Humber alumni finish first independently-funded short film

Published in the Humber Et Cetera on November 26, 2012 and online November 24, 2o12.

Jamie Latour plays Father Kelly in “Little Matthew.”

Humber alumni have pulled together after graduation to produce ‘Little Matthew,’ a film about a down-and-out private eye.

Andrew Appelle joined creative forces with Curt Lobb and Rob Hyland to write, shoot, edit and produce the short film.

“This is definitely the most ambitious thing any of us have taken on,” Appelle said. “It’s also the happiest I’ve ever been with anything I’ve been this involved with.”

Appelle, Little Matthew’s co-writer and director, said he came up with the original idea for the film after being inspired by a film he saw at TIFF. He said the tone of the film was something he had never seen done before.

Synopsis

Little Matthew is about an unemployed private investigator, Geoff Landry, who is having trouble coping with the recent death of his wife and the accompanying debt.

A long-time friend has an offer for a lucrative gig that involves abducting a young, homeless boy named Matthew for the priest of a church. When the friend discovers what the task is, he backs out.

When Geoff’s now-solo job goes awry, the true nature of the mission grows nightmarishly apparent.

Get by with a little help from my friends… 

“I pitched the idea to Rob in February,” Appelle said. “He had a bunch of good ideas so we collaborated.”

Lobb, the producer and editor of the film, said when the two showed him the idea, he was excited to get started on it.

“It was nice to hear about something that I would really want to watch and see more of,” Lobb said. “It’s always great to see an idea you like lain out in it’s totality.”

Professional back-up

Appelle showed the script to his employers and the owners of Cave Painting Pictures, Casey Walker and Dave Watson.

“Casey said this script was the first one in a long time that he couldn’t put down,” Appelle said. “He and Dave asked to be executive producers on the film.”

The eight months in between writing and shooting consisted of getting locations, props and actors.

Independently funded

The three funded the film independently and held a fundraiser in the spring.

They agreed that one of the toughest things at this stage of their careers is directing crew and actors who are working for free.

“It’s an interesting give-and-take at this stage,” Lobb said. “We’re balancing not paying people but still demanding a certain amount out of them.”

Moon Valley Pictures presents…

The three, along with a few friends they lived with, began their current production company Moon Valley Pictures while at Humber.

Lobb, Appelle and Hyland said they all think that having friends to work with made the struggles of an independent film more bearable.

“My favourite part of shooting is being able to make movies with my friends,” Lobb said.

“It’s great because all your free time is going to benefit all of us in our careers, but it’s also hanging out with our buds.”

TIFF?

They have high hopes for the short, which should be completed post-production by February.

“Our aim is TIFF,” Apelle said. “We’ll send it out to a few different film and horror festivals as well.

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