Filming of Survival Skills

Enjoy this free chapter from Survival Skills and learn what it took to produce our first film. 

-about the filming-

Note from the Director, Daniel Kuykendall

I've lived in Florida most my life, the cold is a distant memory so when it came time to film our first film in Arkansas I didn't think twice about my wardrobe in 50 degree weather. More layers equals more warmth, right? A freak cold front hit Arkansas the night we left Florida, most Floridians have never experienced anything below 35 degrees, much less 14 degrees and below. Each day I wore almost all the cloths I brought for the week, layer after layer after layer. I looked like the Stay Puff Marshmallow man from Ghostbusters. You can imagine my comfort level while shooting for 10+ hours in 14 degree weather... Well, I experienced Sigma III's motto first hand, "Embrace the Suck". 


Fire is a big part of this film and we were blessed by the weather, at 14 degrees and freezing rain everything was covered in ice. The fact that we were able to get a fire started with ice on all the wood turned me to a true believer in Robert Allen's expertise. This was our first film remember and we started Survival Summit because my friend and I realized we couldn't start a fire without a lighter and we needed to learn survival skills fast. 

This being our first film we didn't have a lot of money to spend on production so we cut costs on rental car and hotel... It was a mistake to cut corners on the hotel. Check out the reviews here: Click here for unbelievable hotel review. Look for Daniel, Chad, and David's reviews, it's a guaranteed laugh. 

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