Downtown Waxahachie once again became a backdrop for a movie Thursday, as filming got under way on the square.

“Carried Away” is the latest project of writer and director Tom Huckabee.

“The film is about a young man who kidnaps his grandmother from a nursing home. He does this because he is at odds with his father on the way his grandmother is being taken care of,” Huckabee said.

“With her cooperation, he plans to take her to live with him in California. Then a cross-country chase happens between him and his father on the trip,” he said. “The end result is that a family that is really dysfunctional in the beginning comes back together in the end.”

The two main characters in this film are Ed Franklin (the son who kidnaps his grandmother) played by Gabriel Horn and Juli Erickson, who plays Granny.

While the story is about the grandmother and grandson on the run, Horn feels that the story is more about the connecting of people, person to person.

“Ultimately, it is a film about relationships and that is why so many different people can relate to it. When your parents or cousins get together for the holidays and even when they are 50 or 60 years old they still act like teenagers. It is a nice character study about family relationships,” Horn said.

“The communication is forged at the end when the father and brother confront Ed. Ed is trying to prove to his family that he is not an idiot and at the end of the movie the two groups have it out – that ultimately heals their family. That is the resolution, when they finally learn how to communicate with each other,” he said.

It’s taken four months to move from the drawing board to shooting scenes on location, with Huckabee financing the project himself.

He wrote his first draft on the script 15 years ago.

Huckabee’s not against working with a studio, but he feels that, as an independent filmmaker, he has more direction and control over what the final product will look like.

“I think at least everybody my age has a mother or grandmother and are having to decide how to take care of them in their later years. Years ago, my grandmother had a stroke during knee surgery and was never the same afterwards,” Huckabee said.

“She never adjusted to living in a nursing home and that was where part of the story for this film comes from. The last time I saw her she was perfectly fine and then she could not take care of herself.”

The film crew is spending two days filming in Waxahachie.

On Thursday, several of the different driving scenes were shot around the Waxahachie area using a side mounted camera on the front passenger door.

Scenes inside the 1879 Chisholm Grill restaurant will be shot Monday.

Counting their time in Waxahachie, the film has five more weeks of production left in its shooting schedule. Two of those weeks will be spent in Arizona where Ed’s car breaks down in the film – the location will double for scenes set in California.

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