First steps towards cameras rolling

Now in pre-production with Second World War film Our Shining Sword, Andy and Callum Burn.
Now in pre-production with Second World War film Our Shining Sword, Andy and Callum Burn.

A filmmaking family from Sleaford are getting ready to begin shooting of their first feature-length production.

Andy and Callum Burn, one half of Tin Hat Productions, have launched pre-production of Our Shining Sword, a Second World War film inspired by the missions of Bomber Command.

The father-and-son team hope to start filming some of the ‘home front’ scenes in mid-February, mainly in Sleaford.

Andy said: “Pre-production means that we are now gathering props and costumes, scouting for locations and drawing up plans to hold auditions in the near future.

“Some casting decisions have already been made and we will be having a script read through with those cast members - plus a few that we have yet to make a decision on - over the weekend of October 4/5.”

The duo, who already have a number of short films, have been hoping to bankroll the production through online donations, so-called ‘crowd-funding’.

This, however, has proved challenging, despite receiving endorsements from such high profile figures as Stephen Fry and Carol Vorderman.

From an original target of £500,000, the pair are now looking to raise between £60,000 and £65,000 for the project.

Andy said: “We have whittled the budget down as far as we can.”

The ideal budget, he added, would be £100,000 and he and Callum have been in talks with the Creative England about securing a Lottery grant which would pay for half of that sum, if they could find the other half themselves.

To that end, they now plan to keep their effort as much in the public eye as they can and will be writing a regular piece for The Standard about their efforts to bring their first feature film to the big screen.

Look out for the first edition next month.