March 21, 2016 - 8:00 PM
VERNON - Film crews are scouring the Okanagan for an old, isolated house where you can’t see any neighbours and no one can hear you scream.
The location would be for a psychological thriller called Nomis, written and directed by David Raymond and produced by Enderby Entertainment, known for the movie Blackway.
Jon Summerland with the Okanagan Film Commission says they need to find an old, decrepit, decaying castle-type house.
“The idea has to feel like this house in the middle of nowhere is almost a prison. The people who are there have nowhere to go — you can’t see neighbours, can’t hear neighbours, you can’t see a road. You’ve got to feel like there’s nowhere you can go to get away from this almost a fortress, prison-type thing,” Summerland says.
Finding the perfect house has proven challenging, and Summerland is asking anyone with leads to get in touch with the film commission.
“The house is the driver and the difficult one. Once we nail down this house — unless it becomes something else maybe — I’m confident everything else will be easy,” Summerland says.
If the scouting search is successful, Nomis could begin shooting in late August or early September. Other regions are being considered and it’s not guaranteed the movie will be filmed in the Okanagan.
Rick Dugdale, with Enderby Entertainment, says he had an incredible experience shooting Blackway in the North Okanagan and welcomes the opportunity to return home. The A.L. Fortune Secondary grad grew up in Enderby and now lives in Los Angeles.
With the search for a vintage-looking house proving difficult, Dugdale says they are looking at creative solutions and ways of possibly adapting the story to a different type of building.
“We have some options for sure,” Dugdale says.
The cast for Nomis is coming together, with "recognizable names and people we may have worked with in the past," Dugdale says. He’s not saying much about the movie itself, which he describes as dark and suspenseful — something in the vein of Gone Girl meets Seven.
“The reason we can’t give away too much is it’s so full of twists and turns, we have to be careful not to give it away too soon,” Dugdale says.
Enderby Entertainment is also exploring the possibility of bringing a different film to the Kelowna area, possibly early next year. With the low Canadian dollar, he says it’s economically beneficial to shoot this side of the border.
Anyone with a lead on an old, castle-type house in the region can send information and photos to the film commission, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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