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Quiet as church mice, we watch David Morse (5 photos)

It's a crazy business, this film industry is.
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It's a crazy business, this film industry is.

There's a lot of running your fool head off to make-up the actors, get the scenes lit, corral the crew, ensure everyone's sufficiently nourished, stitch the wardrobe and be darn sure the cameras are rolling.

Between all this, the majority of the time is spent just shutting the heck up so the stars can do their thing.

SooToday.com witnessed all of this and more as we visited the set of DViant Film's production, Longfellow, this week.

We were invited to watch the behind-the-scenes goings on and snap a few still photos as the cast and crew shot scenes in an east-end home.

A home so jammed with equipment and crew members, it was almost unrecognizable as a private residence.

We decided that, after a few near-collisions involving crew members and various pieces of gear, it was just best to stay out of the way as they filmed in the extremely tight quarters.

Quiet as church mice, we watched on a screen in a separate room as David Morse and the film's writer/ director/ star Martin Donovan shot the day's final - and rather intense - scene.

Not once did we hear anyone yell, "Quiet on the set!"

We did, however, get to meet Morse, who told us he's enjoyed his time in the Sault, even if the majority of it has been spent on-set or in his trailer.

He managed to take in some of our beautiful scenery Tuesday, as he drove Highway 17 North along the shores of Lake Superior.

Quickly, between takes on Wednesday night, we spoke with production and location manager Srdjan Vilotijevic about the cast and crew's experience in Sault Ste. Marie.

"Overall, it's been an amazing experience. Everybody's been happy to help us and support us," Vilotijevic said. "We've met so many people that are actually very happy to have us here, it's rare."

As the film's location manager, Vilotijevic stressed that Sault Ste. Marie is a valuable film location because of its diversity and adaptability to a variety of film genres.

"I've been to Sudbury and North Bay, and the Sault in my opinion has the most variety of looks that we're looking for," he said. "It can do drama, it has a lot of varieties in regards to forests, or you can film on a beach."

Vilotijevic is looking forward to returning to Sault Ste. Marie as he participates in future film productions.

"We're likely coming back here in the summer, and we're going to try to come back in the autumn. But, we will not try to come back in the winter, unless it's skiing," joked Vilotijevic.

Longfellow is expected to open this coming summer.