Former city councilman Shane Scott is creating a horror film, Lilith, and plans to use San Marcos as the production’s spooky backdrop, which will likely feature the university as well.
Production on the film will start this summer, and Scott hopes the movie will be completed and released by the end of 2017.
Scott hopes to use local talent and experienced Texas State students in the production to capture the “community feel” and draw the filmmaking crowd’s attention to San Marcos.
“My goal is to make a community and student-involved film by shooting in local places that we are all familiar with,” Scott said.
Scott said he would like to shoot the entire movie in the city to capture the “quirkiness and passion” of San Marcos and its people.
The Central Texas Film Festival is another project Scott is working on, and he hopes Lilith could benefit the endeavor by shifting the film community’s focus to San Marcos.
Scott said that bringing more filmmakers to San Marcos could greatly benefit the growth and development of the city. He hopes that creating a film festival will encourage the expansion of the film industry in San Marcos.
If Lilith is successful, Texas State could reap benefits as well, he said. Scott plans to set up a scholarship fund if the film is successful.
Scott is looking to work closely with the university by casting students in lead roles and recruiting them to be on the production team.
“I’d love to pop out some new talent straight out of the university,” Scott said. “That would be my goal.”
In the past, producers have chosen Texas State as the location for their movies. Most recently, the university allowed Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some to film on campus, said Jayme Blaschke, director of the Office of Media Relations at Texas State.
Blaschke said the Texas State’s primary goal is education, but university officials try to accommodate filmmakers like Scott whenever possible.
“We try to be accommodating to people who are here making movies without losing sight of our primary goal,” Blaschke said. “Film productions have potential to bring in economic development and business to San Marcos and Texas as a whole.”
Jackson Pounds, acting freshman, feels Lilith could offer students a rare experience to see how a production is run. Pounds said he heard people talking about the experience they gained from working in American Crime, an ABC production that filmed in San Marcos last year.
“Most of what we do is theater-based,” Pounds said. “We don’t have a film class until our junior year as acting majors. (Working on Lilith would) be very helpful because I have no frame of reference for acting in front of a camera.”
Scott said the horror film’s story focuses on the main characters’ experiences going off to college, which draws from his own experiences attending Southwest Texas State University.
Lilith is a contemporary film, but will also draw from San Marcos’ history—namely the Aquarena Springs Mermaid Show, Scott said. He will be recreating the show and filming underwater.
The film’s name is historically rooted as well. Scott said he got the name from Jewish literature that says Lilith was the name of the first woman created.
According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was Adam .
“It will make you think and challenge your core beliefs,” Scott said.