The Lower Valley is about to get a taste of Hollywood, at least if Sunnyside's Alex Aleman gets his way.
Aleman, a young film maker, has been studying the art of film making for quite some time and is getting ready to take his maiden voyage into the world of movies.
In late June, Aleman plans to begin filming "Vicky's Vengeance," a short film he plans to enter in regional film festivals. He explained that a short film is a piece that is typically between 20 and 25 minutes long.
"I've been preparing for this for a couple of years," Aleman said of shooting his movie.
Over the years, Aleman has taken classes in Seattle. But wanting to make a movie isn't something new for Aleman. It is something he's always dreamed of since he was a young child growing up in Mexico.
Aleman said as a child his family lived a block away from the local cinema, noting that he spent a lot of time at the movies. He added that growing up one of his favorite movies was "Pedro Navaja," a film about the underground life in Mexico City in the 1980s.
It wasn't until he was 14 that Aleman moved with his family to Washington state. Although he was a little further away from the movie theater, it was a love that never left him.
Now Aleman will have his chance to look at a movie from the other side, watching it come together through the lens of a digital movie camera.
Aleman explained that "Vicky's Vengeance," a title that could still be changed, is a fictional drama about a young woman, who after a life changing experience comes back to seek revenge.
He noted that the movie will be bilingual in order to appeal to a broader audience. Aleman explained that although the characters will be speaking in both English and Spanish, there will be subtitles for the Spanish-language sections.
Aleman said he will be filming a portion of his movie in the Zillah cemetery and is still looking for an upscale home in the Sunnyside area that he could use for some exterior shots.
At this point Aleman said he has a majority of his eight-member cast in place, noting that he is still looking for three actors to fill out the rest of the group. Aleman said his actors currently include two high school students, one from Sunnyside and another from West Valley.
As for how he got his actors, Aleman said he posted one announcement and received about 50 calls. Of those he said about 10 of them were serious inquiries.
Aleman said he has been working on his movie script for about six months, noting that each page of the script will end up equaling about one minute of screen time. He explained that writing the script is something that came naturally to him, and wasn't really a struggle. Instead, he said he simply had to sit down and put all of the ideas running around in his head down on paper.
Although filming is a very important part of film making, Aleman said it is going to be the editing that will take awhile. He said using a digital camera will make editing easier, something he is planning on doing himself via computer.
Aleman said it should take him about six months to complete the movie from the time shooting begins to the end of the editing process.
Once the short film has been completed, Aleman said he is planning to submit to it film festivals throughout the western United States.