Brian Stockton on Filming The Sabbatical

Brian Stockton
Brian Stockton

I made my first film at the Filmpool way back in 1985. Except for a few lost years on Toronto, I’ve been a member ever since.

My new project is a feature-length comedy called The Sabbatical. It’s a low-budget project funded by The Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Filmpool and via an Indiegogo crowd-source funding campaign on until January 31, 2014.

In addition to some cash The Filmpool provided sound, lighting and grip gear with a few more tidbits coming from my day job at the University of Regina Film Department.

 

Laura and James
Laura and James
James Whittingham trying to kill the DOP in the fireworks scene.
James Whittingham trying to kill the DOP in the fireworks scene.

Laura Abramsen
Laura Abramsen

The film is being shot over a year-long schedule in an improvised style. The project was built around lead actor James Whittingham (Just For LaughsThe James and Kevin ShowWolf Cop) who has a history in camera-based improv. It’s the story of a fine arts professor who goes on a year-long sabbatical to work on a photography project that suddenly may not happen. He meets a young artist (played wonderfully by U of R theatre student Laura Abramsen (Wolf Cop)) and a mid-life crisis ensues.

Watch the trailer and support the Indiegogo campaign until January 31!  http://igg.me/at/sabb/x/855695

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James Whittingham, Mike Gill, Candy Fox and Laura Abramsen with headless location sound guy Ruben Rojas.

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