“The Request” Transformed Midpen Media into a Movie Set

By Eva Barrows

Over one fall weekend, the Midpen Media Center was transformed into a Hollywood set for the filming of “The Request.” The short film by Jason Allen Goodwin and John W. Kim included the use of a grip truck, costumed actors and fog machine special effects to create a smoky haze. The short was created as a proof-of-concept to gauge if the story could become a feature-length movie, and will be entered into several upcoming film festivals such as the famous Sundance film festival.

The story was developed from Goodwin’s life experience and his mission to share an important cautionary tale. Kim helped craft the story by utilizing his past filmmaking experience. “The film is a drama about an Afghanistan war veteran turned rideshare driver who finds himself entangled in a blackmail scheme with a mysterious, beautiful woman, in the style of classic noir films like ‘Double Indemnity’ or ‘Out of the Past,’” says Kim.

The film crew shot two big scenes at Midpen Media over a twenty-hour span. They shot a Halloween Eve event in the Midpen Media parking lot with characters in costume. Inside the studio, the cast and crew filmed an underground club scene with red velvet rope entrance and heart-pumping dancing. Cast in attendance for the filming included Sam J. Marra, of Netflix’s “Homecoming,” and actress Cascius LaFleur from “Tales of the City.”

Check “The Request” Facebook page for upcoming trailers, news and film screening information.