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Official Trailer

We’re extremely excited to announce the release of a brand new trailer for “Pieces” starring Kristy Guest, Kate Sandison, Louise Willoughby and Clinton Hudson.

The film is now complete and getting strong reviews. We are currently promoting the film through reviews and film festivals. Enjoy the trailer and don’t forget to check back for updates on festivals and showings!


David John Bartlett Soundtrack available

Pieces Original Soundtrack now available. The Pieces Original Soundtrack by David John Bartlett is now available to buy from his website.

Director Dan Sunley chose David to score Pieces from over 200 musical applicants: “The response we had when searching for composers was outstanding. When David applied, the second I heard the album ‘Ignite’ on his website, I knew this guy not only had bags of talent but the creative sensibilities to match the mood I wanted to create in the film, he definitely didn’t disappoint, he was an absolute pleasure to work with throughout the creative process”

The haunting, melancholic score composed and produced by the talented composer, is already attracting attention from the short film’s reviewers:

“The score/soundtrack is a testament to knowledge of the genre [and] add tremendous power to the aura of each scene” (Thy Demons By Scribblin’)

“The composition of David John Bartlett is absolute Dynamite” - (Erin Miskell, Back Seat Driver Reviews)

David John Bartlett

Check out the Pieces Original Soundtrack and his other works, all available to buy here.


Post Production complete.

We’re excited to announce that post-production is complete! A big thank you is in order to everybody involved in the post production process, there is some fantastic work we can’t wait to show off.

Check back with us soon for an article about the stages of post-production and how the people involved worked together to get the look we wanted.

We’ll also have more exciting announcements in the coming months so keep up to date with us on our socials networks:

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Scoring 'Pieces'

Pieces has found its music composer.

After sharing the teaser trailer on film community sites asking for a music composer to provide a score for Pieces we had an outstanding response. Over 200 talented composers applied, most with exceptional examples of work and amazing compositions. So after three weeks of listening (and re-listening) to all the entries – we chose David John Bartlett to provide the atmospheric soundtrack.

You can listen to David’s latest album ‘Ignite’ on his website or visit his Facebook page.

David John Barlett - Pieces composer

Teaser Trailer

We’re pleased to announce the official teaser trailer for “Pieces” starring Kristy Guest, Kate Sandison, Louise Willoughby and Clinton Hudson.

“Isabella arrives at her deceased grandmother’s house to clear her belongings. When she finds a jigsaw piece inside a book with a written note “finish it”, she sets out to find the other pieces. But as she tries to complete the puzzle, she begins to realise she is not alone in the house…”.

The film is now in post-production, keep an eye open for more updates coming soon and enjoy the trailer.


Storyboarding 'Pieces'

Storyboards are the first visual representations of the scenes in a screenplay and are an important tool for visually building the film’s narrative.

They can also help anticipate difficulties in composing shots such as camera angles and subject positions.

Here are some some shots of the film with the original storyboard sketches showing the evolution from the script to the screen.

Pieces storyboard comparison 1 Pieces storyboard comparison 2 Pieces storyboard comparison 3

Official Poster

We’re proud to announce we have an official poster for Pieces.

Dean Harris and Dan Sunley talk briefly about how the look of the poster came about and how the digital artwork was created:

Dan: “I tend to sketch posters out before I write the scripts – as a kind of visual log-lining; it’s an easier way for me to hone the premise of the film and give it definite mood.

The first impression of a poster is the one that lasts so I tried to keep it as simple as possible with one or two added details that you’d find on a second or third glance. The sketch was also a natural way for me to pass the ideas to Dean so he could create the artwork.”

Dan's first poster sketch Pieces poster version 1 Pieces poster version 1.2 Pieces poster final version 2

Dean: “Dan had initially done the hard work of creating the poster design with a quick sketch, based on a discussion about how to show the film’s plot with just one simple graphic.

We both like old movies posters, particularly ones that are minimal, clean and low tech. I love the idea of creating a design with modern tools and making it look like it was created from paper or card.

My starting point was the colour palette and typeset from previous designs I created for social media and the film’s website, keeping on brand.

After taking some inspiration from other posters of the horror and thriller genre, I finished with the design you see. Which I hope gains the attention of the viewer, but more importantly creates some mystery.”

“Pieces” Official Poster

Pieces - Official Poster non credits

Photo Gallery

Pictures from behind the scenes in during filming in Tideswell, Derbyshire

Photographs taken by Alan G. Mather


Behind the scenes – Creating the attic

Dark and dusty, claustrophobic and ominous; from Flowers in the Attic to Sinister, lofts and crawlspaces have always been staple part of Horror and Thriller canon, so when the short film Pieces was written – a tale centred around a young woman in her deceased Grandmother’s house it will probably come as no surprise that an attic scene would feature.

From a production perspective, using an actual loft space (instead of constructing one inside a set) is ideal for a film with a small budget. It’s already halfway there in terms of looks, but the small space becomes a challenge when you need cast members to move around and a film crew work to inside it for an entire day.

Before: The attic as it was.
Before: The attic as it was.
During: A cleared space but too sparse a scene
During: A cleared space but too sparse a scene

It took three days to completely empty the 5ft by 20ft crawl space, then re-dress it to create the visuals Director Dan Sunley had in mind for the scene:

“Creating the attic scene to look and feel the part of Isabella’s grandmother’s house was a fairly straightforward process, but it took longer than I excepted.

The irony is you have to clear a loft full of items and then re-fill it again to make it look full, only now it has to fulfil a plethora of other conditions.

The set had to convey a close, tense atmosphere, the items placed within had to relate to the story and it all had to be decorated in an eye-catching way to help provide the shots with visual depth.”

After: dressed with props to create depth within the shot.
After: dressed with props to create depth within the shot.
Finished scene - Actress Kristy Guest as Isabella.
Finished scene - Actress Kristy Guest as Isabella.

The whole scene also has to be lit effectively for filming. Cinematographer Mike Staniforth rose to the challenge:

“When I first saw the loft I thought it was going to be a tight fit. Once the attic had been cleared it was much easier to work, but we still had a height restriction, there were one or two shots where I wished we had another foot or two to play with, but you have to work with these restrictions and do the best with what you have.

With there being no windows or any source of light, creating a light source was a fun challenge. I decided to use a dedolight through a gobo to create a window effect on the back wall. Giving the viewer a sense that there was a window in the attic and light was shining through.”

All of the filming was done over eight hours through a two foot square hatch in a ceiling, only accessible via a ladder!


Day one shoot: complete. That’s a wrap! (For now…)

We successfully completed our first day’s shoot! It was a tad unusual, we spent all day inside a small, stuffy pitched attic in East Yorkshire (which was no taller than 5ft) the tireless crew and our awesome actors did a fantastic job from start to finish, all the arrangements went smoothly and we achieved everything we wanted to, the result: some excellent looking footage — CUT!

We’ll be adding photo galleries and behind the scenes photos and articles on how we achieved the look we wanted for this scene so look out for those.

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