Setting plays a vital role in a movie. When done correctly it will completely enhance the storyline, but yet remain seemingly unnoticed. In the movie, Traunik, our goal is to find settings that will allow the actors to develop their characters in ways that emphasize the humor in the situations.
The story revolves around a run down resort being operated by two very well meaning people. Wally and Marge are truly trying the best that they can and we want the audience to be rooting for these people despite the obvious lack of upkeep for the resort. So, of course, one of our settings will need to be a place that is remote, run down, but beaming with love....this last part being what the scriptwriter and the actors bring to it. The real key here is a location that has natural beauty.
Other settings will include an office-- since the main character, Brunner, is such a disorganized mess the trick will be paying attention to small details such as a half eaten baloney sandwich on the desk--a college dorm room, enough said there--and finally, we will need an absolutely breath-taking location that shows Michigan in all of its splendor.
Michigan is a beautiful state, which is why we will be filming the entire movie in this amazing place. My favorite place in Michigan is Mackinac Island and so I am excited to announce that we have made arrangements to film there. This was the location of the movie Somewhere In Time, one of my sentimental favorite movies. Personally, I believe that not using Mackinac, especially for a movie that relies on a breathtaking wedding scene, would be a crime.
Lynne M. Smelser is an executive producer and scriptwriter. For more than 20 years she has been an active writer who has won many national awards. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.