Glass Cannon's horror movie funding hope

York Press: From left, Lisa Power, Richard Jacobs, Anna Bennett Squire and Stewart Sparke of Glass Cannon From left, Lisa Power, Richard Jacobs, Anna Bennett Squire and Stewart Sparke of Glass Cannon

A YORK film company is hoping to attract funding to create a feature-length horror movie.

Glass Cannon, which specialises in 2D animation, has already won awards on the short film festival circuit, but hopes an independent film company will snap up its new idea.

The company, a team of four, has collaborated with about 25 other film-makers in York to create a trailer demonstrating the feasibility of the film, called Frostbite, for only £400.

Stewart Sparke, co-writer and director, said: “Everyone has a passion to do it. They loved the idea and wanted to be involved.

“There’s such a massive film-making community in York”

He said that now they were finishing the script, which they hoped to put out with the trailer to producers early next year.

The business also takes commissions mainly on historical and cultural films, and has produced work for clients, such as a short film on Norse mythology which was shown on to the walls of Clifford’s Tower to launch the Jorvik Viking Festival this year.

Stewart said they specialised in films with historical and cultural accuracy, and that Frostbite, a story set in the 1960s about an Arctic research vessel that comes across a submarine missing since the Second World War and buried under ice for more than 20 years, is also based on as much factual background as possible.

The crew filmed at the Hull Maritime Museum, and have used photographs of ships and the Arctic to create realistic animation, which is mixed with live action.

The trailer was filmed in May and the company has been spending the last few months producing the trailer, with a 3D animation specialist from the United States working with to convert Glass Cannon’s designs into 3D.

Stewart said this meant they had made some good contacts and gained another skilled member of the team, enabling them to offer 3D animation now to clients too.

He said: “We wanted to prove we could pull it off ourselves and we would like to make it, but it is the harsh reality of the film industry that if an independent film company decides to invest, they may want to take complete control.”

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9:14am Mon 7 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

Nominations for local horror stars below, please.....!
Nominations for local horror stars below, please.....! pedalling paul

9:37am Mon 7 Jan 13

Woody G Mellor says...

Paul Hepworth.
Paul Hepworth. Woody G Mellor

10:10am Mon 7 Jan 13

Eric Olthwaite says...

Good luck with the filming!


My nomination for local ‘characters’ for cameo parts:

James Alexander could play with very little rehearsal the all paranoid/lunatic/men
tally unstable and out of his depth administrator/dictat
or of the local kingdom - Ming the Merciless type that is all front when really he goes home and cries at night.

Terry Smith could star as a demonic customer slaying barber whilst always keeping his designer suit immaculate and free from blood and guts. In the background on the wall of his shop would be the Olympic torch on a special alter that he prays to every night.

Peddling Paul could play the hapless village idiot who says the same lines in different scenes whom everybody just ignores. That would be an improvement on his real life situation.


They could film it in the new council offices where all sorts of horrors of décor and money wasting have occurred paid for by the council tax payers of York.

I am sure that the council would be more than happy to provide some of our hard earned money (but easily collected from us!) for the budget without asking the people of York….. again!
Good luck with the filming! My nomination for local ‘characters’ for cameo parts: James Alexander could play with very little rehearsal the all paranoid/lunatic/men tally unstable and out of his depth administrator/dictat or of the local kingdom - Ming the Merciless type that is all front when really he goes home and cries at night. Terry Smith could star as a demonic customer slaying barber whilst always keeping his designer suit immaculate and free from blood and guts. In the background on the wall of his shop would be the Olympic torch on a special alter that he prays to every night. Peddling Paul could play the hapless village idiot who says the same lines in different scenes whom everybody just ignores. That would be an improvement on his real life situation. They could film it in the new council offices where all sorts of horrors of décor and money wasting have occurred paid for by the council tax payers of York. I am sure that the council would be more than happy to provide some of our hard earned money (but easily collected from us!) for the budget without asking the people of York….. again! Eric Olthwaite

11:01am Mon 7 Jan 13

cityforthepremier says...

"Film-maker" is the 2013 version of "artist" as a euphemism for "unemployed".
"Film-maker" is the 2013 version of "artist" as a euphemism for "unemployed". cityforthepremier

11:13am Mon 7 Jan 13

ReginaldBiscuit says...

These guys should try http://www.kickstart
er.com. They may get lucky.

They might stand a better chance if they produced a movie about how bankers destroyed a country and how the poor are getting the blame for it.
These guys should try http://www.kickstart er.com. They may get lucky. They might stand a better chance if they produced a movie about how bankers destroyed a country and how the poor are getting the blame for it. ReginaldBiscuit

12:02pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Oncebitten says...

Why oh why oh why can't some people just read and take a written article as it is and not turn it into a circus?

I wish this young group all the best with finding funding and good luck for the future.
Why oh why oh why can't some people just read and take a written article as it is and not turn it into a circus? I wish this young group all the best with finding funding and good luck for the future. Oncebitten

1:57pm Mon 7 Jan 13

alfie says...

I think there are better things to donate to than making some random people film directors dreams come true.
I think there are better things to donate to than making some random people film directors dreams come true. alfie

4:55pm Mon 7 Jan 13

chunks says...

This artcile is dated 7 January 2013, but there are a few things that don't make sense.

"He said that now they were finishing the script, which they hoped to put out with the trailer to producers early next year."

Does the writer really mean early 2014?

"The business also takes commissions mainly on historical and cultural films, and has produced work for clients, such as a short film on Norse mythology which was shown on to the walls of Clifford’s Tower to launch the Jorvik Viking Festival this year."

The Viking Festival hasn't happened yet this year.

It seems to me that this article was written last year, and then wasn't edited/proof read properly before being posted this year. Sigh.
This artcile is dated 7 January 2013, but there are a few things that don't make sense. "He said that now they were finishing the script, which they hoped to put out with the trailer to producers early next year." Does the writer really mean early 2014? "The business also takes commissions mainly on historical and cultural films, and has produced work for clients, such as a short film on Norse mythology which was shown on to the walls of Clifford’s Tower to launch the Jorvik Viking Festival this year." The Viking Festival hasn't happened yet this year. It seems to me that this article was written last year, and then wasn't edited/proof read properly before being posted this year. Sigh. chunks

4:56pm Mon 7 Jan 13

chunks says...

Oh the irony that my post about proof reading contains a typo.

How I laughed.......
Oh the irony that my post about proof reading contains a typo. How I laughed....... chunks

7:02pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Woody G Mellor says...

Oncebitten wrote:
Why oh why oh why can't some people just read and take a written article as it is and not turn it into a circus?

I wish this young group all the best with finding funding and good luck for the future.
Agreed. What a bunch of sad gits. "I pay my council tax blah blah blah".
[quote][p][bold]Oncebitten[/bold] wrote: Why oh why oh why can't some people just read and take a written article as it is and not turn it into a circus? I wish this young group all the best with finding funding and good luck for the future.[/p][/quote]Agreed. What a bunch of sad gits. "I pay my council tax blah blah blah". Woody G Mellor

8:53pm Mon 7 Jan 13

jorvik says...

Eric Olthwaite wrote:
Good luck with the filming!


My nomination for local ‘characters’ for cameo parts:

James Alexander could play with very little rehearsal the all paranoid/lunatic/men

tally unstable and out of his depth administrator/dictat

or of the local kingdom - Ming the Merciless type that is all front when really he goes home and cries at night.

Terry Smith could star as a demonic customer slaying barber whilst always keeping his designer suit immaculate and free from blood and guts. In the background on the wall of his shop would be the Olympic torch on a special alter that he prays to every night.

Peddling Paul could play the hapless village idiot who says the same lines in different scenes whom everybody just ignores. That would be an improvement on his real life situation.


They could film it in the new council offices where all sorts of horrors of décor and money wasting have occurred paid for by the council tax payers of York.

I am sure that the council would be more than happy to provide some of our hard earned money (but easily collected from us!) for the budget without asking the people of York….. again!
Great post
[quote][p][bold]Eric Olthwaite[/bold] wrote: Good luck with the filming! My nomination for local ‘characters’ for cameo parts: James Alexander could play with very little rehearsal the all paranoid/lunatic/men tally unstable and out of his depth administrator/dictat or of the local kingdom - Ming the Merciless type that is all front when really he goes home and cries at night. Terry Smith could star as a demonic customer slaying barber whilst always keeping his designer suit immaculate and free from blood and guts. In the background on the wall of his shop would be the Olympic torch on a special alter that he prays to every night. Peddling Paul could play the hapless village idiot who says the same lines in different scenes whom everybody just ignores. That would be an improvement on his real life situation. They could film it in the new council offices where all sorts of horrors of décor and money wasting have occurred paid for by the council tax payers of York. I am sure that the council would be more than happy to provide some of our hard earned money (but easily collected from us!) for the budget without asking the people of York….. again![/p][/quote]Great post jorvik

11:02pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Paul Meoff says...

How about a sci-fi horror set in York?

A grotesque alien could be roaming the streets of Acomb terrorising the local chavs before dragging them back to its lair for a feast.

Working title is 'In the food bank no one can hear you scream'.
How about a sci-fi horror set in York? A grotesque alien could be roaming the streets of Acomb terrorising the local chavs before dragging them back to its lair for a feast. Working title is 'In the food bank no one can hear you scream'. Paul Meoff

5:21pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Justanotheropinion says...

chunks wrote:
This artcile is dated 7 January 2013, but there are a few things that don't make sense.

"He said that now they were finishing the script, which they hoped to put out with the trailer to producers early next year."

Does the writer really mean early 2014?

"The business also takes commissions mainly on historical and cultural films, and has produced work for clients, such as a short film on Norse mythology which was shown on to the walls of Clifford’s Tower to launch the Jorvik Viking Festival this year."

The Viking Festival hasn't happened yet this year.

It seems to me that this article was written last year, and then wasn't edited/proof read properly before being posted this year. Sigh.
Chunk has spotted it; their animation was used last year!
[quote][p][bold]chunks[/bold] wrote: This artcile is dated 7 January 2013, but there are a few things that don't make sense. "He said that now they were finishing the script, which they hoped to put out with the trailer to producers early next year." Does the writer really mean early 2014? "The business also takes commissions mainly on historical and cultural films, and has produced work for clients, such as a short film on Norse mythology which was shown on to the walls of Clifford’s Tower to launch the Jorvik Viking Festival this year." The Viking Festival hasn't happened yet this year. It seems to me that this article was written last year, and then wasn't edited/proof read properly before being posted this year. Sigh.[/p][/quote]Chunk has spotted it; their animation was used last year! Justanotheropinion

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