'Speedsuit' is a 2012 American teen drama film written and directed by Allen Paul Weaver III and based on his novel 'Speedsuit Powers.' The film stars Dameon Reilly, Jr and Justin Jenkins as two boys struggling to navigate the world without their fathers; and examines how a father's presence or absence impacts his son.
Film Fact 1:
Producing this independent film was a LESSON in perseverance. Due to the poor U.S. economy back in 2011, a major donor had to pull out 3 weeks before filming - resulting in a loss of more than half of our budget. Because of this, we lost our Director of Photography (and his equipment), our main film editor, special effects designers, animators, a key location and orchestra (for the original musical score). So, this film became much "smaller" than originally planned.
Film Fact 2:
Our Principle Cast (mostly professional actors) and remaining crew wanted to move forward with the project because they believed in the message. As a result, everyone worked in multiple capacities when needed.
Film Fact 3:
Our entire original musical score was produced in Garage Band - using an iPad and an iMac. (A far cry from having a chamber band/orchestra, but we love it nonetheless!)
Film Fact 4:
Our church and members came together to provide several key locations that were still needed: School interior, prison visitors room, Treyshawn's and Kelly's residences.
Film Fact 5:
A key location: the hospital - literally became available several days before we were scheduled to film those scenes.
Film Fact 6:
Since we couldn't close down a side street for our major chase scene, we had to film it when there were breaks in the flow of traffic.
Film Fact 7:
It took us 26 days to shoot this feature film (Summer 2011). Initial Post Production took 5 months.
Film Fact 8:
Our main editing computer crashed and died just about 6 weeks before our scheduled premiere red carpet screening! Fortunately, we were able to get another computer (and had several redundant backup hard drives) to finish the movie in time... 1 day before the screening!
Film Fact 9:
Over 400 people attended our February 2012 Red Carpet movie premiere in the Bronx!
Film Fact 10:
We had 14 screenings in 2012.
Allen Paul Weaver III: Author/Writer/Director/Executive Producer/Editor
Monique Lisa: Producer/Assistant Director/Casting Director
SUPPORTING CAST: Erik McKay, Okema T. Moore, George Robert, Jim Coakley, Natalie Guerrero, Anissa Chalmers, Steven Strickland, Duane Granston, Yolanda Elston, Michael Joseph, Taj Wheeler, Kelton Wilson, Benereia Abbott and Dameon Reilly, Sr.