**** Director Corrie Greenop will be in IGS to talk to students, and take questions, about his experiences in the film industry, from self-producing his debut feature and striking a US distribution deal after a successful pitch in Cannes, to getting offers for new productions. Lunchtime, Wednesday 25th March in K5. Feel free to bring cold food and drinks, but no hot food or drinks! ****THE BASICS:
- Corrie was a Media student here at Ilkley Grammar, who went on to film school and is now completing a MA centred on screenplay writing
- He self-financed and self-produced his directorial debut, Wandering Rose, a horror movie
- It was filmed in Scotland, following an offer of assistance from Scottish agencies and failure to get such co-operation from Yorkshire agencies
- Shot in just 12 days, it was produced for a mere £30k!
- The setting may have had aesthetic appeal but also presented practical challenges: the small cast and crew alike had to help out lugging the filming equipment around, not least up a steep hill or
The US distributor changed the film title!
- The film features another former IGS Media student, Theo Wightman (pictured below), whose own film-making talent can be seen in his Media productions The Cellar and Party to Hell (a slasher film opening and trailer), as a cast and key crew member.
- Coz took the financial gamble of attending the Cannes Film Festival, highly prestigious but equally expensive, and this, along with a specially-arranged London screening, paid off with distribution deals in the can for DVD and VoD releases
- The US distributor decided to change the film's name (see the IMDB entry); this may not be an accurate reflection of Coz's vision, but may yet pay dividends with enhanced sales...
- Coz is now in talks with production companies to take on much higher budget projects
THE STORY IN TWEETS, HEADLINES + QUOTES...
|Former IGS Media student Theo Wightman appeared in front of the camera, but also played a crucial role as a production assistant behind it too (photo: Wandering Rose site)|
|US distribution for a micro-budget British Indie - not bad! But then...|
|...there's a name change and markedly different approach to marketing to deal with!|
|The movie won multiple awards from Horror blogs/(e-)zines, and was picked for several film festivals too ...|
|...which certainly helped persuade investors to entrust him with a multi-£m second feature!|
|Here's the Amazon (US) listing.|
Wandering Rose, IMDB.
Coz Greenop, IMDB.
WR Official site.
British Horror Revival (blog) feature.
BritFlicks.com podcast with Coz.
MJ Simpson films blog, interview.
DVD on Amazon.com.
SkyPower - company used for aerial (drone) shots.
Green 13 Films
THE PASSING BEACON