indie ottawa productions
STILL SHOTS
and behind the scenes
RITES OF SPRING

RITES OF SPRING is the story of two young teenage boys,
a male prostitute and a boy from the suburbs who by chance meet,
connect, and as runaway fugitives, fall in love.

Events and circumstances find them as runaway fugitives
struggling to find a new world order in the forested wildness outside the city.
Outside of their ordinary worlds, they search for and find themselves.

This is their story of discovery, passages and renewal.

Written and Directed by
Peter O'Rourke

Director of Photography
Ben Hoskyn

Editor
John Ryan

featuring

ROARK SMEATHERS
as Marc

LUKE GABRIEL
as Michael

THYS ARMSTRONG
as Sebastian

DINA ELLEITHY
as Skater Girl

Below are some great Stills and Behind the Scenes shots from RITES OF SPRING.






A poster shot, Roark Smeathers (left) as Marc and Luke Gabriel as Michael (right)



Marc, a bullied teen, and the suicidal morning that started it all, Ottawa Ontario




Marc waiting for the school bus, Ottawa Ontario




Marc gets on the school bus planning to never return, Ottawa Ontario




Marc on the school bus,Ottawa Ontario




Billy the school bully (Sam Rodrigue, right) stealing lunch money from a student
(Matthew Macinnis-Leonard, left), on the bus Ottawa




Billy takes a shot at Marc, on the bus Ottawa




A boy (Pablo Hanna) ignoring as Billy bullies Marc, on the bus Ottawa




A girl (Olivia Bazambanza) on the bus ignores Billy as he bullies Marc, Ottawa Ontario




Students getting off the bus that day, Ottawa Ontario




Our awesome "students on the bus" extras, Ottawa Ontario




Billy (Sam Rodrigue) about to plunge Marc in the toilet, SAW Video, Arts Court, Ottawa




Aftermath with teen bully (Dakoda Bradley-Lalonde, left) and Billy, SAW Video, Arts Court, Ottawa




Marc, contemplating suicide, runs away, shot Kelly's Funeral Home, Carling Ave Ottawa




Production assistant Levar Owoyemi , Kelly's Funeral Home, Carling Ave Ottawa Ontario




Marc arrives at the funeral home - Kelly's Funeral Home, Carling Ave Ottawa Ontario




Marc at his grandfathers grave to commit suicide - Perth Cemetary, Perth Ontario




Roark takes a mouthfull of pea soup to puke up in the scene - Perth Cemetary Ontario




Setting up at the Perth Cemetary - Perth Ontario




Marc dosen't quite get the suicide thing right and ends up puking it all up, pea soup - Ottawa Ontario




Art Directors Christine Levesque and Frank Mahy building 'Michael's Place' Ottawa Ontario




Michael's Place: Luke Gabiel as Michael with 1st Assistant Director Kathaleen To




Luke and Roark rehearsing, Ottawa Ontario




Thys Armstrong as Sebastian, the villain, brings Marc and Michael together




Ara Kirijian as Skippy, one of Sebastian's young boys, Ottawa Ontario




Christopher Murray as Cowboy, one of Sebastian's boys, Ottawa Ontario




Sebastian getting Marc drunk - shot at the Daily Grind Arts Cafe Ottawa




Marc asleep in a garbage dumpster enclosure, Ottawa Ontario




Sebastian arrives at Michael's door, Ottawa Ontario




Thys Armstrong (right) rehearsing with Luke, Ottawa Ontario




Marc with Michael at Michael's Place and Director of Photographer Ben Hoskyn, Ottawa Ontario




Marc in the mirror at Michael's Place: "If you look in a mirror, you will see a friend ..."




Skater Girl (Dina Elleithy) , our Guardian archetypal character type, is Sebastian's side kick




Marc and Michael hijack a taxi to flee from Sebastian and arrive at Marc's house - Judge Park Ottawa




Roark and Luke getting notes between shots in Marc's bedroom, Ottawa Ontario




Audio director John Ryan taking a break at Marc's House - Ottawa Ontario




Ben shooting a scene as Marc talks with Michael before they fall asleep, Ottawa Ontario




Michael instructs Marc on how to put on makeup, Ottawa Ontario




Michael has dinner at Marc's House - Ottawa Ontario




Dinner break for cast and crew on location at Marc's House - Ottawa Ontario




Production Assistant Troy Wallace (left) with Thys Armstrong - Somerset Square Ottawa




Outside at night, Marc's House, Sebastian up to no good with Billy - Ottawa Ontario



Marc and Michael decide to runaway into the wilderness to escape Sebastian - Pinecrest Creek Ottawa




Director Peter O'Rourke giving Luke some direction before a shot - Calabogie Ontario



Marc and Michael enter a trail, Script supervisor Alex (with the shot list) - Ottawa



Marc and Michael in the wilderness - Mud Lake Ottawa Ontario




Director of Photography Ben Hoskyn - Pinecrest Creek Ottawa Ontario




Marc, afraid of water must cross the river to keep up with Michael - Pinecrest Creek Ottawa




Marc reading to Michael - shot Corkstown Campground, Ottawa Ontario



Lost and thirsty, after a long trek, they finally find water - Eagle's Nest, Calabogie Ontario




1st Assistant Director Kathaleen To - Eagle's Nest, Calabogie



Dina, Roark and Luke, between scenes keeping warm - Eagle's Nest, Calabogie Ontario




Director Peter O'Rourke spraying Roark with Glycerin (sweat) - Mud Lake, Ottawa




Sebastian and Skater Girl track Marc and Michael and find them - Eagle's Nest, Calabogie Ontario




Michael pleads with Sebastian to let Marc go - Eagle's Nest, Calabogie Ontario




Michael confronts Sebastian and sends him over the cliff - Eagle's Nest, Calabogie Ontario




After Sebastian dies, Skater joins the boys - Old Quarry Trail Ottawa




Taking a break, audio crew member Trevor Tyo finds a place to rest - Eagle's Nest, Calabogie Ontario




After a quarrel with Michael, Marc considers suicide ... again - Eagle's Nest, Calabogie Ontario




Marc at the very edge of the cliff - Eagle's Nest, Calabogie Ontario




After an accident, Marc must help Michael out of the woods - Ottawa Ontario




Marc concerned for Michael - Ottawa Ontario




Marc and Michael struggle to escape from the wilderness - Pinhey Sand Dunes, Ottawa




Across the dunes - Pinhey Sand Dunes, Ottawa




Michael - Ottawa Ontario




Resting before the final leg of the journey - Pinhey Sand Dunes, Ottawa




A moment - Pinhey Sand Dunes, Ottawa


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