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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The film below is of the Question and Answer session which took place after the premiere at the East End Film Festival in July 2013, with writer, Leo Whetter, director, Will Hutchinson and question master - David Stubbs.


HOW IT HAPPENED

Overhill, is the first feature by the London-based partnership of director Will Hutchinson and writer Leo Whetter. The pair set themselves a challenge of writing, shooting and editing a feature film in two months with only £600 pounds as a budget.

The film was shot on location in the Cornish village of Pendeen. Hutchinson’s brother, Ollie, runs the village shop and cast as many local characters as he could. “Some had amateur dramatics experience,” said Hutchinson, “but most had never acted at all. Their performances put many actors to shame, and they give the film a terrific authenticity.” The mayor of the neighbouring town was cast as a sinister vicar, and the aptly named Mr Curnow (Mr Cornwall) plays a creepy pub landlord.

The main role is played by actress, Lorna Beckett. “Without Lorna we’d have been sunk. She was ready to jump into character at a moment's notice for 3 days and did everything we asked. She even offered to throw herself out of a window,” said Hutchinson. “We’re very excited about being selected by the East End Film Festival. It has a great reputation and it shows that an ultra-low budget film can make the grade.”



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THE RESIDENTS OF PENDEEN

The film could not have happened without the generosity of the residents of the village of Pendeen - a great of example of this is the cottage itself, which we hadn't planned on using before we arrived. We'd been offered a house which turned out to be further away than we anticipated and were unsure how we were going to meet our schedule due to potential travelling time. Pat and Arthur Matthews, who play the landlady and (unseen) landlord, said on our first morning there "You could use our cottage if you want..." At which, they handed us the keys and said we were free to do what we wanted.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION


Are you filming on that?
or Where's the real camera?
Yes, we are filming on that. That being a Canon 550D (Rebel T2i) with 2 old Pentax manual prime lenses. And yes, it is a real camera. It's not a Red Epic and we don't have Carl Zeiss lenses (or a crane or dolly or external monitors for that matter). This is what we owned so this is what we used.

We chose very deliberately not to hire (or even borrow) more expensive gear that we didn't know how to use inside out. We wanted to do the best we could possibly do within our technical experience and financial means. We wanted to prove you could make a great movie with a budget and gear that would actually be realistically affordable to anyone else like us who ever dreamed of getting out there and shouting 'Action!'.


WHAT GEAR DID WE USE?

The shooting rig consisted of:

Camera:
Canon 550D (Rebel T2i)

Lenses:
Canon 18-55 kit lens
Pentax 28mm f2.8
Pentax 50mm f1.7

Micromuff:
Dirt cheap, built-in mic wind baffle (dead cat) designed by director Will Hutchinson for getting clean external sound in windy situations, which made it much easier to sync in the edit.
www.micromuff.com

Tripod:
Velbon DV 7000

Slider:
Glidetrack SD-50

Sound:
(equipment borrowed by Ricky)

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