COLAC residents had a taste of Hollywood when a Camperdown-based film maker used a Colac district landmark during his first day of filming.
Spanish-born filmmaker Luis Bayonas said he decided to film his new movie, Virtual Dogs and Loaded Guns, in Colac and district because the people and venues were more accessible compared with the Melbourne-based options.
“I’m using the region because people are great, I found incredible talent and support here that you don’t find in the big smoke.”
He also filmed his previous two movies, Adios and Dancing Cows, in the region.
Mr Bayonas said he had moved on from directing television shows as a “pay day” because he preferred making his own movies.
“When you’re getting money to make a film you have very strict guidelines to follow,” he said.
“This way I can be more creative and I can do what I want, I’m a writer and I’m always rewriting things as things go along and the actors are improvising if something doesn’t feel right.
“When someone’s paying you to make something you can’t do that.”
Mr Bayonas said between 30 and 40 people attended the first day of filming for his new movie at Cororooke’s Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery.
He said the people would act as extras for the movie and said he would also film scenes of the movie at Camperdown.
“We’ll transform the TAB in Camperdown so it can be the scene of a bank robbery,” he said.
“People have been so good with helping me use the venues and using their time, they are incredible.
Jenny Sharp, from Melbourne, is the Producer, also acting as 1st Assistant Director and Co-ordinator. She has been part of Aussie TV productions, as script editor and award-winning script writer, including The Flying Doctors, A Country Practice, Prisoner and Neighbours to name just a few.
Mr Bayonas said RRRTAG’s Andrew Beale was the movie’s production manager and said he would help co-ordinate the movie’s filming.
“If we were making this movie with money and people paying for things it would take six weeks,” he said.
“But with how we’re doing it we would will probably take about a year, because people aren’t being paid and sometimes this person can’t make it, or the same blue car can’t be there so we have to change weekends or wait for another time.
“It’s more difficult, but I love it.”
Mr Bayonas said he was still looking for people interested in being an extra in the film.