Synopsis

Set in a quiet, rural village beneath the rising hills of the Pennines, Eric is a film about friendship, loss and moving forward. The story follows Eric as he arrives home to attend the funeral of the mother of his old childhood friend Jack. After leaving the wake to find Jack sitting alone in an old red tuck, Eric attempts re connect with him in an effort to help Jack move forward after his tragic loss. In amongst the detached conversation Jack reveals the truck needs a starter motor to function again. After a moment’s thought Eric asks Jack if he still has his old air rifle. Jack nods and climbs out of the truck. Eric pulls out his phone, dials a number and places it to his ear.

A bottle smashes in an abandoned quarry. The pop of the gun and crack of the glass break up the short exchanges of conversation as Jack reveals his inner turmoil surrounding the situation he has found himself in. Eric, in an effort to lighten the conversation divulges he had always wanted an air rifle when he was younger. Jack, seemingly unaware, reveals the gun to have been a present from his mother. He also mentions his mother’s insistence that he should do something with his life and his trepidation towards the idea of leaving the village. The conversation continues until Eric receives a phone call. The phone call ends and Eric tells Jack he has something to show him.

The pair leaves the quarry and makes their way, unbeknownst to Jack, to a nearby scrap yard. The setting sun casts an orange glow as Eric leaves Jack by the entrance and makes his way over to the owner. After a few moments Eric returns and places a starter motor in Jacks hand.

The village is quiet. Trees and grass move almost silently in the wind. Eric approaches Jacks house. After knocking and getting no answer he rings the house phone. Jacks voice plays on the answerphone. Eric hangs up and makes his way round to where the truck stood. It has gone. Behind where it sat is a small garage. Leaning against the door is Jack’s old air rifle, a tin of pellets and a note. Eric picks up the note. Reading it, a smile appears across his face.

Interview with Richard Foster

The theme of the film

The theme of the film is about old friendships, life and moving forward. Although death does play a part in the story I didn’t want that to be the focus. I wanted it to exist only as framing device surrounding the more important story of the two main characters.

What were you trying to achieve with the film

I wanted to create a subtle film, which focused on the situation of someone trying to help a bereaved friend. The simple narrative partnered with the quiet and rural location creates a beautiful aesthetic and helps to really capture the emotions of the characters and promote the atmosphere I was looking to achieve.

Where did the inspiration come from?

My original inspiration for the story came from my own personal experience of trying to help a bereaved friend. A number of elements within the film are based on real events that took place in the days and weeks following the loss of my friend’s mother. The film is actually set around the same area, which has helped me, stay true to the original story. The location in which the film is set has been a key inspiration. The area is beautiful and, I feel, really helps to promote the inner emotions of characters as well as promoting the atmosphere I wanted.

How did you achieve these ideas?

The ideas I wanted to explore were achieved through a number of different methods. The location in which the film is set is one of the key factors in exploring my ideas surrounding loss, emptiness and being unable to move forward. The way the characters Eric and Jack were portrayed was also important, I wanted it to be apparent that although old friends their relationship was not as close at it once had been and that since Eric leaving they had drifted apart. This idea was achieved through the two actors detached conversation and uncomfortable body language. The outfits in which the two actors are dressed also adds to the contrast between the characters, their environment and their situations

Any techniques used that were important to you?

I wanted the film to be quite subtle in its approach to the issues it explores, as well as in it’s aesthetic. I felt that this would be achievable, especially towards the beginning of the story, through less intrusive camera movements, which did not draw attention to themselves. I achieved this through mainly tripod shots, with only subtle movement. However as the narrative progressed and the characters opened up emotionally I decide to use a more hand held approach with my intention being to give the story a more intimate but also visceral feel.

What do you hope an audience will gain from this film?

Hopefully the audience will gain an insight into and understanding of the situation, which is being explored in the film. My intention has been to focus on a subject, which is not often covered in an effort to give the audience to an alternative view of bereavement.

Any stories or anecdotes you have from filming

Well, the day we filmed the scene inside the truck was one of the coldest days I’ve ever experienced. It was snowing, sleeting and very windy. Every member of the cast and crew were absolutely freezing. I remember doing press ups and jogging around just to keep warm. The first two weekends of filming where pretty bad weather wise, which meant a lot of the stuff we shot then didn’t actually get used in the final film. The last weekend however, was perfect. There was almost no wind or snow. The most stressful thing to film was probably the scrap yard scene. The sun was setting beautifully and due to unforeseen circumstances we didn’t have an actor to play the man who hands Eric the starter motor. Luckily my dad offered to do it, and although he didn’t enjoy standing around while we did take after take, the final scene turned out pretty good.

How did you prepare for your film?

Producing this film was quite a stressful experience. Since the film was set around where I grew up I had to pull in a lot of favors from various friends around the village. At some points during production I felt like I’d maybe bitten of more than I could chew but in hindsight it was all worth it. I think the driving force behind all the work was my passion to create a film that I would want to see and one which I would be happy with. I feel a lot of the techniques, locations and narrative elements used in the film are an amalgamation of a lot of ideas I’ve had whilst growing up and making films around the area in which Eric was shot.

About The Director

 

Biography

Richard Foster was born in Carlisle, Cumbria and raised in a small village nestled beneath the edge of The Pennines. Richard began making films at an early age and has followed his appetite for creative film making through school to university. Richard has won awards for both his films, and animations. A film on which he was director of photography made it into the shorts corner at Cannes and was recently short listed for a north east RTS award. Richard spends most of his spare time, either making films, or thinking about making films.

Filmography

Above Me - 2013
Role - Camera
Short Documentary - 8 mins

Rose - 2012
Role - Director Of Photography/Editor
Shot Film - 9 mins

An Interest In Emily - 2012
Role - Camera/Editor
Short Film - 4 mins

Bored Survivor - 2011
Role - Co-Director/Editor
Short Documentary - 14 mins

George & The Beast - 2013
Role - Camera
Short Film - 7 mins

Lament For The Living - 2010
Role - Camera/Editor
Short Documentary - 5 mins

Peter Banks

 

Biography

Peter Banks has always had a keen interest in Drama and Scriptwriting. He is currently studying Drama at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. Peter has had roles in a number of short films produced by Quiet House films.

Film & Theatre

Wish You Were Here - 2012
Role - Boy
Music Video - 4 mins
Quiet House Films

An Interest In Emily - 2012
Role - Max
Short Film - 4 mins
Quiet House Films

After The End - 2013
Role - Mark
Play - 90 mins
Northumbria University

 

Roger Rowley

 

Biography

Roger graduated from Guildford School of Acting in July '10, securing a national tour of The Buddy Holly Story, in the title role. He's gathering footage for a screen showreel and recording a double-LP demo of original music, intending to promote these throughout the upcoming 25th Anniversary tour of Buddy.

Film & Theatre

Mother's Day
Short Film
Leeds University

Growing Pains
Short Film
Salford University

Tuesday 12:03pm
Short Film
Salford University

Fallout Shelter
Short Film
The Northern Film School

Like Minds
Short Film
York. St Johns

My Spy Family
Role - Rory
Kindle Entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

Crew

 

Richard Foster
Writer/Director/DOP/Editor
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Harry Jenkinson
Camera/Sound/DOP
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Curt Taylor
Photographer/Lighting
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Jonny Sabiston
Sound/Soundtrack
    Joseph Haskey
    Photographer/Runner
      Michael Gribbins
      Sound
         Technical Information

        Dates of Production: March 9th, 10th , 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st. April 1st, 27th. 2013
        Length: 9 Minutes
        Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
        Format: H264/MOV
        Filmed on: Canon 5D mark II, Canon 60D

         Contact

        Website: www.richardfosterfilms.co.uk
        Email: richardpeterfoster@me.com
        Mobile: 07514526962