Old George Film Team
Prairies North editor Lionel Hughes with Old George, and filmmakers Noah Fralick, and Brendan McCarney of Last Frame Pictures.
The creative team at Last Frame Pictures met George Chopping and knew instantly that he was the subject of a film they wanted to make.
“We thought George was such a fascinating person that geography and location wasn’t even a consideration,” says Brendan McCarney, the company’s co-founder and director, with Noah Fralick, of the film that is due in late 2014. McCarney and his company are from Toronto so a journey to Whitewood is a bit out of the way. It is also a departure from their usual work. “Music is my passion,” he says. “That why my work is focused there. But we’re trying to branch out of music videos. This is truly a passion project.”
It was during the preparation for the article on Old George that Prairies North discovered that Last Frame Pictures was planning to make a documentary on the same subject. The film company had decided to use the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo to raise funds for the project. After some discussion among ourselves and with Brendan and his business partner Mike Gillespie, we invested in the project as Executive Producer.
Old Geo’s Hidden Village and Museum came to McCarney’s attention while working on a video about Fralick’s band Young Rival. While filming the band’s tour, McCarney discovered that Old George’s museum had become something of a pilgrimage site for touring Canadian bands. “A lot of bands play Saskatoon and Regina and need to do something between performances,” says McCarney. “So they head out to Old Geo’s for a few hours. Bands like Yukon Blonde and the Sheepdogs have been there.”
Prairies North will visit the filming of the production and share video of that experience on our website. As part of our contribution to the film, Last Frame Pictures will bring the finished film to Saskatchewan where we will host a private screening party! Watch for details on that.
We will also be receiving three authentic pieces from George Choppings collection of artifacts. Our creative team is pondering ways that we can share those with our Prairies North friends.
It is exciting to see that the rest of Canada—and now the world—will learn about a Saskatchewan original. Congratulations to Last Frame Pictures. We are thrilled to be on board.
Keep checking our events calendar for news of the movie launch coming this fall!