A couple of months ago, the property manager at Bacon’s Castle posted this on his Facebook page: “Looking for a running 1930s car to be used in a film. Must be able to get to Surry County. Filmed at Bacon’s Castle.“.
Motor Man and I have a 1932 Ford, but it’s bright yellow with purple interior, so it doesn’t exactly qualify as “vintage”. BUT we know several folks with restored vehicles from that era. I contacted our friends, John & Lynn, and put them in touch with the director, Zack Gross. They agreed to have their 1934 Chrysler Imperial Airflow (named “Annie”) at the Castle for the filming.
Before I share pictures, here’s a little information. The title of the movie is The Machine. It’s a short, gothic horror thriller (not usually my kind of film, but since Bacon’s Castle is involved, I’ll make an exception). The production company is Hand Me Down Films, based in Fairfax, Va.
Filming at Bacon’s Castle was done during the third week of February. “Annie’s” scenes were filmed the evening of February 22. Motor Man and I dropped by and visited with John and Lynn and met members of the film crew.
Lynn shared these photos she took of Annie on the property.
It was COLD that night, and Lynn took refuge in the Castle during the filming. I love this picture she took through one of the windows.
That evening, Zack told us that the crew would be wrapping up filming the next day and invited us back to watch.
The next afternoon, Motor Man and I went back to the Castle, where filming was taking place in the basement. We were quiet as church mice each time Zack shouted “Action!”; it was so interesting to see filming actually taking place.
Zack gave me permission to share these links:
I wish Hand Me Down Films much success with The Machine, and I can’t wait to see Bacon’s Castle in her film debut (although I may be watching with my hands covering my face).
~These Days Of Mine~