On the Set – 2007

Scenery from the set of The Unborn (2009) artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso,

Scary movies aren’t so very frightening while they are being filmed, excepting perhaps The Exorcist, where the set was allegedly rife with spooky happenings. They let me go crazy in 2007 on the sets of The Unborn, which was released two years later, and the only scary thought was whether we’d finish the distressing of the rooms in time for shooting. In fact, we were just adding a little atmosphere to the auditorium-like site, with scrapers and house paint. The real conjuring came from the director and production staff, who melded actors, incremental mechanical movements, and lighting into a film that gave moviegoers nightmares.

Danny Grosso

Beginnings – Blue

Cafe Bal (1985). Oil on Canvas. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

I don’t even have a good photo of it anymore, and it found a home so long ago, that my memory maybe fading, but I just remember wanting to paint that blue, to get that color that I could taste and feel onto the canvas for safekeeping. The girl, well, I was young and outgoing and that’s what I saw every night, on the dance floors, and after…

-Danny Grosso