This movie was made in a day. The filmmakers traveled 467 miles, to 20 locations, with 18 actors, in less than 24 hours. The lead actress wasn't given a script, a story line, or even her character name. She 'woke up' in a hotel room with no memory, and her only goal was to figure out who she was. The team rehearsed with their 17 actors for 3 days leading up to the shoot day. The other actors couldn't have a script either; they would never know what Shannon Lucio would say or how she would react.
The other actors could only work off of goals and motivations. Shannon Lucio was blindfolded for wardrobe; she wasn't allowed to see her hair and makeup. And was dropped in a city she doesn't know, Dallas, and she had to 'choose her own adventure'. There were no second takes, no rehearsals for Shannon. Everything that she experiences, everything that she sees, and every decision that she makes is the first time it is ever happening. "It was the hardest thing I've ever done", says director Robert Paschall Jr. "but its the most amazing thing to watch". Shannon Lucio truly had no idea what was going to happen to her. The plot of the film; without any memory of who she is or her past, Blair (Shannon Lucio) wakes up in a hotel room with a dead body.
After receiving a mysterious phone call, she flees in search of answers and is immediately pursued by an agent of corrupt organization (Joe Nemmers) that is determined to keep the truth of her identity concealed. With the help of Victoria (Cassie Shea Watson) and Frank (Stephen Brodie), Blair is confronted with a sequence of startling discoveries that exposes a reality she never could've imagined. This film wills premier in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival, September 10th, 2017.
Segfault, which will premiere in Toronto during TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) this weekend, is a new indie thriller starring Shannon Lucio and directed by Robert Paschall Jr. The film is set in what looks like the present day in Dallas, Texas. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. This film has a few aspects that make it a game changer. It starts with Blair (Shannon Lucio), frightened and confused, alone in a hotel room. There’s a dead body.
There are mysterious phone calls. She tries to leave the hotel, but doesn't know where she is. As she tries to find her way around, she is followed closely by two men she does not recognize, but want her. In fact, she does not recognize anyone, even the woman she meets who claims to be her sister. How do you trust anything when you don’t remember anything? Blair doesn’t know who she is, what is currently happening, and absolutely no idea what will happen next.
This is where the movie changes the game. Lucio did not have the answers either. There was not a script. There wasn’t even a plot or theme to tell her. The entire director, Paschall, told her was that she would not be hurt. The rest was all personal instinct and Lucio trusting her gut. When Blair wakes up alone in a hotel room with a dead body, with no recollection of who she is or where she is, Lucio feels it too. Every shot of Lucio is Blair because Blair is Lucio. Every response is real, and that’s a game changing way to create a film. This is a different way to build stories and create characters, and Segfault did a fantastic job. If you’ll be at TIFF, drop by and see the film’s screen, here is video.