VIDEO: Promising director shoots film in Belper

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A talented young film director has shot a new movie in Belper using some of the best up and coming dancing and street performance talent in the region.

Louis Vella.who last week was presented with the Arts Council’s highest honour – the Gold Award – filmed “Vigor” in the River Gardens with East Mill as the backdrop.

He also used international contacts in the Netherlands and Iceland to produce the film’s titles and music score.

Now, the short film is attracting attention from top industry experts and Louis, who is also the camera operator for a new Channel 4 pilot, is hoping the project will kick–start his career.

The 18–year–old said: “ Vigor is a short high paced movie featuring an intense soundtrack created by Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds and some of the best young up-and-coming talent in the East Midlands.

“It was primarily filmed in Belper featuring some of the towns most iconic places and buildings and also has scenes shot in Derby and Nottingham.

“Aside from myself who filmed and edited the movie, I worked with a friend from the Netherlands to create the beginning titles for the film.

“I wanted the project to include as many people as possible and to see if it really was possible to create elements such as the titles for a film using international contacts like Hollywood but with zero pounds budget.”

Among Louis’ previous projects are a viral internet advert campaign for Derbyshire Constabulary, the former Belper School pupil was also commissioned to shoot the Olympic Torch on its journey through the Midlands by the UK Arts Council and has helped put together a documentary in conjunction with the BBC and Confetti Studios comparing the cultures of Italy and the UK.

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