The Blackout Film Project

By Marleen Rinaldi

A new British production company in Preston is underway with debut film.

As we just have overcome the coldest night of this winter and as we hear from sources around the world how weather could challenge our modern comfortable style of life, Preston’s first big feature production “hits the spot”. What would we do if we would be left without electricity and the comfort our modern gadgets give us?

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This is the question the six characters of “Blackout” will come to ask themselves. The story follows six characters through their everyday lives in a small northern English city when an unexpected and incredible event happens. With no warning, they are instantly thrown into the dark ages, no possibility of normal travel, any internet or phones, not even light.  The film follows their individual struggles over the first night of this event and the devastating consequences as the characters realise that they can’t rely on power anymore, they have to rely on each other.

The film has not only an interesting warming story but is also very well structured. Essentially designing a whole film to be shot by separate units make a high quality feature without having to make the leap from short film to big feature in one go. It basically cuts each character’s story into a section. These sections can be produced as though it were a high quality short film by a smaller production team. This process of short sections will produce a film similar in structure to that of ‘Pulp Fiction’ or ‘Crash’; basically short stories that entwine and will soon unravel.

This exciting new feature film started with the idea of Alan Livesey, the originator of the project. Alan, a screenwriter and former student of the University of Central Lancashire, whose work stretches from Preston to Los Angeles, wants to kick-start a small slice of the British Film Industry here in Lancashire. At first he said, “I was debating on whether I was ready to take that step from short form film into features and wondered whether I had the resources and networks to make one”. However, Alan started talking with local film makers and came up with the concept of the Blackout. The concept started from the principal that there were many talented filmmakers in Preston, who have produced fantastic short films, how could they make the leap to feature films, while staying here in Preston, which lacks the infrastructure of the wider British Film Industry.

Alan and his core production team want to work on this lack of British Film industry by utilising, and providing an outlet for as much home-grown talent as possible, while bringing in industry professionals.

Mr Livesey sees this project as “a great opportunity and states, “We want to use the project to develop the emerging and local talent. We are also looking for national and international industry veterans to join the production, creating a transfer of skills in the process. I want ‘The Blackout’ to be a great example of what can be achieved when such creative talents pool their abilities.”

The Film will be shot in the summer with the ambition being to have the first screening in Preston in winter 2015. At the moment the core production team is still working hard on finalising the script and seeking the necessary funding for the film.  Casting will shortly be getting underway, which will consist of 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.

About Sam McKeown 24 Articles
Student at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) studying Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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