Leading digital agency Zeta, and their sister company, video SEO agency 99moves have teamed up with a collection of up and coming young filmmakers to create a short film. The short film, entitled ‘The Storm’, (Watch and share ‘The Storm’) is a fresh and insightful way for 99moves and the group to lend their voices to the debate surrounding the abolishment of the UK Film Council. By commissioning the short film Zeta and 99moves hoped to offer home grown talent not only the chance to cut their teeth in film making but also the chance to showcase their opinion on the Arts Budget cuts in a fresh and innovative way.
Zeta and 99moves are proud to be part of the UK’s ever growing creative community, even though it is a community that has been highly affected by the cuts made to the Arts Budget. Arguably the most controversial decision was that of abolishing the UK Film Council, the iconic funding body for independent film in the UK. Although Zeta and 99moves strongly believe abolishing the UK Film Council to be a counterproductive idea, ‘The Storm’ was created not to dwell on bad press but offer a positive spin on a negative event. The message within the film is for filmmakers not to give up, the abolishment of the UK Film Council is not a sign British cinema is disintegrating and with hard work and passion British talent will still prosper within the global film industry.
‘The Storm’ focuses on one man’s struggle against a lack of interest and a brewing storm to screen his own short film, we follow him as he traipses across the English countryside to the perfect screening spot and begins to build his own cinema screen. The storm is closing in around him yet he still battles on, unwilling to let his opportunity go.
The film itself was put together by a crew of young filmmakers who are all facing a similar struggle ahead of them as they head into a career in the notoriously hard film industry. Each member of the cast and crew gave up their spare time, expertise and equipment for free not only to gain experience putting together a short film but also contribute to something they felt a personal connection to. Equally, the main location within the film was donated by The Durleston Head Country Park, an organisation that had also been affected by the Arts Council funding cuts. Feeling a connection to the project they provided the highly sought after location for free.
Rosie Box, producer of ‘The Storm’ said ‘the film industry has always been a notoriously difficult to break into, which is why we were so excited about giving a handful of young filmmakers the opportunity to create a not just a short film, but a short film that said something about their own industry’. She added ‘I believe ‘The Storm’ showcases the hard working and dedicated filmmaking talent that the UK is so good at producing’.
With ‘The Storm’ Zeta and 99moves hope to show that even though the UK Film Council has been disbanded, the plethora of talent produced by the UK will continue to offer valuable expertise and unrivalled talent within the global film industry.
Zeta and 99moves are dedicated to supporting new talent within the media industry, show your support by sharing ‘The Storm’ https://vimeo.com/32837487.