Porcelain Presence (2013)
Dir.: Emily E. Bibb; Chris Jay
This psychological thriller follows the story of Brian Darnell (Stuart Hoborin) and his twisted obsession with porcelain dolls. In a failing marriage he dictates his wife’s every move and leads her into a life of misery and depression. Anna Tarsh plays the role of Anna Darnell, the wife who is constantly bullied by her lover. She no longer has the mind of a sane women from years of punishment from sadistic Brian and his manipulative and power-strong ideals send her over the edge. After Anna suffers brutal beatings at the hands of Brian the conventionally nosey suburban neighbours begin to interfere, not knowing the implications this will have on all their lives. This psychotic husband holds all the power over poor Anna and this life is far from perfect.
This entirely self-funded feature film has been devised and produced by, Emily E. Bibb and Chris Jay, both very talented young filmmakers. UK based they furthered their studies at university and since then have developed many short films individually. They have come together on this project to write, produce and co-direct Porcelain Presence which will be their first feature film together. Having such a big cast, Emily and Chris have taken on a huge challenge in getting this film into production but as far as I see it is working, I’m in no doubt that this feature will be a big success on completion and they will both establish themselves as professional filmmakers.
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Now you’ve read the synopsis and found out a bit about the crew, check out the trailer to get an even better idea of what this film entails!
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Also if you want to have a chance at winning an exclusive DVD of the film, Emily and Jay are running a competition in the shape of a online Cludeo game to discover who killed Brian! All you have to do is correctly guess who killed him, where and what with. If successful you will be in with a chance of winning a hard copy of the DVD on release! Follow this link for more details and the game itself:
I also got the chance to speak to producer Emily and she answered a few questions that helped me get a better picture of the film!
Q: How long does a production like this take?
A: So far we have been working on Porcelain Presence for about 18 months, that’s idea conception through to our current stage which is roughly about 80% through filming. We’ve not been able to film many continuous days, due to some of the cast/crew having full time jobs, getting people together has been quite tricky and sometimes we have to go weeks between shoots in order to get the funds together for locations and props. But despite all this, we’re extremely pleased with the results.
Q: How did you come up with the story line and did it take long to produce into a written script?
A: The original storyline was a 1 page synopsis that was intended for one of my university modules. At the time I had no plans for it to be turned into a film, but when I met Chris (Jay) my co-director on Porcelain Presence, we began writing the script, as a short film script. It was originally intended to be 25 – 30 minutes long, but we felt that it wasn’t long enough to explain the storyline, so we began re-writing it as a feature film script. It took many months to write as a feature, and even now when we revisit a scene, we can’t help but make small changes to make it tonnes better!
Q: How will social media help in the distribution and promotion of your feature film?
A: Social media has been incredible in the promotion of Porcelain Presence. Currently, we have just over 12,000 followers for Porcelain Presence, and our target is 100,000 followers by the time we come to DVD distribution (aim high, as I say). We’ve recently set up our official website too – porcelainmovie.com and within the first 2/3 days we had over 5,000 hits on our website, and we’re still getting hundreds of hits daily, and this is all thanks to Facebook and Twitter! Never underestimate the power of social media!
Q: Have you any plans for further productions in the future post-Porcelain Presence?
A: We do have a couple of ideas floating around at the moment, a couple of short film ideas and one feature. After Porcelain Presence has been completed and sent off to festivals, we’ll most likely begin working on a 2 minute short film for Virgin Media Shorts, which we try to enter every year.
After speaking with Emily I got the impression that her and Chris are ambitious filmmakers who have big ideas for the future. They plan on Porcelain Presence to be sent off to many festivals in 2013 and hopefully they can achieve their overall goal! The film will then be on general DVD release and I encourage anyone who has a passion for film to support this independent feature!
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