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Cup takes break from Kings to appear in 3D film

Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 6:41 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer / Summer with Stanley blog

As on most film sets, the crew setting up at the hockey arena in Penticton, British Columbia, was forced to work around the schedule of its star.

That can be difficult when the shoot is in early July and the star is the Stanley Cup.

Fortunately for the producers of "Stanley Cup Odyssey," a short 3D film about the Cup set to premiere this fall at the Hockey Hall of Fame, it all worked out.

"Sometimes timing works for you. We had been planning this for a long period of time," said Derik Murray, producer of the latest work from Network Entertainment, a Canadian company that has made many films for the Hall of Fame. "The Cup plays a role in the film. We had it in the arena for the better part of the day filming some of the final sequences of the film. The plan as it stands is to premiere the film at the 2012 induction ceremony in November."

Before the Cup's arrival Monday in Penticton, hockey's grandest prize was being enjoyed 38 miles away in Kelowna, where Kings goaltender development coach Kim Dillabaugh was celebrating his day with the trophy. With the Hockey Hall of Fame providing the transportation, the Cup was brought to Penticton to appear in the 3D film, whose premiere is set to coincide with the opening of the Hall's new 3D theater.

The film will feature high-tech re-enactments of classic Stanley Cup moments from players including Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.

"The film is about the essence and passion for the game that people have all over the world," Murray said. "We will effectively showcase the great Stanley Cup moment that each of these players are involved with, blending the archival footage with 3D animation. We'll show great Stanley Cup moments in a way they've never been seen before."

The key for Murray and his crew was planning every element of their shoot to the last detail, ensuring that the Cup could make it to the airport in time for its flight to Massachusetts, where it spent the next day in the hometown of Kings head athletic trainer Chris Kingsley.

But even under the tight schedule, Murray made sure to allow his crew their own time with the Cup.

"We have people on our film crew who worked on 'Mission Impossible,' major films in Canada and the U.S. So we have a very seasoned top-notch crew. When that Cup rolled in, they were in awe," Murray said. "(They were) so in awe and mesmerized that we had to stop production for a few minutes to allow people to gather around the Cup and look at it and take some quick pictures. When it came onto the ice, it was absolutely magical."

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild