Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 23rd, 2007
Well, it looks like we will be treated to yet another killer Sasquatch movie. I’m using the term “killer” here here to describe the actions of the creatures, not the fact that it is killer, as in awesome or very cool.
Of course, I could be wrong and that could be the case. I won’t be holding my breath, however.
Showtime for Sasquatch
by Paul Peters
If this were a movie, they’d be seconds away from the climax.
It’s been nine months since BadFritter Films began work on Paper Dolls, a psychological thriller about killer Sasquatches in the Flathead National Forest, which they shot in and around Whitefish.
The fledgling film company comprises twenty-something Whitefish natives (with the exception of one Idahoan) who managed to pull together a budget topping $1 million and several old Hollywood hands to help with cinematography and costumes. BadFritter finished filming back in August, spent the last few months editing Paper Dolls, and moved to Los Angeles two weeks ago to put the finishing touches on the film.
Adam Pitman, one of BadFritter’s founding members, says his last two weeks in L.A. have been spent doing grunt work. He says he had to take a crash course in “time code burn-in,” the painstaking process of attaching a time to each frame of the film.
That work clears the way for the sound designer, who will improve the quality of the Sasquatch noises, and for special effects and computer animation to be added.
In a couple weeks, Pitman says, BadFritter will have an “offline edit”—a draft of the film not quite ready for theaters, but good enough for distributors to decide whether or not they want it. The distributor’s job, aside from paying for the final “online” edit, is to get the film out to the potential audience.
Already, Pitman says, he’s had a call from Spotlight Pictures, a distribution company that specializes in independent films, and usually works to place them in film festivals.
So far, Pitman says, he and the rest of the crew have been enjoying the switch from Whitefish to L.A.
Besides being able to wear shorts and see the sun more than occasionally, Pitman says, “I get to go see any movie I want to see.”
And as far as work on the film, he says, “I feel like everything is lining up just the way it should.”Paul Peters
Here’s a link to an article about the production of the film last year from The Daily Inter Lake entitled Sasquatch attack.
The scene: An ancient station wagon stops on a foggy, backwoods logging road.
Two 18-year-old boys sit in the front seat — shock turning into terror. A camera pans to the driver’s side. That boy shakily rolls up his window.
The camera keeps moving into the back seat, pointing forward through the windshield.
Four fuzzy man-ape silhouettes stand across the foggy gravel road, holding hands liked warped paper dolls, a nightmare version of the child’s game “Red Rover, Red Rover.”
Then the shapes run at the car. Animalistically. Maniacally.
Black silhouettes transform into brown fur as the shapes jump on the car, pounding the hell out of it. Smashing windows. Groping wildly into the auto.
The boys yell, swear, scream, kick.
More glass shatters. More hands grab inside, snatching the driver out through his window.
Sasquatches have come to Northwest Montana, and they’re in a bloody mood.John Stang
The Daily Inter Lake
Here is the information regarding the film from BadFritter Films’ website:
Paper Dolls is a smart and terrifying psychological thriller set near the beautiful landscape of Glacier National Park, Montana. Two high school friends, Travis and Nate, are on a road trip to Canada when they’re attacked by mysterious and viscious creatures. Nate is stolen into the woods and Travis will stop at nothing to get him back. Travis recruits Nate’s older brother Chris to bring an arsenal and wage war against these monsters in an effort to retrieve Nate. Paper Dolls dishes out scare after scare, twist after twist, completely redefining the legend of Sasquatch. This movie will ultimately leave audiences in a psychological limbo divided on their theories of what really happened in the dark forests of Montana. Production of the film launched in late April 2006 and estimated release will be fall 2006.BadFritter Films
And here is the link to the film on IMDB: Paper Dolls.