Putting Dreams On Screen

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HOT SPRINGS – It wasn’t until the final few seconds before the start of the film premiere that Skye Ogilvie got nervous.

Really nervous.

“Oh yeah,” she says now, with a wide, 1,000 kilowatt grin. “My hands were shaking and everything.”

The occasion was the premiere of “Drifter,” a 30-minute film that Ogilvie wrote and directed and co-produced with her mother, Claudia. The event took place outdoors on June 15, at the Scheltens Ranch south of Hot Springs.

“It was kinda strange, really,” Ogilvie said. “All day long I was fine and relaxed and then when everyone got quiet at the start of the movie I got anxious.”

The first public viewing of the film was the culmination of five years of work on her part, along with the numerous volunteers who gave of their time and talents to make Skye’s dream of creating a cowboy/cowgirl love story a reality.

“I guess we got started back in 2008,” she said recently over a cup of coffee. “We didn’t work at it full-time; we all have paying jobs that took priority. But when we could all get together, we filmed.”

The film stars Skye’s sister, Blue Borton, and Blue’s real-life husband, Cory. Other local cowboys and friends filled roles on a volunteer basis as well.

“But my horse, Missin Flashman, really kind of steals the show,” Ogilvie said, of her 14-year old quarterhorse who handles the film’s title role of ‘Silver Drifter.’

“He just seemed to light up when we were filming,” she said with a shake of her head.

Since its premiere, Ogilvie has sold several copies of “Drifter” on her web site – cielocinches.com - for $18, including shipping. She has submitted her creation to the South Dakota Film Festival for consideration for its September event, and expects to also submit to the Black Hills Film Festival next spring.

Ogilvie benefitted from an influx of capital through a website called ‘Kickstarter,’ getting enough backing to complete filming and production work on the film. Since then, she has gotten involved in other film projects through Kickstarter as well, providing financial assistance to help others realize their dreams.

“I never really went in to this to try to make any money,” Ogilvie said. “I just had a story that I wanted to tell. I am very happy with the final product. I think we did a very good job with the resources we had.”

All the money for the film went into equipment and post-production work. “The actors and crew each got a copy of the movie,” she quipped. “That was their pay!”

Some of the musicians on the intriguing soundtrack were paid as well.

“I am glad it’s done,” she said, “but in a good way, you know? I really wanted to see the finished project.”

She has no plans for a “Drifter II” sequel to her initial effort, but does have a couple of other projects on which she is working; one a documentary involving ranch rodeo bronc riders.

“I also have an idea rattling around about a 1920s cowgirl and her story,” Ogilvie said. “I like to make movies of the stories I love. And that’s what I did with ‘Drifter.’ I made a movie that I wanted to see.”

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