Filming begins on Of the Shadows in the North East

Of the Shadows production. From left Charlotte Thompson, John Turner, Victoria Lapping and James Bartlam

Of the Shadows production. From left Charlotte Thompson, John Turner, Victoria Lapping and James Bartlam

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A production company is hoping for international success as it starts shooting a new short film.

Twisted Pixie Productions, a independent company, has started filming ‘Of the Shadows’ in the region, which tells the story of a young Victorian woman who becomes a vampire to escape her marriage.

The film directed by Sunderland University digital film student Victoria Lapping, 25, from Millfield, and produced by John Turner, stars up-and-coming talent in the hope of shining a positive light on the region.

The crew of 20 started shooting the film on March 28, and it will be used as Victoria’s university dissertation film before being entered into festivals including the Sunderland International Film Festival and ones abroad.

John, 25, from Grindon, said they hope to wrap filming by April 2 before post production work begins on May 4.

He said: “We have been working on the dissertation film for the past year and have been bringing in people to work with us that we have ties with in the industry.

“The film is 15 to 20 minutes long and we have managed to raise some funds through Indegogo and have put money in ourselves.”

The film will star professional actors Felicity Jayne, Richard Rowen and Marleen Matthews, who has worked with Hollywood director Paul Verhoeven.

John added: “We plan to film in locations around the North East including Beamish and buildings in Sunderland and Newcastle.

“We want to show the region has a lot to offer.”

For more information visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/of-the-shadows