Production Notes

Many years ago, writer and film director Peter Foldy was pounded by an anxiety attack after smoking some powerful marijuana.  The experience affected him for weeks afterwards and ultimately forced him to examine his fears and shortcomings in order clear his mind and get his life back on track.

Cut to 2006.  Deciding to try his hand at a short film, Foldy was searching for a subject matter when he remembered the pot-induced trauma that he had jokingly dubbed “Head, Heart and Ball”.

Deciding that his mind-bending nightmare would actually make a humorous coming-of-age story, Foldy sat down and quickly wrote the screenplay.  Pleased with the results he approached cinematographer Erik Kaufmann and producers Drew Masters and Zach Evans and asked them to become part of the production team.

Based on the material and Foldy’s vision for the film, a small budget was quickly secured and “Head, Heart and Balls” became a go project in August, 2006.

Casting began September 13 th,2006 and many talented performers were auditioned.  “Making the right decision was essential,” remembers Foldy.  “We saw a lot of great people but they also had to be believable as 18 year olds and believable as close friends.

Director Peter Foldy with the cast of HH&B

Director Peter Foldy with the cast of HH&B

After finally locking his cast, Foldy was still left with the task of finding someone for the part of “Anxiety.”  Wanting a “name” for the role, Foldy set the bar high for his choices.  The production approached a number of well-known actors, but this was after all a low budget short film. Casting a star used to six figure paychecks was a pipedream.  Getting them to appear in a short film was another.

Shooting finally began on September 25th without an “Anxiety” on board.  “It was giving me anxiety” says Foldy.

Our first day of production was the “Woodstock nude scene” which we filmed in Malibu Creek State Park, the same lake where the famous film “Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston was shot 35 years earlier.  “Since we had no permits we hiked in to the well-hidden location in small groups.  The camera crew, our two lead actors and our extras, all of us trying not to attract the attention of the vigilant park rangers.  To make matters worse, the two leads had just met the day before and I was asking them to get naked and jump into a cold lake with a group of people they had never met looking on.  What a way to start the film.

Fortunately the shoot went fast and without any drama and it certainly bonded all of us after getting away with this exciting, covert first day of production.”

First day of production with Malibu State Creek Park standing in for Woodstock, 1969

First day of production with Malibu State Creek Park standing in for Woodstock, 1969

Securing cars from the 60’s was also a huge problem on the film’s low budget.  Producers Evans and Masters began calling people who were selling their vehicles on craigslist, asking them if they wanted to get their car on film before they sold it.  Something they could remember it by.  A number of classic cars were eventually recruited but clearing the street without permits and the police was going to be a huge challenge.  Street cleaning proved to be the answerer.  The minute it ended, the old cars were moved in position for the opening shot of the movie.

Filming continued in October 2006, with the part of “Anxiety” still not locked.  Finally, and at the last possible moment, TV and radio star Adam Carolla stepped up and agreed to do the role, shooting all his scenes in one day on October 28th, the seventh and final day of production.

“It was fantastic to have Adam on board,” says Foldy.  “He was the perfect “Anxiety” and a lot of fun to work with.  Everyone on the shoot was really cool and I feel I’ve not only made some new friends but also found a fresh group of actors to choose from for future projects.”

“Despite the many challenges, it was a pretty smooth production period,” according to producer Drew Masters.  “Making films when you don’t have a real budget is never easy, but sometimes you just have to go for it.  Like the line from “Head, Heart and Balls” reminds us, there is nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Woodstock Crowd

GLOBAL UNIVERSAL FILM GROUP, INC

In Association with

LA PIETA FILMS

presents

An EVANS-MASTERS COMPANY

&

FILMSTREET PRODUCTION

HEAD, HEART and BALLS

          …or Why I Gave Up Smoking Pot

 

Written and Directed by……………………………PETER FOLDY

Produced by…………………..ZACH EVANS & DREW MASTERS

Executive Producers………………………….JACKELYN GIROUX

                             LAURENT ROTROFF & STEVEN REINGOLD

Co-Producer……………………………………..ERIK KAUFMANN 

Associate Producers………………………………….PAUL WEBER

                                                        DAVID PATRICK GREEN

                                                                           RONNIE REES    

Director of Photography……………………..ERIK KAUFMANN

First Assistant Director……………………….BRIAN MCQUERY

Music by……………………………………………..FRED MANDEL

Production Designer…………………………….VANESSA VELEZ

Edited by………………………………………..SANDI BANGASSER

Casting by……………………………………….VALERIE MAJALCA

2nd Unit Director

Director of Photography…………………………CHRIS EKSTEIN

Gaffer………………………………………………DEREK CHILDERS

Production Sound……………………………………BARRY NEELY

Post Production Sound……………………..PHIL LEE/TODD AO

Hair, Make Up & Wardrobe Design……………..EVA WOODBY

Script Supervisors………………………………………AMY ARTER

                                                       WEDNESDAY STANDLEY

Assistant Editor………………………………….DEREK CHILDERS

Production Assistants…………………………….CHRIS VAUGHN

                                                                ANNI SPECKHEUER

Colorist……………………………………………..ERIK KAUFMANN

Digital Imagist…………………………………….REBECCA BIBLER

Still Photographer……………………………………..PHIL RANTA

Additional VO Recording……………………JORDAN CLARFIELD

                                                           BAND ROOM STUDIOS

Photos from Woodstock courtesy of……………HENRY DILTZ

Photo of the Beatles courtesy of…………..JOHN ROWLANDS

Protest March Photo courtesy of…………….HAROLD ADLER

War Protest Photo by……………………………BRYAN BEASLEY

Original Oil Paintings by……..CHRISTOPHER JAMES TAYLOR

Guitars courtesy of………….FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Poster Design…………………………………………….MARK ELIAS

Web Design…………………………………….HOUSTON GRAHAM

Medical Consultant………………………….JOEL CLARFIELD MD

 

Songs:

REACH FOR THE SKY

Written by:Peter Foldy

Performed by: Focal Point featuring Brian Hodge

Bondi Music (ASCAP)

SERIOUS PEOPLE

Written by:Peter Foldy

Performed by: Focal Point featuring Paul Tennant

Bondi Music (ASCAP)

CEREBRAL WONDERLAND

Written & Performed by:Peter Foldy

Bondi Music (ASCAP)

 

CAST:

 

Pete………………………………………..HOUSTON GRAHAM

Moonbeam……………………………….ANGELICA MAGANA

Anxiety………………………………………..ADAM CAROLLA

Jake………………………………………….. JORDAN POTTER

Leon……………………………………………….LUKE BAYBAK

Danny………………………STEPHEN CHRISTOPER PARKER

Dad……………………………………….JAMES WELLINGTON

Mom………………………………………MARIANNE FERRARI

Nurse……………………………………………CLAUDIA ROSS

Narrator…………………………PAUL MICHAEL ROBINSON

 

 

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HH&B LLC

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