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Local stars in "Roadkill: A Love Story"



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August 25, 2010 - Brandon Twp.- Filming a movie isn't always glamorous.

On a warm, rainy Tuesday earlier this month, Director Raphael Buechel stands under an umbrella held by an assistant and adjusts a camera. A few other crewmembers of the movie, "Roadkill: A Love Story" huddle nearby on the edge of Oakhill Road near Leece Road.

Sitting inside a 2005 Crown Victoria is Kris Kopacki, a Highland resident. He will drive the car for a short distance down Oakhill Road as Buechel films a scene. Kopacki is not an actor, but owns multiple cars, including this ex-police car, which will appear in the movie as a law enforcement vehicle from the fictional Blood Springs Police Department.

"I've been doing my best to break into the movie industry," says Kopacki. "I'm driving the vehicle in scenes when you can't see who's behind the wheel. There are no stunts. It's a lot of waiting. A lot of boredom."

Brandon Culp, a 2005 Brandon High School graduate, is standing beneath a tree on Leece Road, watching as Buechel instructs Kopacki to drive down Oakhill. Culp, who wrote the screenplay for the film and is a main character, knows all about waiting.

"The rain is nice because it's cool, but it's bad we can't shoot anything," he said. "It's very much a hurry up and wait situation."

Susan covers Brandon Township and Ortonville
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