Next year marks the tenth anniversary of the release of The Blair Witch Project. A few years ago we launched “Woods Movie – the Making of The Blair Witch Project” (“Woods Movie” was the original name of the film) and now with the anniversary coming up we’re opening the gates even further into how the film was made, sparing nothing and taking no prisoners. Everything, from every production document, photograph, documentary and television special, we also have over one hundred hours of behind the scenes footage.
It’s a huge undertaking, but at ten years and with still no sign of interest wavering (fans still reach out by the thousands, and there’s an entirely new generation discovering it for the very first time), the task is very well worth it.
As a sidenote – Blair Witch made the Guinness Book of World Records for “Top Budget:Box Office Ratio.” (for a mainstream feature film). Now approaching 2009, www.blairwitch.com is now the longest running filmsite ever online.
Woods Movie – The Making of The Blair Witch Project Tenth Anniversary Edition is dedicated to Neal Fredericks. In Blair Witch, three student filmmakers go missing and are presumed dead. And for a long time many assumed our film was real. However, Blair Witch is entertainment and nothing more. It is a movie.
On August 14, 2004, our dear friend, and Blair’s Director of Photography, died suddenly at the young age of 35. That, is not entertainment. That is our unfortunate reality.
Neal died truly doing what he loved. He was on a small plane shooting footage for the film “Cross Bones” off the Dry Tortugas islands near the Florida Keys. The plane crashed in the water after its engine failed. The pilot and three other members of the film crew got out of the plane safely. But since Neal was strapped in with the camera equipment, he was not able to exit the plane before it sank. His body was recovered by Army divers the next day.
Woods Movie is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend, and brother, Neal L. Fredericks.