A behind the scenes look at the filming of "Beta Test."

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Independent, local filmmaker Nick Gyeney’s favorite film, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger cost $102 million and had a 186-day filming schedule. That was more than two decades ago.

Gyeney’s indie sci-fi action thriller “Beta Test” costs less than $2 million and has a 21-day filming schedule.

The “tiny” cast and crew of 85 works quickly and efficiently with very few re-takes atop the Dexter Horton building.

Actors are expected to hit their marks, know their lines.

The villain, Linden Ashby, known for his roles in “Mortal Kombat” and “Teen Wolf,” is about to be gunned down. Between scenes he keeps limber and plays shuffle board with fellow actor Larenz Tate known for “Crash,” “The Postman” and “Menace II Society.”

Born in Seattle, Gyeney, began making short films as a student at Henry M. Jackson High in Mill Creek, went to USC film school on full-scholarship and lived in Los Angeles for 7 years before moving back home.

Gyeney (pron. Genie) says there are “a million working parts to a film.” This film has 127 scenes and with his Type-A personality, “I have a very specific vision.”

The final, finished assembly of these parts is “the movie magic” he hopes will premier next year at a major festival.

Gyeney is the producer, director and co-writer and is working with actors who liked the script sent to them.

He knew their work. No one was flown in for auditions or screen tests.

He says, “I’m not Steven Spielberg.”