A sci-fi feature film will soon have North Carolina as its backdrop.
The author of the film, David Richardson of Gastonia, used Bessemer City and Dallas as the setting for other films like “A Scottish Fling” and “Losing Christmas”.
Richardson owns Chapel Grove Films and has directed several independent films, including “Isolatum”, a short film starring Katie Layman and her daughter Sabrina.
Katie will be a producer and will also star in “Isolatum – The Time War”, which will be the sequel to the short film.
“It’s about time travel and a pandemic. It’s a very fast paced adventure,” Katie Layman said.
The story will follow a girl of today who fights an evil from the future while trying to save humanity during a pandemic. She receives a warning from the future and must fight to prevent the outbreak of a second pandemic.
âThere is a military aspect to it where there are dark people chasing Sabrina into the woods. There are soldiers, there are helicopters, there are drones,â Katie Layman said.
So far, a trailer has been released that was filmed in Huntersville and Cornelius.
Since Richardson, Katie Layman and many actors are from the area, she said many filming locations have been found through these connections.
When Richardson saw a movie directed by Katie’s daughter, Sabrina, he reached out to her and her mother stating that he had a great idea for a movie considering the two are so alike. Katie has been chosen to play Sabrina in the future.
“Isolatum” was filmed on Zoom as it was shot during the pandemic. As the movie ended on a cliffhanger, family and friends who saw the movie wanted more.
Over the summer, Richardson wrote the feature-length version of the short, but still rose to the challenge of filming in person during a pandemic.
âBecause this is a pandemic that we filmed with people wearing masks, so we were able to keep all of the social distancing in place,â Katie Layman said.
Now Katie Layman and the team are working with investors to try to get a consolidated final budget. Filming is scheduled for late October, or early November and will be released in early 2022, pending fundraising.
The film will be directed by Ashley Zahorian of Norfolk, Virginia, and will be submitted to film festivals including Sundance and Cannes. The film will also be promoted on Zahorian’s CMAX TV channel.
âWe also have ties to Amazon Prime. We’re going to try for Hulu, so we’re going to try to release it online,â Katie said.
As a producer, Katie Layman said she enjoys interacting with all of the creative decisions that happen both behind the scenes and working with the cast and crew.
âThere is always such energy and everyone is excited to really show this story in its best light. I love the teamwork that goes with it,â said Katie Layman.
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