Fi­nal push to fin­ish alien in­va­sion movie

ARTS: Film-mak­ers’ plea for cash to com­plete their fea­ture-length pro­ject shot in Fife and Tay­side

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - GRAEME STRA­CHAN gstra­[email protected]­

An­gus film-mak­ers have is­sued a fund­ing plea to get their alien in­va­sion movie over the fin­ish line.

In­spired by clas­sic 80s sci-fi films and the Net­flix se­ries Stranger Things, Tel­lurian was shot in Tay­side and Fife fol­low­ing a £4,000 In­die Go Go cam­paign to get the pro­ject run­ning.

Iron Star Films, which is staffed by Graeme Carr, Dean Pear­son, both pic­tured, Peter Birnie, and Al­lan Jen­nings, who all live and work in An­gus, is now aim­ing to raise a fur­ther £5,000 to com­plete post pro­duc­tion and have the movie ready to en­ter film fes­ti­vals world­wide by sum­mer 2019.

Some of this bud­get will also go to­wards hav­ing the sound­track com­posed by James Size­more, who has worked on huge Hol­ly­wood block­busters such as The Hob­bit tril­ogy, Split and Spot­light.

Mr Carr said: “Our orig­i­nal fundraiser was to pro­duce a proof of a con­cept short film but when we came to edit the film we had shot around 60 min­utes of the story.

“We felt that if we could raise the rest of the bud­get we could com­plete the film as our first fea­ture length film.

“We felt that if we could raise the rest of the bud­get we could com­plete the film as our first fea­ture­length film

“We are aim­ing to have the film ready to en­ter film fes­ti­vals world­wide by sum­mer 2019, which can be a good way to get the film in front of not only our tar­get au­di­ence but also po­ten­tial sales agents and dis­trib­u­tors.

“We have had in­ter­est from dis­trib­u­tors both in the UK and US but un­til we can raise the money to fin­ish the film we can’t guar­an­tee a de­liv­ery date.

“We are work­ing at the ul­tra-low bud­get level, try­ing to com­plete the film for un­der £10,000, which is a far cry from the huge bud­gets of Hol­ly­wood.”

Film­ing started at Scot­land’s Se­cret Bunker in Fife be­fore mov­ing to Ar­broath’s Rosely House Ho­tel, Ethie Woods and the for­mer Sun­ny­side Hos­pi­tal in Mon­trose.

Lead roles were given to King Arthur and Out­lander star Craig McGin­lay and The Gaelic King ac­tress Kerry Browne who plays Beaker which is the movie’s very own ver­sion of Ellen Ri­p­ley.

The lat­est fund­ing ef­fort is to raise the bud­get to com­plete the fi­nal 10% of film­ing at lo­ca­tions in Dundee and Fife and help with post-pro­duc­tion costs.

Mr Carr said: “We un­der­stand that money can be tight at this time of year but rest as­sured ev­ery penny will go into mak­ing the film the best it can be.

“As well as crowd­fund­ing we are happy to dis­cuss with lo­cal busi­nesses or in­di­vid­u­als re­gard­ing spon­sor­ship or in­vest­ment in the pro­ject.”

Iron Star’s story be­gan in June 2014 with an idea to make a short film called Blood loss which went on to be se­lected to play in fes­ti­vals in Aus­tralia, Spain, Canada and the US.

The fundrais­ing page can be found at­lurian-the­fea­ture-length-sci-fi-film.

Film-mak­ers hope that sci-fi Tel­lurian will be en­tered into film fes­ti­vals by sum­mer next year.

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