Swindon based film producer Mark Kenna (co-founder of Bad Blood Films and post-production facility Dreambase Studios) is now at the Cannes Film Festival – 14 to 18 May – in search of investment and distribution for the British horror Facility 31.
It’s just one of the five feature film ventures he’s involved in, the fruit of a nine month collaboration with writer and Bristol based director David Hawk of Bad Blood Films.
Mark and David are showcasing their trailers at the world’s biggest film market, having worked with a talented cast and crew to prepare for the festival.
Mark, who lives in North Swindon, but works out of studios in Royal Wootton Bassett, said: "We’ve approached investors, distributors and actors over the past few months and have some very exciting news to share with you all very soon, including a well-known British actor has shown interest in our project.
"We will also be launching a free app that horror fans can download and keep up-to-date with the project, look at behind the scenes stills and latest news. The app will dynamically update, allowing the audience to interact and ultimately buy the film on future versions."
"We’ve put together a high end investment trailer for Facility 31 and investment packs for all projects, highlighting the skills of many talented individuals, demonstrating to potential investors what the final product will look like and more importantly, our approach to filmmaking. We have a talented team that’s ready to go once we’ve secured funding. It’s a much more credible approach than just touting round a script. It also makes you think carefully about the market and take a look the bigger picture."
Explaining the excitement about the films Mark said: "We wanted to work with local film professionals, building a fantastic team and ultimately make films that people want to go and see. It’s also important that we create a sustainable model where we make low to mid budget films and everyone gets paid, after all, it is a business we’re in. Times are changing with the introduction of digital cinema and we feel that, with the talent we’re working with and the long-term vision we have, the future looks promising.
Facility 31 is a horror film set around a disused military bunker. Commenting on the shooting of the trailer Mark said: "We spent months planing the shoot and took a cast and crew of 27 people to the disused bunker in south Devon as well as sourcing an army vehicle and even a remote controlled helicopter to film aerial shots. It took just two days to shoot and it was great to make use of all the industry experience everyone has gained over the past 15 years to bring it together."
Expressing his optimism for the Swindon film-making scene Mark said: "It’s been exciting to be involved with the local filmmaking scene here in the south west, from short-film making to supporting film festivals such as Encounters and the Swindon Film Festival as well as watching community cinema grow. There"s so much happening in the south west and it’s still early days."