Ice cream trucks this horrible don't just grow on ebay (we looked).  Apparently they've all been destroyed or taken into state's evidence in serial killer trials so we had to build our own.  We found a 1981 GMC Stepvan owned by the Illinois Department of Corrections.  A steal at $2k it ended up casting four times that in engine repair and tow bills.  It began throwing belts and breaking down before shooting began and by week three of shooting was effectively an innanimate object that had to be towed from location to location.  After principle photography, the Clown Van received a new fire-breathing engine for all the driving shots.  It had it's day in the sun, terrorizing the citizenry of Effingham, IL.  This van is currently for sale.  Serious and non-serious offers welcome.

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Original Color at Illinois Prison

Original Color at Illinois Prison

Original Color at Illinois Prison

Clown Head found on Easy

Concept Sketch

Design Based on Clown Head

Cracked Vinyl Texture Added

Cracked Vinyl Texture Added

Side View Mock-Up

Fresh Paint and Vinyl Decals

July 5, 2014 - 2 Days Before Shooting - In the shop at Effingham Signs and Graphics

Decals Being Applied

Decals Being Applied

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Layers of Spray Paint to Age and Dirty

Layers of Spray Paint to Age and Dirty

Layers of Spray Paint to Age and Dirty

Layers of Spray Paint to Age and Dirty

Special Clown Head container

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July 6, 2014 - One Day Before Shooting - Driving North to Naperville

July 6, 2014 - One Day Before Shooting - Van breaks down half way

July 6, 2014 - One Day Before Shooting - Large amounts of steam

July 6, 2014 - One Day Before Shooting - Steam, hotness, overall bad

July 6, 2014 - One Day Before Shooting - Limped to Gas Station and waited for tow

July 9, 2014 - Naperville House Location

July 9, 2014 - Naperville House Location

July 9, 2014 - Naperville House Location - Lenny Miller, Josh Brener, Travis Long

July 9, 2014 - Naperville House Location - Kurt Braunohler, Karan Soni, Adam Herschman, Josh Brener, Meghan Falcone

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July 9, 2014 - Naperville House Location

Josh Brener, Lenny Miller, Karan Soni, Adam Herschman, Travis Long, Kurt Braunohler, Meghan Falcone

July 9, 2014 - Naperville House Location

July 14, 2014 - Airport Location - Joliet, IL

Still from B-Roll airport scene

July 14, 2014 - Airport Location - Joliet, IL

July 14, 2014 - Airport Location - Joliet, IL

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July 17, 2014 - Shooting Driving Shots

July 17, 2014 - Stakeout Scene

July 17, 2014 - Stakeout Scene - Adam Herschman, Kurt Braunohler

July 17, 2014 - Stakeout Scene - Adam Herschman

July 17, 2014 - Stakeout Scene - Kurt Braunohler

July 17, 2014 - Stakeout Scene - Kurt Braunohler

July 18, 2014 - Shooting INT. Cab Driving Shots

September 2014 - Driving to Effingham to shoot Exterior Pickups - Travis Long, Brandon Riley

September 2014 - Driving to Effingham to shoot Exterior Pickups

Storyboard for Pickups

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Storyboard for Pickups

September 2014 - Director of Photography - Brandon Riley

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September 2014 - Clown Van waits outside of Denny's

September, 2014 - Ran out of gas shooting pickups. Gas gauge doesn't work.

Random people taking pics with the Clown Van. This is VERY common.

Still from B-Roll

May 2015 - Last Pickups

Diagram of where to put cameras for "Door Crash" shot.

Hanging a fence to smash through

May 2015 - Building garage door made from insulation foam to crash van through

May 2015 - Building garage door made from insulation foam to crash van through

Clown Van's final resting place.

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