Filming Underway for “HARD DRIVE” in Halifax

Posted: November 19, 2012

Always so cool to report when another feature film is into production here in Nova Scotia.

Ditch by Hal NiedzvieckiHARD DRIVE began principal photography on November 12 and will continue shooting in Halifax through to the end of the month.

Based on novel “Ditch” by Hal Niedzviecki the film by William D. MacGillivray stars Douglas Smith (BIG LOVE), Laura Slade Wiggins  (SHAMELESS) and Megan Follows (ANNE OF GREEN GABLES) along with Halifax resident, legendary jazz drummer Jerry Granelli.


Top Douglas Smith &  Laura Slade Wiggins bottom- Megan Follows  & legendary jazz drummer Jerry Granelli Keep your eyes peeled for cast and crew as they do their thing throughout HRM until November 30.

We'll keep you posted as more details become available - in the meantime what follows is the official press release regarding the production. SABS




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Hard Drive begins principal photography

A film by William D. MacGillivray, based on novel Ditch by Hal Niedzviecki

“Searching for analog love in a digital world…”

(Halifax – November 14, 2012) Hard Drive, a feature film by acclaimed Canadian writer/director William D. MacGillivray, is shooting in Halifax through November 30. Starring Douglas Smith (“Big Love”), Laura Slade Wiggins (“Shameless”), Megan Follows (“Anne of Green Gables”) and Jerry Granelli (legendary jazz drummer), the film is about coming of age in a digital millennium. One young man’s unexpected plunge into adulthood–from youthful restlessness to the uplifting joy of first love–becomes a complex and emotionally satisfying drama about relationships, intimacy and redemption.

“Hard Drive explores the ways in which technology informs our connections to each other, often creating emotional distance where it’s least welcome,” says MacGillivray. “Sometimes the images we capture of people become more important than the people themselves. I want this film to explore that through music, through point-of-view and through stylized camerawork.”

MacGillivray, now based in Nova Scotia, has written and directed several dramatic features and documentaries including the celebrated The Man of a Thousand Songs as well as the critically acclaimed CBC network television series “Gullage’s.” His most feted project, Life Classes was named a ‘Masterwork of Canadian Cinema’ by Canada’s AV Trust and was nominated for Best Motion Picture at the 1988 Genie Awards before being selected as the Official Canadian Entry in Competition for the 38th Berlin International Film Festival.

With cinematography by Genie-nominated Stéphanie Weber Biron (Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats) and production design by Jennifer Stewart (“Haven”), Hard Drive is produced by Picture Plant with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Film Nova Scotia. Additional financing is provided by the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and private investment. Script development was supported by Telefilm Canada, Film Nova Scotia and Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund. Toronto-based IndieCan Entertainment is the Canadian distributor, with The Yellow Affair handling international pre-sales.

“Putting a film together is a major enterprise. So when production actually begins, there’s a real opportunity to look at how all the parts will create the sum and I’m feeling very excited,” says producer Terry Greenlaw of Picture Plant. “To have such an impressive cast and crew come together because they all want to make something great is a pretty special feeling.”

Hard Drive, based on the novel Ditch by Hal Niedzviecki, is a love story with the momentum of a road trip and the edge of a thriller. Starting within Canadian urban sprawl and climaxing in a strangely beautiful American suburb, the story tracks a couple of lovely loners who eventually find their places in the world. It will be rendered through a narrative driven as much by the emotional logic of its music and its iconic imagery as by the linearity of traditional storytelling. It shoots in locations across Halifax from November 12 - 30 with a theatrical release set for 2014.

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