Steve was appreciative of his volunteers. "Most of our days were
long and we worked at a hectic pace. They were great. They never
let up. Even when I needed them for an extra day, they were
Many of the students did not know what to expect until production
began, he said, because they had never seen a film being made before.
Offering students this experience was one of the reasons he decided to
make the film in Perth.
"It's something I never had a chance to do in school, so I wanted to
involve students and give them that experience."
The film was developed in Toronto last week where Road to Avonlea
Steve is pleased with the results. "Everything looks great. We
were worried about the rain scene (the film was made during a week of
sunny, sultry weather), but the colourist was able to turn the sky
gray and gloomy-looking."
The audio will be put on the film and his editing (a major task)
will begin in the fall. Steve expects the film will be complete and
ready for it's first showing here in Perth next spring.
Then he hopes the film might be picked up for television screening.
The project, he says, would not have come to life had it not been
for the excellent cooperation he received from the town and from the
many organizations and individuals here.
A gun collector loaned his pistols for the duel scene and even
allowed them to be shot. The man, Steve said, had only shot the pistols
once, when he bought them.
"The sports exchange had planned to use Stewart Park at the same
time we did. We asked them if they could rearrange their schedule and
"When we were at Conlon Farm, and I called in the microphone for
quiet, parents were asking their children to be quiet so we could
"It was a real community thing and I feel I have to thank everybody in
Perth for supporting us."
Buoyed by the experience, Kaleidoscope Productions, with Steve at
the helm, hopes to be in pre-production at this time next year with
a new project.
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