A Fool$ Game is a thriller being shot in South Devon (Buckfastleigh and Totnes) by director Edward Sillence. We got in touch to find out how the film is developing
You’re in the midst of production of A Fool$ Game, how’s it going?
It’s been a lot of hard work and some very stressful days filming, but overall it’s been a great experience so far and I’m very happy with the footage that’s been shot.
It’s an incredibly ambitious project, not just in the story telling, but the number of actors and different locations involved, everybody has worked really hard and it’s only because of this amazing team effort that the production has been made possible.
Particular credits go to Luke Abbott (lead actor/producer) and Tom Menary (co-lead actor), both of whom have shown an extraordinary amount of commitment to the film and their performances.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of the production so far?
I shoot a lot each day, so it’s always incredibly hectic and stressful to the point where I barely have a moment to think, it’s often take after take, after take The most satisfying aspect is at the end of a filming day when all the footage has been uploaded and I can go over it and finally relax.
And what has been the most frustrating?
The most frustrating part has to be the beginning of production, we had so many things go wrong that it seriously delayed us, from being sent the wrong lenses adapter to another company not sending my lens order because the filter was out of stock to being sent the wrong lead (twice!).
Out of those problems I ended up shooting some extra sequences that really brought the beginning of the film alive and everybody pulled together as a team, which I was very grateful for as there was one horrible moment when it felt like the film that I’d put some much of my time and money into was going to fall apart.
Can you give a run down of your cast and crew?
Writer/director/producer – Edward Sillence
Executive producer – Adam Clark
Associate Producer – Christine Middy
Derrick/producer – Luke Abbott
Tobias – Tom Menary
Kacy – Angelique Llewelyn
Luiz – Ben Gilbert
Blake – Midge Mullin
Micky – Jimmy ‘The Bee’ Bennett
Boscoe – James Cotter
Ramon – Gabriel Sermon
Tyrone – Rollen Flood
Casterly – Steph Steele
Laura – Becky Louise Rich
Carla – Molly Casey
Rybeck – Robin Brown
Troylord – Joe Watson
Jasmine – Candice Owens
Unnamed henchman/stunt double – Adam Abbott
Sound – Julian Kemp & Ben Hodder
Assistant – Hannah Smith & Tom Hutchings
Make-up – Simon Tytherleigh
Stills photography – Sara Perez Alvarino
With the team coming together how has it helped flesh out the characters and feel of the film?
One of the most surprising and utterly pleasing aspects of the project is the cast I’ve managed to get, as they’ve all taken on their characters and created interesting, natural and realistic people.
The feel of the film has just come together, I had a very strong idea of how I wanted it to look (helped by the beautiful image from the blackmagic cinema camera 2.5k) and the actors all fit together nicely, each delivering an original performance and have all responded to my direction, which is somewhat demanding at times, but they’ve worked so hard I couldn’t ask for more.
What’s your predicated timetable for the rest of the film?
The aim is for post production to be finished by the end of the year, I’m still not sure when filming will be completed as I’m going to have a few odd extra days and will need to get a small collection of establishing shots. The deadline is February 2016, but ideally I’d like it to be finished by the beginning of December so I’ll have enough time to make any changes that I may need to.
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