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Midlands Movies interview Luke Gosling and Sean Brown of B305 Productions

By midlandsmovies, Jul 9 2017 09:03AM

Midlands Movies interview Luke Gosling and Sean Brown of B305 Productions

Midlands Movies Mike speaks to Luke Gosling and Sean Brown from Leicester film production company Bearing 305 Productions to talk about their new horror Blood Myth, what the future holds for this exciting new project and there experience of on-set ‘Barnageddon’.

Midlands Movies Mike: Morning Luke and Sean. How are things and what’s your connection to the Midlands film scene?

Luke Gosling: Hi there! Well I’m originally from Newark, but now living in Lincoln. I have been an avid film fan from a young age, which lead me to study BA in Model Design at Hertfordshire University. From there I developed a keen interest in storytelling so started making skits and short films as a means to show my written work.

Sean Brown: For me, I have been making films since I was 16. I am originally from Newark and I studied Media Production at Lincoln University. I worked at ITV in Leeds in their post production facilities and have more recently been working at The Northern Film School in Leeds.

MM: Nice! How did your new film Blood Myth come about?

LG: After tackling numerous short films across various genres we decided that we had progressed technically to a level where the natural next step was to make a feature length film.

MM: Can you tell us a bit about the film’s story?

LG: Blood Myth is British folk horror film. It is a twisty turny mystery that will intrigue and shock audiences worldwide. A man’s pregnant girlfriend vanishes on the anniversary of a centuries old sinister folklore surrounding the occult. He then sets out to discover the truth and find her before she becomes part of a 30 year cycle of disappearances.

MM: You’ve focused on horror for this film. How did that come about? Are you fans of the genre?

LG: We initially envisaged doing a dark noir thriller revolving around a journalist and the occult, but as the development process moved forward the film naturally evolved away from the noir tropes and more towards a horror mystery thriller with elements of black humour which better fit our writing and watching sensibilities.

SB: In addition, the idea was to use what we had to save money on the production design. Luckily my mother in law has a farm with various visually interesting buildings. We realised quickly that it would be a folk horror film that would fit best for the location.

MM: With that location in mind, what has been the most difficult hurdle you have had to overcome during filming?

LG: Shooting on a micro budget and a tight timeframe means you can’t afford to wait for everything to be just right e.g. the weather, so we had to grin and bear some cold, wet and windy days. Night shoots are tough, especially when you have started at 8am and go through into the early hours.

Our most challenging day was shooting an important set-piece, involving multiple characters, on a large set with an elaborate lighting set-up. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, which became known as “Barnageddon”. Thankfully everyone pulled together and we got it done late in the day but it worked out great.

SB: I think that filming on various weeks for over a year makes keeping continuity consistent a challenge. After the first week filming I managed to get hit by a bus travelling at 30mph in my car. My first thought was relief that I had survived and my second thought was that we had only filmed half the shots that we needed with my car. So for the rest of the film the camera had to be in the car looking out. Other than that I think that the major challenges were time and money. When you are working with such a small amount of money you have to be very creative to fill in the gaps and with a limited amount of time on top of that it makes everything twice as stressful. I also didn't help matters by making the film at the same time as having a new born baby.

MM: And can you tell our readers about you many other projects?

LG: Together we’ve made four projects before Blood Myth. Web series sit-com The Pitch (2012). Animated comedy short B-Movie (2013). Comedy short film I Am Lodger (2014) and sci-fi short film Athena (2015).

MM: And how was B305 set up?

LG: Bearing 305 Productions is two person team with Luke and Sean writing, directing and producing. We do like to work with the same people wherever possible, bringing back familiar actors and crew. It was set up due to two friends having the same film watching/ making sensibilities and goals.

MM: What were your influences from the genre? Any specific for this film?

LG: We have always loved films and TV like Seven, X-Files, True Detective and The Wicker Man (original). Story and tonal touchstones for Blood Myth include Kill List, Shallow Grave, The Usual Suspects and Blue Ruin. Musically we like the tone and tension created in Sicario, Hell or High Water and 10 Cloverfield Lane.

MM: Do you have any future plans for Blood Myth?

LG: We are currently submitting Blood Myth to film festivals around the world with an aim to get distribution, and ultimately to make enough waves to get considered for production of future scripts. I think like any filmmakers we just want the film to reach the widest possible audience.

MM: What are your favourite Midlands films/filmmakers? Anyone you’d recommend?

LG: We really like Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes. Although it had roughly 100 times our budget it was still a very low budget film, made with such an independent spirit. It was a big inspiration for us especially because it was from an area we recognised. It wasn't glossy or glamorous it was a film about characters that were recognisable and had a story that was heartfelt and touching. It also put filmmaking within our reach because we knew Toby Kebbell and there he was on the big screen in a film. This was an enormous leap, from just making short films for fun, to seeing that the film industry was actually within reach, if we were prepared to put in a lot of hard work.

SB: Local filmmakers we have worked with include Jordan Handford who is a terrific actor and has just made a nice debut short film, and Kris Tearse who has done acting for us and provided great score work in the Blood Myth teaser trailer.

MM: And finally, we always ask if there’s any advice for anyone looking to start their own project in the region?

LG: Create for yourself. My initial aspiration was to be a writer, but no one was gonna make stuff from an unknown, so I had to take on directing to tell my stories. Learn, develop and push yourself with each project. Keep writing and most importantly finish. It’s too easy to have twenty openings or synopsis, it takes dedication to complete script after script. See it through to the end. Blood Myth has been two and a half years work.

SG: Don't wait! I have made a lot of short films and now a feature and I have learnt more from making the films than any book, course or video online. You have to make mistakes to understand how to be better. The only way to progress at anything is to do it over and over again. Also learn the technical side of filmmaking. When you are starting out it is very difficult to find people who are as passionate about your project as you are. If you are not relying on other people to work the camera or edit the film, then you will have it done much faster and learn more.

Huge thanks to Sean and Luke for their time and check out the film's trailer above and follow the latest news about the release of Blood Myth over on their official website at http://www.bloodmyth.com

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