Budding young Edge Hill University filmmaker Danny Seddon has been commended for his cutting-edge work at a north-west independent festival.
The 20-year-old’s short film Author of all Sin was shortlisted at this year’s Screen Stockport, which is fast becoming one of the region’s leading independent film festivals, giving a platform to grassroots filmmaking talent on a local, national and international level.
Danny, from Horwich, near Bolton, who is currently in his third year on the BA (Hons) Film Studies with Film Production course, was praised for his creativity in telling the story on camera of a socially reserved student who takes to the city night but soon finds himself being stalked by a devilish presence.
“When I found out that my short film had been shortlisted I was made up as I’d not expected anything from it. Just the chance to be a part of a growing festival was a brilliant experience in itself “said Dan. “I really want to give credit to the University for letting us use their equipment and also encouraging us to go along to festivals like this and enter our work. It’s a great opportunity to meet with industry insiders and see what people of my age are up to on the filmmaking scene.”
On the day, Dan got to listen to award-winning producer Mark Herbert who, as CEO for Warp Films, has created one of the most successful independent production companies in the UK. Over the past ten years, Mark has worked alongside directors such as Shane Meadows, Richard Ayoade and Ben Wheatley to create ground-breaking, award-winning feature films.
“I got to hear his life story and about the chances he took to make it in the industry,” said Danny. “He was so inspiring to listen to – I want to do even better and make more films.”
For his project, Danny enlisted the help of other Edge Hill University students and sought help from outside of Edge Hill for original music for the film.
Third year Drama student Mark Morrison, also from Horwich, was the lead actor in the film. Talking about his experience, he said: “The film was a real credit to Dan who was a fantastic director to work with. He allowed me to explore my character and took on board some of my suggestions to develop the role, which, as an actor, is so important. It’s great to be able to get involved in real projects and I’m proud of the work we have done. It shows that working in collaboration with other departments in the University really pays off and we want to develop this even further. We are working on a short film right now which we are both looking forward to developing – so watch this space.”