When wife and mother Shelly (Emma Kenny) is informed of her wealthy estranged husband’s death in an extreme zorbing accident, she must cope not only with the shock of losing her partner, but also struggle with the eccentric demands of his will, which leaves the choice of who should inherit his vast fortune up to her and her brother-in-law Daniel (Ian Curley).
When the reality of the situation dawns, it isn’t long before the lure of an infinite fortune begins to affect the behaviour of all those involved.
As they cannot assign the inheritance to each other, to whom will they assign it, and to what end?
Co-starring Marc Pickering (Sleepy Hollow, Boardwalk Empire) ‘Will Power’ is a colourful comedy-drama, with an ending that will knock you sideways.
The 50 minute film was shot over the course of ten days back in the summer of 2011 at six locations across the North West of England, including Manchester, Salford, Lymm and Preston.
Highly ambitious in scale, and made with a minimal budget, the production was dependent on the generosity and goodwill of over two hundred media professionals and amateurs from across the North West. A truly imaginative and collaborative process, the film perfectly showcases the resolve and commitment of the independent filmmaking and acting community in the region.
I’m credited as Producer and co-produced the film alongside Writer/Director Tim Limon. However, Production Coordinator extraordinaire Kate Murphy had already done a lot of the groundwork by the time I came onboard.
Admittedly the film’s a funny length and a little rough around the edges (which was always going to happen on a measly budget of £6000!) but it’s as achievement nonetheless and still makes me laugh out loud in places. It was a pleasure to work alongside so many talented people, many of whom I’ve gone on to make other projects with. However, please don’t watch ‘Will Power’ for the first time expecting the production values of ‘Game of Thrones’!
At the time of shooting the script could have done with a little more development but I still believe that it has the potential to be developed further and commissioned as a stand-alone, one-off TV comedy drama. If for any reason you do get bored, or simply need something to take your mind off your New Year’s hangover, skip to the twenty nine minute mark for the big reveal. I’ll say no more.
Posted below is a mishmash of media relating to Will Power that has been posted online over the past four years; a behind the scenes montage video that Ben Mottershead shot and cut, James Kelly’s excellent score and the original video blogs. Included here is also a video of the final rehearsal which I seem to remember cutting together on the morning of the shoot so that the cast and crew could use it for reference. **Be warned, this last video contains big spoilers!**
If you enjoy the film please consider helping us out by rating it on IMDb here. If you’re feeling especially energetic (or maybe if your New Year’s resolution is to help indie film producers out?) you can even pen a glowing review. In return I will gladly reward you with leftover Christmas chocolates, primarily of the Bounty and Snickers variety.