Ian Fielding is the director of the feature film, Wilby Park. Last month IndieFlicks got in touch with Ian to chat about his life in film and his first feature film.
IndieFlicks: How did you get started in film?
Ian: It was around the age of fifteen that I must have made my first short film. The exact details surrounding the lead up to the shoot remain obscure to my memory. All I can be sure of is that I must have approached the experience with a certain amount of fervour as I was already deploying a number of basic cinematic tropes. Like Rashomon (which I hadn’t yet seen) it was the tale of a murder told from three differing perspectives. By that time I must also have seen Psycho, as I’m lifting from its stylings quite blatantly.
IndieFlicks: Where did the idea for Wilby Park come from?
Ian: I’d recently moved house and was setting out to make a small film. At that time I knew of only one actress living nearby and so we created a story in which she played all the roles. The twins were the characters who survived through to Wilby Park.
IndieFlicks: How long did the writing process take?
Ian: The initial ideas began mid 2008, a few months of casual planning and ground work preceded three months of intensive script work from October to December. After casting, adjustments were made right up until shooting in April 2009.
IndieFlicks: Were there specific actors you had in mind when casting the film?
Ian: I had certain archetypes in mind while writing. Though with casting you never know who’s going to walk through that door and nail it with an approach completely unforeseen, so the best angle for my taste is to keep an open mind. Once casting was complete the script was modified to suit the actor’s strengths.
IndieFlicks: What was the film shot on?
Ian: Blood, sweat, tears, and a Canon Xl2.
IndieFlicks: Did you find principal photography an enjoyable experience?
Ian: Every second of it.
IndieFlicks: If you could go back and change one thing whilst making the film, what would it be?
Ian: There is a scene where one of the characters walks into shot and the camera is static, if I did it again I’d pan in with them. Really, a collection of ridiculous micro–details like that.
IndieFlicks: When can we expect to see Wilby Park released?
Ian: We expect completion before the end of the year after which we will try our hand playing the festivals. There is no firm distribution strategy at the moment. So if you are an interested sales agent or producer’s rep please get in touch with us through the Wilby blog - we’d be happy to hear from you!
IndieFlicks: Do you have any projects in the pipeline?
Ian: The big project is a sweeping satire called Sick Jesus set during a civil war in modern day England. As that’s not strictly credit crunch proof, it’s been put aside and I’m working on a stage play and a more modest crime thriller currently entitled Dead Unicorns.
IndieFlicks: What advice would you give to any budding filmmakers out there?
Ian: Find the one thing that only you can say, and say it.
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