Midlands Spotlight Archive - Ping when you are winning
By midlandsmovies, Apr 29 2013 07:10PM
Ping is a new film from Leicester film-maker Nick Banister. Mike takes a look at the this new local project...
Ping is a short film about speed dating in which the main character John, who hasn't had much luck in his love life, falls into all kinds of misery and uncertainty and decides that this is his last chance to find the love of his life. John attends a speed dating event only to find that he has bitten off a lot more than he can chew when he arrives.
Production on the short took place over just one day in the rural town of Hinckley in Leicestershire. Filmed on an incredibly tight budget of only £350 in which Nick hired a brilliant and very welcoming bar/restaurant to film in, the production used the latest professional production industry equipment and resources available to them.
The cast of Ping is made up of some of the finest unsung talent on the acting circuit at the moment with all them very experienced in their craft and Nick explains that he was blown away on how well they took on these roles and made them their own. Nick added that the cast portrayed the characters exactly how he saw them and more saying, “It was a pleasure to work with all of them all and a couple of them you may recognise from your TV sets”.
The crew consisted of Nick himself and his fellow peers Josh Hutt, Nick Newitt and Shaun Smith who worked incredibly hard on the shoot to make this film possible with their patience, enthusiasm and resourcefulness. “It wouldn't have been possible without them and the short is currently on the festival circuit at the moment”, said Nick.
Ping has also been shown at a very few extremely private press review screenings at BAFTA HQ in London, The Electric Cinema in Birmingham and at the Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry with some great quotes coming back from industry professionals including Jon Plowman who is an Executive at the BBC and also head of comedy who said "I enjoyed Ping a lot, it's funny and bright and very well done .....(it) looks good and made me smile. Never an easy thing to do on a Friday afternoon."