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To Lose Control – Page to Screen and Behind the Scenes

ImageFriday and Saturday will see the culmination of a lot of hard work from a bunch of very talented people.

To Lose Control will have launch screenings for cast, crew, friends and family. The amount of help and support that people and companies have given this project has been overwhelming and I would just like to say a big thank you for all of it!

As you’ve probably heard before the seeds were sown on this project around this time 2 years ago and 6 months ago, after a long week, we finished principal photography.

This for me is definitely one I’m very proud to be involved with: to collaborate with someone on such a personal project was an honour and I hope I’ve done the material justice.

Here’s a ‘Behind the Scenes’ video for a bit of an insight into the production:

The screenings will take place on Friday at 5.30pm sharp at Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast and  at the Moviehouse Dublin Road at 10.30am. If you would like to attend any of these they are both FREE, just email tolosecontrol@gmail.com and RSVP.

Hope to see you all there!

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To Lose Control… Wrapped!

18 months ago I met director and Marty Stalker and we talked about his pet project To Lose Control. Last week all that talk came to fruition and we completed principal photography on the project.

Here’s the synopsis and trailer of the movie…

After nearly ten years of military service including operations in several war zones, a former elite soldier Chris Draper struggles to deal with P.T.S.D. after leaving the armed forces. He decides to find a cure and explores a once controversial treatment of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing before he loses control completely.

We started on Monday and the biggest task was to make a quarry outside Newcastle Co. Down look like a military compound in Afghanistan. We were very lucky to have Jim Sherrard as part of the team, as he did an awesome job recreating “JTAC Hill” (or Hamburger Hill as I liked to call it).

When the cameras rolled pyrotechnics just kept coming and with two large speakers blasting out war effects we definitely got a feel and taste of war. 

After Monday’s actual explosions the rest of the week was full of emotional ones, and they were probably the hardest to shoot. On various locations, and with a great supporting cast and crew, we made it to the therapy with Maggie Cronin, one of the stars from Terry George’s Oscar-winning film The Shore.

This has definitely been one the best experiences of my career and it should be a rollercoaster of a ride for the audience when it’s released. I just wanted to finish off by saying a big thank you to everyone involved – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Please follow the To Lose Control Facebook page and Twitter for more updates and behind the scenes videos.

New Film – “To Lose Control”

After the success of Desecration last year, myself and Marty Stalker will be collaborating once again on a new film called To Lose Control.

It’s probably my most ambitious role to date, as I take on the character of Royal Marine Chris Draper, an Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran who is trying to cope with P.T.S.D (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

The film explores the once controversial therapy EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) used for dealing with P.T.S.D, and how family and close friends all become affected by it.

Plans are to have cameras rolling this summer with some locations around Northern Ireland doubling for Afghanistan. Here’s a teaser trailer of what you can expect –

Desecration: hot, even in the cold!

It was freezing cold in Belvoir Park at the weekend but that didn’t stop the C-Project trucking on with its latest project DesecrationI played the role of Johnny with an amazing cast and crew.

With the temperatures in the minus figures it didn’t dampen our spirits (the cast were kept warm doing special forces manoeuvres with an on-set Military Advisor) and the attention to detail and special effects, mixed with a great story, make for something very special when the finished product comes to the screen next year!

Desecration is set on a dark remote road where a car is stopped at a military checkpoint. Something isn’t right and the soldiers find themselves in an impossible situation.

Well done to everyone involved, it was a pleasure working with you all!

To get updates on how things are progressing please ‘like’ the Desecration Facebook page.

Images used courtesy of Kathleen McCreesh Photography and Ricky McQuillan.

First time horror for me… “Desecration”

After meeting Marty Stalker of Scattered Images film Productions about his venture “The C-Project” earlier this year, I have signed for his latest project “Desecration”.

Here’s a short synopsis of what’s in store –

Four soldiers are manning a military check point in the Northern Irish countryside. Their objective is to cordon off an area and to stop people from entering it. Unwillingly, the soldiers suddenly become involved in an ancient blood feud which leaves them fighting for their lives…

I’ll be taking on the role of Janty in the movie and from what I hear, I’m in for a rollercoaster of a ride!

It’s written by Alan McCracken and David Withers with Marty Stalker behind the camera. Filming will commence in September this year.

If you can’t wait until then, check out the teaser trailer for a taste of what’s to come.

I’m looking forward to getting started and working with such an exciting team!