Folk, the first of our commissions for the BBC New Creatives strand was recently broadcast on BBC4 as part of the Screengrabbed: BBC Introducing Arts presented by Janina Ramirez.
The strand was commissioned by BBC Arts and Arts Council England with local friends Rural Media asking us to get involved as production partners.
At Wrapt Films we’re happy to continue with our commitment to short form content for broadcast and streaming as a proving ground for new talent on both sides of the camera. As the demand for TV and streaming drama booms thanks to the big ambitions and deep pockets of international players such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple and Disney we’re gearing up to meet the demand for a broader talent pool. Our ability to develop talent stems from the independence provided us by third party client work in corporate video, digital content and online commercials. Our corporate projects are made by established talent and they receive great work. We then benefit from being able to cashflow the development of new talent and ideas for entertainment commissions. Everybody wins!
Expect to see more from us on this front in the coming months. In particular look out for MicroPlays, an ambitious short form project. Watch Folk as stand alone film here. Watch the full programme here.
New Creatives gives artists aged 16-30 the chance to develop their technical and creative skills and have work commissioned for BBC platforms. The programme will particularly focus on giving opportunities to young artists from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the arts and broadcasting. Commissioned artists will be encouraged to push creative boundaries, reach new audiences and reflect their experiences of living in Britain today.
Folk was conceived and performed by young musician Livi Van Warmelo and recording artist Will Cookson. Directed by Lisle Turner and produced by Martina Klich. Beautifully photographed, handheld on an Arri Amira, by cinematographer Will Humphris using natural light. Folk was shot on location at the Angel Inn in Grosmont, Wales. Featuring a cast of seventeen, three music tracks but only one line of dialogue the film presented some fun logistical and creative challenges but we’re very pleased with the results. We were also particularly happy with the cracking roast dinner served at the Angel Inn for our crew catering! Nicely graded and onlined by Films@59 in Bristol.