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Tape Me: Reel 1 (2011) Poster

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The last shot of the movie was supposed to be Faceless spinning the bottle once again to taunt Trevor. However, after taking the shot where Faceless points the bloody knife at Trevor, Jacob recommended to Chris to end the film with this shot instead. Chris loved the idea and decided to go with the new ending.
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The concept of Tape Me comes from a dream that director Christopher Outridge had one night about he and his friends being stalked, video taped and murdered by a "faceless" killer wearing a mask. This dream was a complete feature film, where Chris and five of his friends watched the killer's murder reel and desperately tried to figure out who the killer is before he murdered them. The dream even included the beginning and end credits along with a Tape Me title page.
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In the Tape Me dream, Chris and his friends died before they could figure out who Faceless was.
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Tape Me is director Christopher Outridge's first HD film.
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Faceless's original name was The Recorder.
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Tape Me: Reel 1 is actress Vanessa Bontea and Casey Leigh Thompson's first IMDb credit.
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The Reel 1 storyline comes from a script Chris originally wrote for his horror film character The Tormentor. The script was written, but never made. Years later, Chris updated it and used it for Tape Me: Reel 1.
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Chris called this short "REEL 1" because he wanted to save Tape Me for the actual movie. He never intended on a series. After receiving very positive feedback from fans, Chris decided to make a series with 6 short films. As of December 2011, Tape Me: Reels 2-6 are in pre-production.
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Premiered on YouTube at 12:30am on Halloween 2011.
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The film received over 450 views in its first week on YouTube, over 740 views in its first month, and over 1,000 views by January 22nd, less than 3 months after its Halloween 2011 release.
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The entire film was improvised by the actors and actresses.
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There are two 'Faceless' masks used in the film. The first one broke while shooting the 'Power Drill Torture' scene.
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The tear on the Faceless mask is the only aspect of the Faceless character that isn't present in the Tape Me dream. Chris added the tear two days before shooting to add a small emotion to the character. Its meaning is left for audience interpretation; Chris will not reveal what the tear stands for.
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The tear on the first Faceless mask was drawn by Kelsey Lynn Stokes. The tear on the second Faceless mask was drawn by Casey Leigh Thompson.
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During rehearsals for the 'Power Drill Torture', Casey and Chris actually broke one of Chris' kitchen chairs.
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Halfway through filming the 'Choose Me' torture, Damien actually broke the left arm of the chair he was cuffed to while trying to fight out of his bounds.
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Chris worked with the entire cast and crew of this film for the first time except for Kailn Adalina and Antonio San Miguel. Both worked on Windwill Town, USA - The Fighter with Chris.
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Kailn Adalina was given the role of Jayah after the original actress Dinah Singh had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
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Antonio San Miguel showed up on set while filming the scenes in Trevor's apartment to visit his friends Chris and Damien. Upon his arrival, Chris decided to cast him as his Faceless stunt double for the baseball bat hit shot.
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The character of Jayah is named after Chris' best friend's daughter.
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Chris named the character Vanessa after actress Vanessa Bontea after casting her in the part. Her original name was Katherine.
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The tools used by Faceless in this movie are real, and with the exception of the chain saw, were actually fully functioning while filming.
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The power drill was actually turned on and aimed at Casey's face during every take of the 'Power Drill Torture'.
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While filming the 'Hammer and Nail Torture Scene', Chris was originally placing the hammer onto his hand. Robert "Legend" Simmons shook his head and told Chris "I'm hardcore. Stop missing and hit the nail." For all of the remaining takes, Chris was actually hammering the nails against Legend's chest.
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The murder video Vanessa and Trevor watch in Tape Me: Reel 1 is the same video that Chris and his friends watched in the Tape Me dream. The only difference is the 'Power Drill Torture' which was written specifically for the trailer and short.
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In the 'Tape Me' dream, the Faceless video featured a scene where Faceless handcuffs a woman to a desk and places her head in a vice grip to help her concentrate on her studies. Chris replaced this scene with the 'Power Drill Torture' Scene because he felt putting an actress' head in a real vice grip was too risky, even though prop experts he spoke to suggested to use a real vice grip instead of building a fake one.
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Originally, Faceless was supposed to spin the knife in order to figure out which person to kill first. However, the knife wouldn't spin the way Chris needed it to and he decided to use a bottle instead.
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The first scene shot in the film was the 'Julie Watch Me Jogging' scene with Kelsey Lynn Stokes.
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The last scene shot in the film was the Trevor POV shot where Faceless is looking down at Trevor after he is hit with the baseball bat.
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Trevor's apartment scenes were shot in Christopher Eric Outridge's apartment. The Cleo apartment scene was shot in Chris' sister Alisha's apartment.
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The title song of the Tape Me series was written, recorded and performed by Chris Outridge's good friend Gerge Malone's rock band Pretty Bullshit.
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Cleo'S "Watch Me" scene was supposed to be taken from underneath the bed. However, Chris couldn't fit himself or the camera underneath such a tight spot. As a result, it was shot from behind the door instead.
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Janani Saara's character "Nikita" only appears in the trailer, not in the actual short film.
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This is make-up artist Aileen "Margie" Salerno's first IMDB credit.
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If you look closely during the Jayah Office Scene, you will find actress Vanessa Bontea's headshot and resume amongst the files on the desk.
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If you look closely during the Power Drill Torture Scene, the hand truck behind Cleo and Faceless has the word "US" on it.
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