At 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 over four days 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 https://www.instagram.com/kingsleydc16/, https://www.instagram.com/ryancrashburn/, https://www.instagram.com/drneilfox/. We’re well into post-production, and aiming for festival entry from May 2018.