Cold Decision

Short Film

When a winter outing goes awry, the cold weather and a harsh decision forever changes a life.


This project pushed the limits of the small but dedicated cast and crew. Filming took place during the winter and the team felt temperatures drop to -27F (-33C) and winds gusts to 55mph (~ 90kph).

Shot in Grande Prairie and Woking, Alberta, the production saw another side effect of being so far north: daylight only lasts for about 7 hours. Fortunately, the script called for many night shoots — or unfortunately, since nighttime made it that much colder.

The project started with a brainstorming session between the director, Gordie Haakstad, and one of the lead actors, Brett Olsen. The script was written by Gordie, who was eager for his first collaboration with his Distillery partner, Chris Beauchamp.

The project included snowmobile stunts, wire-removal, composited snow and breath effects, and digital snowmobile composites. Custom score by the award-winning Patrick Runblad complimented the picture by creating an eerie tension throughout.


Released: 2016
Runtime: 13:16
Language: English



Director Gordie Haakstad
Cinematographer Chris Beauchamp
Production Design Laura Beauchamp
Original Score Patrick Rundblad
John Travis Fowler
Aaron Brett Olsen
John’s Wife Amy Jean
Aaron’s Wife Caitlin Card
Truck Driver David Lefebvre
Bartender Jim Sherman
Snowmobile Stunts Craig Henning
Original Story by Brett Olsen and Gordie Haakstad
Camera Assistant Chillton Alstad
Production Sound Michael Bourreé
Props Master Robin Sissons
Makeup Effects Devon Burbank
Caterer Gail Sherman
Caterer Jennifer Sherman