AKRON -- It all started with a plummeting porta-potty.
On a sunny, warm March morning earlier this year, the traveling toilet suddenly fell from the sky and slammed hard on the street, spilling the watery blue fluid from inside its base.
Photos: Corbin Bernsen films '3 Day Test' in Akron
The strange moment was all at the command of director/writer/actor Corbin Bernsen (watch the video above to see more).
On the heels of finishing up "25 Hill" -- his Akron-lensed flick about the All-American Soap Box Derby that is now available on DVD nationwide -- Bernsen was back in the Rubber City making movie magic on a holiday family comedy he'd been wanting to film for years.
After months of work, "3 Day Test" was released on DVD this week on election day. (Watch the trailer at the bottom of this story).
"3 Day Test," which stars George Newbern, Megyn Price, Taylor Spreitler and Bernsen himself, is about a man who forces his family to go through a survivalist test for three days without any luxuries like phones, running water or electricity for three days during the holiday season.
Bernsen says the centerpiece of "3 Day Test" is "the importance of family and community as building blocks for our society."
The movie filmed in multiple locations throughout the Akron area and used dozens of local people as extras. In early April, Bernsen gave local law enforcement and medical workers the chance to have a spot in the film as part of a large action sequence filmed on Worthington Road.
Bernsen also turned to 1590 WAKR morning show host Ray Horner to provide a radio voice in "3 Day Test," which you can hear in the beginning of the trailer posted below. It was the second time Bernsen has featured Horner in his films after first using him as the race announcer for the championship round in "25 Hill."
Bernsen has said that he enjoys making movies in Akron because he has a "love affair" with the city.
"As always, shooting in Akron has become more than just a great place to shoot, but also it is where I'm now a part of one of the greatest communities in America," Bernsen tells WKYC. "It's no wonder that the election came down to Ohio. It is a signature state of who we are as Americans. The fact that I get to reflect that in my movies means that I'm getting a true representation of all of America."
Bernsen, who may best be known for his role as Roger Dorn in the "Major League" movies, can currently be seen on USA's "Psych."