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“We wanted to do a genre picture and thought it was the perfect fit for 3D.”
The film was premiered to Mullen’s hometown this past summer at an outdoor screening at St. Paul’s Catholic High School’s football field where a scene from the movie had been filmed. Dead Before Dawn was filmed entirely in Niagara Falls, Ont. with many of the film’s actors also being Canadian.
Dead Before Dawn closed out the Toronto International Film Festival’s Next Wave Festival in 2013. The film has been well received and described as being a real crowd pleaser.
Dead Before Dawn is Canada’s first fully live-action stereoscopic 3D feature. Dorian, who co-founded WANGO Films with Mullen in 2005, also produced the film with her.
“We want it to be the type of movie where [the audience] can throw popcorn at the screen and laugh.” Dorion told TheExaminer.com.
The pair came up with the idea over four years ago when 3D had just begun to take off.
“We noticed that it had never been done for an independent film and we decided … you know what, we can do this,” Dorion says.
The pair stopped by the Skybar Lounge at Brock University in St. Catharines on Sept. 24 to discuss the film and the process of making it, with students and faculty.
“We shot the film in a total of 20 days so we had to be very efficient with every second we spent on set,” Mullen says.
She adds that the camaraderie on set made it easy to get the shots they needed in one take.
“Without the cast there is no momentum behind the film.” Mullen has described the film as ‘The Goonies Meets Shaun of the Dead.”
The film is available on video on demand and hit select Canadian theatres on Sept. 20.