Movie magic came to Gig Harbor late last month when filming for an upcoming feature film took place in and around the home of a resident.
Scenes from the upcoming film “Last Seen in Idaho” were shot Aug. 28-30 at the home of Marlyn Jensen.
Several Gig Harbor residents, including Jensen, appeared in the film as extras and many were asked to bring in their classic cars to fill the driveway for the film.
“It was a busy few days,” Jensen said of the three-day shoot at her house. More than 70 people including crew, cast and extras, were on set at Jensen’s house for filming.
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Filming for the project began Aug. 26 and is projected to continue for 21 days — 17 of those as filming days, said associate producer Mark Lovell. The production is being filmed in a variety of local locations including Port Orchard, Olympia, Yelm, Tacoma and, of course, Gig Harbor.
Lovell, who is in charge of finding locations for the film, said that when he heard that they would need a mansion for a scene, he thought of Jensen’s house immediately. The two had met through the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
“It was a big project,” Lovell said. “Huge community participation.”
During the filming, Jensen’s driveway was lined with 14 exotic and expensive luxury vehicles, many from Gig Harbor residents, another responsibility for Lovell to procure.
According to Lovell, some of the residents with cars on set included Pat Schmidt, Gig Harbor City Administrator Ron Williams and Howard Mackert, owner of Mackert Automotive.
“Last Seen in Idaho” is the first in a two-movie package by Fireshoe productions, a Tacoma-based company owned by Eric Colley and Hallie Shepherd. The film has already secured both financing and worldwide distribution through Artist View Entertainment and is set to be released in early 2016.
“Last Seen in Idaho” is a suspense filled thriller of a young woman on the run from an organized crime syndicate. She wakes from a coma without any memory of what caused her injury and with the startling discovery that she can see visions of her future. The race is on for the woman to unravel the mystery of her injury, figure out who she can trust and try to stop her own murder.
Shepherd is the film’s writer and a principle actor in the film, with Colley as director. The film also features actors Casper Van Dien (“Starship Troopers”) Wes Ramsey (TV’s “CSI: Miami”) Sean Christian (“Tremors 3”), Kevin Wayne (“Magnificent Seven”), Tony Doupe (“Laggies”), Conner Marx (TV’s “Leverage”) and singer and Seattle native Michael Wansley, aka Wanz.
The most recent film from Fireshoe productions, “The Last Rescue,” was released in July and also features Shepherd as actor and writer, along with Sean Gleaves, and Colley as actor and director.