The Sound of Independence
Red Wave Productions – a production company comprised of Lincoln University students specialising in film production – have recently released a short film entitled ‘The Sound of Independence’.
The film, now on YouTube, is a documentary profiling the independent music scene in Lincoln, featuring interviews with buskers, radio presenters and open mic night hosts. The students were instructed by their tutors to create a film with a running time of between 10-30 minutes. It has taken the students eleven weeks from the beginning of pre-production – writing, interviewing and research – to the end of post-production. In that time they have managed to create an incredibly detailed, exclusive documentary, using their own equipment (Canon 60ds for filming music acts and a single 60d for the interviews) borrowing only lighting equipment from the university.
“We decided to do a documentary on independent musicians simply because we are interested in them and their music and we saw this as being a way of sharing our interest with other people and also to publicise the independent music scene a little bit in the process,” says Rob Page, producer and director. “All we hoped to achieve was to create something that people could watch, enjoy and perhaps learn something from. We met some fantastic people while filming this and it was great fun talking to them all.”
The film covers an impressive cross-section of Lincoln’s independent music artists. It features interviews with professional busker Zeph Brown, full-time independent musician Emma Bladon Jones, BBC Radio Lincolnshire DJ Jono Brine and Peter K. Rollings from Experimental Sonic Machines – a slightly more unusual style of performance. As Zeph Brown points out in the film, considering the fact that Lincoln is a small city, it has a very rich and varied range of independent artists, creating all kinds of interesting and unusual music. The filmmakers used social media sites to help them discover potential interviewees and approached buskers on the street in order to arrange interview times.
‘The Sound of Independence’ marks a promising start for Red Wave Productions. Although the film is only on YouTube at the moment, it will be entered into several festivals throughout the oncoming year. The team will also have to create a fifteen-minute fictional piece for their course and, although the details are still under wraps – it is reportedly ‘very different’ from ‘The Sound of Independence’. Aside from their academic studies, the Red Wave are always eager to work on music videos, gig coverage and commercial work and are set to shoot a commercial in early January.
For now however, ‘The Sound of Independence’ sits as a fine mark of promise for the company and is a fantastic film in its own right.
“It feels great seeing the finished product!” adds Page. “One of the original cuts worried me because I found it slightly boring, but after we got together and changed things and added more to it, the piece really came alive and I’m happy with the final product.”
And so he should be. Although this is the final year of study for the filmmakers, if the standard of ‘The Sound of Independence’ is anything to go by, this is only the beginning. With contracts for commercials already in place, for Red Wave Productions, the future certainly looks bright.
By Ellen Lavelle – Senior Journalist
Click the image below to watch ‘The Sound of Independence’