Some exciting things are happening here at Fourgrounds... this August we will find ourselves one step closer to our dreams, as we shoot and direct our own indie feature film! A press release with all the details will be released in the coming weeks, but this will be the first feature production we've worked on that we can call our own. We've had the pleasure of working with some talented directors in the past couple of years on various productions in both Canada and the US, but feel the time is now right to take the plunge and produce our own. Funding has come from a variety of private investors, but the last remaining bit we need to truly make it a great flick will hopefully come from our friends, fans, and supporters! We have launched a crowd-sourced funding campaign on Indie GoGo that enables anyone to donate (as little as $10!)
Please take a moment to view the campaign and donate HERE!
Thank you to everyone who has already donated, or supported us in any way, we greatly appreciate it!
CATHARINES, ON, May 21, 2013 / -- Fourgrounds Media Inc., a Niagara video
production studio, is excited to announce their involvement as co-producer on
their first feature film. The film "Without Ward", written and directed by Cory
Cataldo, was filmed in the Hollywood Hills last summer.
The sci-fi thriller takes place with
the world under one form of government, in which armed lawyers police the world
and enforce people's personal contracts. The pic follows a dysfunctional family
being forced into a never-ending life of house arrest. Leading the film's star
stacked cast is U.S. prime-time star Michael Gladis. Other big names include
Academy Award Winner Martin Landau, Harold Perrineau, Alexis Dziena, James
Duval, and Marguerite Moreau.
Fourgrounds' co-owners Adrian
Thiessen and Kristen Nater flew to Los Angeles mid-July for on-set VFX
supervision and to meet the cast. "Heading
to the film set in L.A. was a big step for us as a company, and a sign of
things to come for Fourgrounds" says Thiessen. "The Hollywood Hills are where it's all happening, and to be a part of
that was not only a huge motivator to bring more feature film work to Niagara,
but also a great learning experience for everyone at our company. You don't get
any closer to it all than Los Angeles; the only thing that gets bigger from
here is the budget."
In addition to co-producing,
Fourgrounds has a major hand in the post-production of the film, including
assistance with pre-edit footage preparation, and assistant editing duties
performed by Fourgrounds' senior editor Rick Fast at the Generator at One
facility in downtown St. Catharines. Fourgrounds, in conjunction with the
Generator at One supplied a second camera for the production. "It's simply fantastic to be able to bring a
Hollywood stature project to Niagara, and to also service a project like this,
with talent and equipment housed here in the region" comments Nater, Vice
President of Fourgrounds. "We have spent
five years maturing as a company, and are ecstatic to culminate our experiences
into a project like this, working with an Academy Award winning caliber
production team and director like Cory Cataldo."
Fourgrounds is also extremely proud
to be working with co-producer morro images inc. on this project, who are
jointly responsible for all visual effects and animations for the film. Tobias
Wiegand, President of morro images Canada, commented on their cooperation with
Fourgrounds on the project, "It makes us
proud to continue our success story from Germany to Canada, as this project is
morro images' first larger scale production on Canadian soil. After having
worked with Fourgrounds Media on quite a few projects in the past three years,
we are very excited to collaborate with them on a larger scale project."
The film is currently scheduled for
release in 2014, and more details will be released by Fourgrounds and morro as
they come. For more information visit the film's IMDB page at www.imdb.com/title/tt2338088/.
fourgrounds is proud to be an official production partner for "The Angel Inn", a feature-length indie drama written and directed by Kirk Schriefer. The movie, shot entirely here in the Niagara region, is about three life long friends, torn apart by tragedy, and brought together again through an emotional journey of forgiveness and romance when they co-inherit a pub. One of our senior editors, Rick Fast, worked on the film, as a colour artist, and visual effects & title animator. The movie is premiering at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, next Thursday January 31st, at 7 pm.