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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 is the editor of the Sundre Round Up and a longtime columnist for other publications of Mountain View Publishing.
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