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The Last Post is a 15 minute short film written and directed by Adam Preston and starring Ryan Sampson, Mark Heap, Selom Awadzi, Harry Rafferty, Andy Gillies and Katie Alexander-Thom.
The film's DOP is BAFTA Brit-to-Watch Sam Care and the producer is Samantha Waite, known for her work on Man on Wire. Oscar nominated Kant Pan edited the film.
The film is represented for international sales by Shorts TV who will be broadcasting it on their channel. .
Festivals where The Last Post has been selected for screening:
Toronto Film Week
Paris On-Line Film Festival
New York Film Week
Canada Shorts (WINNER Special Commendation)
THE SET NYC Film Screenings, New York
LA Comedy Film and Screenplay Festival
WILDsound 2015 Best of Short Film Festival, Toronto. Winner Best Overall Performances
Crystal Palace International Film Festival, London
Chicago Comedy Film Festival
Naoussa International Film Festival, Greece
Madrid International Film Festival, nominated: Best Short Film 2015, Jury Award and Best Producer
Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, Texas, nominated: Best Writing (original screenplay) and Best Ensemble Cast
Official selection Film Miami Fest, Florida, nominated Best Short Worldwide
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The Last Post will be one of ten films on our comedy genre 2016 film sales sheet which incidentally we will be pushing hard in Clermont-Ferrand...
P.S. I loved the film!
Dominic Freeland, Vice President, Channel Sales, EMEA, Shorts TV.
Thank you for letting us take a look. Amazing cast and beautifully edited and directed. I absolutely love Mark Heap and Ryan Sampson.
I do think the two lead characters are really interesting, I think the idea in this of our friends on facebook not really being our friends is very interesting, and such an on topic subject.
Emma Barnard | Development Coordinator, Comedy| Broadcast | ITV plc
Just watched this - wow ! Beautifully made (shot, edited and dubbed) and a stellar cast. You've done a really good job.
Asif Zubairy | Commissioning Editor, Entertainment | Broadcast | ITV plc
We very much enjoyed The Last Post - it’s a cracking idea and beautifully executed.
Smack the Pony
Adam, your film did very well at the ACSFF last night. It was one of my personal favorites
Mikel Fair, Austin Comedy Short Film Festival
I thought it was a wonderful film, Adam! Very funny, timely, and well produced too. Loved your actors. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your movies, and best of luck at the festivals,
I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Post, it made me laugh, it made me cringe and it made me laugh some more, all in 15 minutes. So thank you for inviting me!
I also had the pleasure of joining Sophie as a makeup daily on the last day of the shoot and I can honestly say I've never stepped onto a shoot for the day and felt so welcome. There was a lovely atmosphere on set which was calm and happy. The whole cast and crew were really friendly, and I left at the end of the day feeling sad that it was such a short shoot.
I really hope that The Last Post gets the recognition it deserves, and that you are able to direct your feature. I'd happily be a part of your crew again, and I can't wait to see what 'A Love Like That' will be like!
Hair and Makeup Artist
You're welcome, if only all directors had your passion and tenacity, you deserve this and I am happy to support you
Dear Adam I'm Buzz' friend from drama and it was lovely to meet and work with you on Saturday. It was a fascinating and educational day and so glad to have taken part in your project. It was so difficult not to laugh – the whole story is bloody hilarious. I was truly impressed by your very calm, polite and yet decisive approach to the day, despite the endless constraints of the filming - a very different experience from that at Morley!! I’m a hospital doctor by trade – and if the NHS could adopt just a miniscule fraction of the organisation that the production team so beautifully demonstrated, the hospitals may actually start to improve!
Best of luck with the post-production work and can’t wait to see the final result.
Dr Michael Waller
Thanks for the invite but unfortunately we will not be able to attend as have other commitments. but would love to see some pics of the screening etc if possible.
But as said on KickStarter I feel privileged to have backed and been a part of this adventure it has been run very professionally and has been a slick operation from start to finish with great insightful updates from yourself.
Believe you me not all Kickstarter campaigns are like this and seem to be just a way for people to raise money and have a jolly :-( tho I must say other than yours this was a good one to back too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28wAal9J_fc
Anyhow as say been a great campaign by yourself and if you do want to do another kickstarter project then I would more than happily back you again.
'I had a 'featured extra' role in The Last Post and was so impressed with the way that Adam really took time to speak to every single supporting artist with respect and encouragement . We felt as vital to the overall project as the main cast which helped make filming an inclusive experience for all performers, inevitably giving great results!'
This is great buddy!! Just watched it with Sophia, my 15 year old and we loved it! Great premise to get the guy to speak, then he seems to channel Mr. Bean when delivering such a clueless, yet heartfelt, eulogy! Wrapping it up with the two about to get a real Eastender beat down is great!
Very high production value here – you made a great little film!!
Congrats! I hope it does well in the festivals!
A big part of what I have been doing as part of my preparation for the shoot on the 22nd November is recruiting mourners for the church. I need somewhere between 30 and 50 people of varying ages (depending on the church size) and the budget simply does not run to paying them. Mourners will not be out of pocket and will be fed and given tea and coffee, will have an unforgettable experience and be part of something really special. The church will be in London. I have recruited 22 so far and am in correspondence with several more. If you are interested in appearing as a mourner in The Last Post please e mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you more details about what is needed as well as the script.
I am very fortunate to have the use of an office near St James' Park on Fridays where I have been conducting auditions and other production meetings. On Friday the 10th November I saw about 20 actors who were auditioning for the parts of Sam (the comic sidekick to our hero Phil) and the two intimidating brothers Jim and Terry. At one point a pair of blokes entered the office looking extremely angry and upset. I thought that I had left the door open downstairs and a couple of nutters had got into the building. In fact it was two wonderful actors: Andy Gillies and Harry Rafferty, and they had got themselves 'in' character as the two bereaved brothers. They did the scene seated side by side and it was the easiest piece of casting I have ever done - because they were so utterly convincing that I would be stark raving mad not to cast them in the roles.
Although the part of Sam has not yet been cast we are now down to two shortlisted candidates who we will be trying out with our lead Ryan Sampson on the 27th October. A piece of great news is that Doon Mackichan, who is known for Smack The Pony and is currently appearing as the office boss in Plebs has agreed to play the vicar in The Last Post - a real coup and a wonderful way to emphasise the comedy of the scene.
I have also now had my first meeting with the cinematographer Sam Care which was an utter joy. This is because he is passionate about what he does, an absolute expert in his field but also open to ideas. Our conversation threw up many creative solutions to the various problems the production faces and we both left inspired and excited.
I have now confirmed that a young production designer called Heather Mort will be designing the film and I am completely confident that she is the right choice. Headaches like finding a coffin are, for her, meat and drink, and she uses not only her taste, judgement and creativity in coming up with the look of a film - she knows that charm and, where necessary, cake can also be useful and getting what you need. Wardrobe has also been recruited in the form of Josie Parkinson whose enthusiasm for the project was infectious even for me, who is very passionate about it indeed! But what really nailed it for me was her suggestion for the T-shirt that Sam would wear - it would show a buffering timer and the words 'Fart Loading 85%'. Even if we can't clear copyright for this shirt it was so apt and funny and perfect for the character that I knew I'd found my wardrobe person instantly.