Still showing now at the Boston Sci - Fi Film Festival 2013.
Made on a teeny - tiny budget, a tight timeframe but with barrels of goodwill the bonkers short that is Sparks was created.
Thanks obviously go to Frank Saunders for his ability to write a good script, and for being there on every level charged with finding hamsters, wind blowers and vintage typewriters to being a co-producer come sound recordist.
Amy O'Neill pulled together a great bunch of auditioning actors.
Lindsay Hill did a meticulous job on costume design, married with the skill of Alex Whelpton's makeup (Molly especially looks sensational!)
Dan Birt patiently cleaned up my edit and graded it so it looks rich and colourful, Tim Armitage wrote the ideal 60's soundtrack, and hats off to Matt Johns at Coda for the soundscape and re-recording and for Greg Walsh's studio use- I cannot thank you all enough for the time you all put in.
Huge thanks go to everyone involved in finding the locations, especially to Jenny Allan, Patrick Fox, Gemma Colgan and Mark Papp for the beautiful Foundling Museum, the LSBU lab and for the studio at Arqiva. Oh and Dan and Natalie for allowing me to blow up their garage!
Then there's the runners - Karen Saunders & Ruben Perez who kept us fed, watered, and caffeine-fuelled, and Karen's animatronic hamster death, truly rivalling Jim Henson's Workshop in FX!
Thanks obviously go to the very talented team of actors who will go onto amazing things and who put their
trust into our tiny crew convinced we could pull this off.
Hunky Ross Aldred, villainous Alex Britton, bombshell Chloe Singer, downtrodden Andy Durham, and the labrat-double act of Charlie Kemp and Lawrence Sheldon, I owe you all muchos and cannot wait to work with all again.
Finally to you who watched it, whether you found it silly, confusing, wonderous, profound or pants we hope it entertained you and showed it's not about the money, money, money (though that no doubt helps any rich investors out there)
you just need a Spark.
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