A director will swap Huddersfield for Hollywood after shooting her latest short film in studios in Armitage Bridge.
And she is hoping that securing actor David Gyasi of ‘Interstellar’ fame as the leading role open doors in LA when she meets Ralph Winter, producer of X-men and Fantastic Four, and a host of other industry professionals.
Director Aurora Fearnley, 33, won the ‘Enter the Pitch at Pinewood’ competition for her sci-fi idea based on bible tale Jonah and The Whale.
She received £25,000 to see her idea become reality and is now filming at Huddersfield’s North Light Film Studios at Brooke’s Mill, which has also been used for BBC dramas ‘Remember Me’ and ‘Happy Valley’.
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Aurora said: “Going to Hollywood is a dream. I’ve never been to LA. It’s the holy grail of the film industry.
“Finally I’m getting to do what I’ve worked up to my whole life.”
Aurora, a Leeds Met Film School graduate, has co-written the script for sci-fi short film Pulsar which is set on a spaceship travelling across an alien planet.
She said: “A lot of sci-fi films have religious undertones and look at topics such as redemption and sacrifice. The main theme of this story is about second chances.
“Jonah played by David Gyasi is a big character. He acknowledges his actions cause hurt to those around him.
“He dies but is given a second chance to live again.”
Aurora was introduced to movie star David when he was a judge on the Pitch panel which saw five finalists’ work critiqued at famous Pinewood studios before Aurora’s entry was selected the winner.
Aurora added: “David is such a generous person. What he is doing is validating my work which is giving me an opportunity I’ve never had before.
“This is just the beginning for me.”
Luke Walton, project director of Pitch, clearly believes Aurora has a bright future ahead of her.
“Aurora is a fantastic director,” he said. “Short films don’t make money but they do make careers. She has always shown such potential. She has what it takes to be a winner in this industry.
“Filming is going really well. The crew are fantastic. The cast has been outstanding. They can feel there is good vision behind it.
“We looked at over two dozen locations but this one worked the best.
“I would like to thank North Light and the team have been brilliant.”
North Light Film Studios has one of largest independent studios in the north and has its a variety of land and buildings which offers wide scope to directors.
Other notable productions screened there include 1920s gangster drama series Peaky Blinders and film When The Lights Went Out.
Take a look below to see a selection of film and TV hits filmed in Huddersfield.