Archive for July, 2009

There’s 500 quid in your pocket you never knew you had…

by admin on Jul.21, 2009, under Dark Hour Pictures, unWelcome

According to research reported in today’s Scotsman, the average British family is £12 a week better off when compared to June last year.

£12 per week adds up to £624. Which isn’t going to pay for a new BMW, a place in the sun, or a new kitchen.

But it would comfortably cover a £500 stake in UnWelcome, under the innovative funding package being offered by Dark Hour Pictures, and still leave enough for two Lucky Dips on the lottery each week and a 20 quid trifacta on the dogs.

Tempted? Check out the funding pages for more information.

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Casting Call

by admin on Jul.16, 2009, under unWelcome

Originally posted on 13/07/09

Casting has begun for the Dark Hour Pictures debut feature ‘Unwelcome’. Casting calls have been put out for all of the major roles in PCR and also on Mandy and Star Now. Casting sessions will be held locally in Nuneaton, Warwickshire as well as the customary London auditions.
The emphasis has been put onto obtaining talented local actors that might have reservations about travelling to London for audition after audition. Whilst Smith, the director, would like actors from the Midlands he realises that the majority of the talent pool will be based in the capital and doesn’t want to miss out on potential stars of the future.

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Premiere Screening of ‘A Day of Violence’

by admin on Jul.16, 2009, under Dark Hour Pictures

Originally posted on 27/06/09


The grandiose glass building of Harbour Lights art house cinema, on the sea front in Southampton, this weekend hosted the premiere screening of Giallo Films latest feature film ‘A Day of Violence’. Cast and Crew where joined by other industry professionals to ensure a packed house for the screening. Dark Hour Pictures’s Stefan Smith was the Assistant Director on the classy British gangster film written and directed by Darren Ward.

Influenced by British & Italian violent crime thrillers of the 70s, and with parallels to ‘The Long Good Friday’, and Lucio Fulci’s ‘The Smuggler’ (Luca il Contrabbandiere) it weaves a dark tale of violence, life and death in the underworld.

Featuring infamous Italian horror icon & star of some of the most notorious Italian horror classics ever unleashed (House on the Edge of the Park, Cannibal Apocalypse & Cannibal Ferox) – John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice)

The cast of ‘A Day of Violence’ at the screening in Southampton.

Director Darren Ward with actor Fab Santino.

Stefan Smith with SFX Make up artist Stu Browne, Lead Actor Nick Randell and Special Effects Supervisor Alistair Vardy.

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Dave Andrews to write score for ‘Unwelcome’

by admin on Jul.16, 2009, under unWelcome

Originally posted on 27/06/09


Composer Dave Andrews has agreed to provide the score for ‘Unwelcome’, shooting in September this year. Dave was introduced to Stefan Smith at the Premiere of ‘A Day of Violence’ by SFX artist Stu Browne. Smith passed on his admiration for the score that Andrews had written for the film and after chatting over a few drinks and bonding over a mutual love for some of the best feature scores written, the conversation turned to the debut feature of Dark Hour Pictures. Ideas were discussed in a jovial atmosphere and the two struck an understanding which should ensure another top rate score from the music man.

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Filming wraps on the promo for Unwelcome

by admin on Jul.16, 2009, under unWelcome

Originally posted 06/10/08


Cast and crew today returned to the UK after an intense two week shoot in France.
Shooting went incredibly well on the 30 minute promo that is hoped will convince investors that a top quality Hollywood looking feature film can be shot on a low budget indie movie. Director Stefan Smith took a small cast and crew over to central France to shoot the HD promo, which will be edited over the coming months by Peter Dobson at Carnyx films.

On his return Smith couldn’t hide his pleasure as he described the struggles that cast and crew had gone through, stating ‘I can’t believe the quality of the scenes we got in the can. The first couple of days were sheer hell and there were occasions when I wondered whether I’d wasted both my time and the investors money. But then we (Smith and Director of Photography Garry Torrance) gelled together as a team and the film started coming to life’.

Up and coming Director of Photography, Torrance, had his work cut out to deliver the atmosphere that Smith wanted but delivered some outstanding photography. The ‘Unwelcome’ promo titled ‘Seven Days’ should be complete early next year ready to take to Cannes for the financing of the feature. It is the intention of Dark Hour Pictures to start pre-production on ‘Unwelcome’ in summer 2009.

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