Sleaford film makers, Tin Hat Productions, have been working on raising awareness and publicity to boost support for their planned production of their latest film project - a film based on the story of an RAF Lancaster raid.
Called Our Shining Sword, in the tale, Douglas, a broken, solitary, Spitfire ace must overcome his past to lead a Lancaster Bomber crew in the pivotal aerial war over Berlin.
Producer Andrew Burn has agreed to write a regular column on the progress, trials and tribulations of the project and this is his first instalment.
It’s been just one month since we officially started pre-production on Tin Hat Productions first feature film ‘Our Shining Sword’. One of the great things about being granted the privilege of writing a regular piece for The Standard is that it gives you the opportunity to reflect on just how far you’ve come in such a short time.
We have been very busy sourcing props and costumes for the first block of filming in February next year. Local charity shops have been invaluable in this regard. The Red Cross shop in Sleaford warrants a special mention, as they contact us if an item comes into the shop that they think might be of use to us.
Local interest and support has also proved pivotal in the hunt for suitable locations, with a number of property owners in Sleaford granting us permission to film in their beautiful homes.
In the last fortnight we have begun casting some of the key acting roles. Where we can, we are determined to utilise the considerable talents of local actors. Our youngest is local lad Eric Flynn, 13, a pupil at Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford.
The male lead is being played by an amazing actor called Jeffrey Mundell. Jeffrey played the lead in our 2012 short film ’Fusilier’. More recently he has appeared on television as Henry VIII in a ‘Crunchy Nut Cornflakes’ advert. He is currently working on Warner Bros. reworking of Tarzan, alongside Hollywood actors Christoph Waltz and Samuel L Jackson. We are incredibly lucky to have him on board with ‘Our Shining Sword’.
On Saturday October 4 we held a full script read through at our home in Sleaford with actors who travelled from both near and far. It was fantastic to hear the script come to life and presented a valuable opportunity to iron out any creases in the dialogue.
The support that we have had from local companies has also been fantastic. When you’re trying to make a film as ambitious as ‘Our Shining Sword’, with little more than a handfull of loose change and pocket fluff, you need all the help you can get.
Two companies worth a special mention this month are Ray Butler and Mountain Skip Hire. Thanks to their time investment and generosity, we have now secured some much-needed set building space.
Next month we will have more casting news and the latest information on shooting dates and locations. We will also shed some light on our incredibly ambitious set building plans.
In the mean time, if you would like to know more about ‘Our Shining Sword’ or feel that you might be able to help in some way, please take a look at www.ourshinings word.com and www.tinhat productions.com