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Saskatoon filmmakers ready to release first episode of sci-fi epic after years of hard work

After two years of fundraising, filming and writing, Damien Bartlett is ready to show his creation to the world.

The Crowsworld Saga: Episode One tells futuristic tale

The Crowsworld Saga: Episode One will make its premiere at Saskatoon's Rainbow Cinemas on Dec. 28. (Submitted by Damien Bartlett)

After two years of fundraising, filming and writing, Damien Bartlett is ready to show his creation to the world.

Later this month, Bartlett is screening The Crowsworld Saga: Episode One at Saskatoon's Rainbow Cinemas.

The 45-minute show, produced by Myriad Entertainment, tells the story of a futuristic world ruled by a ruthless corporation and the people who are fighting back against it. 

"This was absolutely a growing experience," co-creator/writer Damien Bartlett told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning. "This was like film school for me."

Bartlett began the project in 2017. He originally envisioned a 20-minute proof-of-concept film, but quickly expanded his vision to a three-episode mini-series.

"We took a look at it more like, 'This can be so much more,'" he said. "We saw the vision of where it could go and what it could be."

The novice filmmakers ran into several bumps in the road along the way. At one point, the fire department was called due to a smoke machine.

"We were prepared and no one was harmed," he said. "They were all lovely people."

The production was funded through a combination of online fundraising, personal donations and a grant from Creative Saskatchewan.

Bartlett said it's still possible to make a film in Saskatchewan, despite the death of the province's Film Tax Credit, .

"We are just stubborn and determined," he said.

"We're just going to create something and we're gonna see where it goes."

Episode two of the series is still being edited and will likely make its debut next year. If everything goes well, Bartlett would like to see Crowsworld on a national television network, eventually.

The Crowsworld Saga: Episode One will screen at Saskatoon's Rainbow Cinemas on Dec. 28 at 8:30 p.m.

with files from Saskatoon Morning

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