KING’S LYNN: Student’s quality short film project needs a little help
A student, who works at Lynn’s Majestic Cinema, is looking for help to complete his final university film studies project to make a professional-quality short film.
Daniel Brittin, 21, from Outwell, is studying at Derby University where he has been set the task of working with a team of 10 to write, direct and produce a short film to help the group take their first step into the industry.
Daniel said: “We have to create a 10-15 minute film which can be a documentary or anything - it’s fairly open and a massive task, but we hope that by setting ourselves the challenge of making such an ambitious film it will show our talent as film makers.”
Despite loving film from a young age, Daniel did not consider a career as a director or film maker until he started work at Lynn’s Majestic Cinema four years ago.
He said: “When I was a kid I never really thought of film as a career but I always loved the cinema and watching films. When I was on holiday I saw the third X-Men film being made and it made me realise how huge the industry is.
“I applied for a job at Lynn cinema and never thought I would get it, but it’s been a massive part of my life and has taught me so much. It’s helped me really learn so much about the industry and I’ve watched as the cinema has gone digital which is a big thing.”
His latest project will test everything he knows about film as he strives to create, with his team, a powerful short film that will wow industry critics and his course tutors.
He said: “All the Wall’s Clocks is about a guy called Adam. It starts with him in a bunker against a wall with 24 clocks showing the different timezones and every six hours he has to check the clocks. It seems like an end-of-the-world scenario.”
Adam is consumed by regret and has nothing left in his life except to keep the clocks ticking. As they break down around him and time is running out, Adam must face the things he regrets most.
Daniel said: “It’s a very delicate script and has taken a lot of crafting. The piece is very ambitious and this is why we need to raise funds so that we can make the film a professional quality piece. We hope to show it at film festivals which could help us get noticed.
“Our absolute minimum budget is £2,000, but that is to make the film as basically as possible. So far we have done everything out of our own pockets and between the group we can raise around £1,000 but we need to fundraise the rest.”
He added: “The most expensive thing is paying a professional actor and location hunting. With equipment we are lucky because we already own some and can borrow the rest from the university.
“We are trying to look at it as a professional short film, not a student project.
The film will be made with or without the money - we will find a way, but we worry that the quality will suffer and it won’t be as powerful as we hoped.”
The team have created a site with incentives for readers to contribute to their work, www.indiegogo.com/projects/335545 will provide those who support the project with gifts of different types of clocks depending on the amount given. You can also watch a test shoot for the film to get a taste of what the team can offer.
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