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A contemporary film & album which delves into the imaginative world of childhood through a unique, interactive ensemble.
A contemporary film & album which delves into the imaginative world of childhood through a unique, interactive ensemble.
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Lissan House Film Shoot

Posted by Matt Gough (Creator)
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Almost exactly a year ago we recorded our album at State of the Ark studios and since then, our year has been filled with a lot of Forgotten Fairground action as we move steadily closer and closer to realising this project. 

We couldn't be happier with how the album is sounding but the most recent and exciting event to tell you about is our film shoot at Lissan House this summer. We travelled over to the house in Northern Ireland to shoot the main body of our short film... 

Preparing the opening scene in the grounds at Lissan House
Preparing the opening scene in the grounds at Lissan House

The film is a ballet featuring the dancers of The Forgotten Fairground Project and the soundtrack features some of the compositions from the record. The film will be partnered with the album for our debut release. 

(Left to right) Nicci License, Georgia Bradwell, Lisa Evans-Hughes
(Left to right) Nicci License, Georgia Bradwell, Lisa Evans-Hughes

The wonderful dancers featured in this film are Georgia Bradwell, Lisa Evans-Hughes and Nicci License. We have spent the year using the album recording to create and rehearse the choreography in preparation for filming.

Dancers enjoying a rare moment of sunshine
Dancers enjoying a rare moment of sunshine

We had a huge amount of footage to capture and the challenge of only having four days in which to accomplish this. At times we seemed to have everything against us, from bad weather to equipment problems, but the energy, creativity and tremendous hard work of the whole team made the shoot a great success.

Group discussion before the scene begins
Group discussion before the scene begins

It was a great pleasure seeing the dance come together with the music on location and it's an even greater pleasure seeing it gradually all fit together now that we have started editing. 

Dancers and cameraman, Jon Crosland-Mills, preparing for a tricky sequence
Dancers and cameraman, Jon Crosland-Mills, preparing for a tricky sequence

 

In position, tensing up, waiting for "action" to be called
In position, tensing up, waiting for "action" to be called

The next few months will be spent editing the Lissan House footage in the hope of having this segment of the film more or less finished by Christmas. At which point, the full ensemble of musicians and dancers will unite to shoot the introduction and closing moments of the film. 

Producer, Andy Bush, in the lookout spot
Producer, Andy Bush, in the lookout spot

 

Day 1 in the Lissan field
Day 1 in the Lissan field

 

Thoughtful moments on the last few takes before the wrap
Thoughtful moments on the last few takes before the wrap

 

Dancers suffering for their art in the very cold Lissan river
Dancers suffering for their art in the very cold Lissan river

  

Lisa Evans-Hughes & Jon Crosland-Mills in the Lissan House Ballroom
Lisa Evans-Hughes & Jon Crosland-Mills in the Lissan House Ballroom

 

   

Thanks

Once again I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support with this project. It has been a tremendous experience so far and I can't wait for the point at which we will get to share our work with you all.

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