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Donovan's Echo (2011) Poster

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The original screenplay draft (written by co-writers Jim Cliffe and Melodie Krieger) had been recognized in 2007 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Screenwriting Competition, as well as the Page International Screenwriting Awards, where it won the Bronze prize out of 3000 international screenplays. Donovan's Echo (2011) is their first feature-length script.
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The shooting schedule was a tight 20 days, considering the multiple locations, stunt work and budget.
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With interest in their award-winning screenplay, co-writers Jim Cliffe and Melodie Krieger received plenty of encouragement to rewrite Donovan as a younger character, but the two writers felt strongly that the hero needed to have a certain amount of life experience.
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Executive producer Kim Priebe has a cameo as the woman in the grocery line who rolls her eyes at Donovan's careless bagging.
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Donovan's last name is 'Matheson', which is taken from director Jim Cliffe's grandparents.
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Producer Trent Carlson has a cameo sitting in Donovan's AA circle.
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Producer Andria Spring has a cameo as a road maintenance worker.
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Co-writer Melodie Krieger's name appears on the side of the book Donovan (Danny Glover) purchases.
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Selected as the opening film gala event at the 2011 Calgary International Film Festival.
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In creating working theories for 'cold fusion', director Jim Cliffe enlisted the help of a physicist friend to make sure the on-screen science looked somewhat plausible.
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The engineer Donovan refers to throughout the movie, 'Andy Andreasen', is the name of one of Jim Cliffe's oldest friends, who is an architect.
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Maggie's (Natasha Calis) father 'Jason' only appears on screen in a photo, who is portrayed by executive producer Lance Priebe.
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The name of the professor (played by actor Kevin McNulty) who interviews Donovan for a position is 'Dean Belton'. This was written in honor of Jim Cliffe's film professor, Robert Belton.
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The last night of shooting was the car accident scene that Donovan (Danny Glover) witnesses. It had been scheduled a few days before, but a sudden snowfall caused a schedule change to maintain the continuity (no snow).
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Actor Stephen Jefferys plays 'The Speaker' who is seen standing on a stage in Donovan's flashes. Stephen also played the central character in director Jim Cliffe's award-winning short film Tomorrow's Memoir (2004).
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With a professional background in illustration and animation, director Jim Cliffe storyboarded almost the entire movie, but the ambitious 20-day schedule forced the first-time director to be more spontaneous on a day-to-day basis.
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