Blood Ivy was a film that came out of a true desire to make a feature film. I had just begun my career with my first short film (Room 303) screening at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth only a few months before I shot this film. That feeling of your first screening was something I wanted to chase with a feature length film.
I was on a real Sam Fuller kick at the time. I was watching everything he made. I had become especially enamoured with his film noir films such as Pickup on South Street and Underworld U.S.A. I decided that I wanted to make my first film in a genre that was really the first genre that I fell in love with. I also knew that I had no money here so I would have to be as economic as possible. So, I wrote the film to be shot entirely within my own home. The biggest part of the budget was then able to be spent on food. The entire crew and cast worked for free and I couldn't be more grateful. But the real hero was my producing partner Frank D. Paul. He became the ultimate chef as he made some of the best dinners anyone could have asked for. It kept the crew fed and happy.
We shot the film over sixteen straight nights. 6pm-6am. It was the only time where everyone was free. So I decided to write the film to take place over the course of one night. But it ended up making it one of the toughest challenges for shooting. The sleep deprivation and exhaustion was immense but everyone kept showing up and we all worked as a team to motivate each other to keep going. The film only exists because of every one who showed up night after night to make the film. They are my heroes and I am forever indebted to them.