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Sundre-filmed Pipe Nation pilot officially finished

Director announces final product has been pitched to several networks
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Edmonton-based filmmaker Raoul Bhatt, left, the director of Pipe Nation, coordinates with a cameraman to frame a shot during production of the pilot Pipe Nation. File photo/MVP Staff

SUNDRE — While the final cut of Pipe Nation was done late this summer, the pilot episode’s post production finishing touches were only just recently completed.

Edmonton-based director and filmmaker Raoul Bhatt announced that the 52-minute pilot has been completed and is ready for viewing.

But it might yet be a little while before the public gets a chance to grab some soda and popcorn to watch the show.

“As I start to accumulate feedback and direction on the steps for public viewing, I’ll let you know,” he wrote in a public statement issued recently. “Right now, I want to make sure there are no issues with the first-right-of-release for whichever network we land on.”  

With the episode now completely finished — meaning all of the post production and editing work such as visual and sound effects are wrapped up — Bhatt said he has begun submitting the final product to a number of networks, including the CBC and Netflix Canada.

“The sales process is a journey into the unknown,” he said. “Our goal is to get us a deal because that’ll mean sustainable production and income for our art.”

The fictional tale about the trials and tribulations faced by an oil and gas community called Hardwell — portrayed by Sundre — was largely shot in the area and involved many local extras following a casting call in July 2020 that drew out an enthusiastic crowd numbering in the hundreds.

Calling the pilot’s completion a major milestone that was achieved despite the hurdles and delays caused by COVID-19, Bhatt praised the dedication and commitment of his team and expressed gratitude for people’s support and patience throughout the process.

Simon Ducatel

About the Author: Simon Ducatel

Simon Ducatel joined Mountain View Publishing in 2015 after working for the Vulcan Advocate since 2007, and graduated among the top of his class from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's journalism program in 2006.
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