When Paul Gorman, a filmmaker and programming director of MaddyGTV, released his first film “Fury” in 2005, he couldn’t have imagined that the film would one day be his most watched production.
According to Gorman, the film gets approximately 20,000 views each month on MaddyGTV’s Roku channel, while MaddyGTV brings in 8 million views each month. The popularity of the film has led to the reboot, “Fury: Redux,” being filmed in Titusville, among other places, with filming having begun in May.
“[The original was] quite a number of years ago now, and we’ve grown as filmmakers and as a studio,” Gorman said. “And, more importantly, technology has grown. When we filmed things back in 2005, we didn’t have HD cameras and color correction.”
Gorman said the fan-favorite, which is loosely based on his second marriage, follows the story of an affair between Michael Pierce, played by Chris Dettone, of Pittsburgh, and a much older woman, Laney McCoy, who is played by Marie Madison.
The affair turns sour when McCoy begins to become jealous of any other woman Pierce has contact with.
In fits of rage, McCoy begins murdering women that are in Pierce’s life, whether they’re a friend, colleague, or just someone who looks at him as he passes them on the street.
“I went on a fancy adventure with some of the real life experiences I’ve had,” Gorman said.
Some of the scenes and some of the lines, according to Gorman, are pulled directly from his real life experience. Gorman describes the film as a “sexy thriller along the lines of ‘Fatal Attraction.’”
As far as choosing the TItusville area for filming, Gorman said he moved to the area a few years ago and enjoys filming close to home.
“I’ve been making movies and TV shows now for 30 years, and I always like to work where I live,” he said. “You become familiar with the people and places, and the things you see everyday. We were literally overwhelmed by the support of Titusville and Hydetown.”
Gorman said filming took place at several local businesses, including Thompson Run Tires and Missy’s Arcade, and the Caboose Motel.
Additionally, many city officials and members of the fire and police department were accommodating to Gorman and his crew.
During one particular scene, Gorman said the Titusville Police Department responded to a 911 call in the film as if it were an actual 911 call.
“Chief Minch gave us access to their cars,” Gorman said. “The fire department came by and they brought their trucks with the sirens wailing. They responded to it just as the would an actual 911 call. We got to capture all of that on film.”
Some residents even got to witness the filming themselves or be a part of the film as an extra, according to Gorman.
During one scene, shot in the Scheide Park gazebo, several residents were onlookers as the filming of a crime scene took place.
Some residents have even allowed filming to take place inside their house.
Residents on May Avenue got to witness one of the more gory scenes of the R-rated film, when McCoy beats a woman to death with a baseball bat in the middle of the road.
Gorman said they made sure no children were nearby during the filming of this particular scene.
He said all those who lived in the area took having their street blocked off for the filming in stride.
“It’s really so rare in independent film making to get that kind of support,” he said. “I just can’t reiterate enough how impressed we’ve been with the support of the community, the businesses, and people in general. Everyone seems to have had a really good time being a part of it. They really seemed to have embraced and welcomed us into the community as we’ve worked on this, and that’s really been a joy.”
Now that filming has wrapped up, Gorman said the movie is in the editing stages, and he hopes to have it released within the next month or two.
Because the film is rated R, a screening party will likely be held at an age appropriate location for people in the community to watch it.
Once the film has been released, it’s available for streaming on MaddyGTV’s Roku channel as well as through Amazon Prime.
Gorman said there will also be a DVD release in the future, which will be available for purchase on Amazon for those who do not have the streaming options.
Looking to the future, Gorman said MaddyGTV isn’t looking to hit it big, but merely to keep their primary audience satisfied.
“Our hope is never to get picked up by a big studio or make a bunch of money, but just to entertain the people who are watching us,” he said. “That’s our hope, that when the movie is done, people will get a big kick out of it and tell their friends.”
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