Town centre premiere for Reading filmmakersBy Phil Creighton
September 03, 2010
A town centre hotel will roll out the red carpet tonight for a film premiere with a difference.
The Forbury Hotel in The Forbury is hosting a special screening of The Collector’s Room, which has been created and devised by a group of Reading filmmakers.
Film experts and critics will gather for the showing of the first two episodes of the new anthology series which makers hope will be an internet sensation.
“It’s very much like The Twilight Zone, which hasn’t been on TV for quite a while,” said Reading-based Daniel J Brant, 29, one of the two filmmakers behind the production.
“The idea is that The Collector collects these various objects, each having had a story.
“It’s an episodic series, each episode is different. We wanted to do something bigger than short films.”
Working with former Reading Post/getreading employee Luke Owen, 24, the pair have brought together a wealth of local talent to produce the films on a shoestring.
“It’s done for very little money – no movie should cost more than £500 and we use our own equipment. We strive to be creative rather than throwing money at a problem,” Daniel said.
Films are shot at weekends to ensure volunteers can fit filming around work. Locations include Fanny’s Antiques in Lynmouth Road, Reading, which doubles for The Collector’s realm.
“We use local people where possible – virtually all the crew are based in Reading, although some are from Basingstoke and Didcot,” Daniel said.
“We’re always looking for people to help out. The Collector’s Room is an anthology series, so you can commit to a small part.”
The screening tonight is something that the lads are looking forward to.
“People from the film world will come down for it,” said Luke, while Daniel added the screening is something special.
“It’s a public screening in a really nice environment and will raise awareness and promote it to the audience,” he said.
But space is limited and the boys have a wider audience in mind.
From Wednesday, the series will be released to watch on YouTube and via its website – www.thecollectorsroom.co.uk – with bonus material added regularly.
“YouTube has more audience figures per day than TV,” said Luke, adding that he hopes people will watch during their lunch breaks.
“More people will be able to see it [this way], and they’ll treat it like a TV show rather than something just stuck up on YouTube.
“There should be two updates of some description every week.
“We’ll do bonus clips and weekly podcasts.”
The series is suitable for the family to watch together.
“If the episodes were on TV, they’d be on about 8pm at night,” said Daniel. “We’re trying to make it as broad as possible.”