Scattergood would learn to operate the camera more fluidly. Although Scattergood doesn't appear on camera, he grew out his facial hair in order to stay true to character.
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The first day of production was encumbered by a crew-member who forgot to set his alarm. Shooting was supposed to take place around this crew-member's apartment but despite many attempts to call and buzz at the door, no one was able to rouse the deep sleeper. Finally, the production manager followed the sound of an unanswered ringing phone to a nearby open window and found the snoozing corpse. By shouting through the window, he was able to wake the crew-member. Later that day, the same crew-member fell asleep and was late for the following scene at a local gas station. Words were exchanged between the production manager and the crew-member, who was never late again.
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For the "Hollywood" version of the film, Schelenz had developed an additional opening and closing scene. These additional bookend-style scenes were to be shot on film and the first involved an establishing shot of the video camera tucked away in a pawnshop. The same essential shot would be used at the end of the film but in a different pawnshop to show the video camera being "passed on" to the next victim. Schelenz decided to scrap these shots in the end.
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The "tourist attraction" sites along the road trip are purely fictional. They are in fact simply large sculptures that sit in front of either a store, a school, or a mall.
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Schelenz contacted Anheuser-Busch in order to feature Budweiser brew products in the film. Anheuser-Busch declined involvement and Schelenz was forced to create a fake lager named "Prairie Spirit Ale" for the film. To this day, fans continually ask Schelenz where they can find this beer.
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In order to have the (fake) injured coyote move its head, the visual effects supervisor rigged a fishing wire to the stuffed animal's head and pulled on it as the actors approached. The VFX supervisor hid in a ditch along the side of the road with a dark blanket over him so as not to appear in the shot. The coyote's movement was further enhanced with visual effects in post-production.
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The footage that appears on the television at the first motel room is from the real Simon Lacey's childhood home video.
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Although Rich's animal totem is mentioned in one of the late scenes in the film, it is loosely suggested as being discussed earlier. In fact, an additional scene that had Rich and Eva discussing their animal totems was cut out of the film by Schelenz due to its slow pacing. In order to add a sense of foreshadowing, this cut scene revealed that Rich's animal totem was a coyote and Eva's was a deer - the two animals that are killed along their road trip.
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A product of the Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) movie era, Schelenz decided to promote his film the good old-fashioned way-via word of mouth. Although Schelenz recognizes the rare benefits of social networking, he did not use Facebook or Twitter as promotional tools.
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In the opening scene of the film, you can see two tall office buildings behind Rich as he speaks to Simon via the video camera. These have been likened to the twin towers and foreshadow bad things to come.
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Having worked with actor Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Capote, Double Jeopardy) in the past, Schelenz attempted to enlist Greenwood as one of the minor characters in the film but was unsuccessful.
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In the same coyote scene, the script supervisor was also covered by a blanket on the other side of the road in order to be close enough to hear the actors' dialogue.
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It is never mentioned which city the characters are from or traveling to. Each time a character attempts to reveal this information, a loud noise or dropout in sound is purposely used to distort the dialogue.
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