Midlands Spotlight - Leicester comedy filmmakers FlipYou Productions
By midlandsmovies, Sep 1 2016 09:51AM
After a successful short film featured in the recent Short Cinema festival at Leicester’s Phoenix cinema, Midlands Movies finds out about a large group of local filmmakers who are soon to launch an online comedy series.
A team of award-winning Leicester-based filmmakers called FlipYou have written and produced a series of brand new online comedy sketches from the region to great approval. Released on both Youtube and Facebook, the shorts have picked up over 18,000 views and individually have been submitted and accepted into a number of film festivals.
The group ‘FlipYou Productions’ comprises of writers and actors who have spent over twelve months developing their work, and star BBC writer and stand-up comic Mike Yeoman, actor and ITV writer Peter James and stage actor and director Dan Thomas.
“There’s also a guy we think is called Vinnie,” says Mike Yeoman, FlipYou Productions’ CEO, who offers some insight into the characters that have made it into the final cut of sketches: “There’s the most paranoid man in Britain, survivalist Yogi Griddles and space explorer Captain McDuck,” he goes on to explain.
Yeoman is confident that the comedy collective will become a household name, “Following in the footsteps of our legendary football team, FlipYou wants to make Leicester the film and comedy champions of the UK,” he says.
“Our jokes fly in as hard and fast as Vardy’s beautiful and shiny right foot. In all seriousness though, I’m not actually joking when I say that I want FlipYou to be mentioned in the same breath as Monty Python, The Fast Show and Big Train”.
With Leicester’s annual Dave Comedy Festival going strong for over 20 years, the group have high hopes for their series. “I want every season to be ten times better than the last. We've already learnt a lot from filming season 1 so can't wait to start Season 2.”
The short films can be viewed at www.flipyou.co.uk with new sketches being released every week. The group is starting work on Series 2 in the coming months.