10 November 2015
Alan Livesey’s Blackout film ready for the big screen
A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate will see his first feature film premiered this week with an exclusive screening at Preston’s Guild Hall.
Former film production and screenwriting student Alan Livesey has produced and acted as the lead director on The Blackout; a film set in Preston that follows the lives of six people left to cope alone in the first 12 hours of an all-power blackout.
It is the first feature-length film the 28-year-old has directed following success in producing a series of commissioned short films and a drama which included filming on location on Los Angeles. In addition, Alan has also co-produced music videos and was shortlisted at the Beverley Hills Screenplay Contest for a feature film script he was commissioned to write.
“By making a film in this format it’s allowed us to produce a feature film on a shoe-string budget of £1,200, which came from combination of crowdfunding and support from local organisations, in only a year."
Alan is aiming to turn the film industry on its head through The Blackout. He describes it as a multi-narrative approach to film making by combining the practicalities of producing a short film with the longer form of a feature film. The director has done this by breaking The Blackout up into six segments, each with its own production crew and writer, and then knitting them cohesively together to form a single film.
Alan, who graduated from UCLan in 2013, commented: “By making a film in this format it’s allowed us to produce a feature film on a shoe-string budget of £1,200, which came from combination of crowdfunding and support from local organisations, in only a year. It’s been a fantastic collaborative event and really showcases the quality of local writing, directing and acting talent on offer in Lancashire. It’s brought short film makers together to make one big impact.”
"It was really important to me that the film was set in Preston using local talent; I wanted to see what we could achieve on our own and it turns out quite a lot."
Alan had the idea to create a collaborative film only a year ago and is now looking forward to seeing his vision become a reality on the big screen.
He said: “I’m really nervous but also very excited about the official screening at the Guild Hall. It was really important to me that the film was set in Preston using local talent; I wanted to see what we could achieve on our own and it turns out quite a lot. As a team we have achieved so much so it will be a very proud moment.”
Tickets to the free screening at Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 12 November can be booked on the Skiddle website. The fully licensed bar at the Guild Hall opens at 6pm with the screening call at around 7.45pm. For more information about the project visit The Blackout website.