Budleigh man's plea for cash to kickstart movie dream

PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:35 27 July 2016

Budleigh film-maker Nick Eriksson

Budleigh film-maker Nick Eriksson

ISAAC PERAL VILLAVERDE

A Budleigh Salterton film-maker is hoping his directing debut will lead to him rubbing shoulders with Hollywood superstars.

But first, Nick Eriksson, 28, of Frewins, is looking to raise £35,000 for short film, Ellston Bay.

Shooting is due to begin in September and Nick hopes the movie will premier in London in December 2017.

Nick has already been casting, with John Rhys-Davies, star of films such as Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones, confirmed already.

If all goes to plan, it will be entered into Festival de Cannes.

It is hoped this will lead to an entry into the short film category of the Academy Awards in Hollywood.

However, he needs to raise the money.

“Because we’re shooting in Cornwall, the money would go towards transportation of equipment, accommodation, food and, of course, processing the film,” said Nick.

“Given the opportunity, it will be quite smooth sailing.

“I have had quite a lot of experience in making films. It’s hard work, it’s tiring, but I know what I have to achieve.

“The hardest part is seeing if there is enough public interest.”

Nick, who moved to Budleigh at the age of seven, has set up a crowdfunding account on website Kickstarter, where people can pledge money to the film.

Nick got inspiration for Ellston Bay after reading a book lent to him by friend Edward Carter, son of Budleigh businessman Harry Carter.

The movie, which will be shot using technology made famous by Alfred Hitchcock, is a ‘reimagining’ of a short story written by HP Lovecroft.

Nick said: “Without this book, I probably wouldn’t be doing this film.

“I became really obsessed with his writing.”

The film will follow protagonist Keir as he travels to the bay in search of his father, played by John Rhys-Davies, who lives alone in an isolated property.

After taking a swim in the sea at Ellston Bay, he discovers a dark secret about the village.

For more information or to pledge money to Nick’s project, go to www.ellstonbay.com or https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1969323425/ellston-bay-the-film

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