Wednesday, 03 April 2013 14:05

Swift Nightmares set to begin filming in Swift Current

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Following the success of last year's Zombageddon, local filmmakers Devon Oman and Reuben Parker are already hard at work for their next project – Swift Nightmares. This time, the film will feature three different stories written by three local writers, tied together into a horror anthology-style movie.



“It's kind of Tales from the Crypt style,” explained Oman, who wrote one of the stories for the film. “We really wanted to challenge people this time, and provide more opportunities to show off the talents of the people we are working with.”


The three stories were written by Oman, Parker, and Wendy Lockman. Oman's story is a clown story called No Laughing Matter, Parker's is a vampire tale called Shadowing, and Lockman wrote a ghost story, Till Death. Lockman also wrote the bridge story, to connect the three stories together.


“We had really strong talent still eager to participate after Zombageddon, and the casting call brought us an amazing amount of people willing to give us their time and talent,” Parker said. “It's really outstanding how much talent we have involved in this project.”


The success of Zombaggedon has helped the group build a bit of a reputation in the community, and Oman noted that it's easier for them to approach businesses this year. They've even recruited the support of Life In Action Videography, who will be donating their time and equipment to help make the film.


“Subway, Boston Pizza, and Pizza Hut are donating food for our cast and crew for shooting days, and that's something that we really appreciate,” added Oman. “Eden's Apple has also helped us out a lot by donating contacts for our vampires, and that has been amazing.”


Another huge support for the group has been the Swift Current Friendship Centre, who have generously provided space for them to hold casting calls and meetings. Both Oman and Parker have been impressed with the support they have seen so far.


“We've had two really great casting calls and we've got all of the extras we need,” Oman said. “We are still looking for a lead male actor, between 19-30 years old, for a role in the clown story.”


They are getting ready to begin filming this month, and are hoping to film straight through until August. Oman admitted that the process will take longer than last year's Zombageddon, but they are looking forward to another Halloween release. Proceeds will once again be going to support the local SPCA.


“They are a great cause who really need this money, and it's something close to our hearts,” added Parker. “I think people don't realize how expensive it is to house these animals while they are being relocated, and it's important to keep that facility running.”


Keep an eye on their facebook page for more updates and information as the project progresses:

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