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Neston-based film-maker scoops "Best Feature Film" award

Published: 19th December 2008 14:40

Dreamscape, the first feature film from Chat Noir Productions, written and directed by Daniel J Fox, has collected the "Best Feature Film" award at the inaugural Wirral International Film Festival. 

DreamscapeThe Festival and Awards Ceremony took place at the Queens Hotel in Birkenhead, where the film-makers were supported at the event by many of the film's local cast and crew, without whose tireless efforts the film would never have been made.

Extended from a 20 minute short, Dreamscape cost just £5000 to make and was filmed entirely in the Wirral, Cheshire and North Wales. To widen the scope of the film and produce locations and shots impossible in the "real world", Chat Noir set-up its own in-house Computer Graphics special effects department. The two-man team generated over 250 shots for the finished film, including a full virtual city, with animated traffic and train systems, helicopters and even a big budget explosive finale!

Following reviews on several internet sites, the film has started to get a following and attracted the interest of several US and Canadian Distributors and Sales agents. Screener DVDs have been sent to interested companies and a deal should be in place early in 2009.

In 2007 the film's score by Joseph Fox (the directors brother) was entered for the Second Annual GoldSpirit Awards/Jerry Goldsmith Competition, held in Ubeda Spain.

The award was set up in the memory of Jerry Goldsmith the Oscar winning composer with credits to his name such as, Alien, Legend, The Omen, Total Recall, Planet of the Apes, The Mummy, Rambo and many more.

Joseph was the only nominated composer from the UK to reach the final, which was judged by industry veterans such as David Arnold (Casino Royal, Quantum of Solace) John Debney (The Passion) and Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Lost in Space).

Joseph Fox's score for Dreamscape went on to win the award for Best Feature Score.

For more information on the film and the people behind it, including trailers and behind the scenes video visit the film's official website www.dreamscapethemovie.com/.

Next project already in the works

Daniel J FoxDaniel J Fox

Daniel J Fox is already developing his next film, a post WW2 thriller, to be filmed exclusively in the local area and using the very best local talent. He will use the many lessons learnt during the making of Dreamscape, namely how to produce a second large scale feature film on a budget.

"The received wisdom is that you have to be based in, or near London to make films successfully.

"We however have no plans to leave the area as we believe being based in Neston and on the Wirral/Cheshire border puts us in a unique position.

"We're within striking distance of Chester, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Manchester, all of which are rich with stunning locations. The area is also rich in acting and creative talent and it would seem a shame for this not to be given the chance simply because, in most peoples' eyes, they happen to be geographically disadvantaged." - Daniel J. Fox

The film-makers are actively looking for interesting and suitable locations in the area that would fit the new film's late 1940s period. Anyone with any suggestions please contact the film-makers through their website: www.chatnoirproductions.co.uk

Who and what is Chat Noir Productions Ltd?

Mark EllinghamMark Ellingham

Neston-based Chat Noir Productions Ltd was established in 2003 by Daniel J. Fox (Neston) and Mark Ellingham (Little Sutton) following their graduation from NEWI HE (North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, now Glyndwr University).

The company was set up to produce original drama content for TV and Cinema as well as client based videos.

In May 2004 the company took Vendetta - Daniel J. Fox's graduation film - to the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, where it went on to win Best International Short.

Chat Noir has produced DVDs for various clients around the North West and earlier this year they were awarded a contract to product DVD seminars for the Chancery Bar Association, filmed at Lincoln's Inn Fields in central London.

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