The ground-breaking use of technology in the film takes the creative, technical, and story-telling potential of Virtual Production into another realm.
Director Paul Franklin’s and Wilder Films FIREWORKS’ is a tense thriller exposing the life-changing decisions those at the top can deliver. The film stars Charlotte Riley (Press, Wuthering Heights), Denise Gough (Andor, Too Close) and Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans, Black Mirror).
This live-action short film is one of the first films to push Virtual Production to another level – the LED screen creates a convincing three-dimensional image on set that changes as the camera moves. It feels as if you are actually on location, in the space itself. The image on the screen becomes a seamless extension of the physical set, with a level of realism and scale that would have previously been impossible.
With an MI6 operation underway on an active target on the other side of the world, London-based Ops Leader GILLIAN LYE and her team are forced to make tough decisions. State of the art virtual production technology brings to life the blurred images on the MI6 screens, and we see the real, innocent people who may become collateral damage.
Double Academy Award winner Paul Franklin began as an editor, Paul then gravitated toward the newly emerging field of digital visual effects. In 1998 Paul co-founded Double Negative Visual Effects, the London-based studio which has since grown to be one of the world’s largest providers of feature film VFX. With over 30 feature film credits, Paul’s work in VFX ranges from low-budget indie films to summer tentpole action movies. In 2003 Paul began his long-running collaboration with director Christopher Nolan, creating visual effects for all three of Nolan’s Dark Knight films, Inception and, most recently, Interstellar. He won Oscars and BAFTAs for Inception in 2010 and Interstellar in 2014 as well as numerous other awards. Paul’s debut film as a director The Escape, starring Art Malik, Olivia Williams and Julian Sands, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at film festivals around the world.
Producer Annalise Davis is a BAFTA Award-winning feature ﬁlm producer, whose credits include THE RAILWAY MAN (starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman) and UP THERE (winner of Best Independent Film at SBIFF, and Best Film and Best Director Scottish BAFTAs). She has won multiple awards for her short ﬁlms, including Best British Film at EIFF, and a Palme d’Or nomination in Official Competition at Cannes Film Festival.
FIREWORKS was written by Steven Lally (Strike Back, Deep State). Wilder Films is a BAFTA award winning film and television production company with an emphasis on telling female focussed stories.
Their films have been nominated for Royal Television Society and Palme d’Or Awards and screened in Official Competition in festivals from about the world including Cannes and Venice. They have won BAFTA (Scotland) awards, as well as Best Independent Film at the SBIFF, and received Special Jury Mentions at Alcine and Curto Circuito. This film was financed Wilder Films, Epic, Dimension, DNeg, Lipsync and Story Futures Academy.