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By midlandsmovies, Jun 9 2017 03:19PM



New production company Them Pesky Kids hit the region as their Kickstarter campaign launches into full swing for their upcoming short film Ariella.


Formed recently in Nottingham, Them Pesky Kids are aiming for a fresh take on the crime-thriller genre as they begin production on their film with a fundraising campaign goal of £10,000 due to end on 30th June.


The filmmakers are brothers Michael and Jack Jobling and Ariella will be their first film they have created together, though they have both worked individually on music videos, short films and documentaries.


Michael Jobling’s last project Anoesis was well received locally at the Short Stack and Beeston Film festivals and went on to win a student Royal Television Society award. Ariella is being produced by Ryan Harvey who won the Best Student Drama for his debut film Tuesday Afternoon at the Nottingham International MicroFilm Festival.


With a talented crew, the film tells the story of a seemingly innocent waitress who is told to keep an eye on two thugs hiding out in her cafe, but her own motives get in the way of her professionalism.


And as well as the successful past of the filmmakers, they have managed to attract amazing local talent in front of the screen as well.


Hannaj Bang Bendz, who recently won Best Actress at the LA Film Festival for her short film, The Man up the Stairs stars alongside Johann Myers who is a Nottingham based actor who has recently starred in Luther and Black Mirror.


As the villain, James Graeme takes the creepy role and has also been in Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar on the West End. Finally, playing his daughter is Nottingham based singer and actress, Tiger Cohen Towell who has appeared as a BBC Introducing artist.


‘The cast and crew have brought this collaborative mentality on board, they’re really bringing their A-Game”, says Jack Jobling. He adds, “I’ve lived in Nottingham for a year and I’m still astonished by how professional and creative everyone is!”


His brother Michael agrees with him. “Everyone believes in this project, the community support is incredible. It’s great to direct a film that’s bringing such talented Nottingham-based artists together”.


Previously, Them Pesky Kids held a launch screening at The Nottingham Contemporary to showcase their earlier films as well as unveil their plans for the future.


And in June 2017 they’ll be releasing further news, cast announcements, vlogs, songs and flash rewards across their social media pages.


Check their full Kickstarter and social media pages below:


https://www.facebook.com/thempeskykidsfilm


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/498110007/ariella-short-film?ref=user_menu

By midlandsmovies, May 7 2017 09:21PM



Midlands Spotlight - The Wasteland


Midlands Movies catches up with Stuart Wheeldon and his new film The Wasteland which is a modern-day mystery thriller scheduled to be shot in the Derbyshire Dales in July 2017.


Production company Nine Ladies Film launches into their new project The Wasteland which follows the journey of Laurence, a loner with a hidden past, who arrives in a small village on the offer of work from a local farmer named Frank.


As he takes the job of rebuilding a field boundary stonewall, Laurence becomes intrigued with the mysterious figure of Holly, the wife of Frank. Her own troubles both with depression and possible mental domestic abuse, lead Laurence on a new journey which he may or may not be happy to be on.


The film is written and directed by Stuart Wheeldon who is a Wirksworth (Derbyshire) based filmmaker and he is joined by Nick John Whittle as producer.


The film itself stars Paul Dewdney, a London based actor who has won the 'Best Supporting Actor' at the Long Island Film Forum for his role in 'Crossroads'. More recently the actor has also won the 2016 'Best Actor' award for the lead role in 'The Inquiry' at the Burning Reel film festival. He is also up for nomination for Best Actor at the upcoming Nice International Film Festival.

Also in the film is Johanna Stanton who has recently played the lead in feature film ‘Injustice’ – a hard-hitting thriller. Johanna has also just played Ruth Ellis in the docu-drama ‘Inside’ recently screened on Channel 5 and next up she will be filming the comedy series 'King Of The Gym'.



Completing the main cast is Bern Deegan, an Irish actor whose experience spans from feature film, award-winning short films and touring theatre. Bern plays the lead role of 'Peter Nash' in Big Ideas Films ‘Point of No Return’ which also stars Paul Ronan, Don Wycherley and Steven Berkoff. The film was directed by Kevin Glynn and is currently in post-production and Bern has appeared in the films local Midlands films ‘In Limbo’ and ‘The Telephone’ as well.

The Wasteland will feature original music by Michael Walters who is the founder and Director at Storm Force Winds. Michael's catalogue of concert music is published globally and he has been fortunate to receive three Royal Premieres (Regius Adventum 2006, Centuries 2010, Viginti 2014).


His famous music has also been broadcast on the BBC Radio 3 Concert Series (Zygonic De/regeneration 2012, Seven Minutes of Contrarian Zygonicity 2013) and this year, Michael has joined the emerging talent roster at acclaimed Film and TV composer agency SMA Talent.

With such an acclaimed cast and crew, the film gets underway with a crowd-funding campaign launching in May and more details of which can be found at the film’s official website here: www.wastelandshortfilm.com


Follow updates and news at the film’s social media page on Facebook www.facebook.com/thewastelandshortfilm.com

By midlandsmovies, Apr 10 2017 11:00AM



Birmingham production company Rotunda Films feels the UK deserves its own superheroes as it launches a new crowd-funding campaign to create a series of films featuring a unique range of characters.


A group of West Midlands creatives are coming together to launch a new selection of local superheroes in their own shared universe.


Taking the Marvel and DC template, the filmmakers are specifically looking to focus their efforts on the UK, taking on the American-centric shows on Netflix. And with the team they have put together they feel British superhero fans are long overdue and simply “deserve to have their own heroes”.


They are starting this ambitious project with their film Mystic Highway, where they will be creating the first characters in this exciting new world.


Along the way audiences will be eventually introduced to a variety of characters as well. These heroes include ‘Spitfire’ (who is a symbol of the British resolve to stand against the odds) and ‘Vesta’ who does not consider herself a hero but does what any loving parent would do to protect those she loves.


Also in their plans are the female Code-X, a former military-trained special forces operative with few words and The Father, who oversees the missions, guiding the heroes in the right direction. There is rogue element Blu Silver and finally there is Myst, the demon hunter.


As the project gets underway, contributors will receive first access to the films VOD services and there’s scope for backers to be part of this world and appear in one of the adventures and even get a chance t be made into their very own action figure!


As with all low budget films, the creators are raising funds for general costs as well as special effects and props for their production.


With a 10 day shoot scheduled for later in 2017, Rotunda Films say that, “this is merely the beginning and we are hoping to use the first film as a proof on concept for the rest of the project”.


Follow their project at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uksuperhero as well as watching the video above for more information


Rotunda Films official sites:

http://www.rotundafilms.com

https://twitter.com/rotundafilms





By midlandsmovies, Mar 27 2017 10:18AM

Midlands Spotlight – The beautiful ballad of Songbird from Triskelle Pictures




Midlands Movies Mike hears the sweet sounds of a new production nearing completion in the region from filmmaker Sophie Black. Her company Triskelle Pictures are putting the finishing touches to ‘Songbird’, a new short made in the area. Read on below to find out what the director is currently composing.


Sophie Black describes her new short Songbird as a Fairy Tale. In true fairy tale tradition, the Midlands based filmmaker explains it contains magic, adventure, peril, a villain and a heroine but unlike most fairy tales however, it begins at an open mic night in a 21st century bar.


Beginning life when local award-winning writer Tommy Draper (Stop/Eject, Wasteland) began working with Triskelle Pictures, the film was shot amongst forest locations in Derbyshire and what Sophie explains as other geographical “hidden gems”.


Currently crowd-funding for further support and finances, ‘Songbird’ is hoping this final round of finance raising will help with its festival campaign and promotion.



“We (also) need a little movie magic to enhance footage we are truly delighted with; we will use visual effects and a professional colour grade to make the witch creepier, the woods more ethereal, and Jennifer’s adventure all the more intoxicating”.


The protagonist is Janet Devlin (who rose to fame as a singer/songwriter after appearing on ITV’s The X Factor) and the talented musician has also written two original new songs for the film which are being released to backers as part of the campaign.


She plays Jennifer (the songbird) who takes a journey in the film to regain her voice which has been stolen by an ancient creature known only as The Collector.


The film has recently passed one of their targets £1500 and with that, the production has released the first footage of the film by issuing the first trailer which we have linked to above so please get viewing and sharing.


With everything coming together nicely, Sophie and her team are just months away from the release of this fantastic looking melodic movie and you can find out more about the project and the team behind it over on the official website: www.triskellepictures.co.uk




By midlandsmovies, Jan 9 2017 02:05PM

Midlands Spotlight – Filmmaker Jess O Brien launches Kickstarter for Girl A


A sombre new film project has been launched by talented young Leicester filmmaker Jess O’ Brien which tackles the tough subject of domestic violence.


Jess' new film ‘Girl A’ hopes to show how domestic violence in the home can cause young people to also be violent or become a bully themselves. A passion project from the start, Jess plans to tell a story that reveals the reasons behind certain behaviours that can be sometimes seen in young people themselves.


Jess O'Brien made her screen debut in the short PQA film 'Urban Legends' in 2013 before starring in 'Flawless' a short film by filmmaker Keith Allott that has been screened across the world at twenty four film festivals Now aged 15, Jess has also staged two red carpet premieres and been named Into Film's 'One to Watch' 2016 amongst many other accolades.


But in 2017, not only is Jess planning to shoot an engaging piece of film fiction, she is aiming to help other young people who may be going through what the lead character of the film experiences too.




With the Kickstarter campaign in full swing, the film has already surpassed its £700 goal with 22 days still left to go but Jess and her team are encouraging more backers to contribute to make this film even more special.


With donations going to classifying the film with the British Board of Film Classification and a red carpet premiere as well as a digital cinema package, Jess hope that the support given can not only assist in getting the film made, but increase awareness of the issues raised.


Using some of the donations to enter the film into film festivals will also highlight the sensitive subject matter and reach audiences to whom the message has the most impact as well.


Currently in post-production, ‘Girl A’ has some audio recording to be finalised along with the film’s score which Jess and her team are confident will be completed well in advance of the film's premiere.


To find out more information about the film and to donate to the fundraising campaign click on the link below. You will also find a short film containing some behind the scenes footage and words from Jess herself about the project:.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1897259879/girl-a?ref=user_menu


By midlandsmovies, Nov 11 2016 05:18PM



‘A Girl in Words’ is the debut short film written and directed by young filmmaker Daisy Nicholson. It stars up and coming actors Hannah Dunlop and Elliot Woodward and the exciting production is already well underway with the team re-drafting scripts, completing full casting and rehearsing hard.


With storyboarding, shot lists and now shooting finalised Daisy Nicholson is looking to premiere the film at The Phoenix Cinema in Leicester to promote the short to a Midlands audience. Daisy believes this will be a great opportunity to share the film with others, thank all the cast and crew before she undertakes the next stage of entering the film into festivals.


Daisy explains that, “all the money raised will go towards hiring Screen 2 at the Phoenix Cinema”, and adds any further funds raised after the target will be used for a Digital Cinema Package enabling the team to show the film in the best possible quality, as well as entering the film into festivals all around the world.


After an enjoyable shoot, the film's final edit is being completed along with a fun blooper reel to showcase the great attitude felt on the set.


To assist this exciting new project, please head on over to the Kickstarter campaign here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1215425330/a-girl-in-words-0?ref=project_tweet

Please also check out Daisy and her production company One of Four over on Twitter


https://twitter.com/OneofFourProd

https://twitter.com/daisycate_

By midlandsmovies, Oct 29 2016 02:52PM



Upcoming short horror film Lucidity is being made in 2016 by a group of Midlands based creatives and with promotion next on their agenda, the filmmakers’ crowd-funding campaign is currently running to raise a budget for this ambitious project. Read on to find out more about this hallucinationary horror.


Without going all 'Inception', for the uninitiated lucid dreaming is a phenomenon when the dreamer knows they are in a dream and therefore are able to manipulate it and in this new film from Braybrook Films, the concept of the science and supernatural of this odd experience is explored.


Braybook Films is an independent film and media label based in Nottingham and Lucidity’s plot follows an office worker called Daniel who is making questionable life choices and at the same time suffering from a repetitive nightmare.


This dream state has Daniel beaten and bloodied and tied to a chair without any chance of escape. One night, he experiences his first lucid dream, which sparks him to make changes in his life. However, delving further into his nightmares to try and discover their meaning, the film poses the question whether Daniel will find the answers he searches for or will his nightmares engulf his life.


Written and directed by Oli Braybrook, the filmmaker has already produced and directed several short films in 2016 along with producing a 3-part TV pilot for Nottingham-based Coalescent Films called Print.


In addition, Lucidity has J. Carman as Cinematographer, who also worked on Print and is widely regarded as one of the top cinematographers coming out of the Midlands. Also on board is the superbly talented Jayne Hyman for SFX, who has worked on award winning shorts such as Cannibals and Carpet Fitters and Lab Rats. Midlands Movies previously covered Jayne’s fantastically frightful work here.


This new short film has high hopes of getting out and known to the Midlands film community and with their team all hailing from, or living in, the region, they hope this will give local film fans all the more reason to pledge to their funding campaign.


To help support this passionate project please check out the filmmakers Crowd Funder page here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/lucidity


For more information on all the team please see their showreels and websites below:


Braybook Films showreel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E02GafhiNC0&feature=youtu.be


Will J Carman - Camera/Edit Showreel 2016 https://vimeo.com/156886592


Jayne Hyman SFX - http://www.jaynehyman.co.uk


Midlands Movies Mike


By midlandsmovies, Feb 14 2016 07:13PM




Local filmmaker Emily Jasper is crowdfunding for her new project which is an historical drama of danger and adventure on the old highways of Britain.


Midlands movie maker Emily Jasper is a media and film production student who is taking the next leap in her career as she begins the ground work for her new exciting project. This aspiring cinematographer is also involved in still photography and has put plans together for a period drama film that's a world away from her previous work.


Written, directed and edited by Emily, her 2015 short film "Trek" followed the journey of two brothers in a dense forest and allowed Emily to experiment with her creative visions with a small cast but with big ideas.


In addition, Emily’s creative endeavours have broadened out to include short promo videos for bands and even a taekwondo club run by Clive Harrison – an impressive 8th Dan with over 41 years experience in martial arts - to showcase a wide range of commercial interests.


Her next project is an ambitious film currently with the working title “The Highwaywoman”. She plans to create the story as a short period drama set during the Stuart period. The film is based around the legend of famous highway bandits and in particular, a female highwayman called Anne Lovell.


Emily describes the story as a woman who is “bored by the everyday life of a woman living in the Stuart period, that goes on to seek excitement and danger”.


“She chooses to don a cloak and mask to cause terror on the roads as a highwayman”, Emily adds.


“When she meets William Shotbolt an infamous dangerous highwayman her desire is fuelled even more”.


The narrative continues as despite having a loving sister and a fiancé in her life, Anne wants more and must choose between the simple life and adventure.


With a great setup established, the next stage is for Emily to begin crowdfunding (which lasts until May - see link below) with an added incentive that 10% of all donations go to the RSPCA Animal Charity.


Finally, Emily has arranged for costume artwork by Hannah Hall to be designed which has already got the ball rolling, and she has high hopes for her new work. Emily plans to begin filming soon and in the meantime, please check out her personal showreel on the VIMEO video above.


Emily Jasper links:


TWITTER: https://twitter.com/EmilyJas


THE HIGHWAYWOMAN CROWD FUNDING: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-highwaywoman


EMILY JASPER’S VIMEO PAGE https://vimeo.com/emilyjasper



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