"Curtis and Lisa are two of the best in the state," Boyd said. "And Michael came back from Nashville to do this. Everything just came together. I really think this could be their break into the big leagues."
So the weekend of Feb. 11-12, the band climbed into a minivan and traded unseasonably mild temperatures in Canada for a bitter cold snap in Charleston to come and shoot two videos.
"We had a little trouble with the Border Patrol," Martin said. "It's a band thing. The Border Patrol sees the band gear and suddenly they don't want to let us in."
The band members said that in the past this added hassle has discouraged them from coming across the border to play too often, but this time around they had an official letter of invitation from WVSU. It helped smooth things over.
Black said coming to Charleston with his band and meeting Boyd has been surreal.
"This project is much bigger than just a childhood dream," he said. "I mean I know Danny is a local. You probably see him around all the time, but meeting him is really kind of a big deal to me."
The videos brought several alumni from the film back to town. Boyd estimated about 40 percent of the principal cast made it to the shoot. Some of them came from several states away.
"Peter Jesus, the bus driver in the movie, came up from Florida to be in the video."
Producer Lisa Bragg said both videos went off without much problem.
"We had a lot of support from Bruno's, where we shot the first video, and from the city of Dunbar, where we shot part of the second video," she said. "Of course, a lot of work went into the pre-production side, making sure everything was ready and taking care that we could get onto the set and get to work fast."
Bragg, a graduate student at State, said the video shoot enlisted students, graduate students and alumni of the communications programs there. For many of them, it was real word experience and a chance to use the things they'd learned in class.
"It was really a fabulous experience for all of us and a kind of homecoming for Danny and his 'Chillers' crew."
Bragg said editing of the videos is underway. The first of the two could be finished as early as the end of the week.
"The band had a good time, too," she added. "They mentioned maybe coming back for a video release and concert to coordinate with some touring."
According to Black, "Witchfinger" will be released March 1. Boyd said an announcement about the "Chillers" graphic novel release date will probably be made then.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.