Swindon film-makers Alex Secker and Marcus Starr have announced that they will be launching a funding campaign for their debut feature film, Follow The Crows, on Friday 30 September. The film, produced by Rrats Kram Films and Infinite 8 Productions, as well as Secker’s own 22six Productions, is the first of its kind in the Swindon area.
The pair are running the campaign in the hopes of raising enough money to complete post-production on the project and enter it into international film festivals, which was filmed in and around the Wiltshire area, using locally sourced actors and crew, from November of last year through to May.
As well as the usual thanks and gratitudes on social media, the film-making duo are offering some unique perks for benefactors, exclusive, figurines of the key cast, as well as posters, DVDs and access to a wealth of behind the scenes content.
Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the film tells the story of a small group of a survivors who wander the world, searching for purpose. It stars local actors Max Curtis and Daniella Faircloth, as well as a host of local people in supporting roles. It is the first independent feature film to be shot in Swindon. any limited potential including edition
“I’ve been making shorts for years,” says Alex Secker, the films writer and director, “but, aside from Silent Assassin, I’ve never really been that successful in having festivals accept them. It’s very competitive, the advent of digital cameras means that almost anyone can make a short film and enter it into a festival, it’s harder to get your work seen. But there’s a smaller market for independent features, a lot of effort goes into even just getting the people available, let along then making the thing. I think we stand a better chance, and the movie is really good!”
Secker created the story along with Marcus Starr, who, as well as producing, also appears in the movie. The pair were inspired by the rural surroundings of the town, “We couldn’t figure out why no one was using Wiltshire to make movies. We’ve got some amazing scenery around her, sprawling landscapes and places that appear virtually untouched,” said Secker, “so we figured we might as well do it ourselves. We found out on the first day why no one else makes films here. There’s a lot of planes around.”
Lack of funding and experience making feature length films weren’t going to put the ambitious pair off, and they worked long and hard, filming where and when they could, to complete the project. Now they’ve reached the final stretch they almost can’t quite believe it, “It’s been like a year of my life and now we’re coming to the end,” says Secker, “it’s bizarre to think that in a few months it’ll all be over. I’ve got some other projects bubbling away, but it’s going to be exciting to see where this goes.”
Filming finished in May of this year and post- production has been underway ever since, but now the film-makers are looking to raise money to take the movie further, both completing the finishing touches and then releasing it into the world of international film festivals in the hopes of finding a distributor.
If you’re interested in learning more or even donating to the project then you can follow the film on Facebook at www.facebook.com/followthecrowsmovie.