New local production company getting set for feature film

Amy MacKenzie
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SCOTSBURN – A new local production company has completed its first movie shoot and is busy preparing for a feature film production that breaks ground this spring.

FLAWed Productions started up this fall when four locals decided to move on their idea to make movies in communities along the Northumberland Shore.

The company went to Tatamagouche, Pictou and New Glasgow holding information sessions to gain a database of people with skills suitable to the film industry.

Michelle Ferris, one of co-founders FLAWed, said the team was thrilled with the turnout of talent in Pictou County and Tatamagouche area and sees a bright future for the company.

“Over the course of those sessions we had more than 60 people register and, since then, we are now up to about 75 people in our database. We managed to cover-off skills in virtually every area that we had outlined and identified for film production,” she said. “We had a really good mix of both in front and behind camera, so it was nice to see that we had as much interest in people doing all the work behind the scenes as we had people wanting to be involved when it comes time to audition.”

Ferris said FLAWed has broken up the reach of their productions to three areas along the Northumberland Shore: Tatamagouche, Pictou, New Glasgow and surrounding areas.

She said the interest in getting involved in FLAWed’s productions was about equal in all three areas, which she said is ideal as they will likely shoot in all of those locations.  

The production company had its first shoot this past weekend in Tatamagouche and Toney River for the short film titled “TV Repair,” which was co-produced with videographer Tony DeCoste, who also wrote and directed the short. Ferris said the film is about a TV on the fritz, an interesting couple and the dynamic between them.

“We thought it was a great way to get our collective feet wet and hop right in,” she said.

The short will be submitted to the Annapolis Valley Short Film Festival.

“It’s coming together really well. We’re going to be sending it off for that festival next week and possibly submitting it to some other (festivals) as well.”

Ferris said everything ran smoothly with the first shoot, which makes her optimistic about the next project, a psychological thriller written by Tatamagouche-based author and playwright Gary Blackwood.

“We’ll be rolling on that pretty quickly,” Ferris said. “We’re about to send the script out to everyone in the database and we’re looking for people to express their availability and interest in working on the production.”

Ferris said the production company is always looking for new people to register their skills with FLAWed and they can do so by accessing its website:

FLAWed Productions has four members and, for production, the company issues shares in the production to the cast and crew.

“When we make money on the film, then people will be reimbursed according to their shares,” Ferris said. “At this point, we’re assuming we’re going to have to do shooting on evenings and weekends because we’re going to assume that some people will have commitments during the day.”

Ferris said in addition to accepting information from those with film industry skills on an ongoing basis, FLAWed Productions will also accept scripts.

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, New Glasgow, Pictou County Northumberland Toney River Annapolis Valley

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