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Updated: May 8, 2022 @ 2:51 am
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Director Anthony David, right, talks during the first day of filming for “The Undesirables” at the Cass County Historical Society in Logansport on Friday.
A scene is blocked during the first day of filming for “The Undesirables” at the Cass County Historical Society in Logansport on Friday.
Director Anthony David, right, blocks out a scene during the first day of filming for “The Undesirables” at the Cass County Historical Society in Logansport on Friday, March 18, 2022.
Director Anthony David, center, changes camera lenses during the first day of filming for “The Undesirables” at the Cass County Historical Society in Logansport on Friday, March 18, 2022.
Crew members watch as actress Hannah Fierman pulls a gun on her partner during a tense moment in “The Undesirables.” The movie filmed on location in Logansport, including the Cass County Historical Society.

Director Anthony David, right, talks during the first day of filming for “The Undesirables” at the Cass County Historical Society in Logansport on Friday.
A scene is blocked during the first day of filming for “The Undesirables” at the Cass County Historical Society in Logansport on Friday.
Director Anthony David, right, blocks out a scene during the first day of filming for “The Undesirables” at the Cass County Historical Society in Logansport on Friday, March 18, 2022.
Director Anthony David, center, changes camera lenses during the first day of filming for “The Undesirables” at the Cass County Historical Society in Logansport on Friday, March 18, 2022.
Crew members watch as actress Hannah Fierman pulls a gun on her partner during a tense moment in “The Undesirables.” The movie filmed on location in Logansport, including the Cass County Historical Society.
Hannah Fierman is a criminal with style, dressed in a green leather jacket and brown leather pants as she worked to break open the large bank vault inside the Cass County Historical Society.
Her partner paced, nervous, as she worked.
“I’m out,” he finally shouted. “My job is done.”
Fierman pulled a gun, pointed it at the man, decided firing wasn’t worth the effort. She holstered the weapon and began to pull the vault door open.
A trickle of fog leaked through the crack between steel door and wall.
The woman’s gun fell from her holster, plopped onto the carpeted floor with a dull thud.
Fierman spun around, faced the camera with a smile, no longer a criminal but an actor.
The Cass County Historical Society wasn’t being broken into. It was all part of Anthony David’s film, “The Undesirables.” The Logansport resident recently spent 13 straight days with his cast and crew filming around town for the dystopian supernatural heist movie. It’s the first time he is directing a film though he’s no stranger being behind a camera.
David has worked as a director of photography on many film and video projects. Those beautiful and mesmerizing shots in a movie that leave an audience awed? That’s all on the director of photography.
He’s even worked on set for Troma Entertainment, a film production company that launched the career of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn.
David said he was feeling burnt out telling other people’s stories so he wanted to create something of his own. The story for “The Undesirables” had been floating in his head for several years. In March 2021 he finally began putting it together in a journal.
The film tells the story of a group of thieves who come together to thwart a common enemy, but their own motivations leave them unable to trust one another.
David, who credits Quentin Tarantino as a favorite, said the filmmaker’s debut film “Reservoir Dogs” was an influence.
“It’s probably the movie that inspired this movie the most,” he said. “I was always jealous of the idea he could make a heist movie that takes place immediately afterwards. I thought that was just genius. And I ripped it off. The great thing about Tarantino is all of his work is just a love letter to things he loved growing up and I thought if he can do it why can’t I do it?”
When the story was completed, he brought in Michael Taylor, a Hoosier actor and writer, to help work on the script. After six drafts, and one year after David began writing the story, he was ready to shoot.
David cast the film with Midwestern actors and six members of the Screen Actors Guild, including Fierman (“V/H/S”, “Creepshow”) and Ryan Woodle (“The Tick”, “Boardwalk Empire”).
He planned the shot list in minute detail so his crew would know exactly what they needed to shoot each day. But even then they found themselves running out of time and making sacrifices.
Time, it turns out, is a director’s worst enemy.
“Every single movie I ever worked on, including my own, the only thing we ever really suffer from is time because we can only afford to shoot so many days and there are only so many hours in a day,” he said. “It’s mostly about how can you plan most of those days out to maximize time.”
The cast and crew spent nine days filming between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. at the River View Restaurant after it closed for the day.
When actors weren’t onset they were likely sleeping. So they had to be woken up and given time to lose the grogginess of sleep before stepping back into character. Even the special effects artist would fall asleep and then have to snap awake at 4 a.m. to splatter blood on a piece of clothing.
With filming wrapped up, David is entering the editing phase of the project. He hopes to have a rough cut of the film by the end of July that will run 100 minutes. From that he will try to cut an additional 10 minutes to make a tighter movie.
“I’m really good at not letting a project become my baby,” he said. “If something doesn’t work it gets cut. I’m pretty ruthless in the editing process.”
David and his wife, Rebekah Erb, run Rad Entertainment, a multimedia production company. The company’s motto is “story first.” It’s a mantra for David when editing a film. If a scene or shot doesn’t benefit the story he will cut it, even if he worked over an hour on set to perfect it.
When he’s happy with the editing, the film will be handed off for sound and music. He hopes to debut “The Undesirables” in 2023.
David thanked the City of Logansport for their generosity in helping with the film. There were discounts on locations, help from friends and locals who stepped up as producers and financed the film.
Mayor Chris Martin helped David find who to speak to about shutting off a section of street for an outdoor shoot. The fire department offered to provide a heavy rainfall, though Mother Nature ultimately gave David what he needed.
“This movie is a passion project that Logansport helped create,” he said. “This movie was only made possible by local support. There is no other city who would have put this much effort into it.”

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Patricia Cain, 77, Logansport, passed away Friday, May 6, 2022, in Chase Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services

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