We have been in production with this film since December of 2018 and throughout 2019. This production has been fortunate enough to have so many people willing to give their time and efforts in creating this story so far! This film is a fictional portrayal that is inspired by a true event. We are seeking 3,500 + to help with some production costs.
The time that has been spent on this by so many different individuals with their own lives has been somewhat miraculous. Story is key and being able to shoot this film in a very unconventional way has been so educating and eye-opening. Filming a WWII story in the snow in southern Utah is not a common thing. Wardrobe for a period WWII pieces are extremely expensive and hard to come by. Doing a WWII film, in general, is just ambitious and expensive! As we approached location scouting in finding the areas in which to shoot, we were lead to a sheepherders' cabin that would have aesthetically looked practical enough to shoot with. As we tried to find it, we couldn't and there is no way we could even gather enough resources to load cast and crew in knee deep snow even if we did find it. So, we decided that we were just going to build. Easier said than done ;) With our first shoot date set in February. It was two days before that a huge snowstorm came in and actually snowed us out from our first location. So, we had to improvise with mother nature, trim down some scenes we scheduled to get and go ahead and shoot what we could in another location that was a nice 20 degree weather (our actors are champions too, Leo). Our plan was to get all the snow scenes first, as snow in southern Utah does not last long, go figure.
So, in preparation for our next scenes where we needed every actor on set, we built our exterior cabin in pieces like a puzzle so that we could just fit them together on location. The week before we had to arrange a different location and thanks to Donna who owns a beautiful piece of property in Pine Valley, we were able to be granted permission to set up and shoot. Trying to find crew that can help set up the cabin, in the snow, with no cell service, and for free (for now, anyway) was another challenge. One of our producers just so happened the night before to run into an old friend, where? You guessed it, at the movies. His friend is a skilled craftsmen who just so happened to not be doing anything on the day we needed to construct the set. Without him(thank you James!), it would not have been up in time. It was a total of 4-5 of us hauling these pieces on a sled and constructing this set! The director stayed the night in an RV (thank you Scott!).
Everyone arrived on set and we had a great but exhausting shoot with all our exterior cabin scenes. Then two days later, we tear down the set. Starting into this project we knew that we didn't have the financial resources in order to "buy time". We've had to bring in some really strategic and very thought out ways in how to 1. Work well and respect the time that individuals have allowed to give. 2. Make sure that we are not figuring out how to shoot things on location but rather be so well versed in our angles before hand that we can work to make time to get some improvised angles and shots. Working with what we have done so far has been a unique set of challenges to say the least. To those who have donated so far: Your contributions have been well used in bringing this story to life! Thank you!