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Wolf Head


With his first feature, ‘Wolf Head,’ Yukon filmmaker Ryan Scott hopes audiences have a howling good time.

Rod Lott January 18th, 2012

Wolf Head
7 p.m. Thursday
Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16
150 E. Reno
$7

Ryan “Staples” Scott just wanted to “do something funny, with guns.”

“The image of a gun has so much more weight to it,” said the Yukon resident. “I wanted to create a plot to push that.”

The end result is his directorial debut in feature filmmaking, “Wolf Head,” shot entirely in the Oklahoma City metro area with an all-local cast and crew. The crime comedy premieres with a special screening tomorrow night at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas.

For Scott, the public showing represents quite an accomplishment, considering he almost gave up on the five-month shoot. Previously, he had lensed nothing longer than 45 minutes, 2009’s dramedy short, “Dale and the Laughing Turtle,” so tackling something twice as long proved infinitely more complicated.

“I did not realize even remotely what I was getting into,” said Scott, who makes advertisements and animation as RYIT Creative. “But I kept going, even though I was so sick of it. But I learned a ridiculous amount.”

And if you don’t like it, blame Steely Dan.

Two years ago, the kernel that eventually popped into “Wolf Head” was planted in Scott’s head via the legendary jazz rockers’ “Do It Again.” The 1972 single’s dark lyrics begin, “In the morning you go gunning / For the man who stole your water.”

“I immediately thought, ‘There’s a story in there,’” said Scott, “and this is what grew out of it.”

Centering on two not-so-bright brothers (played by Tyler Roberds and Jonathan Grant), “Wolf Head” follows in the tennis-shoed footsteps of cinema’s recent socially awkward manchildren of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Step Brothers.”

Living with their mother (Michaela Bishop), the boys discover she has “like, $10” in the bank, so they decide to “become men” — con men, to be more specific. Unfortunately, they have no idea what they’re doing — one mistakes tampons for confetti poppers, after all — until they enlist the help of a beautiful woman (Jen Ehrlich) they meet on the streets.

Featured in supporting roles are a few familiar names, including 2 Movie Guys’ Lucas Ross, radio personality Jack Elliott and Miss Oklahoma 2010, Emoly West.

“A lot of talented people were involved,” Scott said. “Nobody did just one thing. Everybody had a 10-person job.”

With assistance like that, “Wolf Head” surpassed so many obstacles in its journey from the random folds of Scott’s brain to the polished effort on the silver screen.

“I did not expect it to look as good as it did,” he said. “In film, you can never get what you see in your head, but somehow, we did it.”


 
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