SOLSTICE - THE CREATIVE TEAM
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By Anna Angelini
Directed by James Kane and produced by Wizardlight Productions in association with Dear Friend Films, 'Solstice' is a romantic drama with an environmental heart about saving our seas from plastic pollution and finding love.
In 2019 James was awarded the Creative Scotland/Young Scot/Screen Scotland 'Nurturing Talent Fund Award' which supports young up and coming Scottish creatives. He used this funding to contribute towards the production of a feature length film. Set on the rural west coast of Scotland where he grew up and offering a creative platform for Scottish-trained early career professionals, #SolsticetheFilm was born.
The creative team is excited to be breathing life into a film that not only showcases young Scottish-based talent but also delivers an important environmental message.
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James is the Director, Executive Producer and Producer of Solstice. With a clear creative vision for this production and a true appreciation of the beautiful locations in Argyll, James has enjoyed directing his first feature film.
Having assembled a talented and equally dedicated creative team, James enjoyed the collaborative process and by drawing on his own acting experience, worked with the cast to bring out strong performances. He ran an enjoyable film set where each person was able to showcase their creativity and skills.
In a career spanning more than 30 years as a commercial copywriter, editor and novelist, Anna has written professionally for a wide range of organisations and also completed a number of creative writing projects of her own.
Solstice represented a new and enjoyable writing challenge. Giving the characters their voice and creating a suitable story arc for each was a fascinating process.
Being a Producer on the film was a real privilege, allowing Anna the opportunity to work with such talented young creatives to bring Solstice to life.
Director of Photography
Patrick Rooney is a freelance filmmaker, working under the title of
DEAR FRIEND Films. He produces high quality, professional video content for a variety of international clients, as well as a short films, documentaries and promotional videos.
His work has been selected for multiple international film festivals, as well as having been shown live on national TV (STV).
Patrick studied Digital Filmmaking at the SAE Institute in Glasgow, gaining a First-Class BA Hons degree. After graduation, Patrick then completed a nine-month Internship with the prestigious Edinburgh-based production company, Plum Films. He now works with various production companies across Scotland, as well as producing his own professional film work.
CRAIG ANDREW ROBERTSON
Craig, 23, graduated with an MA in Filmmaking (specialising in Editing) from the University of the West of Scotland in 2019. Prior to that he completed a BSc(Hons) in Computing for Graphics & Animation at Robert Gordon University.
Driven by a love of film, Craig has been involved in many aspects of film production and even set up and run a film festival.
As the Editor on Solstice, Craig has worked closely with Director, James to interpret the filmmaker’s vision and bring this charming story to life. He has worked with exceptional dedication, creativity and sensitivity to weave the elements of Video, Sound and Music together in post-production and enhanced the edit with colour grading.
It is not only the feature length nature of the film that makes Solstice such an interesting project to edit. The combination of plot twists, varied locations, flashbacks, slow-mo dream sequences and music combine to make this a challenging edit. Craig has also enjoyed working with Wizardlight Productions.
Cameron is an experienced composer from Edinburgh with a long abiding passion for film music. Working as a freelance composer in Scotland, he has worked with numerous film companies and directors to provide unique sound solutions across a wide variety of styles. His music is available for streaming on Spotify (artist name Cameron Collie) and you may find more examples of his work at .
Taking on the role of Musical Director for Solstice, Cameron was tasked with providing a soundtrack that complemented the film’s narrative and style. From the very beginning of the compositional process, it was clear that the soundtrack needed to pair well with the film’s setting, the majestic landscape of Oban. It was settled that an orchestration of strings, brass and woodwinds would form the foundation for the sound palette, as these instruments would naturally capture the grand scale of the film’s environment and events. Furthermore, the music would also take a considerable amount of influence from traditional Scottish music. Instruments such as the smallpipes, fiddle, clarsach and tin whistle were featured heavily in the final arrangement, with a goal of furthering the film’s sense of Scottish identity through its music.