A brief history of Scheme: After leaving uni and realising that a career in screenwriting was going to be every bit as difficult to come by as every lecturer had ever told us it would be, myself and two friends, Anthony and Paul, decided to take matters into our own hands. We had collaborated on scripts together in the past and found that we worked well together - therefore we decided that if we wanted to see our work get made, we should probably just go right ahead and make it ourselves. So we did.
We created Scheme. I guess you could call it a production company. We (pretentiously) like to refer to it as a 'creative collective'. So far we have self-funded and produced two short films with a third in pre-production. However, our end goal goes way beyond just producing films. We don't want to be limited to, or prohibited by any pre-existing labels about what we are. We want to break the mould and create something fresh and new (Who doesn't, right?). We want to be involved in all areas of the media industries - helping creative people connect, create and share their work. Maybe we are trying to run before we can walk, but from past experience I know that sitting still gets you absolutely nowhere. If you're going to dream, dream big!
We produced our first short film, 'Serenade', back in February of this year. So much has happened in the past year it feels like a lifetime ago! It is only a ten minute short but it was a huge learning curve for three screenwriters with very little previous film making experience. We're not entirely pleased with the finished product and feel that perhaps it was a little too ambitious for our first film. However, a lot of people went out of their way to help us get this film made and we are eternally grateful for all their help and support.
|Poster by Ollie Stone Illustration - olliestone.co.uk
'Serenade' is about two commuters on a late night inter-city rail service that find each other through music. There are some fantastic songs in the film, all from aspiring local Southampton-based musicians and two strong central performances from actors David Palmstrøm and Patricia Alves. We shot the film over one hectic weekend on the train service between Southampton and a small village called Bursledon. Filming on trains was a huge challenge both physically and financially (the shooting permit cost a bomb!) but we got there in the end and now, some ten months later, our first short film is finally complete.
Please check out the film for yourself, and remember, constructive criticism is more than welcome! Enjoy...