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Waterford book store used as set for short film

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Waterford’s Old Town Hall book store is the set of a new short film entitled Bookworm, which was released online last week.

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Jesse Senko, of Waterford, and his friend Chris Duchaine, who was born in Chilliwack, B.C., co-directed the three-minute, 31-second piece last November.

But Senko, who works as a commercial director, had to sit on the footage for a few months while working on other projects.

He said the film’s release is perfect for the times. The loneliness felt by the main character, Rebecca, is similar to what everyone Is feeling now as they physical distance during the pandemic.

“It’s the one time that a delay worked in my favour.”

Senko said his short films allow him to express himself.

“This is stuff I can make where I don’t have anyone telling me what I have to do. It’s just like pure creative exercise.”

In the video description, Senko said that, with the film, he set goals for himself, including to light, shoot and direct narrative dialogue, and to learn certain special effects, which are demonstrated with a closing view of Alice Street.

“It was an exercise to see what I could do without getting too many people involved.”

Senko’s commercial projects are often in Toronto but he said he wants to shoot more short films in Norfolk County with community members.

“We don’t need to always look to people to bring interesting projects from Toronto or beyond,” he said. “We can create our own stories right here.”

Senko technology expands the possibility for making films.

“There have been feature films created on the same smartphones each of us have in our pockets,” he said. “So, there’s really no excuse we can’t stop looking outward and just think about the things we can start creating today, right where we are.”

To view Bookworm, or other projects by Senko, visit or search Jesse Senko on You Tube.

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