Post-production for Doris and the Pennies from Heaven has started!

We are very happy to announce that, after three days of shoot at Deptford and Lambeth, Doris and the Pennies from Heaven is now in post-production.

We would like to take the chance to congratulate and thank all the cast and crew who participated in the shoot for their work and dedication.

Stay tuned for more updates coming!

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Why crowdfunding a film?

Crowdfunding offers filmmakers another means of funding their films and people a new way of experiencing cinema. And it couldn’t be simpler: a filmmaker uploads a campaign to a crowdfunding platform and anyone, anywhere, can participate and contribute to the production of their film. There are different platforms (creative, social, business) and funding modalities, so it is possible to choose between ‘all or nothing’ or ‘keep it all’ campaigns, whichever suits the project better.

Thanks to crowdfunding, filmmakers get the funds and support they need to make their projects and audiences can feel part of the team and get especial rewards in exchange of their contribution, called perks.

A new way of interacting with cinema:

We have experienced a great change in the ways people can interact with cinema in just a few years. Before, audiences would purchase a ticket, a VHS/DVD or merchandise to enjoy films. They could comment the films with their friends and family or even write a letter to their favourite stars and filmmakers to let them know about their admiration.

Nowadays, with the spread of the internet and social media resources, people can watch a film, comment it on their social media, make custom content like wallpapers or icons and posting it on specialized websites, review films in their blogs and comment on filmmakers’ websites or social media platforms.

Crowdfunding is a new stage of this progression of taking cinema and filmmaking closer to the audiences. Now, anyone from any place and background can contribute in producing a film, dream that might have been unlikely to fulfil in other circumstances.

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Meet our crew: Pepa Niebla, Set Photographer

Pepa Niebla-Set Photographer in Doris and the Pennies from Heaven

We leave you now with Pepa Niebla, our set phhotographer in Doris and the Pennies from Heaven. Know a bit more about her:

Born in Granada, Spain, Pepa’s artistic interests and aspirations have taken her into two directions: first music and then photography. She is a talented singer that mixes jazz, blues, funk and pop. Her most recent work is the jazz album Pepa Niebla & Ricky Vivar, recorded with singer and guitarist Ricky Vivar.

As a photographer she covers a wide range of genres, such as event photographer, modeling and actors’ photographer and set photographer, just to mention a few.

You can check her portfolio at: http://thefoghouseshop.photoshelter.com/portfolio

And remember to visit also our film campaign at Sponsume!

Meet our crew: David Sohanpal, Sound Mixer

David Sohanpal- Sound Mixer in Doris and the Pennies from Heaven

David Sohanpal is the sound mixer in our short film Doris and the Pennies from Heaven. Here you have a little bio:

Dave studied at the SAE Institute in London and he is an experienced sound mixer, specialized in Sound Editing and Sound Recording.

He has worked in more than 70 productions now, the most recent being The Owner (2012), Scar Tissue (2012) and Rearview (2012). Some other remarkable productions David has worked in include Indigo (2010), Pop Art (2008) and Stiletto (2008).

If you want a more detailed list of the productions he’s worked in, check his IMDb page.

And check also our project’s campaign at Sponsume!

We launched our crowdfunding campaign!

Today we launched our crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for our light comedy short film Doris and the Pennies from Heaven, starring Honor Blackman and Robert Goodman.

All the funds raised will be destined for covering the shoot and post-production costs, such as locations’ fees, transport, material rental, catering, music rights or distribution, including festival submission fees.

We have prepared many varied perks so that anyone wanting to contribute can get involved in different ways. Some of our perks, or ‘vouchers’, include:  a digital copy of the film, a signed poster by Honor Blackman and Robert Goodman, a thank you in the final credits, the chance to hang out with the crew, or even becoming associate producer.

If you would like to interact with cinema a different way than the usual, participating in our film is for you!

You can visit it here, and don’t forget to share!

In a few hours we launch our crowdfunding campaign!

We have everything ready to launch our new crowdfunding campaign to cover the shoot and post-production costs for our short film, Doris and the Pennies from Heaven, starring Honor Blackman and Robert Goodman.

We have prepared a nice and fresh pitch and some great perks, so stay connected: we will upload it in just a few hours!

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Polaris has landed in Spain to shoot two music videos for Paco Ortega

Part of the team of Polaris Film Productions landed yesterday in Spain to shoot two music videos for the prestigious Spanish music producer Paco Ortega, from today until the 10th of May. They are for the songs ‘Apretaíto pero relajao’ and ‘A mi mare’ from his last album ‘Baila por mi‘.

The shoot will take place in several Madrid streets and in the famous Musigrama Studios, located in Madrid, where some of the most representative voices of the musical world, both national and international, have recorded their albums. Just to mention a few, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias, Paco de Lucía, Alfredo Kraus, Take That and Stevie Wonder have recorded there.

Musigrama Studios were founded in 1973 by the four time Grammy winner Pepe Loeches and Joaquín Cobos and seven years ago Paco Ortega himself was left in charge of them. They are one of the most representative studios of Spain and still survive the crisis affecting recording studios. Besides, they can take pride in having one of the last surviving Neve Vintage mixing tables, which is, as they say, ‘the Rolls Royce of the mixing tables’.

If you want to learn more about them, visit Musigrama and Paco Ortega’s blogs (in Spanish).

A mi mare’ will portray a story of seduction, love and frustration, and ‘Apretaíto pero relajao’ will be a fresh and fun video that matches this upbeat song.

Polaris Film Productions is there, no matter your social network preferences!

Did you know that you can find us on several social networks? This way you can visit and follow us on the network of your choice to stay tuned with the most up-to-date news on our projects or just to know a bit more about us.

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

See you there!

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Honor Blackman’s Biography

This is Mrs. Honor Blackman’s outsanding acting career. She will star as the main character Doris Widmark in our short film Doris and the Pennies from Heaven.

Honor Blackman will star in Doris and the Pennies from Heaven as the main character, Doris Widmark, a strong-willed retired lady whose life will take an unexpected turn of events.

Honor Blackman was born in Plaistow, Newham, London. As a present for her sixteenth birthday her father gave her two options: a bicycle or elocution classes. She chose the elocution classes and thanks to them Honor discovered the world of theatre and poetry and her teacher found great talent in her. She was enrolled (as her teacher suggested) in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

After graduating, and as it was advised to her, she auditioned for the West End play The Guinea Pig and was offered a secondary role, but when the main actress fell ill, she stepped in and took over her with great success. After that she received two main character roles in two West End plays.

Her first film appearance was a non-speaking part in Fame is the Spur, followed by Quartet and So Long at the Fair, Jason and the Argonauts, A Night to Remember and The Square Peg.

After that she starred in several television series like The Vise for the Danziger Brothers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr Presents, The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, African Patrol, The Invisible Man, The Pursuers, Kraft Mystery Theatre and The Saint (opposite Roger Moore), among others.

She was appointed the new star of The Avengers, playing the role of the sexy, strong-willed and smart Dr. Cathy Gale alongside Patrick Macnee, role that projected her into fame.

After 43 episodes of The Avengers and thanks to the fame this role gave her, Honor returned to cinema starring as Pussy Galore in Guy Hamilton’s James Bond film Goldfinger (1964) alongside Sean Connery.

Honor continued to work in films, TV and stage work. Among these works are Life at the Top, Shalako, The Last Grenade, a film version of DH Lawrence’s The Virgin and the Gypsy, the horror movie Fright, Columbo, To The Devil A Daughter, Robin’s Nest, Crown Court, The Cat and The Canary, Never The Twain, Lace, Minder, and Dr Who.

In 1990 Honor was cast in The Upper Hand, ITV’s new sitcom, playing Laura West in 94 episodes for six years.

From 2000 she continued her appearances in Bridget Jones’s Diary, and popular TV shows Dr Terribles House Of Horror, New Tricks, Midsommer Murders or The Royal Coronation Street.

From 2005 to 2006 she combined film and theatre, appearing in the black comedy film, Colour Me Kubrick with John Malkovich in 2005, opening Cameron Macintosh’s My Fair Lady in Manchester and Birmingham and performing four one-woman shows nationwide, as well as starring in the West End Lyric Theatre’s play Cabaret in 2007.

Among her most recent projects we find Hotel Babylon (2009), Hotel Caledonia (2010), Reuniting the Rubins (2010) and I, Anna (2012), as well as more one-woman shows at the theatre and her single, The Star who Fell from Grace (2009).

This biography was made following the one you can find at her official website:

http://www.honorblackman.co.uk/index.htm

So, check it for more detailed information of her brilliant acting career!

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Aldous Huxley’s sensory cinema

In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New Worldnovel (1932) there is a moment where two of the main characters, John the savage and Lenina go to the cinema, but it is not an ordinary cinema, it’s a sensory cinema.This novel is quite often compared to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four for its portrayal of a dystopia or negative utopia. Set in 2540 A.D. London, the Brave New World universe portrays humans as hedonistic, superficial and egoistic characters (as this is how the state has shaped and conditioned them) in a world in which individualism, love and empathy are disapproved of, and practices like consumption, massive use of technology and happiness inducing drug consumption are encouraged.

 

The film John and Lenina go to watch is a sensory one, called ‘feelie’, because of the fact that, in addition to seeing the film, they can feel it, taste it or smell it. So, if in the film a bear appeared, they could also feel his fur, and if food was shown, they could smell it or taste it.

 

Do you think this could be possible in the future? Aldous Huxley found the jump  between silent and talkie film an inspiration for this sensory cinema, and technological advances allowed us to see films in 3D. So, do you think that it could be likely to create a sensory cinema? If so, what films would you like to see?