Work on a Feature Film…. Check!

As a kid we dream about the future. What we want to be, where we want to be. I wanted to be many things over the years, astronaut, veterinarian, athlete at the Olympics, actor, broadcaster, movie director, reporter, jockey, writer.

As you grow up the things that you really aren’t passionate about fall away, as do the things you aren’t actually good at. Sometimes circumstances just change. By 11 years old I was too tall to be a jockey, but I darn well wanted to win the Olympics 100m sprint. I even asked for a personal trainer for my birthday. I didn’t get one but I thought I could beat Flo-Jo and her world records for years.

When I was 13 a movie was filmed in my home town. I was on set watching all the time, when not in school. My parents let me since it was not going to be super long and I always had loved movies. A popular Canadian TV show was filmed in this town for years before this so we were used to cameras and crews around, but this was Hollywood.

I remember to this day when I knew I wanted to make movies. Watching Ed Harris enter a fake church for a few takes I just stared. The thought went through my head “I’m going to do this one day. I’m going to make movies. I don’t know what I am going to do, but I’m going to work in film.”

I came to Australia 2 years ago for a film school that is run by The Initiative Production Company. At the time the company was working on post production for their first feature film, The Umbrella.

As I talked to the staff of The Initiative, I discovered they all had stories of the same sort of origin. They all knew they were going to make movies, but they all came down different paths. Those paths led them here, to The Initiative. It led them to create The Umbrella out of literally nothing.

It was their dream to make a feature film. Not just to make the film and have it sit around, but to have it released. As of Friday August 12 their dreams are going to be a reality. That is when The Umbrella is officially released in the United States.

As I sit here typing this Jonathan Proby, who recorded sound on the film, is walking around the office grinning like a giddy school kid. There is a distinct buzz in the air and a sense of “Is this really happening?”

It is though. Their dreams are becoming reality. To be a part of it is exciting, even if it is just a small part. They put a lot of hard work, time, and energy into this project and it is about to pay off.

So if you are in the United States on Friday August 12, 2016 at 7 pm EST you can see the film for yourself via Flix Premiere. It’s set up as like pay-per-view. The cost of it is $4.99, but you get viewing access for 48 hours. It’s the same cost as renting a movie from the store, like we used to once upon a time.
In a couple of short days the dreams of a few will be accomplished. It is a great thing indeed.



  • Hilary Dorst is a writer, director, and teacher living in British Columbia, Canada. When she’s not working on movies she is trying to get to the nearest beach and being crafty. She thinks life is about all the small stuff that people forget to look at and enjoy.


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