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New feature film ‘Saol’ Wraps in Record Time
08 Jan 2014 : Aisling Newton
14 hours and one minute – the time it took director Paco Torres and his crew to wrap the feature film which was made as part of a new concept called ‘Whisper Film Projects’.

The projects challenge filmmakers to make low budget feature films in just 12 hours.

‘Saol’ (Irish word for life), was shot in Ireland and produced by Edwina Forkin at Zanzibar Films and Stephen Gibson at RCA Media Productions, in collaboration with Colin Browne at Film Equipment Hire, Vast Valeey, Filmbase and Glue VFX.

This independent film features a number of Irish actors including Chelsea O’Connor, Paula Mc Glinchey, Oliver Mc Quillan and Rory Mullen.

The project was realised with no script. Scenes were works of improvisation worked out between director and actors on the day. The core crew followed guidelines from the director which had been developed beforehand with a team of writers including Shane Perez, Gemma Creagh, Iarlaith Forkin and Daniel Brennan.

‘Saol’ is a story about a girl trapped in her own life after losing her dad a year before. She suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and lives with a fear of leaving her house in an upper class neighbourhood of Dublin. The film deals with issues such as anxiety, obsessions and the reconstruction of family.

Spanish-Dublin based director Paco Torres has been writing and directing films for over 12 years, with credits including ‘The Rattle of Benghazi’, ‘Halowin’ and ‘The Magic of Hope’.

Torres is currently preparing his third feature film ‘Blue Guitar’, which will also be produced by Edwina Forkin at Zanzibar Films.

More information on ‘Saol’ can be found here

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