Oseman started making simple animations before being given a camcorder
on his 15th birthday. Three years of making countless movies, acted
by friends, set him on his way to a degree course in media production,
after which he decided to get some hands-on experience in the film
world on various training courses.
he had invested in a camera, edit suite and assorted accessories,
he knew that he couldn't just leave them gathering dust between
jobs. He made two short films, funded from his own pocket, which
got into a couple of film festivals.
is 'The Beacon' Plot?
The Beacon is about a girl called Sarah who lives in a dull town,
has a dull job at the council and a dull SAS boyfriend called Dan.
Her life changes one night at the cinema, when a plane full of terrorists
ploughs into the building. Dan is taken hostage by the evil Cameron
and his mercenaries, so Sarah teams up with film buff usher Conrad
to save him. But when the terrorists take over a picturesque range
of hills with two rockets containing a potent biochemical weapon,
the unlikely duo find themselves with a whole country to save.
there any particular preparation for your role as the director in
image from The Beacon
No, I've been making films of one kind or another for six or seven
years now, so I knew what I was doing, although it probably didn't
appear that way to anybody else. My flat got slowly covered in story
boards in the months leading up to the shoot, but most of the preparation
was producer stuff rather than director stuff.
did you choose the Malvern Hills as your setting?
At the time I wrote the script I was living in Malvern. I was born
and brought up there, and although I'd made loads of films there,
I'd never done one ABOUT Malvern. Once I knew this was where my
terrorists were going to do their evil, I had to figure out why
on earth they'd pick Malvern. The solution? Their biochemical rocket
will be most devastating if released from a very high point so the
winds can disperse it further. Hence the hills.
from The Beacon
did you go about finding the actors for your film?
I sent press releases out to all the local papers, I got plenty
of responses, and held auditions for the major roles at Malvern
Are any of them famous?
No, none of them are famous, although leads Lorna-Jane Hamer and
John MacLachlan have both done some TV work.
is your next move?
I'm considering remaking a short film "Soul Searcher" I made in
2000 as a feature. James Clarke, a Hereford-based author and film
maker, is writing a script right now and would produce it too.