Lyon Valley Northern

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Feature Film Shot on the LVN

The Secret Trains of New York City

A King Vila Productions Feature Film

Production commenced June 23, 2007. Follow our progress with updates at this site.

June 3o

Quote from their website

Technical Advisor Chris Lyon adjusts the train-cam. No camera existed that could combine the size required to pass through HO scale scenery, and still capture the high quality needed for the big screen. Working with partners in the micro-video industry, the producers combined several technologies to manufacture a one of a kind camera. Aside from several, thousand dollar lenses, and top of the line micro-chips, the astute viewer will notice that rubber bands and duct tape are an integral part of the cutting edge design.

Here are some closeups of this great camera set up

The train has a camera car, wire car, battery car and antenna car.
The battery car was removed for loading.

This is a story of a young boy from a troubled family who gets cancer. The illness creates an interesting dynamic in the family. He has a love of trains and his wish foundation request involves seeing railroads and model railways.

The producer and writer of this feature film is Vincent Kiraly

The script for Secret Trains is an original story by Vincent. This is the first of his scripts that has been accepted for production. He has also been asked to take the role of producer. He is responsible for script management, continuity, props, and shares responsibility with Nelson Carbonette for location management.

The Director is Director - Richard Bell.

Richard has accepted the call to direct his first feature film. Richard's invitation to direct was based on the fantastic visual texture of the many music videos playing on television that he has brought to life. Richard has been pursuing a career in film and television for the last 11 years, working as a freelance director in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. He has directed for such companies as Moving Silence( Mtl Record label), Dreamweaver Studios (Toronto film company) H20 Boy ( Calgary ) Maxmedia ( Gatineau ) and many more. His work has been showcased on Muchmusic, Musique Plus , TVO, TVA, Radio Canada etc… Richard has studied film with the likes of Gary Burns ( Way Downtown, Kitchen Party, Radiant City etc..) Kevin Tierney ( Bon Cop-Bad Cop) and Tim Southam ( One Dead Indian)

Here he is with Camera next to Vincent during the filming on the LVN

The associate producer for this film was Mike Hamer. My good friend who leads the Friday Night Group into these great adventures. Mike arranged for 10 model railroads to be filmed for this feature film.

Also I want to thank Kaz (Rob) for loaning me the Tavern to fill in a spot that I had just sceniced.

Here is a shot of his craftsman kit on the LVN


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Chris, my daughter was in the film "the secret trains of new york city" but I cannot find a copy---would you have one that I could purchase or copy? Thanks Nancy

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