The organisers, Sci-Fi London Film Festival, provided each participating team with a brief at noon on the Saturday and all films had to be submitted by 1pm on the Monday. The brief contained a list of ‘elements’ that had to be included in the film (title, a line of dialogue, prop) and an optional scientific theme which we decided not to use.
This was our brief:
Line: “Regard it, inspect it, admire it, this will be your only opportunity.”
Prop: “A calender – a character marks a date, then rips another page out of the calender and throws it into a bin.”
Theme: A year long eclipse occurs which changes the world forever.
It was very much a last minute decision to take part, and our team (The North West Avengers) was put together in less than four days. Colin Warhurst approached me on the Tuesday to see if I was interested in submitting a team, and by the following Monday we had a finished film.
Thanks to all the cast and crew who agreed to take part at such short notice, and furthermore to all the cast who don’t appear on screen but kindly agreed to be on ‘standby’. A full list of credits (along with luvvy duvvy thank yous!) can be found on Col’s blog here.
On Tuesday Will Power premiered to a sold out audience of 230 at the ODEON Trafford Centre. It was fantastic to see the film on the big screen after many months of hard work by all involved. The film went down really well and after the screening we received some extremely positive feedback from various attendees.
Ric Michael, former Head of Development at Baby Cow Manchester said Will Power was a great production, very watchable, with some lovely laugh out loud moments. Dan Crooke called it ‘Outstanding’, whilst Paul Coppack said it was a ‘great little film’. Lynne Edwards said that it was amazing and that she loved every minute of it. Dale McCarthy thought it was an epically funny British movie, and Team Keppel called it an amazing achievement by all involved.
Luke Grayson has posted a review on IMDb which you can read here (warning – contains spoilers!) and Richard Bullock has gone to great lengths by posting a review of Will Power on Youtube. You can watch Richard’s review here.
Thank you for your continued support and feedback.
The film is now being considered for film festivals, and has the potential to be developed and commissioned as a stand-alone, one-off TV comedy drama. Don’t forget that you can follow the film’s progress on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
In the meantime Ben Mottershead has posted a fantastic behind the scenes montage video which you can watch below – hopefully it captures how much fun we had making the film. James Kelly, composer on Will Power, has also added some musical highlights to SoundCloud for you to enjoy.
The music video for the Darktown Jubilee’s debut single ‘Breakdown’ is now available to watch online.
Featuring Steve Evets (Looking for Eric, Shameless, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Rev), the video is directed by Jason Wingard & Gino Evans of JMG Media and produced by Phil Meachem of Divided Productions.
Shot over the course of two days I was production assistant, stills photographer and helped Ben Mottershead with the behind the scenes.
‘Breakdown’ is taken from the album ‘The World, the Flesh & the Devil’ which can be purchased from iTunes here. The band’s official site can be found here.