Lockdown in Northamptonshire inspires video producer to make alien hunting short-film

The cast was made up of family members who had never acted before

Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 6:30 am
Isaac Williams was inspired by the Northamptonshire landscape to create a short film.
Isaac Williams was inspired by the Northamptonshire landscape to create a short film.

A video producer who locked down in a Northamptonshire village was inspired to make a short science fiction film.

Isaac Williams lives in London but came to stay at his girlfriend’s family home in Elkington, near Welford.

While he was in the county, he was furloughed, so decided to turn his attention to one of his hobbies of making short films.

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Emily and Richard, who had never acted before, starred in the production.

The film, called Alien Hunters, which Isaac describes as science fiction, action and comedy, follows the main character, Justine, who sees aliens land in her garden.

Justine then rings her ex-boyfriend, the only person who will believe her, and they fight together to save Earth from destruction.

Isaac, who is 28, said: “Being a film or TV director and producer has always been my dream career.

“I moved to Northamptonshire just before lockdown and then I was furloughed, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a film as I had so much free time.

The film was shot in the family home and surrounding countryside.

“And the Northamptonshire landscape inspired me to get out my camera and film.

“During lockdown it was difficult to get actors and crew and at first I didn’t know what to do.

“My girlfriend and her brother have never had any acting experience, but they were up for the challenge, so we went for it.”

Isaac’s girlfriend, Emily, and her brother, Richard, were both working from home throughout lockdown, so they had to fit filming around their full-time jobs.

They filmed day and night for 31 days.

In total, they tallied up 31 days of shooting, which equated to around 60 hours of footage that Isaac had to edit into an 18 minute short film.

He added: “We ended up filming from April to June in the family home and in the surrounding fields.

“The family were brilliant and let me use anything I could find around the house as props or to make into props and we even cast Spin, the family dog and sheep in the nearby fields.

“It was a massive team effort and my girlfriend and her brother were brilliant and natural actors.

“I’m extremely grateful to them and it went a lot better than I thought it would.”

Now that filming is complete, Isaac is putting the finishing touches on the special effects, sounds and edits.

Once the short film is ready, he will submit it to film festivals in a bid to share it with the world.

In the meantime, a trailer has been produced and can be found on the film’s website, which will also be updated to tell fans when it will be released.

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