A new feature film called The Blackout is to be produced in Preston, about Preston in 2015. This is a community focused effort which will involve people from Preston in various ways and roles, who are keen to be part of the project. The ultimate goal of the project is the realisation of developing the necessary skills in people who are interested in creating a small slice of the film industry in Preston.
The theme of the film is based on six characters who experience a total power outage with no prior warning whatsoever. What follows is the tale of their strife as they attempt to survive everyday life without all the modern facilities and amenities. The consequences are devastating when they are faced with the reality of having to cope without power, which is such a ubiquitous and mainly taken-for-granted commodity these days. What happens now when they have to rely on each other?
The idea behind ‘The Blackout’ is to create six shorter micro-budget films and mould them together to create a film similar in structure to such productions as ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’.
Co-ordinating Director Alan Livesey wants to utilise as many local talents as possible. Alan (far left side on the above photo), a former UCLan student, whose work stretches from Preston to Los Angeles, wants to kick-start a filming foundation that puts Preston on the map as a hub for creative talents. He said, “Preston is packed with brilliant and creative people, and I wanted to show what can be achieved when they pool their talents. We want the people and facilities here to get involved and utilise the amazing community spirit here.’’
‘’We have such a range of roles to fill that we are constantly on the lookout for helpful people to aid the production, so get in touch now. It’s really important for us as an opportunity to develop new talent also, if you have an interest in learning any aspect of filmmaking we are offering you to ’Learn to make a Film with us.’ By coming on board and getting teamed up with skilled professionals.’’
With the script being finalised, casting will shortly be getting underway and the crews are currently being assembled, so now is the best time to get in touch. Momentum is strong going into 2015 and the pre-production phase where the production will be looking to fill as many roles as possible from Directors to Extras, Make-up artists to Catering, or just those who simply want to lend a helping hand, everyone is welcome to contact the production via their website or social media.
You can find out more on The Blackout Project web-site or go to their Facebook page.
Would you like to get involved with the project, do you have any filming skills? Let us know in the comments below.