Monday, July 28, 2014

"Angel Snow" - our latest short drama

Gabe, played by Stephen Fletcher
Last year, we made "Cry England!" written by Nigel J Anderson, this year we are due to make two short dramas, the first of which, "Angel Snow" (also written by Nigel J Anderson who also plays the criminal father in "Angel Snow") is now approaching the end of shooting.
There is one last scene to be filmed with an actor, in a magistrates courtroom, and there is a riot sequence that is still in the planning stage. We are already piecing the various scenes together, checking sound quality etc. for the first cut of the film.
Father and son outside a barber shop
"Angel Snow" is quite ambitious for another zero-budget film.
We think it will run for about 30 minutes, but we have filmed it in the 4K (17:9) format which is slightly wider than standard HD (16:9) and over four times the size! Also, it is being made in black and white.
Being in a cinema format, wouldn't it be great if it could be accepted for viewing in a cinema?
We wish ...... But the stills in this blog will give you an idea of the ultra high definition quality of the film. Click on them to find out.
Jackie, played by Nell Cooper, pleading with Shaun
The style of filming is very different to "Cry England!" where virtually everything was shot using a tripod with or without tracks or a jib. This gave a very "David Lean-ish" quality to the film, in a rather old fashion way.
"Angel Snow" is almost exclusively shot hand-held or on a monopod to convey an informal atmosphere to what is quite a difficult and fraught subject, the tussle between estranged parents over their 18 year son during some quite difficult times in Salford a few years back, the riots which sparked in London but were also experienced in Manchester and elsewhere. There is nothing protesting about the activities of Gabe and his friends. It is pure opportunism.
Shaun, played by Nigel Anderson, Gabe in the distance
We are indebted to a number of people who have allowed us to use their premises for filming, including Mr Ron Keeling of K-Style Barbers in Chorlton, Mr & Mrs Anderson in Swinton and Mr Frank Carr (modern flat in central Manchester) to name just some.
There is still quite a bit to do to the film, checking continuity between scenes, working on the sound and most importantly working on the music which it is hoped will be produced for the most part in-house.
We hope to release "Angel Snow" in the Autumn, by which time we to start filming our next drama, "Stuck in the Groove" based on a script by Gareth Preston. And yes, this is a zero-budget film also, involving quite a sizable cast of actors.
Now if we could only find someone who would commission us to make a film for money .............!
As before, we hope to raise money for charity out of showing "Angel Snow", the chosen charity being Talbot House which supports families of people with learning difficulties.

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