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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Adam Abel started his filmmaking career working as a 17-year-old intern with the creative affairs group manager at Paramount Pictures. Adam tells me he assisted those involved in the decisions to make movies like Clear and Present Danger and Drop Zone. This experience, along with Adam's freelance work for local Utah production companies, created a standard on which he could start his own company.
In 2002, Adam and Ryan Little created Go Films. Adam tells me the purpose of Go Films is to act as an entity where local films can be produced. This Friday, the company's first motion picture, Saints and Soldiers, will hit the big screen in Utah before it's released in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and San Diego.
Produced by Adam and directed by Ryan, Saints and Soldiers is based on actual World War II events. The movie tells the story of four Allied soldiers and their struggle to get back to Allied territory. The film has won numerous awards including the Audience Choice Award at the San Diego Film Festival 2003, the Marco Island Film Festival 2003, the Temecula Valley Film Festival 2003 and the Sacramento Festival of Cinema.
Go Films, based in Orem, works on a tight budget, but Adam says that doesn't keep the company from creating professional movies. He tells me monetary risks with making movies can be minimized by finding creative ways to reduce prop and setting costs, while maintaining professional quality. One example of this creativity is when Adam used potato flakes instead of real, falling snow to produce a snowstorm in Saints and Soldiers.
Go Films accepts original works and scripts for production. The company is trying to establish its own formula for making movies, but Adam says making a production is a very creative and time-intensive process. During filming, as many as 100 employees work at Go Films, but ordinarily it's just Adam and Ryan.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.