Sustain Updates!

We’re nearly there! Sustain is almost upon us! Over the last few months, we’ve been working on both the sound mix as well as developing the score. Of course, these are not things that magically appear very quickly, they take time and care. And because we are very passionate about the film, the last thing we’d want to do is now just skimp on these elements after taking so much time to lock the cut and get it as great as it can be, in order to honour our wonderful cast and crew.

SOUND MIX

So, on the sound mixing side is the amazing James Hall from RetroRain – you may recognise the name too from previous Sustain posts, as he was with us during production, developing the behind the scene featurettes you saw snippets from. Of course, they will be going into the future making of documentary we have planned, so you’ll be seeing more of James’ work there too. However, he has been also busy on the sound mix, creating ambient tracks to bring the world within the narrative to life as well as working on ADR with us, and cleaning up audio that needed some tweaking along the way (be gone background HISS!!) – this is why you’ve seen us recently posting on the social media pages in regards to ADR sessions with some of the cast again such as Brett Dewsbury and Matthew Kinson, which is always a delight to watch.

ADR is a fascinating process for me, and it’s also equally enjoyable too, having a laugh as well as the actors seeing some of the locked cut for the first time, so it’s exciting and I’m glad we’re getting this done just to make SUSTAIN as best it can be! Thank you James for your continual amazing work!

SCORING

On the score side, we have the equally amazing Hans Michael Anselmo Hess, who has produced a simply stunning and atmospheric score to help also bring the world of SUSTAIN to life. The process I go through when editing with Sam, is that we use temp scores from a variety of different film soundtracks already out there. This allows me to see how scenes are working, and to help get the emotional feel of them right, to know they are doing exactly what I intended them to do and which supports the fantastic performances already. I’ve done this on our previous efforts such as House of Screaming Death and Checking In, so if it ain’t broke, why try fixing it if it works for you!

After the inital locked cut was signed off, Hans then came onboard and myself and Troy held Skype meetings with him to discuss ideas based on what we’d ultilised in the temp score as well as seeing what Hans wanted to bring to proceedings as well. Since then, Hans worked on sections of the score which I then would listen too. I would provide any notes and he would then resume working on it and more. It’s a fantastic process and really interactive and enjoyable. Every week we had long Skype conversations to go over more ideas and thrash out our creative thoughts.

And now we have a score that really gives SUSTAIN another essence of character which compliments the already stunning sound design James is doing, the fantastic editing Sam is doing and allows the entrie cast/crew to shine even more! And to show you what I mean by that statement, check out the samples from Hans’ final score below! Utterly compelling in both design and feel! I cannot wait to work with Hans again on both SNARL and YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE! Check out Hans’ website here!

 

Return to Dark Ditties

Following on from shooting block 2 of Sunshine, myself and Will Bradshaw immediately made our way back up North to help on production again with the Dark Ditties team, this time filming episode 4 of the series.

Again, acting as a 2nd unit team, we were doing lots of pick up shots as well as grabbing lots of establishing shots of the beautiful Revesby Abbey wherein the team were using again for this new story.

Was fantastic to meet up with the cast and crew again (both old and new members), and I cannot wait to see the results of everyone’s hard work, especially the reveal of the big bad himself, Krane, who looked awesome!

Keep checking back on there social media for more updates folks!

New Sustain Posters!

So amazed by these posters we’ve had created for SUSTAIN by the amazing Joseph on Fiverr!  – So here they are in their full glory!

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Landscape (UK British Quad) Poster

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Theatrical (UK One Sheet) Poster

And yep, the second trailer for Sustain will be dropping very soon over the next few weeks!  And here’s a shot of Laura Evenson as Kara Marshdale from it…being watched by someone sinister.

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More details soon! I really cannot wait for everyone to see our film. Thank you to everyone who has supported us from the very start. As filmmakers, it means so very much to us. x

 

Get Ready for SNARL

Werewolves are just a myth right? 🐺 SNARL is now in preproduction from director L.J Stark Greenwood and stars Jay Podmore, Charlie Clarke, Jack Knight and Troy Dennison. It has been written and will be produced by myself with executive producer duties falling onto Pat The Bull Films and BrumTown Films. 

This past weekend, the cast met up for the first time to go through the script with director L.J. while also doing costume tests as well as other preparation.

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You can also check out the cast talking about the film below in our new promo!

The film is expected late 2019. Keep checking back for updates! Because there are lots more to come before we start filming this Easter 2019!

ADVENT (Christmas 2020)

Next script/project announced for Christmas 2020 (yes we think that far ahead!) 🎄🎅
Three stories. All on Christmas Eve. All Through The Night. 🎄

Going back to the anthology format that we’ve worked with before, Advent will present three stories, all set on Christmas eve and all dealing with different characters, all trying to survive within their own lives. Some will make you laugh while some will make you think and appreciate what you have in your lives at such a celebrated time around the world.

ADVENT is scheduled for release Christmas 2020, and will be produced by Kaush Patel, while I will serve as co-producer.

More details to come later in the year and 1st draft of the script is expected at the end of February! Cannot wait!

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Jay Podmore joins SNARL

Lots of things going on behind the scenes of this film we’re prepping to shoot early next year and now we can announce a new addition to the cast!

Next up joining the SNARL cast alongside Charlie Clarke and Jack Knight is the equally amazing Jay Podmore, who will be playing Elijah, in this eerie new Werewolf tale from director L. J. Stark Greenwood, which starts shooting in April 2019.

Stark comments; “Jay is a fantastic actor and having seen him already in our previous effort, Sustain and just how commanding he is in that, he was just a natural choice to pursue for the role of Elijah and I cannot wait to see what he does with this highly conflicted character through his stunning on-screen talents as well as how he bounces off Charlie and Jack’s characters! It’s going to be amazing!”

SNARL is being directed by L.J. with a script by Dave Hastings who also produces. Will Bradshaw is director of photography while Kaushy Patel is on executive producer duties with Troy Dennison providing special make up and creature FX with Alex Bourne.

The film is expected late 2019. Keep checking back for updates!