FOUR intrepid film makers are setting out on a voyage to the South Pacific.
Former Sheffield Hallam University film studies students Tajinder Hayer, Mark Bull, Scott Dulson and Darryl Peat have won a place at the Film Raro short film festival held in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
The foursome met while at university between 2009 and 2011 and have stayed in touch since, with Mark and Scott working on projects including helping with the Tramlines Festival, while Darryl is now a lecturer at Hallam.
Tajinder, who has written for BBC radio and West Yorkshire Playhouse, is currently studying for a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University in St Albans.
Tajinder, aged 32, said: “Mark found out about Film Raro and sent a link to the rest of us. We had worked on 18 or so short films together at university and got to know each other pretty well - so we decided to give the challenge a go.
“The film we are making will be based on an idea of a woman escaping from a relationship. It will be shot in a low-budget style so we will not need to take a massive amount of equipment. We are casting in advance, using locals from the island - making use of Skype phones to do the job.”
The Sheffield film-makers, whose costs are being funded by the British Council, which supports people from the UK to undertake international challenges, will be joining teams from around the world.
Travel could take up to 36 hours one-way due to the island’s remote location.
Film Raro is held not only to allow groups such as Tajinder, Mark, Scott and Darryl to showcase their skills but also aims to help local film-makers by providing them with an opportunity to work alongside professionals – and also boost tourism.
All Film Raro short films begin shooting from May 13, and must be finished 12 days later for a public screening, with the entire island invited, at the Film Raro International Film Festival on Saturday, May 25.