It’s not often that a short film can turn your mind to a combination of Spinal Tap and Platoon. Jam Session, a new short from filmmaker Dom Lee, is a story about four rocker friends who meet up for their regular jam night.
“The film was really inspired by a comment my friend Kev made. We were organising a musical jam session but he said ‘I’ll bring the toast!’. That got me thinking about the potential double meaning ‘jam session’ could actually have. Things sort of got crazy from there,” said Dom.
“The jam featured in the film was kindly donated by Sarah at www.jannerjam.com. I can’t remember exactly the amount of loaves of bread we used but it was definitely over 30!
“The music features local bands such as The Stone Angels and Destruction Preventer. One track even came from a band Rosie Mullin was in a few years ago, a sort of cheesy 80s song. It fitted in really well with the film’s tone.
“The cast included Midge Mullin who I previously worked with on ‘The Lolly Ranger’, an award-winning 48hr film. It’s as every bit as crazy as Jam Session,” said Dom.
“Also starring was Ben Tallamy who I’ve worked with on quite a few projects now alongside Aaron Turner and Evelyn Rei who I had not worked with previously.
“James Cotter also sportingly agreed to have a cameo appearance of sorts on a book cover. Unfortunately the book is a one off and not currently available to buy yet.
“We shot the film over two days at producer John Tomkins house. It’s sort of become a running theme that films shoot there, this is at least the fourth. The clean up didn’t actually take too long, we were careful when filming to try and avoid creating too much mess. A few costumes got jammy though so needed a wash.”
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