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Langara College grad writes and directs fantasy film

A still from The Battle of Burgledorf. (Photo Courtesy of Richard Olak)
A still from The Battle of Burgledorf. (Photo courtesy of Richard Olak)

Reported by Sableen Minhas

It’s a story of a regular gas station worker who falls in love with a woman. Sounds cliché? What if this regular guy embarks on a quest to save the world from dark evil? A world in which dwarves, elves, vampires and an evil queen with a pet falcon are pretty much real. Well, that is the unusual plot of The Battle of Burgledorf.

It is a feature-length fantasy movie written and directed by Richard Olak, a Langara digital film production program graduate. The epic has been in the making for about 10 years.

Writer and director Richard Olak. (Sableen Minhas photo)
Writer and director Richard Olak. (Sableen Minhas photo)

Not another Lord of the Rings 

“The Battle of Burgledorf is essentially like a satire and very comedic homage to the hero’s journey,” Olak said. Though the hero goes on a Frodo-like adventure, the movie has no other relation with the Lord of the Rings, he said.

“Most of the film is made on the blood, sweat and tears of the people who helped us,” said Olak, the lead actor, director, writer and producer of the movie.

The Battle of Burgledorf is an independent project shot completely in B.C. and with a budget under $50,000.

Guy Judge, another Langara digital film production program graduate, is a co-producer of the movie.

“I remember one day [Olak] said ‘Hey, what do you think about this idea for a movie’ and I was like that’s the stupidest thing I have ever heard. I love it!” Judge said.

Release date coming soon

The first draft of the script was written in 2004 while Olak was studying at Langara. “And then over the course of about four years and after 13 drafts, I finally locked it in 2008,” Olak said.

The movie was then shot in 70 days over four years at 50 different locations, but with a major technical flaw.

“We shot, I’ll say 90 per cent of the film, with no visual effects in mind,” said Olak.

The movie will be released by the end of this year as the team is still working on visual effects, colour correction and sound, he said.

“But we don’t have a solid date to show to anybody,” Judge added.

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