Award winning film director, Richard Weston (22) has been making films since he was 12, but has never made a film with a budget of more than $500. Now, a graduate from the UK’s most progressive acting school, East 15 in London, he has recruited the services of five other graduate actors for the new ‘Tragiquantomedy,’ Saddenly Now.
Weston, Director of his own Film Instinct company, has turned to the crowd-funding platform, Sponsume to the tune of $10k in a bid to broaden the distribution of his work. His previous two films have won international acclaim, but the barrier to success has been insurance, having the film rated in his home country of the UK and the US, festival costs, distribution, reproduction and screening.
Originally from Wirral near Liverpool, Richard Weston explains: “The previous two feature films have won plaudits in two continents across the pond and my company was offered a distribution deal for The Young. The problem is that in order to have a film distributed, smaller companies must stump up money for fixed costs like ratings. Film festivals charge a fee for entry, yet they are the lifeblood of independent film-making. They are like shop windows. Yet like most products in a shop window, it’s no good if nobody buys anything.”
Saddenly Now is a departure from his two post apocalyptic features, The Young and Precipice Hours. Set in a mini universe, the six characters are based on the quarks from Quantum Physics. Their characteristics are based on the size and interactions, meaning there are many rules the characters try to break, some with absurd poems, others by ritual and dance.
Filmed in and around Epping Forest near the actors’ alma mater, Up is played by Mike Parker, Down by Roslyn Hill (currently a BBC voice actor). Top is by Tom Telford while Bottom is Ellie Moon. Charm is performed by Richard Weston himself while Strange is Will Firth, son of the eminent actors, Colin Firth and Meg Tilly. Meurig Marshall is cinematographer using a Canon EOS 5D.
“$10k is the bare minimum, but this time there is no point in leaving anything out of the equation, if this appeal stands any chance of success. A company like Film Instinct relies heavily on the goodwill of fellow actors, friends and family. The extra budget will give Saddenly Now the valuable exposure that these talented young actors deserve.”
Previous glittering prizes have included a total of four awards in the Wirral International Film Festival including Best Director and Best Feature at the 4th WIFF for The Young and a similar brace of awards for Precipice Hours in 2013. The Young also was given ‘honorable mention’ at the Los Angeles Movie Awards in 2011. And New York Filmmakers awarded it Film of the Month. Cinequest dubbed it ‘incredible artistry.’ His collaboration Sanctimonia exhibited in Gent (Belgium) last Spring.
Weston put his film directing career on hold for three years while he trained as an actor at East 15, recently culminating this summer in a first class honours degree from the University of Essex in London. He is now represented in the UK as an actor by agents, Simon and How.
“I am now officially validated. I am not playing at this game, but then again I suppose I am,” quipped Weston.
Visit http://www.film-instinct.com for more information.
Name: Richard Weston
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Address: Stable Cottage, Whitakers Way, Loughton, Essex IG10 1SQ