Shooting to Begin on Gaming Sci-fi Flick THE CALL UP

Written by Martin Unsworth Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Movie News

Principal photography will commence on the 10th November 2014 in Birmingham on action sci-fi, THE CALL UP, a new film set in the cutting edge future-now world of computer gaming technology.

Written and Directed by Charles Barker, the film is produced by Matthew James Wilkinson (Stigma Films), John Giwa-Amu (Red & Black Films) with Alan Martin (THE MACHINE) to executive produce.

Max Deacon (INTO THE STORM, HATFIELDS & MCCOYS) headlines a cast of  exciting up-and-coming talent, including Morfydd Clark (MADAME BOVARY, A POET IN NEW YORK), Ali Cook (THE ANOMALY, THE MESSENGER), Parker Sawyers (MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT), Tom Benedict Knight (DRACULA UNTOLD, HOUDINI), Boris Ler (IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY), newcomer Douggie McMeekin and introducing Adriana Randall. Gamer suit design and build will be by Robert Allsop (X-MEN, DREDD, THE MARTIAN)

The synopsis from the press release:

When a group of elite online gamers each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game, it’s a dream come true and impossible to resist.

Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism. At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience.  But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology, quickly takes a turn for the sinister.

Once the group are attacked by enemy combatants, they soon realize this is no game after all.  Make a mistake here and you pay with your life.  Now these masters of the shoot ‘em up will have to fight for survival within a game gone bad, but this time it’s for real.

THE CALL UP is the debut feature film from director Charles Barker. Previously known for award-winning ad campaigns for international brands such as Vodafone, Nokia and Wella, his short film, INDECISION, was accepted into more than 60 film festivals all over the world. He is also an award-winning genre screenwriter, specialising in action, science fiction and horror.  As a video game writer, he recently had the opportunity of developing a new game for the PlayStation 4.

THE CALL UP topped the Brit List (British Black List) in 2011 as the best unproduced screenplay of that year, as voted for by industry peers.

More news on the project when we have it.



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