Local filmmakers shooting feature film in Nose Creek Park
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:43 am
Retired teacher and longtime Airdrie resident Greg Lammiman set up shop in his hometown on May 6 to film scenes for his upcoming feature film My Grandpa Detective.
Lammiman has been working full time as a filmmaker since 2009 along with his son Dallas, to make up the Airdrie-based production company MovieMakers.
Dallas was also on set with his father at Nose Creek Park to shoot a few scenes on a chilly May 6.
The film My Grandpa Detective is described by Greg as a faith-based comedy and has somewhat of a buddy cop/odd couple theme.
“The main character is a detective and he’s assigned a new partner – his grandfather - whom he still blames for the loss of his father,” said Lammiman.
“It’s a comedy with a Christian message.”
The detective is named Robert Whitmore and is forced to not only deal with his grandfather, a retired detective who has been forced out of retirement after 20 years, but also with his own standing before God.
Lammiman feels he and his son are starting to hit their stride when it comes to feature-length movies, after they got their start in film with documentaries and how-to videos.
The father-son tandem have had their hands in the project from start to finish, from writing to shooting to post-production.
“I do a lot of the writing and production and Dallas takes on more of the directorial stuff like shooting and editing,” said Lammiman.
“He’s got more of an artistic eye than I do.”
Shooting for My Grandpa Detective kicked off in February and the actors and production team did the majority of their indoor shooting in Drumheller, with some scenes shot in Beiseker and Didsbury.
“We were hoping that the weather would be a little nicer for the outdoor shooting and figured May would be good,” said Lammiman.
“It’s a bit cooler out than we’d hoped but we’ll work with it.”
It promises to be a hectic schedule over the next year for the father and son team of Greg and Dallas, as they plan to wrap shooting on My Grandpa Detective on May 13, with Aug. 1 slated as the date for their locked edit of the film before a score (soundtrack) is set.
Once the film leaves their hands, Greg says they plan to start shooting a second feature-length film in August.
“We’re already working on another one, the script is done and we’re hoping to start filming in August,” said Lammiman.
“It’s a bit ambitious to take on two feature projects in one year.”
The film My Grandpa Detective is slated for release to DVD in January 2015 and Lammiman is hoping to premier the film at Airdrie’s Roxy Theatre around that time.