Teen di­rec­tor uti­lizes val­ley’s unique movie lo­ca­tions

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley

A 17-year-old film­maker takes on a Hol­ly­wood chal­lenge by film­ing in the Drumheller val­ley. Brandon Wat­son of Corn­wall, On­tario, is the 17-year-old di­rec­tor, writer and pro­ducer of a new film called ‘Sup­po­si­tion’.

The pro­duc­tion is film­ing in Drumheller at the old Court­house un­til April 6.

“The Town of Drumheller has been un­be­liev­ably sup­port­ive and ac­com­mo­dat­ing and so help­ful,” said Wat­son. “Keith Alm­berg who owns this build­ing has been ex­tremely sup­port­ive and ac­com­mo­dat­ing of the pro­duc­tion, Ju­lia Field­ing with the Town of Drumheller has also been un­be­liev­able get­ting us con­nected with the right peo­ple and or­ga­nized, so we feel re­ally blessed to be able to shoot here and work with all these great peo­ple that are help­ing us out.”

The story re­volves around a group of first year law stu­dents at­tend­ing the fic­ti­tious South­field, Colorado Univer­sity of Law. When their pro­fes­sor, Pro­fes­sor Peter­son, (Tah­moh Penikett of Su­per­nat­u­ral, Al­tered Car­bon, Bat­tlestar Galac­tica) is mur­dered, stu­dent Chloe Russel (Zahra Kavyani) is taken in and charged for com­mit­ting the crime. Fel­low stu­dent Calvin West ( Justin Toth), con­vinced that Chloe was framed, sets out to dis­cover the truth be­hind the mur­der.

Sup­po­si­tion is con­sid­ered to be a word for rea­son­able the­ory which is al­luded to through­out the film. “It’s like a fact or some­thing that is sup­posed but not proven, but it seems pretty rea­son­able,” said Wat­son. Wat­son sees the film as some­thing unique in na­ture as there is a hefty chal­lenge set in place.

Robert Ro­driguez is a di­rec­tor who has filmed many movies such as Spy Kids and Ma­chete. Ro­driguez worked with a mi­cro bud­get of $7,000 to pro­duce his first film El Mari­achi where he broke a Guin­ness World Record for low­est bud­get fea­ture film to make $1 mil­lion at the box of­fice.

Since then, he has is­sued a chal­lenge for fel­low di­rec­tors to make a fea­ture film for $7,000 or less.

“That’s what we are do­ing with Sup­po­si­tion,” be­gan Wat­son. “We are go­ing for that chal­lenge but more im­por­tantly the world record for pro­duc­ing a fea­ture film with this mi­cro bud­get and with the goal of mak­ing over a mil­lion at the box of­fice. We’ve got in­ter­est from a few ma­jor dis­trib­u­tors who could cer­tainly make that hap­pen; and we think with just the story alone of a 17-year-old pro­duc­ing a fea­ture film for $7,000, that it’s not un­rea­son­able to reach for that goal.”

A few scenes will be filmed in High River and Cal­gary but the ma­jor­ity of the movie will be filmed within Drumheller, mainly at the Court­house. “That’s the thing about this build­ing that we are in [...] We were just look­ing for a court­room and we ended up find­ing that we could shoot half of our movie here,” said Wat­son. “This is a very ver­sa­tile and unique lo­ca­tion and I think hon­estly, af­ter we are done here, I wouldn’t be sur­prised if many other pro­duc­tions start com­ing out here and book­ing this place. I would very much ad­vise them to do so.”

The fa­ther and son duo could not give Drumheller enough praise for both its wel­com­ing na­ture and se­cret hid­den ta­lents. “The thing is, there is so much tal­ent here that would oth­er­wise go undis­cov­ered,” said Wat­son. “Our cast of peo­ple here are lo­cal ac­tors and some of them have lit­tle to no ex­pe­ri­ence but they are so tal­ented that I feel like we are re­ally lucky to have come across this new group of peo­ple. It’s like find­ing di­a­monds or gold.”

mailphoto by Terri Hux­ley

Di­rec­tor Brandon Wat­son, 17, checks the ex­po­sure and light­ing of the room be­fore the big­gest scene of the movie is recorded on Satur­day, March 17, at the old court house.

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