BFI NETWORK South West are thrilled to be supporting director Ben Price’s short film 3 Minutes Of Silence. The short film is in pre-production and will be filming in Manchester at the end of the year.
3 Minutes Of Silence Synopsis: A troubled young girl who feels shut out from the world finds a way to connect with it again when she finds an unlikely haven in a Manchester boxing gym.
Producer Matt Hilton on pre-production of 3 Minutes Of Silence…
So far, so busy! We have begun working on securing our location for the bulk of the film’s story, a boxing gym. We have been in talks with a local gym that is within the Moss Side area of Manchester, which our film is based, and works within the community to give young kids from 5 upwards a place to belong, to work and to learn. Final casting is also set to take place in the first few weeks of September for our principle cast members having secured a local actor for one of our main characters. We have also begun securing our main crew and scheduled filming dates for November with most of the original team from our previous 3 short films are returning to work on “3 MINUTES OF SILENCE”. Our team is assembled of industry professionals and we create a hugely collaborative environment in which to create our films taking everyone’s ideas and thoughts into consideration. We always believe that this makes our films something more than just another job but a project for everyone involved to push themselves and each of us to create something unique.”
3 Minutes of Silence marks Ben’s fourth short as director and writer. He began his career in theatre as an actor and director, running his own theatre company in the North East of England. On moving to London, Ben studied acting at the Drama Centre and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
For the past twenty years, his career has been predominantly in film and television, where he has played leading roles in a number of major long-running UK dramas.
His first short I’m Sorry To Tell You was shown at 15 International film festivals and long-listed at BAFTA. His second film Taubman has been shown at the Oscar-qualifying Athens Film Festival, opened the Manchester Film Festival and was shown as part of a special selection at the Jewish Film Festival.
Ben’s latest short Hope Dies Last, premiered and won its category at the Academy Qualifying Holly shorts, screened at the Academy qualifying Manhattan short film festival and qualified for Academy entry in 2018. The film continued on a superb run of International film festivals and also qualified for the BAFTA long-list.
Award-winning filmmaker Tim began his career producing animation shorts before training as a self-shooting DP in documentary production. While working as an Assistant director on television programs, he has also been successfully running his own production company Whitenosugar Productions, which specialise in high end online content, of which his clients include Red Bull, Smirnoff, Nike, Relentless, Red Productions and ITV. His love of action sports has seen him film in many locations all over the world from Everest Base Camp, Nepal, Canada, Abu Dhabi and a number of European destinations.
His film The Chop was selected as Best Film at the Filmed by Bike Festival in Portland, Oregon, and the follow up The Vain Vagrant was also nominated at the same festival a year later. Tim recently began directing ITV continuing dramas Coronation Street and Emmerdale and hopes to continue collaborating with creative and positive people to produce beautiful and thought provoking films.
Matt is a graduate of ITV’s Director Training programme and is currently an active director of both ITV continuing dramas, Coronation Street and Emmerdale and has also directed Hollyoaks and most recently Casualty for BBC1. Beginning his career as a floor runner on northern dramas, he worked as an Assistant Director whilst learning the filmmaking trade. Seizing opportunities to work on Coronation St spin-off projects such as Text Santa, meant taking a project from idea to delivery and working with the likes of Warwick Davies.
Founding his production company in 2010, Matt used this opportunity to learn self-shooting and editing. Creating content with Quarter Blue Films and working with acts such as Craig Charles, Lack of Afro and The National Youth Theatre, his content has been well-received online and also featured on This Morning and John Bishop in Conversation.
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