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January 6, 2011

‘Tunnel Vision’: Thriller wraps up shooting in New Castle

NEW CASTLE — A big chunk of Chris Pappas’ life is wrapped around filmmaking  — on both sides of the camera.

Pappas crossed a major threshold when a professional film crew shot his psychological thriller “Tunnel Vision” in 18-days in and around New Castle.

Editing is under way in Los Angeles.

Pappas is head of Blackstone Pictures, which produced the film. He also plays a role in the dark drama, which he co-authored with writing partner Scott Barry of Los Angeles. Pappas said he started the script 16 years ago.

Blackstone supplied this synopsis:

When a jury fails to convict the serial killer who savagely murdered his family, one man must rise above his desire for revenge and descend into the deranged world of a sadistic predator to uncover the truth and finally get justice.

Pappas plays the man who loses his family. The lines he knew because he wrote them. Acting them was earned from meaty roles he’s played for films and TV over the years.

Unique among this project, as head of Blackstone, Pappas was responsible for practically every phase of the project, including raising the $100,000 to have the movie made in the first place.

He gives associate producers John Morgan and Geoff Peluso much of the credit for their insight into finding financial backers, based in part on the trailer Pappas showed them a year ago.

A lot of the money would be used for hiring the film crew (director, cinematographer, camera and sound technicians — even a makeup artist who flew in from New York City) and a cast of professional actors from L.A., New York and Pittsburgh.

They, in a way would be guests of Pappas, or, in Hollywood-speak, “Cristos,” which is the actor’s professional name.

But in New Castle, Pappas’ hometown, the pressure was on this CEO to play many leading roles, meet the needs of the director on one side of the camera and the chief of police on the other side, while operating under the oversight of Pappas’ mom and dad no less, Connie and Andy Pappas.

Some community members were extras and well-known locations were used.

Some of the out-of-studio scenes were at upwards of 15 locations including Weller’s Hardware, Starwood Lounge, a motorcycle shop, the Castleton Apartment Complex and the New Castle Police Department.

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