THE MAKING OF A MOVIE
Many a successful movie has been based on little more than a wild idea. Some Trouble of a SeRRious Nature is no exception.
The inspiration for this project came from an old letter written in 1947, not long after the end of World War II. The letter, signed "Indigently, Caleb Flerk," was addressed to W.H. McCarthy, Assistant Service Manager of Chance Vought Aircraft.
The letter told the hysterical story of a pair of Arkansas hillbillies determined to fly one unfortunate Chance Vought F4U Corsair fighter abandoned at the end of the war.
William "Bill" Caraway, veteran pilot and the creative force behind BDI Productions, first released the letter on the Internet as an interactive ebook in February 2001. It quickly caught the attention of comic creator William "Billy" Tucci, writer, artist, publisher, and the driving force behind Crusade Fine Arts, Ltd., one of the top ten comic book publishers in America today.
"To those within the aviation and military circles, the story is legendary," said Billy, a former paratrooper and currently a student pilot. "Thousands of copies have been distributed since 1947."
Combining his love of aviation with his artistic talents, Tucci took on the challenge of his illustrious career, donning three new hats as producer, screenwriter and director of the independent short film, Some Trouble of a SeRRious Nature.
After a whirlwind effort during the spring and summer of 2001 to set the screenplay, gather the funding, the equipment, and line up the talent, not to mention solving the problem of where to get a real, flying F4U Corsair, Tucci was ready to shoot.
In an interview with Comics2Film, Tucci said, "My D.P., Sol Negrin, told me, 'this should be a two-week shoot in the summer,' as a opposed to a six day shoot in the fall." Well, great ideas rarely hold to an optimum schedule.
During a fast-paced, six day shoot in November 2001, the live action comedy was filmed entirely on location in Long Island, New York. Key locations included the Brookhaven/Calabro airport, (where a mock county fair was set up complete with a vintage 1940s Ferris wheel), two local farms and the 56th Fighter Group Restaurant at Republic Airport.
"My first day of shooting I had like 100 extras. It was the windiest damn day of the year. It was the day of the county fair. We had a Ferris Wheel and tents and the Corsair flew in," Tucci said. "It was a lot of work but it was a lot of fun."
"It was the most stressful week of my life, but I loved it."
In May 2002, Some Trouble of a SeRRious Nature, was selected as the winner of the prestigious Long Island Film/TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Commission Finishing Fund Grant.
"Iım really honored to receive this Finishing Fund Grant from the Foundation. Their efforts to bolster the film community in this part of New York played a significant role in our ability to make this film a reality," Tucci said. "In addition to the prestige of winning this award, itıs contributions like this that really make independent filmmaking the positive adventure that it is."
In connection with presenting the award, foundation Director Debra Markowitz said, "Billy's first film, Some Trouble of a SeRRious Nature, shows that he has a brilliant career ahead of him in the movie industry."