Sidekick, A Short Film From The Flarrowverse Creative Team
Sidekick is a labor of love from many of the creative talents associated with the CW’s Flarrowverse. It’s written and directed by Jeff Cassidy (The Flash). It stars Josh Dallas (Once Upon A Time), Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow), Tom Cavanagh (The Flash), and Christian Michael Cooper. It’s about a struggling father who uses a bedtime story to impart an important life lesson to his son.
Below the film, I’ve included an excerpt of an interview with the director, courtesy of Green Arrow TV.
How long did this take to shoot?
In my head I think I’m still shooting this! We shot over several weekends – it was the only time I could get these busy actors and technicians to be free. So after 70-80 hour work weeks they all came out on their Saturday nights and worked again – for free – everyone just seemed to really love and get behind the project. We had 212 people credited on the film!
What was the most challenging part?
EVERYTHING! This project was like Terry Gilliam’s “Lost in La Mancha” for me — every single, possible thing that could go wrong did! We lost locations at the last minute, people at the last minute, footage was erased – just everything. It’s a miracle that it got done, it really is! It took about a year from writing it to get it into production and then another 7 months from our first shooting day until the advanced screening you were at – and that’s up late at night 7 days a week, every week. I knew the project was ambitious – it was one of the things that pushed me to do it. But I swear it almost killed me!…
There seemed to be a lot of the “Flarrowverse” family working behind the scenes. How did that come together, and is there anyone specific you’d like to thank?
Again – massive, massive bribery on a large scale! Yes, you are right. There was a ton of people from the Flash and Arrow universe that helped make this possible. We had 212 people credited on this project – I’ve never heard of a short film of this scale before – we shut down a section of downtown Vancouver with the help of Alan Bartolic, The Flash’s location manager. Jon Kralt, the stunt coordinator, is just out-of–this-world good — this wouldn’t have been possible without him, Chad Bellamy, Monty Thompson and their team of superstar stunt performers. Betty Dubney, our co-producer and costume designer made me a deal at the start – she said she’d design the costumes only if ‘we did it right’ – and she did. She worked tirelessly with her team for MONTHS designing the superhero costumes – worked right through Christmas – I’ll be forever indebted to her for this.
Armen Kevorkian (Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) from Encore was our VFX Supervisor – we would have been looking at stick figures fighting if it wasn’t for him! Blake Neely composed the score and just killed it, such an outstanding job. My producers Sage Brocklebank and Kristian Andresen called in every favor they could. I could answer this question for a long, long time because there are so many people that helped make this possible.
Where can people see Sidekick?
Sidekick is going to be released on YouTube on Friday, October 28. It’s a personal project so I’m going to tweet it out from my Twitter account @cassidy_Jeff at 9am pst… unless I can’t wait any longer – that’s also possible!
Will there be a Blu-ray/DVD release?
Not at this time. We had so many people volunteer their time, I made it clear from the start that I was willing to empty my bank account to produce this project but I never wanted to make money off of it. There were a lot of people that had ideas how to monetize this but it really wouldn’t feel right. That said, we don’t have a DVD budget, we’re just going to put it on the internet and give it to the people! If you don’t have the Internet, write me and I’ll come over to your house and play it for you!