James Will Howl (UK) was made in the summer of 2013 for £1000. Using Magic Lantern Firmware to shoot RAW on Canon 5D’s to give the film more of a cinematic feel, the director and DOP also built a car rig from scratch, which cost £30 in total.
Synopsis: Estranged brothers James and Will Howl reconcile for their beloved Grandmother’s funeral. The chalk and cheese siblings couldn’t be more different – James, junior auditor at the fourth largest accountancy firm in the North of England, is determined to spend the occasion mourning appropriately. A stark contrast to free spirited brother Will – wanted in Norway – who views the occasion as the perfect opportunity to reconnect with his closest remaining family member. The two very different blunt instruments manage to further exacerbate things when they turn up late for the cremation service and affectively disgrace themselves and the family name. An effort to drown sorrows and toast the life of their Grandmother turns into a night of drunken debauchery, and the young mens troubles peak when they wake to find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere and in possession of the wrong urn. Short of options and in need of closure, the brothers must unite to say goodbye to their dearly departed. James Will Howl is a celebration of life, through death. An ode to family in all its complex magnificence and a tribute to the bond of brotherhood – through thick and thin, life and death, sworn, brother, to grim necessity.
James Will Howl (UK)
James Will Howl (UK) will be screened at No/Gloss Film Festival 2014.