John Wagner, local film producer, writer, and director, saw the drought-ridden Folsom Lake and decided to turn a negative to a positive. With Folsom Lake experiencing record lows, the once familiar topography of recreational swimmers and boaters is now replaced with an alien landscape that fits the dramatic nature of “Finis Temporis.” “Finis Temporis,” which means “End of Time,” is a futuristic drama starring Craig Deluz and Mark Nemmers. It is being produced by Wagner Media, a local Sacramento Independent Film Production company.
In October, a contingent of 12 actors and crew arrived to film one of the key scenes at the Granite Bay Park portion of Folsom Lake. What makes this shoot unique is the dry lakebed that creates a motif that is visually provocative, representing a world that is destined for extinction. The screenplay for “Finis” was written by John Kenneth Wagner, who is also directing the film from behind the camera. The cast includes several well-known Sacramento actors, including Janine Romney, Dan Beard, Voress Franklin, Cynthia Gatlin, Greg Jones, and Courtney Conklin.
Many of the actors and crew are volunteering their time. Included in the veteran crew are a handful of students eager to learn and get some hands-on experience. “Finis Temporis” hopes to have everything in the can by the end of the year for a summer 2016 limited local release.