A FLEDGLING Sunderland-based film company is set to put its work on the big stage after joining forces with two well-known North East writers.
Contrapunto, a digital film company formed this year by graduates from the University of Sunderland, has been chosen by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood to shoot scenes which will be integrated into their new play Amazing Grace, which is touring the area this year.
Amazing Grace is loosely based on the Grace Darling story and Contrapunto will be filming scenes at famous North East landmarks, such as Longstone Lighthouse and Bamburgh Castle.
Ed, who’s a former graduate of the university, said: “We had been having discussions with the university about involving them in the production and Contrapunto’s name came up.
“When we checked out their previous work we were very impressed and from our first meeting it was clear that their technical abilities were matched by their drive and enthusiasm. It didn’t take us long to invite them on board.”
Contrapunto was set up by seven film undergraduates and one of their first commissions was a book trailer for The Zombie Room, a thriller by North East author RD Ronald, which went on to win a Bronze Award at the Annual Telly Awards.
Their producer, Josh Coles, said: “We’re really excited about our involvement with Amazing Grace. As soon as we read the script we knew it was something we wanted to be a part of and we’re really looking forward to the challenge of integrating our film into the play.”
Jason Legget, principle lecturer in digital media content at University of Sunderland, said: "When Ed and Trevor approached the media school with their idea we knew that the Contrapunto team would be a perfect fit for the project. The partnership is really exciting and we all can’t wait to see the finished work.”