Why Film in the Okanagan?

Filming in the Okanagan, Canada

The Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia has a diversity of filming options, plus good seasonal weather waiting to cooperate with your prefect shot.

Here are the reasons ” Why Film in the Okanagan?” :

Production in the OKANAGAN

• Picturesque lakes, like Okanagan and Kalamaka Lake (Lake of many colours ) , majestic mountains, world-class ski resorts, like Silver Star and Big White. Waterfalls and scenic hiking trails easy assessable throughout the Okanagan, like Kettle Valley.

• Picturesque Wineries throughout the Okanagan Valley and Kelowna. Learn more

• Canada Film Tax Incentives

• Scouting Locations by Okanagan Film Commission – Learn more...

• Screenplay Specs or existing script revisions available through James Montana Scripts at a fraction of the cost.

• Film-friendly permits

• Production and Crew Directory – Learn more

• Okanagan Film Commission resources – Learn more...

• Easy assess Okanagan Studios – Learn more

• Easy travel to the Okanagan: hub of the Okanagan Valley is Kelowna International Airport – Learn more

• Okanagan Accommodations – Learn more

Scripts

• Limited time FREE storylines available (we only ask that you credit the storyteller in your film) – See storyline examples… ( All storylines will be formatted into a script for a nominal cost by James Montana Scripts) – Inquire here

• Buy ready-to-go Spec Scripts, such as “Soul Savior”, and sci-fi thriller script “ Black Angels

• More Spec Scripts in productivity – Learn more..

Award Winning Animation Studios

• Yeti Farm Creative located in Kelowna – Learn more

• Bardel Entertainment- Learn more

About James Montana Scripts

• Canadian freelance screenwriting operation featuring pre-packaged spec scripts for sale and free storylines with credit admission in your film.

• Will format free storylines into a screenplay for a nominal cost.

• Located in Kelowna, B.C.

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By Bari Demers

We are Illogical 

The Okanagan- My Home
Today, as I write, ‘We are illogical’, I have arrived in the sunny Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦. Throughout the fall and winter months you’ll find me feverishly writing science-fiction thrillers and assorted screenplays, such as BLACK ANGELS (ready for release) and short stories, like Android Alisha. But during the months of June, July and August, you’ll find me at my summer home, partaking in outdoor activities within our Canadian oasis, well known by celebrities across North American. In fact, as we speak, there’s a couple of filming crews setting up in Kelowna, BC. This may be the summer home for the rich and famous, but to me, it’s simply where I was raised as a kid. It’s indeed my home. For Canada 150 or your next vacation I highly recommend you take a visit to the sunny Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦.

Black Angels by Bari Demers
WE ARE ILLOGICAL 

My creative art of writing can be referred to as the ‘Vincent Van Gogh art-impressionist-style’, left with secret hidden messages throughout each paragraph. Writing is an expression from my inner soul, hoping to make a difference to my readers, as they begin to explore the plots and twists behind my stories.

Throughout my life I have questioned our reality.  The how and why of our very existence is indeed intriguing, leading me to believe the possibilities of a higher intelligence far surpassing our own. I like to refer them as our ancestral GODS, who have left behind visible landmarks and scriptural clues. It’s even speculated the GODS of the Heavens may have altered our DNA and evolutionary timeline, making us who were are today. 

With the ways of our human race, it frustrates me to no end, “Why do we react in such an illogical behavioural pattern, causing physical harm to others, over our proposed belief in religion and/or power ?” 

As Mr Spock would say,” “May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.” 

Writing is my passion and speaks out to our foolish ways, thinking we have complete control over everything. Where, in reality, we are nothing more then a small dot in the evolutionary timeline, waiting to be exterminated by the forces of nature, much more powerful then we could ever comprehend.  

Our historical past is extremely violent, as is our present day. From dictatorship to religious fanatics, its remarkable our human species hasn’t yet been terminated. We are indeed an illogical species, forgetting about the needs of the many and too many of us are self absorbed in the needs of the one. 

We are illogical. 

It’s my hope my grandchildren will one day explore the fruits of our universe while building the foundation of their generation into a more stable civilized society expressing the love for others. If not, it’s just a matter of time our species will become extinct, like our predecessors, the dinosaurs. 

Maybe one day, millions of years in the future, another carbon-based species will find and decipher today’s article, taking heed to the warning signs of our demise. THEM, being an advanced civilization who were nurtured by millions of years of unaltered evolution, they may wonder how these savage human beings ever survived at all. 

OR 

Maybe today, the younger generation will read this article, realizing the fate of mankind, taking steps to eradicate the diseased virus of being self absorbed and begin a brighter future for all of mankind, where freedom is for all, wars no longer exist and the meaning of peace and love is for everyone. It will also mean we must explore other worlds, in order to remove the hardships of Mother Earth, as our footprints continuously places havoc on our planet’s fragile environment. We can be the loving caretakers of earth 🌏 and other M-based planets we visit, realizing our world is a living breathing entity of life, essential to our own well being. We still have a chance to grow into responsibility human beings with the potential to become caring individuals who takes our ‘footprint’ on earth seriously. If not, we may never repair the harm we’ve placed upon on our own beloved planet, we call HOME. And, if so, we don’t have an right to eject our human-virus onto other planets

Kelowna BC by Bari Demers
We are illogical but we can learn to be so much more. Sadly, we have the potential, but never seem to use it for the betterment of mankind. 

By Bari Demersscreenwriter and storyteller 

PS  If you enjoy my stories please join me here and subscribe for more storylines.  If you so happen to be a director or film producer and interested in reading my screenplay BLACK ANGELS – contact me below.  It’s indeed a story of how mankind became to be who we are today – Let’s make my screenplay into a blockbuster Scifi Movie. 

Art Posters and Movies 

Sometimes I have the inspiration to make a quick poster of an upcoming movie.  Alien Covenant is expected to come to theatres in August 2017.   After the movie Prometheus, Ridley Scott has decided to continue the triology of Alien.  I expect it will be Ridley Scott’s version of the origin of mankind.

For those who have followed me on WordPress – Dreams and Reality, you’ll already know of my screenplay, BLACK ANGELS – the origin of mankind, written back in 2003 with rewrites up to 2015.  My screenplay BLACK ANGELS first promotional draft is now finished and entered into various screenplay contests, to get noticed by either production companies and/or directors.  It’s been my version of the origin of mankind based on archeological findings throughout the history of man.

Movie Poster : BLACK ANGELS by screenwriter Bari Demers

Ridley Scott is the master of film making, but wouldn’t it be interesting if Tim Burton directed BLACK ANGELS.  Some of the characters for BLACK ANGELS could be played by Keanu Reeves and Ewan McGregor, for example.

Logline:  Drug addict war hero seeks revenge for brother’s death, risking his crew in a mining expedition on planet ALPHA XL-420 for the priceless Red Crystal, essential to saving their species from a deadly virus.

See more of BLACK ANGELS on my website James Montana Scripts.  Please  follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

By Bari Demers

Screenwriting – The Ten Finger Pitch

 

James Montana Scripts by Bari Demers
 
My last assignment was about developing character outlines

NOTE: My assignments aren’t in chronological order. The order is not relevant in this case. Also, I would like to point out, you too can join in on the free class,” AN INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING UEA (UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA)” if you’re interested in screenplay formats and outlines, to build a screenplay from the foundation. 

Please read about the instructors in my last assignment HERE.

Carrying on, my assignment today is the Ten Finger or Two Handed Pitch.  I’m using my screenplay MISSING UP NORTH to systematically point out the Ten Finger Pitch. 

MISSING UP NORTH is a drama about survival. A young hunter who wants to impress his peers, inadvertently goes missing from his hunting party, alone in the rugged harsh wilderness. Instead of being the hunter, he becomes the hunted, as a savage Grizzly hunts him down. This story means a lot, because it’s a true story about me, fearing for my life, as this savage beast hunted me down in the heart of the Chilcotin Country.

MISSING UP NORTH – 10 point outline :
1. Genre : Drama 

2. Main protagonist: A young Hunter goes on his first hunting trip with his friend. After all these years, he’s finally allowed to join the hunting party.

3. Goal: To prove he’s capable of pulling his weight and hunting in a harsh environment.

4. Obstacle: He’s becomes lost with knowledge of a rogue Grizzly nearby.

5. Reason of the story : This is based on a true story about me, fearing for my life, completely lost in the harsh unforgiving wilderness of the Chilcotin Country, realizing an ornery Grizzly was systematically hunting me down. 
6. Young Hunter heads out on his new adventure, unaware of what awaits him in the next 48 hours.

7. The protagonist has complete trust in his friends judgement, not realizing the consequences of his actions.

8. The young Hunter is faced with the realization, he’s indeed lost. Unaware of the true dangers lying ahead, he’s confronted with the Grizzly, in the most frightening way possible. All he knows, he doesn’t want to die. 

9. It’s a true test of survival, racing against the threat of time, the harsh conditions of the wilderness and the impending danger of the Grizzly. 

10. Obstacle after obstacle, with death breathing down his neck, the only thing on this young hunters mind, is to stay alive.  The brute force of nature against the strong “Will to Live”. 

In number Ten, I’m suppose to give the conclusion of what happens in the end, but I purposely left it out, because my screenplay is protected by the WGA registration, and most importantly I don’t want to give out the story. That’s what, going to the movies is all about.

You can READ more about protecting your screenplay HERE. I highly suggest you do so before screenplay submissions. 

Anyway.  There you have it.  My 10 Point Outline – MISSING UP NORTH

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Photo of me on top of Knox Mtn Kelowna,BC
 
My Story  

The reason I find this an invaluable source of material, is simply because, I started off as a self taught screenwriter. The only education in this field was my course on literature during two years of college studies at Okanagan College. Believe you me, my first screenplay was a horrendous mis-match of what NOT to do. After sevens years of trial and error of screenplay submissions, I learned the hard way of making a nice polished screenplay. I suggest you take as many courses that you can in the field and of course, when comes along FREE, take it ! 

I’m taking this screenplay course because of two reasons, first and foremost, it’s FREE and secondly, I’m always checking to see if there’s something I missed. 
But there’s one thing you can’t change, and that’s the “human preference factor”. No matter what you do, always expect a high rejection rate when submitting your screenplay. It could be as simply as the person who’s reading your story, may not suit the favourable genre agents are looking for. 

Also, don’t do what I started off by doing. 

Don’t tackle science-fiction screenplays ,because overall they are considered the most expensive to make in the filming industry. This is why you see most screenwriters who want their scifi thriller to hit the screen, end up making it on their own. They’ll get backers with a lot of money in their pockets, ready to invest in the movie.  

Myself.  I haven’t figured that out. 

Good example is screenwriter and producer Neill Blomkamp.  Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he pursued his dreams, when his family moved to Vancouver, B.C.   After Vancouver Film School, his first break was working on the TV series of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Stargate franchise.  Finally, he was ready to make blockbuster science-fiction movies (all, which I truly enjoy) such as, District 9, Elysium and his latest, Chappie.  

Check out his credits and amazing accomplishments! 

As character Dr Gillian Taylor (played by actress Catherine Hicks) of the Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home would say,”So you see, that, as they say, is that.”
Making a short screenplay about your personal experiences is most likely the way to go.  A story that pops out as unique  or a real event. Like my screenplay, MISSING UP NORTH.  

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By Bari Demersscreenwriter and freelance writer

Black Hole Theories 

  

Graphic Art Photo by Bari Demers 

In a recent conference, this past week, sponsored by Nordita, UNC and the Julian Schwinger Foundation, Mr. Steven Hawking and colleagues brain- stormed to clear up questions about quantum mechanics and general relativity. More specifically, they concentrated on the Black Hole theory with a more viable solution then previously thought.

“Black holes don’t actually swallow and destroy physical information, according to an idea proposed today by Stephen Hawking at the Hawking Radiation conference being held at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Instead, they store it in a two-dimensional hologram.”* KTH News 

I’ve been saying this for the last 40 years; Steven Hawking’s solves mystery, “The famous physicist believes you might end up in another universe through a mechanism “by which information is returned out of the black hole”.* Cosmo Magazine 

As a matter of fact I believe there are countless universes within our cosmic cycle of life and death.  

  
In a diagram, if we may, think of a series of oranges (spheres) with each segment of that orange, as its own universe. Now, imagine an infinite number of these spheres, each connected, interacting within the cosmic realm.  

More interesting, is the magnetic massive black hole in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, along with smaller individual segment black holes (pinholes). Of course, on a grand scale, each pinhole can easily swallow up galaxies.  

In turn, the massive Black Hole in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere are colossal mega black holes that eventually (after millions of years) destroy one universe and bringing life to another universe. 

Good form Mr. Hawking – mathematical theory is relative to a universal understanding of our infinite universes. 

Now, all we need to do is fold space and time to explore like our ancestors did – read more : 

http://jrobbmontana.com 

  
By Bari Demersscifi screenwriter 
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The Coma Weight Loss Program

  

YEAR 2035

The weight loss industry revenue hit $25 Billion in 2015 with over 110 million people struggling to loose weight. It was always thought scientists would eventually invent the Magic Weight Loss Pill, but it never became reality.
With increasing pressure by social media and celebrities, 85% of women were desperate to have (what society thought) was the right looks and acceptable weight. 

Societies new form of bullying were demeaning heavier set women, causing an alarming spike in suicides. In one incident alone, a group of teenage girls band together to make the ultimate statement. On July 4th 2020, eighteen young women ended their lives, distraught over the pressures of society. 

An immediate outcry was launched. 

Millions of women took to the streets, protesting against worldly governments officials, saying they weren’t doing enough to protect women against bullying tactics. They demanded a change to years of forcing them to look and act like Barbie Doll figures.  

Even after centuries of women fighting for equal rights in Canada, United States and the UK, their voices were still being drowned out by marketing Ads and financial greed. 

Women had enough! 

The first Women’s Rights Collation was formed on May 30th 2021. Bill 409 was introduced into the United States Congress, making it illegal to treat women unfairly. Everything from equal pay to any form of demeaning tactics were prohibited with serious consequences. Ad companies weren’t allowed to photoshop models or perceive what the favourable woman should look like. 

It was said to be a brand new era.

Everything was going as planned. Women were happier with the way they looked. But, curiously, the weight-loss industry still thrived, making a record increase in revenue of over 40 billion dollars.  

Men and women were still conscious of their weight.  

Societies perception really didn’t change. It was just an illusion. 


TWO YEARS LATER

On January 10th 2023, a prominent Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Howard Savage (a leading cosmetic genius and board member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons) found his teenage daughter fighting for her life, after a botch liposuction procedure. His daughter had it performed without the doctors knowledge. 

After 3 months in a coma, his daughter died.

Devastated, Dr. Savage vowed to find a safer form of weight loss control. Like a mad scientist, he sheltered himself from all outside communication, determined to find an acceptable form of weight loss.

After 5 years of clinical trials, Dr. Howard Savage announced his new form of weight loss. He called it, The Coma Weight Loss Program. On August 20th 2028, the public were introduced to Dr. Savages innovative weight loss program. 

It wasn’t long before you saw leading weight loss commercials on screens throughout the world. 

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SUCCESS AND CHALLENGES 

The Coma Weight Loss Program became a over night success! 

Dr. Howard Savage received the Noble Prize on May 5th 2030 for inventing the worlds first effective weight loss program. To date, he has saved over 50 million people from death and a brand new improved lifestyle. It wasn’t until three years later, when KGYC NEWS NOW, from New York City reported the Coma Weight Loss program was doing an illegal procedure on the side. 

Dr. Howard Savage and his Coma Weight Loss Program came under scrutiny, when it was discovered, his employees were selling patients organs onto the black market. Dr. Savage’s team of lawyers would refuse to comment further until his rightful day in court, only stating,” Dr. Savage is redeem innocent until proven otherwise. We will without a doubt prove him innocent of all charges.” End of quote. 

It was rumoured, patients were allowing non-threatening organs to be sold, to enable to pay for their procedure. But, it became such a lucrative business on the side, greedy employees were selling all their organs. Of course, the patient’s death certificate only stated, organ failure. 

In the end, did society as a whole ever learn their lesson? 
Men and women were still being perceived by the way they looked. Would it ever change? 
By Bari Demers screenwriter 
Copyright 2015 
My science-fiction story would make a great short indie film.  And I hope you can appreciate my scifi dark humor.

My Collection of Screenplays

A Little about me : Screenwriterbari

I’m a Canadian freelance writer with a diverse background of college education with diplomas within the Arts & Architectural Drafting. Writing & filming has always been my passion,” I envision a story and bring it to life.”

My name is Bari Demers, presently living in Alberta working on intriguing stories, sure to captivate my audience.

Join me on LinkedIn to interact on a professional level.

I formed James Montana Scripts to present my scifi horror genre, BLACK ANGELS. Since then, it’s a growing collection of screenplays and scifi stories to hang out and get noticed.

The screenwriting program I’m partial to is Celtx. It provides me with an interactive diverse selection of formats, commonly used in the filming industry.

Here’s a selection of screenplays I’m working on now :

AGENT SKY – CIA agent. She’s frustrated with bureaucracy after a lope-hole lets an international criminal walk free, allowing him to illegally trade weapons with terrorists. Her darker side takes over.

MISSING UP NORTH – Young Hunter goes missing deep within British Columbia’s rugged wilderness, only to be hunted by an 800 lb Grizzly.

My screenplay “Missing Up North – Bloody Survival” is based on a true story around the mis-adventures of 20 year old hunter named Rivers, who went missing in the wild mountainous Chilcotin region by Williams Lake, B.C. for over 20 hours, only to be hunted down by a savage Grizzly.

BLACK ANGELS – War Hero Commander Cardin is forced to re-colonize on planet,BLUE EARTH, before their species is destroyed, accompanied by even an darker threat, BLACK ANGELS.

A fine blended genre of science-fiction and horror, sure to shake your boots off.

It’s based on the Alien theory where,over 100,000 years ago, an intelligent race came to Earth, changing mankind, but something went terribly wrong. This is their story.

GAIA – Dr. Zen Callaway, roboticist employed by TEMPRO, family-base colony on Mars. His wife, Christine mysteriously goes missing. Jeremy, Zoe and mischievous robotics feline, Osiris, go looking for their mom.

It’s a family orientated story, Dr. Zen Callaway is a top roboticist working for his employer, Trillionaire CEO, Mr. Wiseman of TEMPRO Industries (Terraforming Engineering & Mining Resources Operations).  He convinces his wife Christine and his two children to embark on a new adventure, living on Mars, a new family-based colony. After his wife Christine goes missing in a mining mishap, his two kids Jeremy and Zoe are determined to find their mom by the help of a mischievous robotics feline named Osiris. The adventure turns up more than they expected leading them to the darker side of Mr. Wiseman.

THE JOURNEY – A physiological thriller. Teenager, Dylon is forced to protect his psychotic alcoholic mother, Sam, after authorities try to remove him from his home. (Screenplay is in its preliminary stages at this time)

MEET MY FRIEND – an emotional story of a young teenage girl who finds out her long time friend isn’t a friend after all. Deceit and Betrayal leads to revenge. (Screenplay also in its preliminary stages)

Even though screenplay, BLACK ANGELS requires CGI visual effects at a higher budget, it’s a perfect fit for the movie screen and may entice major production companies. It has the potential to becoming a blockbuster trilogy.

Whereas, my other screenplays are formatted for indie films, with a smaller accessible budget.

I hope you enjoy my screenplays and find them intriguing.

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By Bari Demers

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