THE HEALER Happenings – July 3, 2015

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click here for more on THE HEALERPosted: July 3, 2015

THE HEALER is a new feature film starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen (NBC’s DRACULA), Camilla Luddington (GREY'S ANATOMY), Jorge Garcia (HAWAII FIVE-O) and Jonathan Pryce (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN).

Each week, Sea And Be Scene brings you an exclusive and intriguing glimpse into this exciting production, shooting this summer in Nova Scotia.

 

THE HEALER Happenings - Posted July 3, 2015
By Dan MacDonald ("Larry" in the film)

With filming completed in Aspotogan earlier this week, it seems appropriate for me to tell you more about that location. Some may already be aware; others may not. The house in which we were shooting is, of course, haunted.

Not by anyone we might know, but by an elderly lady who looks down, ready to scold, from her post in the upper front window where she watches in vain for her returning fisherman-husband, a man who went missing many years ago.

the house in Aspotogan NS used for THE HEALER

My performer colleagues may have noticed I was, perhaps, a bit “constrained” during our shoot last Thursday. It was certainly not because of the company present. Rather, it was because of the “presence” of The Lady in the Window.

Firstly, a muffled revelation: I am the seventh son of a seventh son. Those of the Scottish persuasion will understand the significance of that statement – whether they believe in “second sight” or not. Others will pooh-pooh the whole idea as nonsense. I, myself, try not to put too much store in it … but there are times when circumstances, strangeness, atmosphere and, yes, my Scots’ ancestors, insist I pay at least a modicum of attention.

Dan MacDonald as Larry in THE HEALER

Some of you may have experienced a niggling sense of tension in the Aspotogan house at various times, particularly during camera reverses when much equipment, furniture and props are noisily shifted about. Such “tension” would not have interfered with our work, being felt only slightly, although causing a lingering “Was that anything?” question.

Most of you did not venture into the grassy, front area that slopes down to the sea at this location, but those who did might have sensed they were being “observed.” And not by another member of the crew! The Lady finds change disturbing and, in the event of further shooting on this site, I would suggest you look up to the window and simply reassure her that no harm will come to her home … as I did on Thursday. She then appeared more relaxed and welcoming. I had hoped to go up to her station in the window and comfort her but shooting didn’t permit such an opportunity.

Can you see the lady in the window

The “interference” was so slight that, to most of you, nothing appeared out of place throughout your time there. Some few of you may have briefly questioned a tingling sensation. This is to assure you that you are not coming down with anything, and to assure everyone that The Lady is a benign presence and might even grow to enjoy such visits. Just give a friendly nod to her in the window. DM

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Dan MacDonald who plays LarryDan MacDonald is a Nova Scotian actor who plays Larry in THE HEALER. Born in Pictou County in (you guessed it) a haunted house, he hitchhiked across Canada in 1953 to attend the only drama course then available in this country, at the University of British Columbia. Following graduation, he launched his professional career with The Everyman Theatre, and helped found Holiday Theatre, the first professional company offering children’s theatre. He’s been at it ever since.

While you're here check out previously posted articles on THE HEALER - Blog Post June 23/15Blog Post June 17/15, Blog Post June 10/15Cameras Roll on THE HEALER, Blog Post June 2/15, Blog Post May 28/15, Blog Post May 21/15, Blog Post May 16/15 The Healer Heads to Halifax & the South Shore

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