Watching a movie is easy. Making a movie — however — is not.
Despite the challenges, Willmar residents Alex Woytcke and Anton Edward decided to test out their movie-making skills and create an independent film. The pair is producing, directing and filming the movie themselves. Edward even wrote the script. Many of the actors are friends the pair connected with in local theater productions or through attending Ridgewater College.
The movie, titled "Finals Week," is about a group of college students and their end-of-year journey as they spend their last week together. The five interact with each other as they try to plan for a party to celebrate finals week, while at the same time dealing with their "end-of-year" issues, parting ways and figuring out what the next big step for them is going to be.
"It's a story that starts light-hearted, comical and borderline slapstick, but slowly develops a darker, more serious tone, and eventually ends on a bittersweet note as the five spend their last week together," according to Edward.
Filming for the production ends Aug. 10 and Woytcke and Edward's goal is to have the final movie ready for viewing in the summer of 2020.
"Our ultimate goal would be to have the movie submitted for film festivals," Edward said. "But, once it's ready we'll have special screening sessions in the area and ask audiences what they think."
The pair have spent hours of their time filming on weeknights and most weekends.
"It's really cool to get to do this. I just hope people like it," said Woytcke.
For more information, visit their Facebook page and Instagram @FinalsWeekMovie.