They are looking for a place to film in for up to four days, between June 21 and June 26. This location appears in the film as “Isca”, Dark Ages Exeter.
They have the offer to use equipment to create a period encampment, so while it would have been ideal to have a recreated settlement with roundhouse huts, we are also able to look for the use of an area of secluded field or woodland, and create it ourselves.
“Unfortunately we are finding it very hard to make contact with possible locations,” say the South Devon Players.
“We are able to travel anywhere in Devon or Cornwall. Due to being set in the 6th Century, it needs to not have modern houses etc in the background, and be away from busy main roads (due to sound), and be able to have access to a loo.”
They are happy to pay their utility bills for water and electricity for the loo, and more than that, will be running raffles etc with the theatre shows (we have a theatre adaptation of this script in the autumn), even special screenings, (once edited) etc to fundraise donations for the locations (this one and the others appearing in the film).
They would also be most willing to come back and film a video commercial/ promo for site owners during July/ August, for use online, or do full photoshoot for their website, if relevant.
“As with everything else, all of what we raise is on an ‘open book’ policy, all anyone needs to do, is ask to see what we have and what is being done with what we have,” they say.
Anyone who is able to help, is asked to contact us the South Devon Players as quickly as possible on firstname.lastname@example.org
The film is an Arthurian story, centring on King Arthur’s son Mordred, set in the early 6th Century, working with a lot of early legends and regional history. The full film budget (only possible as we have a lot of re-enactors on board!) is £2,000, mainly going on costumes for the non-re-enactors, and keeping everyone fed and petrol covered, to locations.
Contrary to the usual glamorous medieval settings for many Arthurian adaptations, with knights in gleaming plate armour, and ladies in stunning court dresses; this drama is set within a very different landscape.
Following the departure of the Romans from Britain, the South West again became the Celtic kingdom of Dumnonia. At this point in history, the Saxons were raiding along the coast, much as the Vikings did, centuries later. Set against this backdrop, Arthur and his warriors, fight to defend Dumnonia, against invasion.