Exmouth filmmakers take flight with Rebecca Front

PUBLISHED: 09:43 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:43 22 April 2015

Rebecca Front in Valentina's Dream.

Rebecca Front in Valentina's Dream.


A new short film from an Exmouth-based film collective is an animated look at one of the pioneers of space.

Valentina’s Dream, from Meat Bingo, stars TV actress Rebecca Front as Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.

The script, written by top TV writer David Quantick, takes lines from a press conference Ms Tereshkova gave 50 years after her flight, which are recited against animated backgrounds.

Having filmed Rebecca Front against a green screen, director and Exmouth Community College teacher John Panton worked with Exmouth artist Moose Allain, who produced background artwork.

This was then animated and mixed with graphics by Exmouth designer Jeremy Marshall, and music by former songwriter with The Boo Radleys Martin Carr.

Explaining how all the different elements came together, John said: “We filmed at Waterloo Studios with Rebecca Front, who was an absolute joy to work with. I’d never worked in animation before. We began that with Moose’s background drawings.

“The effects were done in Australia by Graham Salisbury, who took Moose’s drawing, and then it was a very laborious task of animating them.

“It was very much a collaborative effort to get all the pieces working together and with some very patient people. It’s one of the shortest films I’ve done and, without a shadow of a doubt, the hardest.”

John says there has been a ‘really positive reaction’ to the film, including from comedian Jack Dee, who sent his congratulations via Twitter.

Meat Bingo’s next project is set to film next month, and is a short written by comedy writer and TV and former Meat Bingo actor Sanjeev Kohli.

Valentina’s Dream can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/123826027.

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