Staffs Uni Lecturer in Feature Film Feat

Lecturers John Bradburn (left) and James Fair (right) with actors during the making of Watching and Waiting

A Staffordshire University filmmaker is to give a public screening of a feature film produced during the summer in a record 72 hours.

Lecturer James Fair, who has already produced a feature film in eight days, began planning the operation after he was challenged by an old friend from University College in Dublin.

He said: "I didn't know of anyone else who's done it and then screened it to an audience. It involved months of logistics as to how the workflow could take place."

Watching and Waiting, which was scripted by James, is the story of a female private investigator who follows a businessman suspected of infidelity. Shot on location in Galway, the completed feature played to an audience at Galway Film Fleadh 2008 just 72 hours after filming began.

"The Fleadh took us on and that raised the stakes. We had a captive audience but part of the stipulation was that we had to showcase Galway."

James visited the city a couple of months before to scout for suitable locations and to sort out access arrangements. The film was crewed and edited by fellow film production technology lecturers John Bradburn, Andy Paton and Jim Smith.

"The most critical thing was that it was fuelled by enthusiasm and when it came down to it experience didn't really count for anything it was the determination to see it through."

James directed the feature, making sure it ran to budget and on time something that took an "incredible level of concentration"  He added: "The rest of my life stopped around it and it was finished one hour and a half before we were sat in the audience."

The feature stars Johanne Murdock and David Keoghan. "It was very much about picking people with the confidence because rarely are actors put under that amount of pressure, " said James.

"I'm very proud of the film. I guess we're all perfectionists and we're not completely happy with it but it's a great illustration of what can be done.

It's also an illustration of what the technology is capable of and of pushing the technology to the edge of what its capable of."

Watching and Waiting will be screened in the Film Studio of the Ruxton Technology Centre, Beaconside campus at 6pm on Wednesday November 12. It is open to students, staff and members of the public with an interest in film.

Notes to editors:

For images or to arrange interviews, telephone Press Manager Maria Scrivens on 01785 353401.

Although in the case of Watching and Waiting, the scriptwriting was completed in advance of the filming and production, the current Guiness world record helps put this achievement in context.

The Current Guinness world record states that the shortest time ever taken to make a feature length film from scripting to screening is 13 days for THE FASTEST FORWARD (UK 1990) produced by Russ Malkin and directed by John Gore.

The 75 minute thriller was given a gala premiere at London's Dominion Theatre on 27th May 1990.


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