Castleman said university officials jumped at the opportunity. The movie seemed like a great way to showcase the facilities.
"The production company sent some people down, and we gave them a two-hour tour of our campus," he said. "We went over every nook and cranny. They took photos and then came back one other time before we started talking about a schedule."
The production went relatively smoothly, he added.
"Initially, they wanted to come down during finals," Castleman said. "But we told them it was better for the students, better for them and better for us if they held off just a little bit. We could offer them pretty much the run of the campus."
Even with most students gone for the summer, Castleman said lots of students, faculty and staff were involved with the film.
Foglio agreed and added, "We had about 50 or 60 local extras at our shoot at the FireSide Grille. We've used a lot of local workforce. There are at least 10 people from the area working on the crew, and they're really super-talented, ambitious folks."
It's been an exhausting and fast-paced shoot.
Emily Westfield, who served as the second assistant director, said it was a fun environment. "I've never seen a film this efficient, shot this fast or this well."
Foglio said he was feeling the wear and tear. As line producer, his job requires very long hours.
"Over the last month, I haven't slept more than three hours a night," he said. "We're up all night shooting, and we're with the crew when they do that, but then it's a regular business day the next day, and we have to be up for that, too."
Foglio spends most of his day moving the production forward, coordinating different parts of the production and solving little problems that arise. They are never-ending, from dealing with unexpected noise caused by building ventilation to conversations about the most effective way to dye an extra's hair pink.
Still, he said he was happy and crazy lucky to be doing this.
Everyone said they had a pretty good time in West Virginia, though given their work schedules, there wasn't much time to do a lot of sightseeing. There seemed to have been an ongoing preoccupation of trying to find interesting places to eat.
Solo said that since she'd been in the state, she'd been on a steady diet of Donut Connection donuts and TGI Friday's Jack Daniels barbecued ribs, which, given her tiny frame, seemed unlikely at best.
The cast and crew liked what they saw. They found West Virginians to be generous and friendly people.
Solo said, "The people at Bliss Spa were so nice. Yesterday, we had like the first day off we've had in two weeks. I went and got a massage, which you probably shouldn't do and drive afterwards."
She laughed and added, "I drove over a parking sign and everybody was really helpful about that."
With principal photography wrapped in Charleston, Robert said the next stage will be to have the footage edited, corrected, titled and given a music score. The process will take months.
"We hope to release it by the end of the year," he said. "And sure, we'll let everyone back here know so they can kind of revel in it, too."Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.