Will Jester, Alicia Vita Jones, Moi, James Coholan, Austin MacDonald, MIA Camden Angelis.
Niamh Wilson winsBest Supporting Actress for a feature film at the Young Artist Awardsin L.A. for "Gracie" in theYoung and Prodigious T.S. Spivet.
Directed by James Burke. Filmed in 2003. Writen by Brent Boyd. Starring Joshua Jackson, Juliette Lewis, Donald Sutherland, Steve Pasquale, Louise Fletcher, Krista Bridges. And of course, Young Canadian actor Niamh Wilson makes her feature film debut.
Filming T.S. Spivet was an amazing experience. The crew were both French and Canadian. When we were filming in Montreal, that meant a Quebecois crew. Pincher Creek, Alberta was standing in for Montana, and when we moved to Pincher that meant we mostly crewed up with Albertans, with a few key Quebecois for continuity. The French team stayed with us for the duration. The bilingual nature of the production was always interesting and occasionally challenging. For for the French crew: Callum became Caloom. For the Canadian: Re-Jean was Rejean. Our great hair and makeup team encouraged me to use my French.
In Pincher Creek we survived near twister severe weather and frigid rain, between beautiful clear sunny days. A baby bear was seen in the distance. Waterton National Park called to us on long weekends and we found deer walking the streets.
I had the chance to work people who had inspired me, and continue to be an influence: Helena Bonham Carter, Jean Pierre Jeunet and Callum Kieth Rennie. And I was lucky enough to work with two incredible young talents: Kyle Catlett, a giant-brained, multi-talented nine year old who had the responsibility to carry the leading title role, and Jacob Davies, the sweetest, most grounded young actor I've met who brought Layton to life in a way that was richer than the words in the script.
Debra ! was 5 years ago. I really don't talk about working on this project very often but even though the job was chaotic at times it was an amazing learning experience. Thecast and crewwere some of the best people ever: Will, Alicia, James, Austin and Camden. Al. Rick. David and Jessica. Directors Stacy Curtis and Don McCutcheon, Producers Maggie Murphy and Tom Mazza, Line Producer Kevin May and
The MOW/pilot Chasing Alice was my very first job, age five. I was hired by Director Ralph Hemecker, who would later cast me again in Haunting Sarah.
This Polariod (taken by one of the make up or hair ladies) shows me playing a ghost – for the first time . We shot in an abandonded building, and my mom spent all her time trying to keep me 1) clean and 2) out of trouble. It was my first experience of waiting around on set all day, bored out of my mind, only to be brought on set right before I had to clock out. My Biggest Discovery as a New Actor: the "Craft truck". This is where the cast and crew can pick up snacks or drinks throughout the day. Imagine being 5 years old and finding a truck full of free candy and snacks. Ya. Shortly after this discovery my Mom established the Craft Truck Wrap Rule: no candy during the shoot day, but I could fill a coffee cup full of treats to take home after wrap. And that, ladies and gentlemen is the glamour of the acting biz.
Elizabeth Young, creator Andrew Nicholls (never met Darrell Vickers). And of course the Cookie Jar Big Boss Michael Hirsch.
Hey, at least now I can memorize 12 pages of lines in half an hour. I don't think I realized at the time what a privilege it was to front a show -- though I definitely felt the responsibility.
Thanks "Debra", you were quite the time.
Chasing Alice (2003)