Power Walkers is directed by Rob Kapustinsky and is expected to make its official debut on the filmmaker’s YouTube channel Oct. 17.
“It’s just my way of saying thank you to Prince Albert for everything I’ve learned from everyone,” Kapustinsky said. “It’s my form of gratitude. I’ve learned something from everyone in every single way. I’m a sponge. I’m very observant, and I just believe that everything I’ve learned and accumulated over the years I’ve lived in Prince Albert will take me to where I want to go, and will help me be very successful … I want to give something back to Prince Albert.”
On Sunday afternoon, the 23-year-old Kapustinsky could be seen on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, directing nine young women in athletic attire walking up and down the park trail. That laborious filming constitutes only seven and a half seconds of footage in the final cut.
The video will showcase various scenes in Prince Albert, all set to the dance-pop track I Like That by Richard Vission and Static Revenger.
“They make a cool little funky, upbeat track,” Kapustinsky said. “I just want to create my own video with my own vision to that song.”
Kapustinsky previously worked in the oil fields before saving up enough money to spend the summer working on his video. He has filmed an intro scene with a girl waking up, as well as scenes of people walking and a “fashion-y” segment featuring luxury goods. One shot depicts people letting go of balloons, intended by the director as a metaphor for letting go of your worries.
Filming will last for approximately two more weeks before Kapustinsky begins the editing process. His final scene calls for a large crowd of people that he hopes to recruit through his contacts and social media.
It’s just my way of saying thank you to Prince Albert for everything I’ve learned from everyone. - Rob Kapustinsky
“This week will be a banger for sure, a week full of filming and just arranging more people,” he said. “Then I do have an end scene as well to film, which I’d like about 150 people to line up (for) on a dirt road, and then they’re all going to be walking … and they’ll have a torch, and then on the side of the hill I’ll have fireworks shooting just to kind of end it off.”
Once his video is done, the director plans on moving to Australia in November to see where life takes him.
Kapustinsky is nothing if not ambitious. In the last eight months, he has bought 300 unchecked lottery tickets and plans to bring his camera when they get checked to film himself winning the lottery. One day he hopes to return to Prince Albert to start his own businesses, including a nightclub. And he has big dreams of continuing his work behind the camera.
“I could definitely see maybe possibly in the near future directing a movie for a studio,” he said. “It’d be a comedy, but I’ve always had that passion of making a movie, a funny movie. Laughter’s the best medicine. It feels so good to laugh, so why not give back to everyone, right?”
Audiences will be able to judge Kapustinsky’s work for themselves next month, when Power Walkers is posted at www.youtube.com/robkapustinsky.