Director looking for location to create billionaire family scenes around Ocean City

(Sept. 6, 2019) A movie that was set to begin filming in Ocean City this month has been delayed as a result of a sudden shortage of locations to shoot particular scenes. 

Filming was scheduled to take five weeks overall, with 30 full days to be shot in Ocean City. However, as a result of complications, the production crew is looking for locations in or around Ocean City.

“If [residents] know of a location we might be able use, they’re welcome to reach out and contact us,” Director Nick Belial said. “We’ll shoot around their schedule, at their convenience and give the business a special thanks on screen.”

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“To Avenge” is a revenge thriller which will take place here in Ocean City. Filming will begin once locations have been determined for shooting.

“To Avenge” is about a young woman named Vera, who was sexually assaulted while visiting her friend at the resort town. When her attackers are arrested, the media goes into a frenzy because two of the men are brothers of the billionaire Danvers family. Coercion and blackmail behind-the-scenes lead to the charges being dropped.

Taarna, a complete stranger, is a young woman outraged by the way women are often treated during sexual assault proceedings. Though she does not know Vera, she is determined to avenge her. In Taarna’s mind, if the system won’t obtain justice … she will.

Belial is looking for a multi-million-dollar home on the bay to shoot at, ideally with a large boat dock to be used for the home of the Danvers family.

“The Danvers is a billionaire family and they have two sons … the older brother’s a few years older and he’s taken part of his inheritance and bought a beautiful bayside home,” Belial said. “We’re looking for one of those homes on the bayside. In other words, unfortunately, it can’t be like a two-bedroom condo. It would be great if they had like a dock out back because there is a scene where they walk out the back of the house and to their boat, which is docked right there on the bay.”

The production crew is also looking for a few inns or hotels willing to house the crew and actors during filming.

Belial, a writer, producer and director from Philadelphia, is well acquainted with Ocean City, and has been vacationing in the town with his family for more than 40 years. This film will be Belial’s directorial debut.

“When I wrote the story for ‘To Avenge’ it was natural to place the bulk of the story and action in Ocean City,” Belial said. “It’s the perfect backdrop for filming. There’s so many iconic spots and beautiful views that I want to include in the cinematography.

“I love the energy in Ocean City … the Boardwalk, the waves crashing against the rocks at the inlet, sunrises on the beach and sunsets on the bay. There are so many great places to stay, shop and eat,” he continued. “Seacrets has been a favorite restaurant of mine for decades. How many places can you sit under a canopy of palm trees at sunset enjoying jerk chicken and a Red Stripe and have a duck waddle by.”

Filming is expected to take place in several locations, including Slaughter Beach, Lewes and Wilmington, Delaware, but mostly in Ocean City. Additional scenes will be shot on Assateague Island and in Cape May, New Jersey.

Belial hopes to shoot a few scenes on the Boardwalk, inside Seacrets on 49th Street and inside an office building to represent the legal side of the film.

“I’d like for people who know the area to watch the film and feel a sense of excitement and pride in seeing the locations they’re familiar with … the spots around town they love,” Belial said. “I really can’t imagine shooting ‘To Avenge’ anywhere other than Ocean City.”

To learn more about “To Avenge” or volunteer your house or local business to be filmed for the movie, visit www.toavenge.com or email Belial at nickbelialphotography@gmail.com or visit his director’s page at www.imdb.com/name/nm6016248/.

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