TAKEN IN is a handmade feature film about a man who must spend a weekend alone with his estranged teenage daughter at a roadside resort. It is here that Simon and Brooklyn must confront the issues that have driven them apart, and ultimately choose how they will move forward...together or alone.

TAKEN IN was written and directed by personal filmmaker, Chris White. It was made entirely with cash and in-kind contributions from friends and family. The story (co-written with his wife Emily), was inspired by Chris’ theatre work with students at a therapeutic boarding school. The film is dedicated to his own teenage daughter, Gibson.

TAKEN IN was filmed at South of the Border, Dillon SC USA in the Spring of 2011.

24 March 2011


Only one scouting and prep day on location for our lead actors and crew. A lot to look at and think about...and though the film has been playing in my head for the past month, it's exciting to see visions become real, tangible.

We're shooting the film in black and white...shooting a very colorful place without color...to get at a rawer, truer emotional context for the story. I love the way this place looks at night, but for our daylight exteriors...I want to see sky. A black and white sky makes me feel lonely.

First day, first set-up, first shot...at "Pedro's Pleasure Dome," and indoor, heated swimming pool. We'll wrap the camera in a heavy-duty Ziplock when we get close to the water to protect it from splashes. But. We still can't accidentally drop it.

We're looking for a place for "Simon" and "Dawn" to make out. Somewhere...kinda public. This passageway seems to fit the bill.

Walking between buildings we spied this terrific wall. A great place for "Brooklyn" and "Simon" to pass on the way back to the room for the emotionally charged scene 11.

Wild sky meets brazen type. Love the juxtaposition of these elements...and its everywhere here at South of the Border.

Adam and Daniel consider how they will light our motel room interiors.

Yes. Those are hardware store, clip-on cones. Out of frame are large "China" lanterns. We'll light the entire film with these...and the gorgeous South Carolina sun.

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