Lost and Found to be filmed entirely in Rockhampton
ROCKHAMPTON filmmaker Ian Westely is gearing up to produce and direct his first feature film, which follows nine people through one week of their lives.
Titled Lost and Found, the locally written full length feature film is being shot entirely in Rockhampton, using all local cast and crew.
New relationships are formed, current relationships tested and some don't get started.
The screenplay, written by Ian, is based on stories by TJ Wickham, Stella McMahon, Dean Netherwood and Christos Arisidou.
Ian said there are speaking roles for all ages between 15 and 60 and many extras will also be required.
In the lead up to auditions being held next weekend, Pulse spoke to Ian recently about the project and what he's looking forward to creating in the local cinema scene.
How would you describe the people and their stories that are told in this film?
The characters themselves are a varied bunch of people, but they all have a few things in common. They live in the same building, eat in the same cafe and all have relationship issues of one sort or another. The film follows them all through one week of their lives where some relationships are challenged, some are strengthened and some don't even get started.
Do you have a clear vision of how you'd like to film to turn out?
I think, as a director, you have to have a clear vision of how the film will look or it's not worth rolling the camera. It's also important that I make sure that the rest of the team know what that vision is, so we are all on the same page. In this case, we have several stories overlapping and people popping in and out of scenes at various times, so it's crucial that everyone knows what is going on.
How do you feel as a local filmmaker to be working on a project like this?
I think that it's every filmmaker's dream to make a feature film, so I am excited about it.
I guess I also feel a great sense of responsibility as this is going to be a truly local production (all local cast and crew) I want to make sure that the world can see the talent that we have in this region to offer and I need to make sure that we have the best production possible.
I don't want to hear people saying "hey, that's a great film especially given it was made in Rocky". I want them to say, "Hey, that's a great film".
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Our shooting dates are September 17 to October 2, but we may have to shoot some scenes a few weeks before that due to location availability.
I would just like to thank everyone involved.
It has been a much bigger project than I ever imagined and without the support of the production team I never would have got this far.
Auditions for the lead and supporting roles will be held next week, June 25 and 26, at The Workshop, 45 East St, Rockhampton.
If anyone wants to try out they can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info go to Lost and Found Facebook page