Lights, camera, action!

Quiet on set: A film crew spent eight days in the region, filming in Simpson, Peterborough and Timboon.

LIGHTS, camera and action.

There was a flurry of activity across the region last week as a film crew took in a series of locations between Peterborough and Simpson.

Writer and director Emily Dynes began filming a short film – ‘To The Sea’ – in the area last week.

To The Sea is a drama set in a tiny seaside town that follows a 10 year-old girl named Erin, whose best and only friend Noah suddenly vanishes into thin air.

Left feeling completely alone and bewildered by the strange disappearance of her friend, Erin struggles to cope with his loss as the entire town gets more and more involved in the search.

Ms Dynes said filming had taken place at Peterborough, Nullawarre, Curdies Inlet, Simpson Post Office and Timboon P-12 School.

She said the scenes at Timboon P-12 School also included a large number of locals playing extras.

“It’s (filming locally) been amazing, it’s been very exciting seeing it all come together,” Ms Dynes said.

“We’re very excited. It’s a bit surreal.”

She said it was hoped to screen the film at local and international film festivals.

On the big screen: While scenes shot at the Simpson Settlement Supermarket involved professional actors, a number of locals were used in footage taken at Timboon P-12 School for a movie filmed in the area last week.

Ms Dynes thanked those who had helped make the filming a reality.

“It’s great to be able to bring business to the area as well,” she said.

Young Melbourne actress Jazi Hall, 12, – who plays lead character Erin – travelled to the area for the filming.

She said she enjoyed the experience and the storyline had captured her attention in the audition stages.

“Mum and I read the script and we thought it was amazing,” Jazi said.

“We were both tearing up; it’s got a lot of drama in it.”

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