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Blake SporneBy Blake Sporne
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Blake SporneBy Blake Sporne
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About

The Story

Elizabeth Westwood is being forced to marry a man whom she does not love, a young Cavalry Officer, Captain Quentin Forbes. Born to wealth and status, he is looking forward to a life of privilege. His fellow Officer, Captain Howard Lynch, is war weary and tired of being overlooked for promotion.

This short film tells the story of an arranged marriage, betrayal and revenge. Nine months before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, you meet the central characters from the full length feature film, Four Days in June, and witness their story.

Set against the last months of the Napoleonic Wars, A Near Run Thing is planned as a short film with the aim as being used as a stand alone short film, a pitch vehicle and proof of concept for the full length feature film ‘Four Days in June’, where Lynch, Forbes & Elizabeth fight to survive as the story of the one of the most important periods of European history is being played out around them ending on the blood soaked fields of Waterloo.

The Project

We have completed the first half of our two part shoot. In late June, we filmed a horse chase sequence in Shropshire with a small crew. Everyone on the shoot worked for expenses only and a challenging day was rewarded with some stunning shots. The sequence has our hero, Captain Howard Lynch, attempting to escape from two French Lancer scouts to make sure an important message reaches The Duke of Wellington. We now need your help to finish the short so we can begin to prepare the full length feature film.

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We are now working towards our second shoot at the stunning location of Stanford Hall, which shows the distressing events that lead to one brother Officer turning on the other. Forbes exposes his true nature and Lynch is left to question his own morality. Here, a true Jane Austen like world comes alive set in a real stately home.

Stanford Hall
Stanford Hall

Four Days in June will be a full length feature film following our characters into the final chapter of the Napoleonic Wars, a war that has consumed them all for twenty three years. 

Now with modern filming techniques, we can recreate events from the screenplay such as the Battles of Quatre Bras, the rear-guard to Waterloo and the Battle of Waterloo itself in ways never seen before.

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The Team

Heading the project has been co-writer and Producer, Blake Sporne. Blake spent ten years on the British Equity Register and has the drive and passion to steer the project forward. Blake's attention to detail ensures the period is portrayed correctly ensuring the film is as accurate as possible.

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Ross Owen Williams is a drama graduate who trained at the CSSD. Before turning 30, Ross created, developed and sold a £multi-million recruitment company and now is both a business consultant and writer, published in more than 25 publications, author of acclaimed biography The Hardcore Truth and screenwriter for Another Life, scheduled for production in 2016.

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Ross Owen Williams

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Rebel Yell TV Director Jack Delanay is an accomplished drama and music video Director for such clients as Toploader, Sway & Seneka and has taken up the challenge presented to him to Direct A Near Run Thing.

Jack kicked off his career making behind the scenes videos on ITV’s The Bill and numerous festival selected short films. This led to Jack getting funding from Creative Scotland for an arts drama documentary ‘Exegesis’.
Jack has also co-created and directed a 7 part supernatural thriller series starring Merv Lukeba (Skins, Lewis) fully funded through App Media Network. https://www.makingsparks.tvand a feature horror spec trailer The Caves.
Jack’s short form work includes several broadcast commercials including an anti drink driving ad for Road Respect, an anti hate crime ad which was shown in local London cinemas and also included a clothing commercial shown on TV and a piece of The Guardian’s website.

Moreover he has completed a multitude of music videos for charting artists such as Toploader which have premiered on the Sun’s homepage and been broadcast on BBC1, 4Music and Viva.

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Jack Delaney

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Tristan Ofield is an award-winning director and editor of over a dozen documentaries, shorts and feature films.After graduating from the prestigious Bretton Hall in 2003, he went on to co-found Anonymous Room Productions in 2004, completing his first feature film at 24 years of age.2014 saw Tristan complete two projects: White Lilly, an ambitious sci-fi short that followed a successful crowd funding campaign and Operation Oman, a personal documentary that documented his own father’s return to the region in which he fought in The Dhofar War between 1969 to 1975. Tristan will bring his experience and editing skills to the project

Tristan Ofield
Tristan Ofield

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Soundtrack has been provided by kind permission of Joel Grainger. Joel is an immensely talented musician from London and we look forward to working with this young maestro.

Joel Grainger
Joel Grainger

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 The Cast

Justin Pearson plays Lynch. A British cavalry officer, worn out by war and brutal battles in the Spanish Peninsular, he is bitter at being overlooked for promotion and overlooked in favour of younger, more affluent officers.

Justin provided the expertise in the first shoot with his horses and riders from Knights of the damned, a medieval jousting team that Justin runs alongside his fifteen year professional stunt career. Justin has appeared in blockbuster films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Skyfall, Harry Potter and most recently Spectre where he doubles the character Tanner.

Justin Pearson
Justin Pearson

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Justin Pearson as Lynch with Writer/Producer Blake Sporne
Justin Pearson as Lynch with Writer/Producer Blake Sporne

Castings for Elizabeth, Forbes and other members of the cast is scheduled for September. Look out for updates. 

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Future Goals

The Battle of Waterloo campaign is one of the most written about conflicts in history. However, most people are unaware of the soldier’s stories and the actions leading up to that 'day of day's'. It was also the first major conflict recorded extensively by the soldiers who were there.

To give these soldiers a voice and portray the real heroes of Waterloo, Blake wrote a concept screenplay 'Four Day's in June' telling the story of the Battle of Quatre Bras, the rear guard to the ridge at Mont St Jean and events during the Battle of Waterloo. It follows a disillusioned British Cavalry Officer who not only tries to survive a brutal campaign but must fight an enemy within before he can return to his lover. This allows us to be present at factual events and see them through fictional eyes. The campaign starts with this proof of concept short film, A Near Run Thing.

To make the full length feature a reality, we need to make the short film to gather interest. The team assembled are offered no financial incentive as they believe in the project and the potential it holds, we hope you do too.

The budget is needed for costumes, location costs, getting the cast and crew there and feeding them.

If we succeed in exceeding our goal, we will be able to cover artists cost, enhance the crew and background artists. More unique rewards will be added as the campaign runs.

THANK YOU

Finally, a big thank you for getting involved, even reading as far as this!

If you can't support the film through the rewards, please share this page over social media and with any friends, family or colleagues you think it will interest.

Let's make the accurate and realistic film that this subject and the people who gave their lives deserve.

Media

Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0B8_-ui1qHlUkI6Ya4BPSg

Twitter : https://twitter.com/ANRTshort

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ANearRunThing 

Risks and challenges

Every film, no matter how big or small the production is, has its own set of unique challenges and A Near Run Thing is no different in that respect. The production team behind the project has a wealth of film experience and a passion and desire to see this film get made and have taken measures to offset any nasty surprises.

We want to make a film that does the subject justice, challenges the viewer and brings to life the true stories of the period.

One of our biggest challenges to overcome is going to be raising all the financing required to make this film a reality and this is where you all come in. Though we cannot guarantee if we hit our target that the feature film will definitely be made, we are confident that by completing the proof of concept short film with your help, that we will be able to take the project forward and secure additional finance.

We aim to maintain effective and regular communication with our backers to resolve any issue that may occur

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