Written by Dionne O’Dell
Behind-the-Scenes: The Making of Dreadful Sorry
Dreadful Sorry Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1st 2012
Dreadful Sorry…are your hands clean?
Fall 2012– Robert Richmond and students from USC’s Theatre and Media Arts and Trident Technical College are working to produce a 15 minute film called Dreadful Sorry that begins production March 6th. Dreadful Sorry is a short film written by Dionne O’Dell who was inspired by the legend of the Huguenot ghost, Gauche, who is known to haunt The Castle on 411 Craven St. in Beaufort, SC by mysteriously leaving bloody hand-prints on doors and windows. In Dreadful Sorry, Gauche appears as a gardener who befriends ten year old Lily Reece. Gauche aids Lily’s memory as she returns to the foreboding plantation house post Civil War and struggles to remember the dreadful event of her mother’s death.
Robert Richmond from USC’s Theatre Department is the director of Dreadful Sorry. Richmond was awarded the 2010 South Carolina Film Commission grant to produce the film. Dreadful Sorry is the 4th film to receive the grant.
The production will be accomplished with the collaborative efforts of The South Carolina Film Commission, USC Partner in Film Production in Columbia, and USC’s College of Arts and Sciences, Art Department, and Theatre & Dance Department along with professionals in the industry. A celebrated Hollywood Director of Photography, Dan Kneece, Producers Worth Keeter and Phil Smoot, Andy Mills, Art Director, and Walter Clissen, Sound Mixer/Sound Designer are among the top professionals working on Dreadful Sorry. Actors include Richard Sheridan Willis as Conrad, Louis Butelli as Gauche, Madeleine Hamer as Victoria, and Liza Hunter as Lily. Media Arts students will hold apprenticeship PA positions and Theatre students will be able to perform supporting acting roles which will give them hands-on experience and preparation for future jobs within the film industry.
Dreadful Sorry will be filmed at the Robert Mills House in Columbia, SC. Robert Mills is the first Federal architect that designed some of our nation’s famous landmarks including the Washington Monument. The Mills House (Circa 1823) follows a classical revival style. The Mills House was restored and reopened in as a historic house museum in 1967. We will be filming courtesy of the Historic Columbia Foundation.
Information about South Carolina’s Film Commission can be found at www.FilmSC.com