3 Gif Moments From Montreal-Made Feature Film The Game Warden
The Game Warden is a Montreal-made feature film written and produced by Bret MacDonald, and directed by his partner Erik Mockus. The storyline revolves around the life of a Wildlife officer who deals with his anxiety disorder after something tragic happens to his life. Having applied for grants with no luck, they decided to go the independent way and inject $5000 of their own money in the project. The end result looks like a film that most producers can't even do on a half a million dollar budget.
They are premiering The Game Warden on March 31st at Le Theatre Corona in Montreal, so we asked them to give us a glimpse of the movie by submitting 3 of the best moments captured in gif, and they delivered. Scroll through the moments below and read out quick interview after the jump:
How would you describe The Game Warden in under 140 characters?
The Game Warden is the story of Dan, a Wildlife Officer who loses his grip on reality due to self-inflicted guilt after a bear attack claims the life of his son.
How long did it take you to put this short movie together?
Actually, most people think that it is a short film seeing that we had such limited financial resources, but The Game Warden is a full feature. The film runs just over one hour and forty minutes. We shot it over a year, mostly on week-ends and holidays seeing we also each hold regular day jobs. The process let us incorporate the full spectrum of our Canadian seasons, so our confined means ended up adding to the visual story.
How much of your personal experience dealing with anxiety is injected in The Game Warden?
As a writer, my relationship with anxiety is heavily weaved into most of my work. In my early twenties I experienced a bout of panic attacks that at moments made me feel like I was losing my mind. The director of The Game Warden, Erik Mockus, did a fantastic job of capturing that feeling in a subtle manner. Many films portray anxiety like something only a crazy person is afflicted with. Erik was able to tackle the topic in a way that makes it a lot more accessible to the average person.
Watch The Game Warden on March 31st at Theatre Corona.