Hairy arm of the law

Another Wolf Cop hopes to do bet­ter

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - MAR­LON HEC­TOR

Hide your chil­dren, Moose Jaw— there are were­wolves in town.

Open­ing Fri­day night at the Moose Jaw Galaxy Cinema is Another Wolf Cop.

“This one’s cra­zier. We got the ori­gin story out of the way. The first one asked the eter­nal ques­tions: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Why am I a wolf?’” said wri­ter­di­rec­tor Low­ell Dean, with a wry smile. “So for this one, we just let it un­leash.”

The first Wolf Cop bombed in Moose Jaw and pro­ducer Hugh Pat­ter­son, who grew up in the city, is still bit­ter about it.

“We hope this one does bet­ter and doesn’t em­bar­rass me,” said Pat­ter­son.

With the first film, the CEO of Cine­plex called him up to re­mind him it failed in his home­town.

“He ini­tially told me it would, and I was con­vinced it wouldn’t. Em­bar­rass­ing,” said Pat­ter­son. “I think that this the­atre just doesn’t do that well to be­gin with.”

The film is set in a fic­tional town called Wood­haven, but if the­atre-go­ers look closely, they’ll see a re­mark­able re­sem­blance to a cer­tain friendly city.

Peo­ple re­ally re­sponded to the chaos. He’s rip­ping peo­ple’s faces off in be­tween ro­man­tic love scenes. Low­ell Dean, Di­rec­tor

Another Wolf Cop will run for only five days, but if enough peo­ple come out and sup­port it, the cinema may in­crease the run.

“So it’s up to the peo­ple of Moose Jaw,” said Pat­ter­son.

In the se­quel, the film­mak­ing team de­cided to cap­i­tal­ize on the parts of the first movie that saw au­di­ences “go off the rails.”

“I like to say it’s the eas­i­est film to de­scribe in the world be­cause it’s all in the ti­tle,” said Dean (13 Eerie, Su­perGrid). “The first film is about a cop who be­comes a were­wolf. And the sec­ond one is about another cop who be­comes a were­wolf.”

While Wolf Cop had a bad run in Moose Jaw, it did well in Regina, Ed­mon­ton, Van­cou­ver, and Toronto. In Cal­gary, it was a hit at the Comic Cons.

“Peo­ple re­ally re­sponded to the chaos. He’s rip­ping peo­ple’s faces off in be­tween ro­man­tic love scenes,” said Dean. “The mad­cap joy of see­ing a were­wolf in a cop uni­form run­ning around town try­ing to solve an on­go­ing crime.”

It’s the chaos and the gore that gets makeup FX su­per­vi­sor Emersen Zif­fle’s blood go­ing.

“You can look for­ward to lots of new ef­fects. A big­ger, bet­ter wolf cop,” said Zif­fle (Curse of Chucky, Power Rangers). “For me, get­ting to make Wolf Cop a sec­ond time and ac­tu­ally have years off when I could think about it and go, ‘this is what I ac­tu­ally would have loved to have done, had I had the time.’ The ef­fects, the gore, is way bet­ter and way more fun.”

The crew saw two pre­mières of the movie this past month, and said peo­ple are los­ing their minds over cer­tain se­quences.

“They were laugh­ing and scream­ing out loud be­cause it was so over-the-top and fun. As well as great cameos. Kevin Smith is in it,” said Pat­ter­son.

The film­mak­ing trio, all Saskatchewan boys, have been mak­ing movies for 10 years to­gether (one of their ear­li­est was

Juice Pigs, a short film about, you guessed it, cops. It showed at the Mae Wil­son The­atre).

Dean got out of film school and was ready to move to a ma­jor film hub like Toronto, but what kept him in Saskatchewan was the in­dus­try.

“You could im­me­di­ately go and work on a show like Cor­ner Gas or some in­de­pen­dent films. The tran­si­tion was re­ally easy in a place where you knew ev­ery­one,” he said. “I’m wor­ried about the fu­ture, be­cause we don’t have that in­dus­try now. And I’m hop­ing we can turn it around. Right now, if I was a kid grad­u­at­ing film school, I would be go­ing im­me­di­ately to Toronto.”

The film­mak­ers are still feel­ing the sting of the 2012 Saskatchewan Govern­ment cuts to arts fund­ing. The se­quel has dou­ble the bud­get of the first film, but only be­cause it’s co-pro­duced out of Toronto.

“We didn’t get mar­ket­ing money for this one,” ex­plained Pat­ter­son. “The Sask. Govern­ment took it away last minute, be­cause they went broke. I don’t want to bash them too bad, but we did lose $250,000 in mar­ket­ing funds.”

De­spite the chal­lenges, the crew is com­mit­ted to mak­ing fea­ture films in Saskatchewan. To mar­ket the se­quel, they all jumped in a car and drove across the coun­try. Dean, Pat­ter­son and Zif­fle all have fam­i­lies and they worry about their Saskatchewan fu­ture in the busi­ness.

“Ba­si­cally there is me and maybe one other guy pro­duc­ing fea­ture films be­cause it’s just so hard and risky to do it here,” said Pat­ter­son.

“We’re do­ing things here be­cause it’s our ori­gin. We grew up here,” said Dean. “Not be­ing in Hol­ly­wood and be­ing in Saskatchewan, I think we’ll have to roll the dice and see how it goes. If peo­ple come out in Moose Jaw, and Regina and in the few places it’s show­ing in the States, if enough peo­ple see it and talk about it, the peo­ple that make the de­ci­sions will lis­ten, and hope­fully we’ll get to do another one.”


FRONT PAGE & ABOVE: Another Wolf Cop opens at the Galaxy Cinema in Moose Jaw tonight.

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