Hiring: Production Designer for Macbeth

Screen Northants are looking for a Production Designer for our feature film shooting from January 8th for 5 weeks. It is a modern day, urban Macbeth. The best way to get a flavour of our Macbeth is to watch the teaser here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_yeVeJUZJI&feature=youtu.be

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Screen Northants is unique in that we produce films but we do so in a non-profit, socially responsible way – we have BBC Children in Need funding to support the feature, where a fully professional crew will also provide real world work experience opportunities to people wanting to enter into the industry and disadvantaged children. But don’t panic, there are extra staff laid on to handle this and generally the young people will be working on behind the scenes materials, getting a flavour of a set. Think of us a bit like a teaching hospital: we do our job, and no one should see the difference in the finished product, but we make sure our work has a lasting impact on both improving the diversity and quality of our industry, and the lives of young people.

Our Macbeth is set in a dystopian estate on the fringes of society, under the rule of Duncan where Macbeth has lived through countless feuds, protecting his own ‘castle’ against attack for as long as he would like to remember. During his return journey from one such battle, a malevolent force entices him with the promise of a future as ‘king’, replacing Duncan. Escaping his current life would be the first choice but this opportunity is one he cannot ignore, offering the chance to prove his worth to the love of his life, Lady Macbeth.

Far from being a youth/gang cliché film, this is a deeper, darker tale of politics, desire, ambition, corruption, ego and obsession. As the world closes physically and mentally around Macbeth the sense of real and surreal hangs dangerously in the balance.

Maintaining the original Shakespeare text but burying it deep in a real and modern world, the film will take the same ethos visually. Offering beautifully drab surroundings that twist reality just enough to pose questions of what is known and unknown, Macbeth succumbs to the mental fatigue of his actions, accepting his eventual fate at the hands forged by a force greater than himself.

We are planning to build Macbeth’s flat – much of the rest of the film is exteriors – so this will probably be the designer’s focus. We have carpenters ready and willing so we are keen to get started asap. We have an improvised studio space. This might suit someone who has lots of experience who likes the way we work and can give some of their time but not full time, or it might suit someone looking for something more substantial for their CV. We are happy to work with extremely experienced people and people who aren’t quite as experienced equally. We have a number of students and recent graduates willing to help in the Art Dept. For the right candidate we might consider taking on someone who cannot be there for the whole shoot.

We will be filming in Northampton (1hr north of M25). We have a nominal fee of £1000 and can provide accommodation if needed. We apologise it’s not more but we are a charitable organisation so hope that counts for something! Our budget is tiny but with a non-profit status that can go a long way. It’s a very special, ambitious script and we’re really excited about Daryl’s vision for it. Plus we get to do something good for the world while we film!

Please email becky@screennorthants.co.uk for more details or with your CV.

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