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Saturday 30 August 2014

Encore ready for movie challenge

Margaret Roddy

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:20

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AFTER ten years of stage performances, Rehabcare's Encore Productions are embarking on a new direction when they take on the challenge of making their first feature film.

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After ten years of stage performances, Rehabcare's Encore Productions are embarking on a new direction when they take on the challenge of making their first feature film.

Sandy Sneedon explains that the idea to make their own film 'began with the simple question 'If you could play any part in a movie – what would it be?'

As the answers flowed in, the challenge began of how to fit super heroes, vampires, kings and queens, time travellers, charity shop workers, barmaids, highwaymen, spacemen, vets and diabetes specialists all in the same story.

Sandy said the evolution of the script has been 'a fascinating process'.

'Even though we are working on a shoestring budget, all the problems we have to solve are the same as those that give the Hollywood directors sleepless nights!'

The film will feature 45 actors from Encore Productions and it will be filmed by Dundalk based cameraman James Mulholland and edited by Cara Holmes who is originally from Blackrock.

A full-sized studio has set up in the former Rehab Centre in the Coe's Road which became vacant with the move to Quayside Business Park.

'Since March we have been painting the walls, begging and borrowing props and sourcing equipment to create our very own film studio,' said Sandy.

With filming due to get underway shortly, Sandy said everyone is looking forward to the process of working in front of the camera.

'Film acting is a different discipline to stage work - we hope that the camera will allow for even greater subtlety and emotional depth through facial expression, close up, and the exciting process of editing, lighting and sound.'

'The craic and buzz from making a movie will be great for the whole team,' he continued. 'And the thrill of seeing oneself in a professional quality movie will further boost the confidence of all our actors and will do their acting cvs no harm at all!'

The film has received funding from the Jonesboro charity cycle and walk which took place in the Gap of the North pub in Jonesboro village during the summer.

Proceeds from the sale of the poetry book launched by the group are also going towards the movie.

A premiere is planned in the Crowne Plaza in mid December with the DVD of the movie out in time for Christmas.

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