The “Francis” film – update, August 2014
We’re pleased to say filming took place at Hilfield Friary as planned during July. It was widely considered a success. No film’s without its moments of panic, but this one went pretty smoothly. The experience was enjoyed by all – director, crew and actors but also by the host community at Hilfield, many of whom found themselves among the cast. We think “Francis” is going to be a fresh and striking look at the story, simply shot in modern dress and presenting Francis as an attractive and compelling figure for contemporary and especially younger audiences.
Do have a look at these early stills – two images from the film itself, and two others. They include both the younger and older Francis.
So at the beginning of August we now have large amounts of film “in the can”, and a lot of optimism about the eventual result. What next? Firstly much reviewing of the footage, then intensive editing throughout September to include sound, music and the specially commissioned painted stills showing Umbrian scenes to complement the Dorset setting.
Then in no time after that we need to be promoting and marketing the film, hoping to ensure DVD sales but also to try to get a foot in the door at one or two film festivals and if possible with a mainstream film distributor. If you have any contacts that might help us with this promotion, please let us know! With a bit of luck “Francis” may be available in time for Christmas 2014.
But let’s remind ourselves why we’re doing this. We see it as a work of mission, building on Paul Alexander’s well-known and loved one-man theatre performance to reach a larger global audience – and so to make our Lord, and his servant Francis, known and loved throughout the world in line with our TSSF Aims.
It’s only thanks to the generosity of individual tertiaries, TSSF Chapter and the SSF Legacy Fund that we raised enough funding to get to this stage, and a part of what we need to complete and distribute the finished film. And it’s equally thanks to the commitment and faith of crew and actors, who’ve so far received only token payment, that the project has got this far.
So we still need to keep raising funds for the coming stages, and to pay actors and crew more suitably than we’ve done to date.
If you’d like to discuss the Francis film project, please contact John Wiltshire at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07717 547672 (ignore the CQC work message).
To donate online, please visit our charity giving website: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/deniseeasteal1
Lastly, watch out here for further updates, with more glimpses of the film itself!