Be motivated by those who say it can’t be done
Broken Scar Productions (BSP) is a independent film and media production company based in Darlington, North East of England.
BSP try to produce projects, including short and feature films, that are entertaining, thought provoking and far outweigh any budget constraints by using cast and crew based in the North East. We also aim to utilise the fantastic regional locations, of which we in this area of the UK are fortunate enough to have an abundance of.
We have some great projects, past, present and in the future and hopefully by perusing this site you will find something that you will want to see, or will spark your imagination. If anything catches your eye, or there are any questions you want to ask, just get in touch via the Contact page.
The main project for 2017 is our new feature film "Sparrowhawk" for which we finished the principal shooting in April 2017, are intending to commence post production work imminently and hope to release later in 2017. The film is directed by Mike Tweddle, DoP is Paul Robinson, Second Camera Sean Johnson, sound Terry Sharp, assistant director Kate McClean, photography Graham Bygate and was written by Mark Stephenson and Mike Tweddle. We are also very excited to announce that the score for the film will be written by Emmy nominated composer John Robert Wood. With this film we have reached out far to find the right actors who have turned in astonishing performances and include Ken Wallace (Australia), Tony Howard (London), Chris Torretto (Northern Ireland), Stef Bricklebank (York) and local actors Kate Dale and Tim Crawshaw.
The premise for Sparrowhawk is a very stripped down concept whilst the storyline and characters are both complex and difficult to second guess. The film is set in one location with only six actors. We spent a lot of time on the story and subsequent rewrites of the script to make it tight, interesting and unusual. We shot Sparrowhawk using Canon C300's at 4k and early rushes are so promising that to say we are excited about this new film is a total understatement. We truly believe we have made something, at least interesting, and possibly something pretty special so watch this space.
I started writing a punk rock fanzine "Out of Control" when I was a teenager which featured great band of the time such as Crass, the Wall, the Lurkers and local heroes No Future UK. After being sidetracked by motorbikes, music and all the usual kind of distractions for a few reckless years I returned to writing a music and political based fanzine "Inksllinger". We featured fantastic bands of that era such as the Wedding Present and the Shamen and brought us a tiny moment of infamy when we turned down an exclusive interview with the Stone Roses weeks before they became the biggest band of the decade!
Following another hiatus due to travelling the world on a shoestring, meeting my partner and starting a family, getting a degree in Environmental Technology from Durham University and landing a job a quarry inspector I returned to writing and dabbled with ideas for novels. It was then that I was contacted by a crazy Swiss Barrister named Andy Gross who asked me to write the screenplay for his equally crazy movie "The Last Blast". This led me to write further short and full length scripts for other people and myself and eventually led to the desire to direct. My director's debut was the short film "The Sign "(2009) followed by another short "Rise of the North Star" (2011) and eventually led to my first full length project "Damaged Goods" (2013). We put together a concept trailer for another full length feature "Last Fuel for Miles" (2015) which remains to be made. However, thanks to an amazingly kind benefactor and generous folk who helped with a kickstarter campaign we managed to get the funds to make our latest full length feature project "Sparrowhawk" which is intended to be released later in 2017.
I have also written a novel "Down in the Dark" (published 2010) and intend to publish my next novel "The Secret of Feedback" in 2017/18
A few "behind the scenes" shots of some of our projects....