THE GUIDING LIGHT

The Guiding Light is not a band. It is a short movie created by Tom Brumpton and Adam Luff. Read what Tom has to say about the movie. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How did the whole idea for “The Guiding Light” come about?
Tom Brumpton – It was the result of a very difficult time. My aunt Pat died in April 2016, and after a year of coming to terms with things I turned to my best friend and the film’s screenwriter Adam Luff. We started talking about doing a new film, and I decided I want to do something that honoured my aunt’s legacy.

I know how you write a script, but how do you go about going from a script to actually start filming?
TB – First thing is to go through the script top to tail to make clear what props and locations you need. Then you put together a shot list of the angles you want to shoot from. After that, its on to getting cast and crew together, then renting the locations, buying the props, sorting schedules, costumes and rehearsals. That is the barest breakdown I can provide on it! *laughs*

What is the difference in doing a short film and rather than a full length film?
TB – A short film can be anything from 30 seconds to 20 minutes long, while a feature film is 70+ minutes in length. The Guiding Light will likely be around 15 minutes long. We have considered making a feature, but we felt the story didn’t fit a feature.

Today when every Tom, Dick and Harry can make “movies” with digital cameras how do you finance an independent movie?
TB – There’s a few things you can do. We’re doing an Indiegogo campaign (which you can find here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-guiding-light-short-film/x/18779834#/) but you can also seek funding from bodies like the BFI and Creative England, and finally you can speak to private investors and companies. A short film can make for a good marketing/press opportunity for willing parties.

Being a musician do you think of “pictures” in a different way? How important in music to this film?
TB – I do. I came at this the same way I approached a record. I poured over the script again and again with Adam to make sure it was tight. I knew I wanted the visuals to be really bold, and I took a long time going over the examples I had for costumes, lighting, etc. The music is really important. We’ve been really thorough about the kind of music we’re using in this film. We veer between ambient music, to drone music, to beach pop, stadium rock and post punk. I’m really excited by the variety and how it’ll look on screen.

What is it that makes you want to do a movie and not just stick to doing music?
TB – I started life as an actor, then moved into music at the age of 17. Having spent twelve years in bands, I decided to leave my previous band, Akarusa Yami, in October 2015. After which I decided I wanted to focus on acting and see where it took me. I made a short film called Nurture of The Beast with Adam, which was originally just for my showreel, but we decided to turn it into a film and it went on to win a number of awards and got picked up a dozen film festivals. It was off the back of that Adam and I decided to move forward with The Guiding Light.

What film makers has left an impression on you? I have tried my hands on some very crude and rudimentary film making inspired by Chris Marker.
TB – There’s been a few, but off the top of my head I would say Nicolas Winding Refn, Rob Marshall, David Cronenberg, The Russo Brothers, Wes Anderson and Dario Argento among others.

Once the movie is done, where do you see it go from there? What plans do you have for it?
TB – The plan is to arrange a premiere, a few private screenings in the UK and then off to the festivals. We want to push hard for the big festivals like Raindance, who’ve been very kind towards us so far.

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