New England School of Communications video instructor Frank Welch secured the rights from Warner Brothers. Timothy Reid, a graduating senior at NESCOM, produced. And a whole host of students helped make the movie, with director and NESCOM senior, Brandon Doyen.
Now, after nearly a year of hard work, NESCOM’s adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s short story, “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” is set to premiere at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. It will be the first public screening in Maine of the film, and it’s free and open to the public.
“The Tale of Three Brothers” was featured in the seventh and final Harry Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and was later released in a series of short stories titled “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”. It tells the story of three brothers who are offered their pick of the three deathly hallows — the resurrection stone, the elder wand and the cloak of invisibility. How they choose decides each brother’s fate.
The NESCOM students and faculty filmed the movie in locations throughout the state, in the late summer and fall of 2013.
“We shot in four different locations over the course of two to three months,” said director Doyen. We shot at the Charles Inn [in Bangor] in one of their older rooms… We then shot at the wire bridge in New Portland. One of the only suspension bridges of it’s kind in the world. It was beautiful and the town was a great help. They shut down the bridge for us for a few hours, so we could shoot without stopping.”
A favorite location shoot was at Leonard’s Mills in Bradley.
“Time-period appropriate sets and wonderful facilitation between our crew and their staff. They were great… It was one of our best looking shoots,” said Doyen.
It’s not the first time NESCOM students have adapted a short story by a big name author for the screen — in 2011, students adapted Stephen King’s short story “The Last Rung on the Ladder,” and later screened it at a number of festivals internationally. Faculty member Welch secured the rights to that story many years ago, and did the same with the Rowling story.