Killer Clowns Make Horror Movie on Rural Jo Daviess County Farm
Previously, I've written about my adventures upon returning to the Tri-states. I'm finding a never-ending list of intriguing people, places, and things to do.
I've shared the story of meeting one such character, Bob Farster. You may recall him as the unique guy with the online show Back Roads Bars and who recently hosted a fantastic concert with Whey Jennings and The Chitlins on his Jo Daviess County Farm.
The adventures continue. I received a call from Bob late Saturday afternoon summoning me to his farm outside Elizabeth, Illinois. He's a fast talker, and I was waking from a nap, but I heard something about a movie, clowns, and that I should come to check out the movie production.
A short while later, I got a text telling me to get to his house to get my clown outfit and makeup done for the movie shoot. Still unsure exactly what I've agreed to, I decided to go with the flow and see what situation Bob has attracted for this fun round.
It was a little surreal and scary to be greeted by so many clowns in this rural setting, and if there was a time to turn around, this was it. So naturally, I figured it was time to embrace my inner clown and see where this adventure would take me. What could go wrong on Bob Farster's Farm, after all?
The production, it turns out, is a pilot of some variety for a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu. Putting a completion date or expectations on such projects is challenging as these things go. Still, it was a fun Saturday night chilling with the other killer clowns.
Ross Otterman is an American producer and director. He has worked in the thriller, horror, and action genres, as well as comedy over the past decade. He has several production and post-production projects, including All Terrain and The Clowns, which we filmed Saturday night.
A dozen or so Tri-State locals showed up to get into colorful costumes and put makeup on to play killer clowns. Surprisingly and perhaps a little scary, everyone seemed to get into character too comfortably.
The production, while not a big budget, was legit with top-notch cameras, lighting equipment, cast, and crew on hand. Not to mention the wild and crazy clown cast.
The killer clown scenes didn't get shot until sometime after midnight, and I got home around 3 am. But this clown had a blast with the rest of the cast. It took just six takes to get our moment on camera just right.
My theory is that one should accept such invites because it's not every day you get a call and chance to play a crazy clown in a low-budget thriller on an eccentric farm. But then again, it's not every day you meet a guy like Bob Farster. Stay tuned for future updates!