That’s a wrap! Local filmmaker ends filming her movie, ‘Broiled’

Submitted photos. The Third Wheel crew and cast pose for a picture with the Bloyds, whose house was used as a location in “Broiled.” Pictured are Trevor Kelley (from left), Andrew Klass, Megan St. John, Michael Hickey, Betty Bloyd, Bubba Bloyd, Barbara Doyle, Andrew Smith, Kyle Dee, Nate Bonifas and Anthony Scaccia. Submitted photos. The Third Wheel crew and cast pose for a picture with the Bloyds, whose house was used as a
location in “Broiled.” Pictured are Trevor Kelley (from left), Andrew Klass, Megan St. John, Michael Hickey,
Betty Bloyd, Bubba Bloyd, Barbara Doyle, Andrew Smith, Kyle Dee, Nate Bonifas and Anthony Scaccia.

The cast and crew of Broiled, a short film written and directed by Palos Heights resident Megan St. John, spent a good portion of their summers in DeKalb Co., filming the dark comedy.

But it all came to an end on Sept. 8 as the camera cut after the final scene of the film and St. John yelled, “That’s a wrap!”

“It’s bittersweet,” St. John said of finishing production filming. “It’s been such a great experience and we’ve all had a blast working together, but we’re excited to move on to post-production and start editing.”

Director of photography Trevor Kelley (right) frames up a shot for a scene between Neighbor, played by Barbara Doyle (not pictured) and Gracie played by writer-director Megan St. John ( left).Director of photography Trevor Kelley (right) frames up a shot for a scene between Neighbor, played by Barbara Doyle (not pictured) and Gracie played by writer-director Megan St. John ( left).The film, which is expected to be complete this winter, is a dark comedy set in small town, rural America. It tells the story of two girls and two boys who coincidentally rob the town bank on the same day. What results is a love story, a few dark twists and a whole lot of sweet potatoes.

The cast of Broiled mostly hails from the south suburbs, as do many of the props in the film.

“This film has been all about collaboration,” said St. John. “Everything from the Paper Boy’s bike to the sweet potatoes on the stove — every piece of the film came together because we were lucky enough to find local people who were interested in helping. It’s been an amazing experience.” The Paper Boy’s bike was donated to the production by Richards Bicycles in Palos Heights. The 1950s replica cruiser was the perfect method of transportation for the film’s Paper Boy, played by Kyle Dee of Orland Park.

Another key prop in the film was the 1965 Chevy Bel Air, driven by Gracie, played by St. John. The classic car was provided to the project by Gary Wroble, of Alsip. “Gary was great to work with,” said St. John. “We needed the car on set three days this summer, and he went out of his way to make sure it was there all three days.”

Like any low-budget film, multi-tasking came into play. Andrew Klass of Orland Park not only played the part of Tank in the movie, but also served as an assistant director on set. On top of that, he will be the creative mind behind the official movie poster, which will be launching later this month.

Though inanimate, sweet potatoes play a huge role in Broiled, and if it wasn’t for actress Barbara Doyle, of Orland Park, the production would have been sweet potato-less. “I can’t cook,” St. John said with a laugh. “When it came time to cook sweet potatoes I turned to Barbara. Over the course of the summer she probably made over 20 pounds of sweet potatoes for the film.”

What are the sweet potatoes all about? St. John says you will just have to see the movie to find out. “We’re planning to host screenings this winter at various theaters in the suburbs and city,” said St. John. “Because so many of the people involved are from the Orland area I would love to have the premiere be local.”

To follow the film’s status and see behind-the-scenes picture from set, visit Third Wheel Entertainment on Facebook, www.facebook.com/thirdwheelentertainment.

Kyle Dee, who plays the Paper Boy, prepares for another take. His bicycle was donated to the production by Richard’s Bicycles in Palos Heights, and the car was provided by Gary Wroble of Alsip. Kyle Dee, who plays the Paper Boy, prepares for another take. His bicycle was donated to the production by Richard’s Bicycles in Palos Heights, and the car was provided by Gary Wroble of Alsip.

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