The hills outside of East Coulee became the backdrop for the developing road trip series, Abracadavers.
The cast and crew of Abracadavers, literally, set their sights high as they filmed on the edge of the hills past the Atlas Coals Mines. For three days Executive Producer Griffin Cork, who also portrays the male lead in the film series named Chris, along with other cast and crew members have been filming within the Drumheller area.
"Abracadavers follows a story of my character, Chris, who's mother died two years ago in a hair salon chair accident," explained Cork with a light synopsis of the film series. "The character has obsessive compulsive disorder so he stole the chair and his friends, seeing this negative impact on his life, decide to take him on a road trip. As the series progresses, there is abilities formed and friendships tested."
The Si-fi supernatural film series will be eight episodes long with 10 minutes in each episode. The episodes will be available on Telus Optik TV On Demand and streamed online at the end of the summer. Cork and his fellow film members work long hours each day, trying to stay on budget and on time with the series wrap date a week from now.
"So many film shoots from around the world come to shoot in Alberta," this from one of the series actresses, Emma Houghton. "We just need to take advantage of that as Alberta (art) creators. We can't think we don't have what it takes because we totally do!"
"While Calgary and Edmonton are normally the more film-centric locations, we believe Alberta has a lot of gorgeous vistas to offer, and we are proud to show off our province!" Cork backed Houghton's statement. "With the Oscar buzz from The Revenant and Fargo, I strongly believe in the Alberta film scene."
Choosing the Drumheller area was easy for Director, Morgan Ermter, as it was on the route mapped out for the road trip series. It was Ermter's brainchild now four years in the making but according to him, it has become a collaborative piece that keeps evolving.
"Essentially right now, I'm not over there on set with them and they're setting up a shot," explained Ermter as he stopped to speak with DrumFM. "So everything that they are doing over there, is making the show something better then what I could of thought it was."
Composer and location sound engineer, Scott Steneker is in charge of scoring the film and making sure ambient noises used for scenes are properly captured. One thing he wants to capture is sleeping in his own bed again but enjoys the travel through Alberta and meeting new people.
"I do miss being home, sleeping in my own bed," Steneker said. "It has been really fun. We've got to see some really cool places like today. It's been fun just driving around (Alberta)."
The valley and area has become, once again, immortalized within the film industry.