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March 26, 2019

1/29/2014 1:54:00 PM
Another look at 'Mousetrap'
Not long ago, as America's "Oscar buzz" started grow, this thought crossed my mind:
"What if Ethan Clerc's dream came true?"
Ethan Clerc, as some of you may recall, is the Windom Area High School student who made a splash last year with the release of his first feature film, "Mousetrap."
Mousetrap is about a group of friends who are dared to spend the night at an abandoned school with a creepy janitor called "The Mouse."
In an article about Ethan, I learned that his dream is to someday become a Hollywood director. I believe he dropped the name Martin Scorsese during our last interview.
So again, I ask, what if Ethan truly became a top-notch director? Can you imagine the fuss Windom would make about his career? Well, we really don't have to spend a lot of time imagining. Take a glance at page 1 of this week's Citizen and you'll get an idea of how we would react.
Of course we already have a major entertainment star in Maria Schneider. This week's Grammy awards are further proof that her fame is very well deserved.
I often wonder come graduation time, who from this class will become an American household name?
You never know.
Mousetrap update
Recently, Clerc gave me the following update regarding his latest movie project: "Mousetrap 2."
"Mousetrap 2 is in preproduction now, as I have already completed the script," Clerc said. "It is in its fourth draft now. I sent out over 100 e-mails to film, media and big companies to see if they would sponsor the film."
Clerc said he received a good response, with donations of things like monitors, or there time.
"We have people all over the world working on this film," Clerc said. "A VFX studio in Algeria is handling special effects shots for the film. A color corrector in Florida, whose father started Martin Scorsese's career as a director, is doing the color correction for the film.
"A storyboard artist in Pennsylvania who does storyboards for the hit TV show 'Breaking Bad' is doing the story boarding for Mousetrap 2."
Clerc said one of the film's biggest scenes has already been shot.
"We crashed a car down a hill and blew the car up," Clerc said. "It was the greatest thing I have ever done, as a director.
"With help from the Mt. Lake Fire Department, we crashed a 1984 Ford Fairmont down a hill out in the country and then loaded it with Tannerite and gasoline and blew it up. The scene is amazing."
The rest of the filming will start in May. Clerc said he is trying to get a grant to make the film. The cost of the film is estimated at $3,500 to $4,000.
"It is a lot of money, but for what we have planned, it adds up," Clerc said. "We plan to shoot scenes at the BARC, Courthouse and around Windom."
If any business would like to donate to the film and get their logo in the movie, contact Ethan at: ethanclerc@gmail.com.

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