TAMPA — A year after suspending production of his Tampa-area web series due to COVID-19, The Blair Witch Project director Dan Myrick and his Ybor City-based Power Station production studio are ready for cameras to roll again.
And another big-name filmmaker is joining them.
Tom McLoughlin, whose directing and screenwriting credits include Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, wrote and will direct the second episode of the Black Veil web series.
The pilot episode, which Myrick wrote and directed, was shot in January 2020. Production on episode two was to begin in March 2020, but the pandemic’s arrival ground filming to a halt.
Production is set to restart in late April.
“It feels great,” Myrick said from his home in Bainbridge Island, Wash. “I’ve been going stir-crazy up here. I’m ready to get back to Tampa and get the creative juices flowing.”
The web series will total six 15-minute episodes with “Southern gothic-themed” horror stories, Myrick said. Each will work as a standalone tale but can also connect into one 90-minute story.
“A black-veiled woman is a recurring beat in the episodes,” Myrick said. “She ties it all together.”
Episode two is titled Hanging Tree, Myrick said, and is a “creepy cautionary tale set in the past and the present that has to do with old Southern lynchings.”
Power Station is looking for an “old creepy house” for its main locale, hopefully in the Tampa area, Myrick said, and casting is ongoing: “We hope to get talented locals.”
Acting headshots, resumes and clips can be sent via blackveilonline.com.
The web series’ pilot, titled Camera Obscura, follows a young woman who “comes into contact with a haunted vintage camera that reveals past childhood trauma that she is forced to contend with.”
Scenes were filmed throughout Plant City, including in McCall Park and outside the historic State Theatre.
“As long as we can play it safe and follow protocol, this can work,” Myrick said, “There is some hope on the horizon. We’d like to shoot two or three more episodes after this one before summer.”
That was welcome news for Hillsborough County film commissioner Tyler Martinolich.
“The last 12 months have been difficult, to say the least, with numerous stops and starts for the film industry at large,” he said. “It’s great to see filmmakers throughout Florida getting back to work, and it’s exciting to know more jobs are on the horizon in Tampa Bay.”