A MARAZION teenager starts shooting his own full-length sci-fi adventure film this week – a film based entirely in Cornwall and featuring an all-Cornish cast and crew.
Ryan Vacey, aged 19, who finished a media course at Cornwall College Camborne earlier this summer, has spent two years writing World Of Dreams and has set up his own film production company – Golden Cut Productions – to take the project forward.
Shot on a shoestring budget of around £3,000 to £4,000 – mainly for costume and camera hire – the film has captured the imaginations of Cornish actors, film production personnel and others just keen to get a foothold in the film industry, with many of them volunteering their services for free.
"One of the reasons I'm doing the film is that I want to prove that you can shoot a full-length feature on a very low budget," said Ryan.
"I want to show that if you work hard enough and the idea is strong enough, people will come to you.
"We put something about the film on a Facebook page that a lot of actors visit and the response was crazy – we couldn't believe how many people were happy to put their names forward to help.
"Actors, some of them with film and TV experience, say it is great to have something entirely based and produced in Cornwall."
Filming of World Of Dreams, involving a cast of 25 or so main characters and around 100 extras, will take place in the Hayle, Marazion and Penzance areas over the next three months and, not content with writing and producing the film, Ryan also plans to direct it.
The former Humphry Davy student said he became interested in the whole process of film-making at a very young age.
"At the age of 5 and 6, I was watching TV programmes and wondering how they did certain technical things," he said.
"I started getting more involved at secondary school where I really enjoyed drama but it wasn't until I went to college that I started to do my own thing – I've learnt a lot just by watching films and adapting ideas for my own use."
If there is one director he looks up to, it is Christopher Nolan, who made Inception and the Batman trilogy.
"I like the way his films have an open-ended story to get you to think about what is going on – it helps get an interaction going."
Ryan hopes that World Of Dreams will be ready for screening by spring.
"We intend to take it to film festivals in the UK after that and show what talent there is in Cornwall," he added.
"I think everyone who is involved in the film will derive some benefit even if they are not being paid."
Ryan is appealing for local businesses to get behind the project, which has been kick-started by his parents, Ian and Caroline.
"Ryan is so determined and has worked so hard that we felt he deserved some backing," said his father, Ian Vacey.
"He was actually due to start a new college course this month but funding for it has been taken away so it seems like fate that he gets on and makes this film."
Teaser clips of World Of Dreams can be seen on YouTube; if you are interested in offering support to the film in any capacity, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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