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By midlandsmovies, Apr 13 2018 08:11AM



Loughborough feature film launches crowdfunding campaign to enable cinema screenings


Do Something Jake is a new zero-budget feature film shot out in the streets with the help of university students, graduates, local businesses, enthusiasts, a charity for disadvantaged youngsters, and talented film-makers.


We featured the film during its early production and interviewed one of its stars Tom Loone but now after more than two years in post production, Do Something, Jake is finally complete and ready to be released.


“We have a lot of people waiting to see this film,” explains screenwriter-producer Caroline Spence, “not only our 100+ members of cast and crew, but also supporters from all over the country as well as overseas, who have been following this journey from inception. So to be unable to screen Do Something, Jake in UK cinemas would be tragic.”


The producers are now planning to organise a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) and a BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) certificate and Caroline, with director James Smith, have launched a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to help raise the £2,000 required.



Do Something, Jake is the debut feature film from James and Caroline, who work under the banner of Raya Films. An ambitious project, the film was shot on zero budget with a large, international cast and expansive locations in the region.


"With Do Something, Jake we were forced to take a radical approach in order to make our first movie,” explains director, James Smith. “We shot with no-budget, out in the street, in private residential properties, with help of friends…and others enthusiastic or daft enough to believe in us. This approach is not for the fainthearted. This film pushed me to mental and physical limits that, even now when I reflect, make my eyes water.”



Caroline concludes, “The post-production process has been a long haul with some significant setbacks and obstacles to overcome. Yet we’ve also had a few strokes of good luck, with post-production professionals from Europe and Los Angeles (some of whom work on Hollywood blockbusters!) who had heard about the film and approached us to offer their help.”


If the crowdfunding campaign is successful, Do Something, Jake will be premiered in the UK the evening of 20 September 2018 at the Odeon cinema, Loughborough.


To donate and find out more check the IndieGoGo page here - https://igg.me/at/DoSomethingJake






By midlandsmovies, Feb 16 2018 04:52PM



Local filmmakers fundraising for Poison Ivy fan film


Since her introduction in 1966, Poison Ivy remains one of the most popular Batman villains of all time yet has been strangely underrepresented in modern cinema. With her only notable big screen appearance being in Batman and Robin (played by Uma Thurman), her portrayal was less than pleasing for many fans and critics alike.


Well, local fans and filmmakers want to set that record straight by giving Ivy her own starring role in an upcoming fan film. Sophie Black, Aislinn De'Ath and Robert Dukes want to be faithful to the source material from the comics yet still palatable for modern audiences.


The screenplay was written by De'Ath and is inspired by Ivy's graphic novel appearances and an award-winning cast and crew are already attached to the project and ready to begin filming.



First though the group are launching a crowd-funding campaign where fans can make pledges to be involved - from executive producer to donations towards the materials to make Ivy’s costume. Monies raised will also be put towards production design, location and marketing costs. With a goal of £2,800 to be raised, the film shoot will take place in February 2018.




Aislinn De’ath will be playing Poison Ivy and has appeared in numerous short films, including The Dress in 2015, which won her the Best Actress award at Festigious Film Festival whilst Robert Dukes joins the case as Bruce Wayne. Robert has played a charming yet dangerous antagonist in Surveilled and a soldier in World War 2 drama The Code.


The film is being helmed by Nottingham director Sophie Black who is also working on here next release which will be the ambitious fantasy short Songbird, starring The X Factor's Janet Devlin. Joining Sophie is Sarah-Jane Lyon (make-up), Charlotte Ball (production designer)


For more information please check out their official campaign page here - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-poison-ivy-fan-film-fantasy


Poster design is by Adam Blakemore of Strelka design, with concept art by Sophie Black


By midlandsmovies, Jan 29 2018 09:55AM



Nottingham writer director James Postlethwaite is soon to launch his new film, As The Sun Rises, a relationship drama that covers LGBTQ issues with a sensitive and passionate approach. Midlands Movies Mike finds out more about this gripping new film.


Getting into the industry at the tender age of 16, James Postlethwaite has trained and worked on some of Britain's most prestigious and well-known programmes including Coronation Street and The Graham Norton Show. Having also directed films and documentaries in Los Angeles, he returns to the region for his new project.


As The Sun Rises follows a man called Andy who is in a loveless relationship with his partner, Emma, but who has known he was gay from a very early age. Spending most of his life masking his emotions and living a lie, the film shows Andy's struggles to be honest about his sexuality to the people he loves the most.


The film’s pre-launch campaign has gone live and the makers are offering fans the chance to win one of five £50 Amazon vouchers just for signing up with their email address and sharing the post on their own social media. Click here for the first offer full details.


Tackling their fundraising with gusto, the filmmakers will then run an IndieGoGo campaign from 9th March seeking to raise a budget of £25,000.



James is supported by a talented crew including Oli Braybrook who is a producer based in Nottingham. Oli is most known for producing the films Lucidity and The Keys to It All along with three episodes of the television pilot, Print.


Laura Gallop joins the production as director of photography whose strong belief is that cinematography “should compliment the story and should add to the project on an unconscious level rather than overpower it”.


Christian Smith will compose the film's score and the Hampshire born pianist already enjoys several credits to his name including a portfolio of clients - from his music appearing on O2 adverts to scoring several other low budget films.




Also on board is a talented cast with many coming from the Midlands who also have a whole host of successful credits on shows such as Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Law and Order UK, Silk, Happy Valley, Doctors, Emmerdale and Shameless to name just a few.


Despite its micro-budget indie origins the film is hoping to tackle changing issues within the film industry from raising the profile of marginalised groups as well as improving female cast and crew figures.


For more information about the production check out the ongoing updates at the official website: www.asthesunrisesfilm.co.uk


Midlands Movies Mike



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


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