As mentioned in the previous podcast, myself and Danny Stack, aided by other local legends, are pulling together a low budget feature. The twist; it's a children's film.
We’ve noticed that a certain kind of film doesn’t really get made anymore, a kind of film that we both remember from when we were younger: a children’s film that has kids in the lead roles (think The Goonies, Flight of the Navigator, Explorers, BMX Bandits, and the like). These films weren’t based on best-selling books or pre-existing properties. They were original ideas made to appeal directly to a child’s sense of fun and adventure.
But where are those types of films now?
In 2013, none of the top 10 family films actually features children in the main role. Sure, there are a lot of family films around – but these are either animated or use adults in the central roles – or both! We realise that big expensive motion pictures need to appeal to the widest possible demographics but, with few exceptions, it seems to us that children don’t get any films to truly call their own. Films that share their sense of mischief and wonder with main characters of their own age.
This is why we’re making our film. It’s silly, exciting, fun and it’s just for children.
We can do it because we are making it as a low budget movie. It’s not going to compete with the big family blockbusters at the cinema; it’s created for the DVD/ instant streaming market. However, low budget doesn’t mean low quality and we’ll be using the newest range of cameras (Blackmagic 4k in fact) to bring the film to life. Plus we’ll be collaborating with the best in local talent (in front and behind the fancy camera), and celebrating the photogenic coastline of Dorset that’s right on our doorstep – one of the best places for kids to go on an adventure.
As the film develops we really hope you'll follow it's development and help out if you can. A few ways to do that. Follow on Facebook, Twitter - or sign up for emails below. There will be more on casting and crewing to come.