Story of Phineas Gage

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The crew sets up for filming in front of the Shaniko Hotel.Shaniko served as the set for a London Film School production last week as student Keith Kopp was filming part of his final master’s degree project.

The movie, “Gage: A Short Western,” is set in 1848. The film is about Phineas P. Gage (1823–1860), an American railroad construction foreman remembered for his improbable survival of an accident in which a large iron rod was driven completely through his head, destroying much of his brain's left frontal lobe.

According to information from Wikipedia, that injury's reported effects on Gage’s personality and behavior over the remaining 12 years of his life were so profound that friends saw him as "no longer Gage."

Out of his miraculous experience the foundations in the fields of psychological and neurological study emerged. 

The movie company filmed the hospital scene in Shaniko’s schoolhouse, and some outdoor scenes in downtown Shaniko. 

Kopp noted, “We have chosen Southwest Washington state and Oregon, as our main locations because of their natural beauty and relevance to the period.”

The filmmaker has expertise in films of this type and has award-winning producer, Mike Marchlewski onboard, as well as other professional staff members. The film crew camped in the school from March 17-21, while shooting scenes.

Kopp said the audience for this film will be university neuroscience departments, science museums, the scientific community and short film festivals in the United Kingdom, Europe and the U.S. 

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