Tuesday, May 21, 2013

fourgrounds co-produces first hollywood feature film

ST. 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/.