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Johnsburg grad seeking to shoot a ski film in area

Aspiring filmmaker Cory Gazaille of Thurman — a 2010 Johnsburg High School graduate — talks Dec. 6 about plans for a ski film he plans on making this winter in the Gore Mountain region.

Aspiring filmmaker Cory Gazaille of Thurman — a 2010 Johnsburg High School graduate — talks Dec. 6 about plans for a ski film he plans on making this winter in the Gore Mountain region. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Cory Gazaille, who’s been studying fimmaking after graduating from Johnsburg High School in 2010, is seeking to produce a ski film shot in the lower Adirondacks.

On Dec. 6, Gazaille, who was raised in Thurman, discussed his ideas and shared his plans for the undertaking.

Rather than make the routine ski action film that shows one stunt after another, Gazaille is seeking to give people a taste of life in the lower Adirondacks, offer a glimpse into the local culture, while portraying the beauty of the landscape here.

Also, he plans to accomplish it with flourishes of cinematic style normally reserved for narrative filmmaking rather than documentaries, he said, noting that he intends to market the finished work to various film festivals

“I not only want to give insights into life here, but I want to explore how rural life the Adirondacks is so different than metropolitan areas,” he said. “It’s remarkable that everything is so different, yet we are within driving distance from Albany”

Martin Fahy and Ben Richards of North Creek, as well as Liam Harrison of North River are to be skier-actors in the film, Gazaille said. Vinny Varsalona of New Jersey has been lined up as a cinematographer. Gazaille is to serve as writer, director of photography and producer.

After graduation from Johnsburg High, Gazaille’s been attending the Savannah School of Art & Design in Georgia. He’s in his senior year at the college.

Already, he’s shot and produced a two short films with a similar approach, one on skateboarding and the other on kayaking.

Gazaille, who attended Warrensburg High School for a short time years ago, said he’s intending to shoot the ski film on Gore Mountain and other area slopes.

“I know the area and its resources and the local people,” he said.

If equipment and sponsors are lined up in several weeks, he may start shooting initial sequences of the film as early as late January, he said.

“People up in our area are more connected with the natural environment, and I want to communicate that,” he said. “Through this film, I want to bring others back to nature.”

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Cory Gazaille, an aspiring filmmaker with roots in Thurman and Johnsburg, talks Dec. 6 about the skiing film he intends to shoot in Northern Warren County. He wants the semi-documentary to depict life and culture in the region as well as offer action sequences.

Photo by Thom Randall

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