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Going Under … a short film on the up

By on July 18, 2014

A talented group of young local filmmakers are using crowdfunding to help get their latest project – a short film called Going Under – off the ground, writes Ginny Clark.

The group, aged 16-18, may all be at different stages of education but they are already graduates of the GMAC BFI Film Academy course and screened their interpretations of a classic scene from Gregory’s Girl at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival.

This next project is an ambitious one but these gifted filmmakers are confident audiences will love Going Under, a drama described as “a love letter to vinyl and the power of music”.

Synopsis – Set against the backdrop of our current economic climate and the digital age, Eddie’s vinyl store is going under. Eddie’s cynicism towards modern music and life in general has a negative effect on his son Tom and the musical career he wants to pursue. However, when Eddie stumbles upon his old record collection from the 1970s, he reminisces about a time when everything was possible. The film shows sometimes in life we can lose sight of the real reasons why we do the things we do – but we can always find our way back.

Writer-director Antonis Kassiotis, from North Kelvinside, says the group hope to start shooting Going Under at various locations around Glasgow in September – provided they raise the £600 necessary.

Kassiotis, who is studying HND television production and will be working as a camera assistant during the Commonwealth Games, said: “I’ve always had a deep, personal connection with music so naturally that theme finds it’s way into everything I write.

“With this film, I was interested in the idea of what music means to people and how we form connections with our past through music because a lot of my own memories correspond to particular songs and I found that intriguing.

“As a group of young, Scottish film-makers our collective aim is to tell real Scottish stories from a new perspective. We like to comment on certain issues but also address the fact that life is full of wonder and people need to learn to appreciate that. So we hope that the positive nature of the film can somehow alter people’s perceptions of life.”

Once produced, the plan is to give Going Under as wide an audience as possible. And Kassiotis added: “We’ll be looking out for opportunities to screen it. Online distribution is a great way for people to showcase their work these days so as far as we’re concerned, now is the best time to be a film-maker.”

The team – Antonis Kassiotis –Writer and Director, May Crawford – Producer, Kieran Howe – Director of Photography, Carina Haouchine – Production Designer, Katie Russell – Storyboard Artist, Fatemeh Nokhbeh – Promotion Manager.

Here is a link to their fundraising page on Indiegogo  – donations from £1 upwards – and to Going Under’s Facebook page

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