Crossing Easter Eggs
TLDR: You can rent Crossing for $5. Buy it for $8 for a limited time. Check out some Easter eggs in the film below.
Crossing is now available to rent on Amazon Instant Video for $5! If you haven’t had a chance to check out the film yet, now’s a great time to do so! Renting gives you access to the film for 48 hours, but if you’re interested in a permanent purchase, that’s also still available, and in fact, it’s on sale right now for $8. Any support you can offer us is greatly appreciated. If you’ve already purchased the film, thank you! Please consider writing us a review or leaving a rating on Amazon. It boosts our exposure!
Since the film has been out for a few months now, I thought this would be a good time to highlight some of the "cameos" and Easter eggs. Below are some behind-the-scenes photos revealing, I think, all of them.
Beth’s book Wesword Bound by Tara Ann Shaw references Wes Hutton, script reader Tara Prochorena, and art director Tanner Shaw. Her current read is The Homestead, published by Szostak-Wink Publishing, referencing Jordan, Alicia, and Brenda Szostak, and Donna Wink. The book is written by JoAnne Rogowski with a foreword by Denise Ménard. The book on Tom’s bureau is called Imperfect Armor, and it’s by Devon Kinsley, referencing propsbuilder Kinsey Manchester and writing consultant Devon Edward. Caroline did an awesome job of creating book covers that looked realistic, and also totally ridiculous if you look closely enough!
The coasters in Beth’s living room are from the “new restaurant that just opened” that she mentions, which is called “Maynard’s Bar.” The college recruiter’s business card on Tom’s mirror features a reference to every single film by Christopher Nolan to date, as well as a hidden reference to Bob Maynard. On the ticket to Alison’s high school play, the title is Epsilon Agent, which references the film I made in college. The other stars of that play are Elizabeth Hoyt and Christine Eddy. The Pitcher Theater is named after our composer, Nicholas Pitcher. And the phone number is a reference to my time in Scouting, being a part of Troop 109, 2010-Jamboree Unit 527, and the leadership course NYLT (spelled with telephone digits as 6958).
A few others that couldn’t be visually displayed here: Kim Prochorena Natzel is the voice behind Alison’s voicemail. Jacob’s wife’s maiden name is Ferguson, referencing our lead propsbuilder Caroline Ferguson. Jacob mentions Alison’s friend Cassandra, which references Cassandra Renee, and he also mentions a priest called Father Charles, which is a reference to both Charlie Neumann and the priest I grew up seeing each Sunday, Father Chuck.
The credits are also full of fictional people, including assistant propsbuilder Lucy Finn, named after Lucy and Finn, two dogs who walked with muddy paws across the “Welcome to Crossing” sign to help make it look older and dirtier. Transportation manager Sam Bluebird is actually my car (the Altima was once called the Bluebird, which works well since my car is blue). Personal assistant Natalia Carr is Tanner’s car. Sam and Natalia both appear in the background of one of the last shots of the film. John’s car, a Honda Civic, becomes Tom’s car on-screen and is credited as his personal assistant, Charlotte Siviconda. Rachel’s, Eleanor’s, and Ryan’s cars all are credited as their respective assistants: Frank Sonata, Dorulo Berry, and Chloe R. Vance. And finally, listed under special thanks is Barry Gimbalbrand, which was the production’s name for our gimbal.
Working on Crossing was a ton of fun. I’m excited to confirm that I am writing a new script, and though it’ll be awhile before I have anything official to announce about it, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve already written more references and Easter eggs into that script than all of what you see above. And there’s plenty more to come. I guess I’ll get back to writing now…
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