To engage local youths in a film making project in which they are empowered to take on roles within the project and allow local artists to mentor these youths in their respective field with the ultimate goal of creating a short film entitled Planetfall that can then be submitted to film festivals in 2013.
After working alongside each other on a number of both Theatre and Film projects Writer Gav Balfour and Director/Actor Chris Harrison have joined forces with Planetfall, a science fiction short that very deliberately strips away the romanticism of Space Travel and tells the story of one man, isolated and facing death - a human story portraying one man's descent into madness and the effects that has on the psyche.
This film is being produced by the newly founded “We are Ensemble” which aims to create a platform of creativity, workshops and development for the local community in a number of different mediums with a hands on approach, creating exciting and engaging products. The project will thrive on working with no constrictions of budgets and pushing the creative boundaries within those limitations.
Interested parties of local artists and locales: We've already generated a number of interested people (detailed below) who have committed to the project and have in fact began work on it. Local businesses and institutes will allow more exposure for the project and allow for/and to locate shooting space, rehearsal space and meeting space along with other necessities.
Equipment: It is necessary for the project to attract and engage with individuals willing to source Equipment for the filming of the project, including lightning and sound along with talent who can utilize the equipment as well as take the volunteers under their wing and allow them to grow and learn the trade.
We have secured an Executive producer, Jade Anderson who has offered to purchase and provide the film with a DSLR camera.
With the kickstarter coming to a close, we have managed to secure a location to build the shuttle and have begun the process of construction planning. Saturday 26th January saw the first day of moving lots of flats, doors and rubbish out of the space to chalk the shuttle and discuss practicalities.
The film, upon completion is hoped to be entered into a number of festivals and competitions and is therefore adhering to a strict quality policy, whilst maintaining its grass roots sentimentality and approach.
More important than competitions is the satisfaction that the finished product will bring to each and every artist involved in the production.
Whilst only in the pre-production phase the project has already generated a great deal of interest from local press, interested parties and locations around Dundee. These volunteers are at the heart of the production and our values of getting young, inexperienced individuals involved and training them in aspects of film making and allowing hands on experience.
Additionally, these include;
Tony Osoba, known for his iconic role in Porridge, Doctor Who, Dinotopia and much more has come on board Planetfall and we are extremely excited to welcome him. About Joining Planetfall, Tony had this to say;
"The Arts" - in all it's forms - has routinely striven against heavy odds to achieve or make it's voice heard. Film making, because of the various technical elements required, is an expensive and relatively complex procedure, and Chris, Gav, Jade, Lillias, India, et al, are to be applauded for their determination to succeed in making this film despite all the attendant difficulties. With their eyes wide open and a passion and belief for the project, they demonstrate a commitment that certainly drew me to want to be part of it. The script is novel, powerful, tense and poignant - always attractive to actors. The readily accepted challenge to raise the funding by Chris and his team is admirable and is deserving of every support - testimony to their strong belief and a clear example of what can be achieved with imagination, determination and not a little courage.
The project creates genuine opportunities for the experienced and the less experienced - and all such opportunities are to be welcomed and nurtured. The positives are many - as well as creating a riveting and engaging film allowing seasoned pros to practise their skills, perhaps more importantly, it introduces new talent to a fascinating and creative industry that will only ever be enriched by their participation. The opportunities - there's that word again - it gives, are precious, as these are usually few and far between, particularly for those looking for a way in. The ethos of giving chances to some inexperienced but dedicated people is wonderful and to be encouraged - working on a project like this has the potential to change lives. On a very short acquaintance I already feel that the production team when faced with inevitable problems will regard them as things to be tackled and solved rather than things to deflate and depress. Among the excitement and occasional rose tinted view that creative work brings, positive energy and objectivity are also necessary and this team certainly has the right qualities. Serious work is being done in a professional but friendly and convivial atmosphere. This small company are focussed and positive...the saying are acorns and mighty oaks comes to mind...who wouldn't want to be part of that?
Ian Cullen - Actor Ian Cullen, another alumni of Doctor Who and also a veteran actor of film and TV including the popular Z Cars will also lend his talents to Planetfall. Both these actors have shown their enthusiasm and commitment to not only the project but promoting the project - including at Doctor Who conventions. Whilst this is fantastic news for the project it is also a reminder of the quality expectations of the entire team.
Photographer: Martin Boath: Former Head boy of Baldragon Academy saw one of the articles in the paper regarding the project and is extremely interested in documenting the process through photography to coincide with his upcoming college course. Since expressing interest Martin has already took photographs for Chris Harrison’s stage production of “Dark Brown”.
Photographer Kasia Kucharska: Young amateur photographer from Poland/Scotland looking to develop her photography before attending University. Her photographs display great elegance and beauty.
Photographer Ewan Smith:An experienced photographer in capturing landmarks, public events and moments in life. Ewan is another photographer looking to develop his portfolio during the project.
Concept Artist Tim Anderson: Tim has very graciously created the concept art of the ship interior based on his interest in the project and the potential he sees in it. His fantastic work can be seen at http://timothyandersonart.com/
Music: Local band Brave Men Run have also expressed interest in writing the music for the film and have began sampling tunes using the script as the starting off point.
The Little Theatre, Dundee: The Little Theatre had expressed interest in providing a location to build. The lot we will use is an abandoned, desolate floor of Theatre which consists of a large open area with plenty of space and potential The partnership is beneficial for the Little Theatre in an attempt to receive more active members in their own establishment.
The project calls for an ambitious shuttle that hosts the entire film. To maintain the integrity of the project and the quality of the experience we want to build it for real and that is the approach we have took currently working with a concept artist and local designer to design a viable set with no Green Screen. We have reached out to students and graduates of Duncan of Jordonstone who are interested in the project and have experience building installations.
There are three distinct stages to the building of the Planetfall set. 1. Creating the shell. 2. Dressing the shell, creating the look of a space shuttle. 3. Lighting the shuttle to create the required atmosphere. We have already began scouting possible source materials to build the exterior along with looking for the affordable place to construct the set and shoot the film.
We have also reached out to www.3la.com who also build film sets around the UK for advice and information on their services.
We're extremely excited and motivated about the project and feel the time is right not only to fund-raise but to step onto the platform and display our creativity and willingness to learn and improve every single day.
Risks and challenges
Securing a location which can house the shuttle and be a controlled environment for shooting will be a challenge. To overcome this we have approached The Little Theatre in Dundee to provide us with an ideal, unused space. While discussions are still ongoing, proving the validity of the project and the benefit of aiding such a project will prove pivotal in securing its use. To ensure a relationship with the Theatre is maintained, I have established an interest with a member of their council and she has been pivotal in securing our talks.
Building the ship to a high standard is a huge undertaking and one that hasn't been taken on lightly. Exceptional artistic talent has been brought on board to maintain the quality.
Creating a balance of inexperienced volunteers and more experienced individuals will be difficult and finding artists willing to work, and share with younger people will be more difficult and can potentially slow production down to accommodate them. Taking this into account when planning a shooting schedule will be vital and creating a level of personal discipline with each individual to ensure the quality of the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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