“Where the Ground Won’t Shake”

Where the Ground Won’t Shake

is a fictional film set in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Located in the middle of a vast and sparsely populated prairie landscape, Saskatoon is a unique and strange place that produces an abundance of odd and profound characters. In the tradition of the modern anthology movie (such as “Slacker“, “Gummo” and “My Winnipeg“), this film grasps at the peculiar spirit of a place and time by following a large assortment of the city’s citizens. As it weaves together both disturbing and comic events, city and country landscapes, and a diverse array of characters, it serves as an open reflection on the things in our lives that appear (much as the city itself) as simultaneously absurd and profound.

Us, the Place and the Film

We are Nicholas and Lindsay Bradford-Ewart, the married artist team known as Bise-en-Scene and we are pleased to present you our latest film project, “Where the Ground Won’t Shake.” This fictional film takes place in and around the Canadian prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In recent years the region has become our muse as our previous film and photo series were both shot in the province. As observers and artists, the land is interesting for many reasons. But what really sticks out to us is that it is a place of such potent contradictions. For example, Saskatoon is in the middle of a vast flat prairie, yet names the bulk of its neighbourhoods as “heights,” “mounts” and “hills.” Often humorous, at times disturbing, always perplexing, the paradoxical spirit of the place provides a vast source of compelling characters and stories.

This film is our attempt to tap into the spirit of a place that we find so compelling. It is structured as an anthology character film that chronicles the lives of several of the city’s inhabitants. Some notable characters are a young midwife, a performative pastor who loses his faith, and a single mother who is attempting to navigate the justice system. The film is part drama, part documentary and part dark-comedy.

The film will be shot entirely in Saskatchewan with a very small crew in July and August 2011. Although we will be using actors to play some of the parts, the bulk of the characters will be non-actors. The non-actors will be playing loosely scripted versions of characters that they themselves inspired. We’ll work with them in a process that is similar to a documentary approach. This shooting style is more fluid than most conventional films and works towards the inclusion of naturally compelling characters dealing with real world drama.

Please contact us if you have any questions, comments or jokes about the prairies.

Nicholas and Lindsay Bradford-Ewart

productions@biseenscene.com

Find out more about our fundraising campaign on:
IndieGogo

Facebook
Twitter, hashtag #wtgws

Spread the word about our casting call:
Saskatoon Kijiji
Saskatoon Craigslist

Spread the word about volunteering as crew:
Information Page

a beautiful mistake

I accidentally deleted an important file from our hard drive. It had every file from my entire school career on it, both undergraduate degrees and my writing certificate, all of it.

Needless to say, tears were shed and colourful words were said. My incredible sister gave me money to buy a retrieval program, which scans all of the empty blocks on the drive and attempts to recreate the deleted files. I got back thousands of files, without file names, and as I was going through them, I found something wonderful.

Our ghost town photos (for which we still have the original files, don’t worry) had been recreated with digital “errors,” colours, blocks and stripes. They were, essentially, re-edited by a mechanical process. That’s right, CYBORG!

I’ve still got days of work ahead of me, organizing files. Hopefully I can paste together the majority of the files I lost.

I am glad though, that out of a ridiculous stupid mistake, my machine and I created something cool.

IT’S CALLED LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY PEOPLE!

There’s lots more pictures where these came from. We’re submitting them to some galleries. Wish us luck!

<3 L

Who needs Paris when you’ve got Hafford?

THE SASKATCHEWAN GHOST TOWN PHOTO SERIES:

Well, here they are finally, in all their glory – the photographs from our staycations/holistays in the rural areas around Saskatoon, Saskatchewan!

These decaying homes and communities are a rich reminder of the history of the province. They remind us of where we came from and where we’re heading.

It’s been a pleasurable, meaningful and inexpensive experience –
to travel to and document the remnants of disappearing places,
to remember and imagine the people that lived there, and
to get to know the constantly changing communities and landscapes surrounding us.

ENJOY! (We did.)


ARELEE
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


ARGO
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


ARPIERS
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


BLUCHER
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


CATHERWOOD
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


CAZALET
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


ENVIRON
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


FEUDAL
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


HAFFORD
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


KEPPEL
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


KINLEY
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


NEOLA
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


PLUNKETT
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


WOLVERINE
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


OTHER PLACES
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


RANDOM 1
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


RANDOM 2
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


RANDOM 3
PHOTO ALBUM, HERE


to read the SK ghost towning guide, go HERE

to find more information on SK ghost towns, go HERE

to read a poem about these SK ghost towns, go HERE

cute kids in crooked trees

“The Crooked Bush is a group of wild aspen trees that do not grow straight up as normal trees but rather they twist, loop and bend into the eeriest of forests. Not ten meters away from the Crooked Bush is a group of normal growing aspens that grow straight and tall.”
(Crooked Bush Information Pamphlet)

Directions to the Crooked Bush:

Start at Hafford, Saskatchewan, (be sure to have a meal at the quirktastic Silver Sword and Chalice)
Anyone in town will be able to give you directions.


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14.5 km west on hwy 40, past Speers to the Flint Rd.
North 16 km
East 2.5 km

There are signs on the back roads.
Coordinates: 52.783178, -107.538533

BONUS:

We had a forty-pound-burger-party at the Silver Sword and Chalice. Here’s an animated gif to celebrate the experience:

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The instructions they hand out at the Silver Sword and Chalice restaurant in Hafford. It says “Green Johnson”, but green is just the colour of the sign, not part of the name. Also, it might be Jackson or something else similar, not Johnson.

Pick a place in Saskatchewan you’ve never been before and go!

ghost town -ing in saskatchewan. a bise-en-scene weekend getaway.

We thought we would share the information we’ve dredged up from the-series-of-tubes-that-is-the-world-wide-web about ghost town exploring in Saskatchewan. It sounds like there’s a kabillion of them, and it seems like a nostalgic, educational and interesting alternative to the casino or spa.

We’ve picked a few places and we’re  go! -ing tomorrow. We’ll let you, yes you, know how it goes.

AND GO!

(a real saskatoon billboard from 2005)

BLURB……

“It’s been estimated that half of all towns that ever existed in Saskatchewan are now ghost towns. A southern stretch of highway reveals just how true this is. The Ghost Town Trail is dotted with tiny farming communities, once thriving, now all but abandoned. In their heyday, these towns were buoyed by a spirit of pioneer optimism. In the early 1900s, the Canadian government had offered free land to settlers, an opportunity that beckoned to many farmers south of the 49th parallel. The region promised a fabulous wheat harvest and, in the first two decades of farming, it delivered. But the Depression and the long drought of the 1930s ended high hopes, as farmers lost land and families went hungry. While a fraction of them managed to hang on to their farms, it would not be forever. Over the next 70 years and even today, the disappearance of farming towns in south Saskatchewan continues.”

David Vaisbord/Leigh Badgley …… In Sight Film & Video Productions …… Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan (Part of the Ghost Towns of Canada series) …… 23 min, 2002



Source of Image, and entire book called “Saskatchewan Ghost Towns” by Frank Moore, click here

Another Informative Site, by Johnnie Bachusky

List of ghost towns in Saskatchewan :a pdf from Wikipedia

to read our final thoughts on ghost towning, go HERE

to see the SK ghost town photo series, go HERE

to read our guide to ghost towning, go HERE

to read a poem about these SK ghost towns, go HERE