Film-makers, from left, writer/director Mark Collins, Jamie Griffin, of Flyte Studios, and cameraman Barry Jones. Picture by Robin Crossley.
A MOVIE maker on the Isle of Wight hopes his first major project will become a critical success at the world’s film festivals — but he needs the support of businesses and individuals to ensure it catches the critics’ eye.
The film, Rapid Intervention, is being produced as a collaboration between Flyte Studios, Rookley, Signdance Collective and Clear Cutz Productions, with filming due to get under way on November 9.
The gritty tale, which incorporates elements of the supernatural, gives a dramatic insight into a small town’s loveable rogue.
The movie, directed by former builder Mark Collins, of Victoria Grove, East Cowes, is expected to run for no longer than 15 minutes.
Costing around £6,000, the short will be filmed at various Isle of Wight locations, such as East Cowes seafront and at a garage in Ryde.
Deaf actor David Bower, who starred alongside Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral, plays the main character in the film.
Mark said: "This is a great opportunity to collaborate with such professional and experienced people.
"This is a drastic change in career for me so it is quite scary — I’m really putting my neck on the line financially.
"But with the help of Island businesses and individuals, I aim to make it the best film we possibly can."
The 48 year old, who also scripted the film, aims to give the film some exposure at the world-famous Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and Raindance film festivals.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the project will have an opportunity for product placement in the film and be an extra in it.
Donations can be made via a link on the website showing a trailer for the film at www.rapidinterventionmovie.com