Elkhorn Wildlife Area, Oregon, hosts scenes for short film Special
The Elkhorn Wildlife Viewing Area, located 25 miles outside of Baker City, Oregon, had some unusual guests this weekend as it was used to film a short fantasy movie entitled "Then I shall Rein Supreme."
The movie is actually about a childhood fantasy of the director himself, Joseph Nelson. Nelson is a 2001 graduate of Powder Valley High School, and he subsequently attended Eastern Oregon University
where he majored in liberal arts with an emphasis in film. Nelson said that the film is based on the typical childhood fantasy of the hero saving the fair maiden from the evil villain. Although this is something he thought of doing for quite some time, he actually conceived the idea two and a half years ago when attending Eastern Oregon University. When he originally casted for the actors, he only had about three or four show up out of a cast of seven. This, plus financing issues, forced him to put off production of the film until now. Half of the movie was filmed in the Provo, Utah area, the the second half here. In the first half, children are playing the parts of the villain, hero, and fair maiden, but the second half shows the change from reality to imagination. The hero is played by recent Brigham Young University
graduate Collin Clifford, the villain is played by Ammon Cunningham of Utah, and the fair maiden is played by Madi Oldroyd, also of Utah. Nelson says that he hope to have the production completed by September, in time for the Sundance Film Festival
in Park City, Utah. Nelson remarked that this is a good time to release even a short film such as this one because of the other movies of the same type and genre coming out, such as the next "Harry Potter" and "Voyage of the Dawn Treader." Nelson says that one of the reasons that he filmed in this area was to gain more local support and possible sponsorship for a feature length Science Fiction film that he wants to film in Baker City.