|By Ruth Malan
Kaysville - People who looked like they just stepped out
of the Book of Mormon have been wandering through the Happy Hollow neighborhood for a
couple of weeks now as Dreamland Productions films "The Stripling Warriors".
But they need help from the community. At least 250 and as many
as 2,000 extras are needed in this low-budget film by Saturday.
The productions is one of a number of companies filming in the
Top of Utah this month. The biggest production is a made-for-TV movie CBS is filming in
Ogden this week. "Anya's Bell" is also using extras to help turn 25th Street in
Ogden into a 1940's community.
The Dreamland movie is going a lot further back in time.
The story comes from the Book of Mormon and is about Helaman and
the Stripling Warriors.
The opening sequence will be filmed Saturday so some families and
older people are needed as extras. And according to the Director, Danno Nell, there are
some speaking parts for extras too.
"The ides is for it to be released later this year into
local theaters," said Nell who also wrote the script and is one of the
Nell has been writing scripts for the past two years and hopes
this one will attract a lot of people.
"It is written in such a way that it will appeal to
anybody," Nell said.
It wasn't Nell's idea to make this particular film. Former LDS
Missionary Cary Derbidge came up with the idea and will also play the lead character Gid.
"I have known since I was a young that I wanted to do
movies," said Derbidge. "No one has made a feature length movie of the Book of
Mormon. My goal is to make inspirational films."
Some of his inspiration came towards the end of his mission in
Taiwan, when late at night he looked up and at the stars and decided to go home and make
"Everything fell into place. Now it's a team effort, people
become leaders," Derbidge said. Originally, the plan was to shoot the movie quickly,
within three weeks - but that has expanded to six weeks.
The story takes place in and around the city of Helaman which has
been constructed in set form at 500 East.
Everyone working with the production company is volunteering
their time and talents.
"This is being done to fulfill people's dreams," said
Nell. "Everyone is donating their time. Nobody gets paid until we find out how the
The director had three locations suggested for the filming, but
Happy Hollow was chosen for its jungle-like atmosphere.
"Once I walked back into there, I knew this must be the
place," Nell said.