NEWTON Mearns filmmaker Paul Darroch is out to put Glasgow’s environmental issues on the map – and his East Renfrewshire neighbours are invited to help.
The 41-year-old – working under the name Oaktree Productions – featured in The Extra last year after producing a silent short, The Swashbuckling Scoundrel.
Now, his sights are set on a feature-length film, using the increasingly popular method of crowd-funding.
Utilised by would-be filmmakers across the globe, crowd-funding allows budding creators to take to the web and accept donations – in exchange, donors can receive anything from a finished DVD copy to a credit when the titles roll.
Paul told The Extra: “It’s my first time using crowd-funding. The short films I’ve done in the past only take a few days, but when it comes to long-term commitments from cast and crew, it’s important to make sure you have enough money to pay them.
“It’s not just a case of donating – anyone who pays money into the film get something back in return, and it really builds it up as an event, and gets more people involved”.
Paul’s latest script is Good Intentions, a film following the exploits of Josh: an active participant in the environmental movement whose life takes a turn towards eco-political drama.
For the Newton Mearns man, there’s no better location for an environmental film than the dear, green place – which is why the funding trailer was shot entirely in Broom parish church.
He explained: “The environmental subject is close to my heart, and I thought it would be quite interesting to do a drama with that background.
“It’s the subject matter for fantastic documentaries, but there hasn’t been anything in film focusing on it in recent times.
“It’s also a play on Glasgow being the dear, green place – they say write what you know about, and I like to show that there’s much more to Glasgow than the stereotypes so often portrayed.
“The story could be set anywhere, because it deals with a worldwide issue – but I’ve met so many passionate, interesting people working on environmental issues in the city who have influenced me”.
If the funding target of £3,000 can be reached, the film will be shot across Glasgow during late summer and early autumn.
From there, it’s on to the film festivals – and who knows? Maybe your name could be up in lights alongside Paul and his team.
To find out more about the project, visit www.sponsume.com/project/good-intentions before February 2, when the crowd-funding campaign ends.