Black Hill was really impressive. It was so well conceived - so epic and powerful - a genuinely great piece of filmmaking. The location was stunning and the score so epic and biblical almost in its feel - very filmic indeed. I loved the limited dialogue and the strong performances. The cinematography was vivid and confident and every aspect of the film felt as though it was pulled together by the story which was wonderfully structured, bleak but important.
- Debbie Issit, Director of 'Nativity'
It’s an excellent script and really strong performances; you can feel the initial tension and then the friendship between the two characters. Excellent use of location too.
- Philip Ilson, Director of the London Short Film Festival
Set in the American West at the time of the Civil War, Red (a confederate solider) collapses as a result of being stranded for days alone in the desert. Taken into safety by Rose (a mute, black lady) Red is initially hostile and wary of her, letting his prejudices take over.
As time passes, Red learns of his misconceptions and accepts Rose for who she is. However, Red’s past catches up with him, and he is forced to choose between his new life and his past.
Black Hill is a 22 minute short Western film shot on location in Almería, Spain - the main location for all the great spaghetti westerns! But that is where the similarities end. Black Hill is a modern take on the Western, tackling a narrative which is unconventional to the genre.
It was filmed on a RED Epic camera, utilising its full potential by capturing the entire film in glorious 5k. The camera has quickly become a popular choice for Hollywood, having been used on films such as Prometheus, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and upcoming features like The Amazing Spiderman and The Hobbit. A 5k video is equivalent to over 4 times the resolution of a standard HDTV which produces an insanely detailed and film like image quality in the video.
Black Hill is a finished film - it has been cut, graded, mixed in 5.1 and is ready to begin its journey on the festival circuit.
Black Hill was conceptualised and produced by us, 5 students at Coventry University, for our Final Major third year film production. We work as a collective under the name The Blue Ridge Film Group and have been producing films together for a number of years, specialising in creative video.
Jim Peakman - Writer and Director
Dale Driver - Assistant Director
Steven Ringrose - Editor
Tim March - Producer
Nicholas Urmston - Production Assistant
So if Black Hill is a finished film, why are we asking for funding?
We passionately believe that the film has the potential to achieve great things. It is a completely self funded project and in total, around £3,500 has been spent on the budget for the film. However, we've now got to the stage where Black Hill is ready to be distributed to festivals and unfortunately, that doesn't come cheap. Many charge an entry fee and alongside marketing expenditures, we just don't have the means to support the costs ourselves.
With your help, Black Hill could become more than just a film sitting on our shelves gathering dust. We want to spend the foreseeable future pushing the film as hard as we can to ensure it gets the exposure we believe it deserves.
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Thank you so much!