“Gla­di­a­trix” movie slated for next sum­mer in Val­ley

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

After a busy sea­son of film­ing in the Drumheller area, plans are al­ready be­ing made to con­tinue this trend next year.

Drumheller and area has served as a back­drop for a num­ber of mo­tion pic­ture projects over the last year. There has been every­thing from in­de­pen­dent pro­duc­tions to Net­flix se­ries.

One group that was here as in­de­pen­dent will be back this sum­mer with a new pro­duc­tion, this time with some stu­dio back­ing.

Grif­fin Cork of Numera FIlms was here this sum­mer shoot­ing “Abra­ca­dav­ers,” a web and tele­vi­sion based com­edy. He tells the Mail that this com­ing sum­mer, “Gla­di­a­trix: Cres­cent Moon” will be shot in Al­berta, and will fea­ture Drumheller.

“The en­tire film will be shot in Drumheller from June 1 - July 15. We se­lected Drumheller be­cause of the beau­ti­ful land­scapes which per­fectly match those in the screen­play and novel, but yeah, we are film­ing the en­tire fea­ture film in Drumheller.” said Cork.”Per­son­ally, from the ex­pe­ri­ence, Numera Films had noth­ing but a per­fect time in Drumheller with Abra­ca­dav­ers, which did not sur­prise us.”

The Gla­di­a­trix screen­play is writ­ten by Shaun Don­nelly and is based on a novel by author Cyn­thia Ve­spia. Ed­mon­ton-based TV and film stu­dio Mind En­gine.

En­ter­tain­ment has signed a deal with Hol­ly­wood Me­dia Bridge to pro­duce the film. Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease, Hol­ly­wood Me­dia Bridge is lo­cated on the Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures lot and has se­cured stu­dio dis­tri­bu­tion for the film which will be di­rected by Cal­gary di­rec­tor Sandi Somers.

Cork says their ex­pe­ri­ence in the val­ley was pos­i­tive. They worked closely with John Barry Gra­ham on “Abra­ca­dav­ers.”

“We had some of our crew mem­bers that had worked on pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions out here (like The North­lander) that stayed in the ex­act ac­com­mo­da­tions that put us up and raved to us about ac­com­mo­dat­ing the peo­ple and the com­mu­nity of Drumheller. And that was the same ex­pe­ri­ence we had. The restau­rants and bars our team fre­quented were warm and open, and our lodg­ings were just lux­u­ri­ous. We had spent so much time in mo­tels across the prov­ince, and Drumheller was such a step up,” said Cork.


The movie “Gla­di­a­trix: Cres­cent Moon” will be film­ing in the Drumheller area comen next sum­mer.

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