Young Grafton filmmaker to unveil his second movie, âHorizon,â at Rivoli this week
Last year, when Brady Palubiski was a junior at Grafton High School, he made his movie debut with âTime Tracks,â which aired two nights to sold-out audiences at the Rivoli Theatre in Cedarburg.
This year, his movie âHorizonâ will play at 9:30 p.m. three days â Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27, 28 and 29 â at the Rivoli, and he expects sell-out audiences again. Saturdayâs movie has been edited for a PG audience so middle-school students can attend. Palubiski toned down the violence and language which garnered a PG-13 rating for the version that will be shown the first two nights.
âItâs not real intense. Itâs kind of Indiana Jones appropriate stuff,â he said.
As a director, Palubiski uses the name Brady Scott.
Only his father Scott, who is the producer and makes his acting debut in âHorizon,â and Jeremy Moroder, who helped create the original music score and plays a suspect, have seen the finished product.
The other actors, including his 12-year-old brother Jackson and friend Patryck Schmeling, a University of Wisconsin- Madison student who wrote the screenplay and plays the lead role, will have to wait until opening night.
âI like it to be a surprise for the actors. I like tormenting my friends. Theyâll all be there opening night,â Palubiski said. âPatryck is really nervous and worried about his acting. Heâll be excited when people are laughing at his lines.â
Although people told him they liked his first movie, a sci-fi, action, time-travel story, Palubiski said it wasnât very good.
âIt was just an experiment to see if I could make a full-length movie and get it played,â he said. âI wrote, filmed, directed and played the lead character. Itâs easier not acting in it. I make a cameo appearance (in âHorizonâ).â
Palubiski said this yearâs movie is better and he credits Schmeling for much of that.
âI wrote the story and sent it to him. He wrote the screenplay and during the summer break we tweaked it,â Palubiski said.
âHe did an awesome job and made it what it is. There is a lot of dialogue and character development, and the acting is really good.â
The director also got help from Moroderâs father Paul, who owns Moroder Photography and is a sponsor.
After seeing last yearâs movie, Moroder was so impressed that he worked with Palubiski on lighting and photography and created the movie posters. He also plays a police officer in the movie.
Palubiski describes the movie as a mystery-treasure hunt with murder and mayhem.
Schmeling portrays Pete Heywood, a young detective whose first client, played by Scott Palubiski, gives him an envelope with $500 inside for safekeeping.
The next day, Heywoodâs office is ransacked by someone looking for the envelope.
Heywoodâs young assistant is played by Jackson.
Erin Knapik of Grafton, a professional actress, plays Peteâs mother. Her husband Jim also has a role. Their son was in last yearâs movie.
Before âHorizon,â Palubiski will show his three-minute short âFound,â which was in the Milwaukee Film Festival this year.
He also took second place, out of 600 entries, at the Green Bay Film Festival for another movie, âShadows.â
Palubiski made his first movie, âDeath on the Nile,â when he was in fifth grade.
âIt wasnât real good and nobody believed in me,â he said. âEvery year, I kept working on it.
âWhen I got to high school, I had good friends who were actors and started making movies that we showed at home.â
Seeing his movie on the big screen last year was âawesome,â he said.
âIt was an accomplishment for all my friends who acted in it and held the camera, but it wasnât really that good,â Palubiski said.
âI went home that night and started writing my next movie.â
Palubiski also did several projects for his school, including an anti-grinding dance video for the Grafton High Student Council. Heâs council president.
âSome other schools in Ozaukee County are showing it,â he said. âThe kids really liked it.â
For the first day of school this year, he made a âCall Me Maybeâ parody with teachers dancing and lip-sinking.
âIt took a while to get them out of their comfort zone,â Palubiski said. âI told them students are going to think itâs awesome because they donât expect their teachers to be dancing around.â
Palubiski has applied to several film schools on the east and west coasts, including the University of Southern California.
His application for USC and other schools includes a five-minute video about himself, using actors to portray him.
âI want to make movies. Thatâs what I want to do, and I like all aspects of it,â he said.
MOVIE DIRECTOR Brady Palubiski, a senior at Grafton High School, held the camera he used to make âHorizon,â which will be shown Dec. 27 to 29 at the Rivoli Theatre in Cedarburg. Photo by Sam Arendt