By Michael Wilson – News Editor
A UCLan graduate will see his first feature film premiered this week with a screening at Preston’s Guild Hall.
Alan Livesey, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Screenwriting, has produced and served as lead director on The Blackout – a film set in Preston that follows the lives of six people left to cope alone in the first 12 hours of a power blackout.
The 28 year old has previously focused on short films and drama productions, having been commissioned by various groups and individuals – sometimes in locations such as Los Angeles. Though Alan has a lot of experience under his belt already, having co-produced music videos and been shortlisted for an award at the Beverley Hills Screenplay Contest, this is his first feature-length production.
Alan had the idea to create the film only a year ago and is now looking forward to seeing his vision become a reality on the big screen. “I’m really nervous but also very excited about the official screening at the Guild Hall”, he said “It was really important to me that the film was set in Preston using local talent; I wanted to see what we could achieve on our own and it turns out quite a lot. As a team we have achieved so much so it will be a very proud moment.”
The director is taking a drastically different approach in The Blackout to what is ‘industry-standard’. He describes it as a multi-narrative approach to film making by combining the practicalities of producing a short film with the longer form of a feature film. He has done this by breaking The Blackout up into six segments, each with its own production crew and writer, and then knitting them together to form a single film.“By making a film in this format it’s allowed us to produce a feature film on a shoe-string budget of £1,200 in only a year”, said Alan, “It’s been a fantastic collaborative event and really showcases the quality of local writing, directing and acting talent on offer in Lancashire. It’s brought short film makers together to make one big impact.”
Tickets to the free screening at Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 12 November can be booked on the Skiddle website. The fully licensed bar at the Guild Hall opens at 6pm with the screening call at around 7.45pm. For more information about the project visit The Blackout website.