Motion picture being filmed in Abbeville
Downtown Abbeville is the location for the filming of a motion picture.
All this week, close to 30 people have been busy filming a new thriller movie called “The Shelter” on the streets of Abbeville.
The Canadian motion picture stars Michael Pare (The Lincoln Lawyer). It will be filmed in Abbeville and also along Lake Peigneur near Delcambre.
Tuesday night they filmed in the St. Mary Magdelen Graveyard, and also inside of Black’s.
Thursday night they filmed in Magdalen Square for a fight scene and then moved the filming to the downtown bridge near the church. During part of the filming, the Abbeville police closed off the road.
The plot outline of the film is: “On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Pare) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. Inside, with nobody in sight, he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting wholeheartedly on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well-earned shut eye.
All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel and notes that it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart so quickly. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?”
Most of the motion picture is filmed at night because most of the movie occurs during the night.
On “The Shelter’s Facebook in March, before filming began, Pare posted this about the script back in March.
“I read John Fallon’s script “The Shelter” and it tells a great and painful tragedy. Not about global disaster or war or economic collapse but of the individual human heart. The human heart and soul is what all art seeks to unravel,” Pare said. “Guilt, regret and shame kill the heart and soul. When our lower animal nature dominates our character our soul is lost.”
Abbeville’s own Albert Eady began scouting Acadiana locations eight months ago. After showing Abbeville, Eady said Fallon and others loved the location.
The Shelter is written and directed by John Fallon and produced by Donny Broussard (Bigfoot Productions Inc.) and John Fallon (Bruise Productions Inc.). Michael Paré will also be the film’s executive producer.