Call for city to get behind film initiative

Alan Livesey, co-ordinating director of The Blackout, a film initiative in Preston

Alan Livesey, co-ordinating director of The Blackout, a film initiative in Preston

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Three film producers are on a mission to make Preston a hub for creative talents.

Alan Livesey, 27, John Turner, 43, and Tom Wolfenden, 29, are the brains behind a new film initiative open to everyone in the city.

Talent hunt: John Turner, Alan Livesey and Tom Wolfenden want to make Preston a creative hub

Talent hunt: John Turner, Alan Livesey and Tom Wolfenden want to make Preston a creative hub

Called The Blackout, the aim is for volunteers to get involved in making a series of short stories that join together as a feature film, in the style of Love Actually or Pulp Fiction.

The story in production focuses on various characters experiencing the first 12 hours of a major power blackout.

Tom, a self-employed film maker, said: “The university develops a lot of talent, but people have to move to London or Manchester because there’s no industry here.”

“So we want to start from scratch and make something by Prestonians in Preston”, added Alan, a former UCLan student.

He added: “It’s not only about making a quality film, but about highlighting and developing talent, skills and passion that exist in Preston.”

The group are now looking for people to get involved, from actors and producers to caterers, make-up artists and joiners for the sets.”

John, who has worked extensively in TV and film, said: “It’s all about trading skills and expertise. Hopefully people will see it as a springboard and it will boost Preston. I used to live in Shoreditch in London which became massively trendy and had a big uplift when the film industry went there. We could easily transform an old building into studios and get something going.”

The group are looking at at crowd funding and are hopeful of netting private investment.

To get involved, visit: www.blackoutfilmproject.com