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Oklahoma filmmaker Ryan Bellgardt announces home-state production on family-friendly film 'The Adventures of Rufus the Fantastic Pet'

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Director Ryan Bellgardt, left, and Stephanie Roach work on post-production of the Oklahoma-made film “The Jurassic Games." [Photo provided]
Director Ryan Bellgardt, left, and Stephanie Roach work on post-production of the Oklahoma-made film “The Jurassic Games." [Photo provided]

Oklahoma filmmaker Ryan Bellgardt is following his recent DVD and streaming release "The Adventures of Jurassic Pet" with another Oklahoma-made pet tale. 

The Adventures of Rufus Ltd, Ace Entertainment Films Inc. and Bellgardt's Boiling Point Media, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, have announced the start of production on the feature film “The Adventures of Rufus the Fantastic Pet.”

The film is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by Oklahoma Film + Music Office, and started principal photography May 6, with filming scheduled for multiple locations around the state, according to a news release. 

Starring Kyler Charles Beck (“The Adventures of Jurassic Pet”), Cory Jordan Phillips (“Doctor Who: The Soldier Stories”) and Leah N.H. Philpott (“American Honey”), and working with an entirely Oklahoma-based crew, “The Adventures of Rufus the Fantastic Pet” marks the fifth feature film from Bellgardt, whose previous releases include "The Jurassic Games," "Gremlin" and "Army of Frankensteins."

"As an Oklahoma native, it's an honor for me to be creating another feature film in my home state as well as introducing my great state to creators from across the globe," said Bellgardt in a statement.

A family-friendly adventure-fantasy, “The Adventures of Rufus the Fantastic Pet” tells the story of teenagers Scott and Emily, who suddenly discover Rufus, a mysterious creature, and Abbott, a wizard. Together, with the help of an ancient spell book, they must gather ingredients to make a secret dust to save the magical world of Rufus and Abbott before a group of villainous servants with mysterious powers of their own capture the spell book for themselves. The magical story taps into universal themes of friendship, heroism and the environment, according to the news release.

The film has already secured pre-sales in North America, U.K./Ireland and France, and marks the second picture collaboration between ACE Entertainment Inc. and Boiling Point Media after last year’s “The Adventures of Jurassic Pet.” As previously reported, “The Adventures of Jurassic Pet,” was released last month for streaming via YouTube, Google Play and Vudu and on DVD from Amazon.

“Ryan and the amazing team of Boiling Point Media continue to play an important role in elevating Oklahoma’s film industry on both a local and international level,” said Oklahoma Film + Music Office Director Tava Maloy Sofsky in a statement. “Through the use of the state’s film incentive, the company’s production rate is increasing, which is simultaneously providing sustained jobs with local career technology schools. We are so proud to see filmmakers and businesses like Ryan and Boiling Point Media anchor themselves in Oklahoma, which is diversifying our state’s workforce and growing small businesses.”

For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, visit okfilmmusic.org.

-BAM
 

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Director Ryan Bellgardt, left, and Stephanie Roach work on post-production of the Oklahoma-made film “The Jurassic Games." [Photo provided]

Director Ryan Bellgardt, left, and Stephanie Roach work on post-production of the Oklahoma-made film “The Jurassic Games." [Photo provided]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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