Extras needed for film challenge in Fort St. John

Photo by Reel Shorts Film Festival

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Extras are needed to help a local film crew with the Frantic48 Film Challenge.

Gutterball Cinema — made up of Rob Brown, Matt Preprost and Jess McCallum — need extras to play bar patrons on April 30 at 11:30 a.m., at the Condill Hotel. Other filming locations include the Northwoods Inn and the attached Northern Diner. More locations are expected to be secured.

The team is just one of 13 in total taking part in the challenge, which is run by the Grande Prairie-based Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association. Not just that, but they are the only filmmakers based in B.C.’s Peace Region to be in it this year.

The challenge started at 6 p.m. last night, teams have 48 hours to write and shoot a short film, limited to assigned genres, prop and bit of dialogue. In last’s year challenge, filmmakers had to create a film using a red balloon and the line, ‘just because you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there.’ The genres assigned to the crews included Shakespearian horror, a coming-of-age sci-fi, and a time-travel drama.

The cast of actors thus far includes the film’s principal cast of Stage North Theatre Society veterans Paul Swartz, Kevin Smith, Dana Pedersen and Kyle Behrens.

Matt Preprost, one of the writers on the project based in Fort St. John, calls the local buy-in and enthusiasm for the project ‘infectious.’

“We are ready to roll and want to put a call out to anyone interested in being a part of what promises to be a great seven minutes of film,” he added.

Rob Brown, based in Pouce Coupe, also penned the script for the project.

“We expect performance and camera work to inform the project as much as the craft of writing,” he said, adding that the work on the concept, script, and the work from the actors is ‘truly a collaborative effort.’

McCallum will handle cinematography and be responsible for editing. The team also intends to write an original score and soundtrack, as well.

When all the films are done, they will screen on Sunday, May 15 as part of the Reel Shorts Film Festival, in Grande Prairie, starting on May 9 as a week-long festival.