Facing 100 km/h winds and two massive dumps of snow, production of actress Robin Wright’s directorial debut Land was shut down three times atop Moose Mountain in Kananaskis.
The experience was an affirmation of a policy that veteran producer Allyn Stewart follows for every project she works on.
“Wherever I work in the world, I always, always, always work with local crews,” said Stewart. “Everybody was so professional and they knew when it was time to say ‘OK, this is not safe, we’re getting out of here.’ The resiliency of our crew in Calgary was spectacular. I can’t even imagine if I had brought a crew from somewhere else. Every environment is unique and you guys have epic beauty and epic weather.”
While producers also scouted Utah and B.C., she said the Calgary area had “the beauty and the power that we needed.”
The backdrop helped flesh out the narrative of Land, which recently wrapped after a two-month shoot in Calgary, Didsbury, and Kananaskis. Most of the action was captured on Moose Mountain for the survival drama, which also stars Wright as a Chicago lawyer who decides to go off the grid and survive in the wilds of Wyoming.