The hat becomes the backdrop for a short film
Medicine Hat takes center stage in the first production by a Saskatchewan filmmaker.
Brysen Mann, author, screenwriter and director, will make his directorial debut with the short film The Price Tag, shot entirely in Medicine Hat.
“The Price Tag is gritty drama with a touch of humor,” Mann told The News. “It is the story of a hardened individual, Ray, who plans to rob a bar owned by Jeff, a hard-working family man. During their interaction, they share, sometimes reluctantly, a few ideas about themselves and find common ground.
Filming for the project began in January and largely focused on exterior shots. Unforeseen circumstances resulted in a two-month hiatus from filming, but Mann and his team are scheduled to return to Medicine Hat in May and wrap up filming in June.
Mann said he chose Medicine Hat as his film‘s backdrop in large part because of the vibrant murals that decorate the city’s downtown core and will be captured in several exterior shots.
After choosing the city as the location, Mann contacted the local media arts and design organization, Pulp. Digital creators.
“They really helped me allocate and find a film crew. They helped me scout out locations and additional filming equipment needs and everything,” Mann said. was not only a great experience, but also very lucky that Medicine Hat has a resource like this to support people doing projects like mine.
“Additionally, there has been a wide range of businesses and individuals…who have been extremely helpful to this project, so I very much appreciate Medicine Hat as a location and (for its) resources. Without their participation, I would not have seen this project as rewarding and successful as it has been so far.
Mann is also grateful to his six-person film crew, five of whom are from Medicine Hat.
“We have a great film crew which currently includes April Mandziak, James Kuehn, Benjamin Weir, Jessika Babe, Neil Braun and Rachelle Mandziak,” he said. “The entire film crew that participates is extremely talented.”
Mann also hopes to find a local actor to fill one of the film’s speaking roles.
“I’m hoping to find (an actor) as local as possible, but if not in Medicine Hat, definitely in Alberta.”
Local is an important aspect of Mann’s work.
“I reside in Saskatchewan, but I am a former resident of Alberta,” he said. “But I’m going back to Alberta next year because I want (future) film projects to be based in Alberta or Saskatchewan as much as possible, (in terms of) locations, cast and crew. . Just try to keep things local as much as possible.
The roughly 35-minute film is slated for release this summer. Mann hopes to share her work with audiences across Canada and the world, enrolling them in film festivals.
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