Irish short ‘Runner’ has wrapped filming in Offaly after receiving funding through a successful campaign on public funding website Fund it.
The drama was shot over the Easter weekend and was written and directed by Paddy Slattery of Stand Mantra Productions and produced by John Phillipson of Tusk Productions. The short is expected to run for 15 minutes upon completion of post production.
Paddy aims to have post production finished in time for the short to screen at the Galway Film Fleadh this July. The deadline for submissions is 11 May 2012.
‘Runner’ tells the story of a young man named Kevin whose day-to-day life spirals out of control as he struggles to come to terms with the fact he may be involved in a hit-and-run. The film has been described as a “paranormal drama” by director Paddy.
Speaking to IFTN, Paddy said he is overwhelmed with the amount of support he has received from the Irish film industry and Irish public alike. ‘Runner’ gained the majority of its funding in its first week on Fund it, eventually surpassing its €5,000 aim.
Studio Solas and The Production Depot sponsored the project, with the latter providing a RED One MX camera, and John Desay (Out of Tune) providing a Scarlet camera. Director of photography was BAFTA Award-winner Mark McCauley (Children of War), while David McCune from Ventry Recording Studios offered his composing skills to Paddy, leading Paddy to admit he was “blessed with crew”.
The two lead actors in ‘Runner’ are Tristan Heanue (Idir Mna) and Nichola McEvilly (1 Missed Call), of whom Paddy says he “couldn’t have done the film without. They exceeded our expectations.”
‘Runner’ will be submitted to festivals worldwide before its Irish release later this year.