Film Production: #Project18 (Mackfall, 2018)

Screen Shot 2018-02-04 at 15.03.21At the tail end of the festival run for Wilderness (Doherty, 2017), our feature film that has picked up 11 awards from 16 international festivals to date following its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival in California  in March 2017, my colleague Neil Fox and I met with director Ryan Mackfall to discuss a short film drama that could be produced along similar lines. Ryan had talked to us before about his desire to move into drama and had ideas for both a feature and short film in mind. Following a meeting in November, Neil and I felt we had the time and capacity to get the short made in January 2018.

Neil adapted a short story to a script under a working title of #project18, we brought in an art director and illustrator in the early stages, secured locations and assembled our cast and crew in early December. A complex period drama, the principal photography took place in January 2018 at a large country house in Cornwall with a crew of 17. Some additional shooting has since taken place in a country park and in a (much warmer) studio environment – lots of BTS shots from the shoot can be found at, We’re well into post-production, and aiming for festival entry fAutumn 2018.

RYAN MACKFALL DIRECTORS REEL 2018 from Ryan Mackfall on Vimeo.

About Kingsley Marshall

Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK. The subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films, executive producing Wilderness (Doherty, 2017) which won 11 awards at 16 international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest in 2017, and producing Project 18 (Mackfall, 2018), currently in post-production. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc