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Local Film Project Underway in Aberdeen

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ABERDEEN, S.D. — The Northern Route to the Black Hills Film Division and Hayze Entertainment Group are producing a local film directed by Aberdeen native Shaun O’Connell. The project will include more than 22 cast and crew members from the area. Pre-production began Sept. 22 with a finish date set for Oct. 8. A public screening has been planned; dates are tentative. The film will be shot entirely in Aberdeen. Matt Klundt, the film’s cinematographer, will be using a state-of-the-art, high definition camera courtesy of Imagine Zion Films. Once editing is complete, the film will be entered into competitions around the world, including the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. By keeping everything local, the film, as well as the community, will benefit. Resident companies will be utilized, contributing to the economy. Adding to the excitement of the production, a random drawing will determine the direction for writing the screenplay. This unique, improvisational approach to filmmaking encourages creativity and spontaneity. Buddie Hasty of the Northern Route to the Black Hills Film Division thanks people and businesses in the area for making the production possible. “Because of generous patron support, our film will be on par with any Hollywood production. And because we’re doing it here, we save money. From catering to lights to printing the scripts, costs are low and almost every penny ends up on screen,” Hasty said. Key patrons include the Tom and Danielle Aman Enterprise and Foundation and McQuillen Design Associates. The filmmakers have already started planning their next project, a feature-length film. O’Connell is finding Aberdeen perfectly suited to mounting a large-scale production. “There’s incredible talent right under our noses in this town,” O’Connell said. “All we have to do is create the opportunity to showcase it. After that the sky is the limit.”