“When I started working I felt comfortable being on set because that was what I did at Edge Hill. My last two uni projects were crewed exactly like real films so when I came to make my own I knew what I was doing.”
From making the tea to dismantling sets to driving film stars around Liverpool in a Hackney cab, Alan Donohoe’s time as a runner was certainly varied. It may not have been glamorous but it gave him the insight, experience and inspiration he needed to make his own film.
“I got a bit of a shock when I left Edge Hill because I suddenly realised you couldn’t immediately become a writer or director, which is what I wanted to do,” says Alan. “You get to do so many amazing things on the course – writing, directing, working in a TV studio, making films – but in the real world you have to start at the bottom.”
Alan’s first job was as a runner on the Liverpool film Reds and Blues – and it was the first of many. “It wasn’t always exciting but it paid the bills and built up my experience,” he says.
“What I really wanted to do was tell stories. I’d made a short film during my course and I thought there was the germ of a good movie in there. So, one day I said to my mate, “we should make a film” and once I’d said it out loud that was it, I knew we had to do it.”
Alan scraped together £300 to make a three-minute trailer then turned to crowd-sourcing website Indigogo to try and raise the money to make the film. The campaign raised $16,000 and the result was I have a bad feeling about this, a quirky, Star Wars influenced, sci-fi comedy, which has just finished shooting.
“When I started working I felt comfortable being on set because that was what I did at Edge Hill,” says Alan. “My last two uni projects were crewed exactly like real films so when I came to make my own I knew what I was doing.”
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