Written by Abigail Nash: ST. ALBANS / DEXTER - The independent film company American Whirlwind Pictures, LLC did a film shoot on the causeway over Birch Island in St. Albans on July 30 for their first movie, "Ramblin 'Round."
American Whirlwind Pictures was formed recently and is based in Maine. Their goal is to produce high quality films and to help support the arts and economy. Eventually they hope to create films, television pilots, and more, all made in the Northeast. Currently, Whirlwind Pictures is working on the film "Ramblin 'Round," a movie about two young people, Harvey and Edie stuck in the daily routine of life.
Harvey convinces Edie to explore a different side of life and loose themselves from responsibility. However, they meet with many obstacles along the way and find themselves on the wrong side of the law. As time continues, the two must decide whether they want to return to everyday life or take a risk and pursue something else.
One of the scenes from the movie included the actors driving over a causeway in an antique car while a seaplane flew overhead. For this scene Whirlwind Pictures chose to shoot on the causeway to Birch Island. The seaplane arrived from Greenville at 8 a.m. and docked at the Collins' dock, which is near to the causeway. After many delays, the shot the directors were looking for was accomplished by 11 a.m. Another flyover was done in order to get a different angle and the filming was done around noon.
During the filming 10 to 15 local people watched. They were quite interested in the whole filming process. According to Lois Lessard, one of the locals who watched the filming, the crew was very friendly and more than happy to answer any questions that people had. As she said, "We were just so impressed that they were such nice people."
The story continues: By Judy Wilbur Craig in Dexter: The filming continued in Dexter on Monday, August 2nd, Tuesday & Wednesday on the Number 10 Road at Dana Wilbur's farmstead. The movie set included an old garage on the Wilbur farm which they put an old car in. They also filmed inside of Dana's kitchen off and on for 2 days.
One crew member mentioned that they had also filmed in other communities including Brooks Maine where they rode & filmed on the train for 2 days.
Ryan M. Bennett, 23, of Pittsfield wrote the script and co-directs the feature-length film. Ryan, whose grandparents, Gary & Joan Bennett has a family camp in the Number 10 neighborhood, said he has passed Dana's garage all his life and knew it was a perfect location for filming part of the movie.
As in Pittsfield, the crew of about 10 or so people, they were very friendly with the homeowners and people visiting the set.
Click to see pictures taken by Judy during the filming. We will be adding more pictures taken by Dana Wilbur soon.
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