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Silent Majority Film shoots in Pincourt


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

Silent Majority actors Chris Pettersen (left) and Bella Gavanski are joined by writer Adam Tanguay

and an extra on the set at Pincourt’s École Chêne-Bleu February 21.

Pincourt’s Chêne-Bleu high school was uncharacteristically active for a weekend when the film crew of db promedia arrived early last Saturday, February 21, to shoot scenes in its ongoing production of the feature film titled ‘Silent Majority.’ Written by Vaudreuil-Dorion resident Adam Tanguay chronicling his own high school experiences, the film exploring teenage bullying was originally filmed by db promedia President Dominic Bouffard under the name ‘Période Infernale,’ released in 2011 and distributed by CBC Radio Canada.

“I am very, very, very happy with the images,” said Bouffard of the English version. “The results of everyone working behind the camera and the actors, they’re all so good. It’s outstanding. I can’t wait to see it at the premiere.”

Featuring Westwood Senior High School students and filmed onsite at both the Hudson and Pincourt schools, the film follows the school year of the bullied ‘Tim’ played by Adam Laurin, the antagonist Justin played by Chris Pettersen, and his girlfriend Audrey portrayed by Bella Gavanski, all propped up by a supporting cast comprised of actors and behindthe- scenes players. The media project encompasses not only the movie itself, but the ‘making of’ the movie that will be screened as a separate documentary about bullying.

The two films are scheduled to be released at the same time later this fall. Éric Filiatreault, first assistant director responsible for scheduling and shooting breakdown, also known as the ‘mother of the set’ describes filmmaking as a seemingly endless stream of fixing problems. “But at the end of the day, when we look at our footage, it’s really good. The actors are incredible.”

Filiatreault said the limited budget means a lot of chaos on set and the actors don’t necessarily have time to mentally prepare for emotionally demanding scenes. “We needed actors who can get into emotion instantly and we found them. They’re really great.” Though the cast has a good relationship off-screen, taking on the role of the ‘victim’ was a bit of an eye-opener for Adam Laurin. “I’ve known people this has happened to,” he said. “Some of the extras have said they’ve lived through things similar to that.”

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

Director Domenic Bouffard and cameraman Frédérik Bernier (left) on the set in Pincourt with actor Adam Laurin (right).

The storyline includes both the physical and emotional aspects of bullying with the actors quickly falling into their respective roles. Fourteen-year-old Gavanski credits the level of talent of her fellow actors in getting through some of the more emotionally charged scenes.

“We really work off the other actors as well as getting into the character and understanding how they would react to the situation.” Gavanski said that though the film has been more work than she thought it would be, the experience has been worth the learning aspects of the entire production from conception to execution. The story takes place over the course of an actual school year and is shot mostly on evenings and weekends as the actors and crew also balance their academic responsibilities.

Filming will go until May following which the team will go into post-production editing, mixing, and sound work. Though the budget for the English film has been augmented to $55,000 - thanks to Réunir Réussir (R2) and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC - following what was described as the ‘$30,000 miracle’ in making ‘Période Infernale’ the production team has all been working for bare-bones wages. “It’s more for the cause that we’re doing this than for the money,” he said.

Tanguay said he hopes the message delivered by the film will make a difference in viewers’ lives in recognizing that despite our differences, we’re all human and deserve to be treated with respect. The film is set to be released September 12 in the Salle Albert-Dumouchel auditorium in Valleyfield that is graciously offering use of the 800-seat cinema for free. Once filming is complete, Bouffard plans to take a small break from theatrical fiction before resuming his work at db promedia filming television commercials and promotional videos but says a return to fiction is definitely in the foreseeable future. For more information on the film, consult www.facebook.com/silentmajoritymovie

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