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post Oct 30 2007, 02:48 PM
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A £1 million movie, dubbed the UK’s first user-generated feature film, has cast ten hopefuls after they auditioned on MySpace.

The romantic comedy Faintheart, which stars Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg, is based on the story of a sales assistant who takes part in Viking battle reenactments.

However, his passion for the Middles Ages gets him the boot from his wife – and he is forced to wage a war to win her back.

MySpace users also chose the film’s director Vito Rocco, after they viewed a short film he submitted online.

He said: ‘We’ve given cinema-goers and online users the first real opportunity to be part of the filmmaking process right the way through from script to seeing the results of their input up on the big screen.’

Actors Tim Healy, Paul Nichols and Anne Reid will star alongside Pegg.

Faintheart is being backed by Film4 and the UK Film Council and will be released next summer.

However, if you check out IMDB there is no sign of Simon although Jessica is there. huh.gif
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post Nov 20 2007, 01:51 PM
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Wha-Huh? Anyone heard about this? Sounds kinda like Shaun meets Run Fat Boy Run. Could be interesting if it's true...


Student Wins MySpace Movie Role

by Jenny O'Mahony | November 19th, 2007

A student at the University of York has won a role in a film after attending a virtual audition on the social networking site MySpace.

Phil Lester, a third year Language and Linguistics student, won the part in the film Faintheart after uploading an amateur video of himself at a mock job interview as the character of ‘Tim’, the role he later won.

He said: “I have always been interested in all aspects of the film industry, so I was hoping for a unique opportunity to see things from an insiders perspective. I had an hour to spare so I made a quick audition video and uploaded it onto the site. To be honest I didn’t think I had a chance but I wanted to give it a go anyway.”

Lester received the part a month after posting the video, having attending further auditions with the Casting Director, Gary Davy, in London. At this point in the selection process, the shortlist for the role had been reduced to just five hopefuls. Groundbreaking in its recruitment procedure, Fainttheart is described by producer Peter Carlton as “a fairly standard rom-com with a lovely Viking twist.”

The video diary that Lester has regularly updated on his MySpace profile, tracking his progress through the initial meeting with Davy through to the most recent posting after two days on set, has attracted something of a cult following
Faintheart is being hailed as one of the first user-generated major motion pictures, with actors and crew all recruited over the internet. The film, by award-winning British director Vito Rocco, has a budget of £1m and has already begun shooting. Rocco was selected from 500,000 MySpace users.

Faintheart, starring British comedy actor Simon Pegg, tells the story of Richard, a sales assistant who takes part in medieval battle re-enactment on the weekends. After being thrown out by his wife he embarks on an epic quest to win her back
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post Nov 20 2007, 01:52 PM
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Crap delete this.... Just saw the other one...

My bad.

EDIT: Rolled into the exisiting thread - Raven.
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- rabbit57i   Faintheart   Oct 30 2007, 02:48 PM
- - melzilla   Hmm...Interesting. I quite like the idea of trusti...   Oct 30 2007, 09:08 PM
|- - curtinparloe   QUOTE (melzilla @ Oct 30 2007, 09:08 PM)Hmm.....   Oct 30 2007, 09:14 PM
- - CazBag   QUOTE (rabbit57i @ Oct 30 2007, 02:48 PM)Howe...   Nov 1 2007, 09:51 AM
- - CazBag   Here's the MySpace page for it. There's a...   Nov 1 2007, 10:01 AM
- - Raven   QUOTE The romantic comedy Faintheart, which stars ...   Nov 1 2007, 10:37 AM
- - UnderSpaced   QUOTE (Raven @ Nov 1 2007, 06:37 AM)This isn...   Nov 1 2007, 11:00 AM
- - rabbit57i   QUOTE (CazBag @ Nov 1 2007, 05:51 AM)That is ...   Nov 1 2007, 02:04 PM
|- - dolfyn   QUOTE (rabbit57i @ Nov 2 2007, 01:04 AM)I thi...   Nov 3 2007, 04:04 PM
- - Pretty_In_Pink   Has anyone applied to be an extra?   Nov 1 2007, 10:57 PM
- - DeadMike   Wha-Huh? Anyone heard about this? Sounds kinda l...   Nov 20 2007, 01:51 PM
|- - DeadMike   Crap delete this.... Just saw the other one... M...   Nov 20 2007, 01:52 PM
- - CazBag   You can see some photos of Jess from behind the sc...   Dec 3 2007, 04:58 PM
|- - Raven   QUOTE (CazBag @ Dec 3 2007, 04:58 PM)I spoke ...   Dec 3 2007, 05:11 PM
|- - Kimmerv2   QUOTE (CazBag @ Dec 3 2007, 12:58 PM)You can ...   Dec 4 2007, 04:26 PM
|- - Llama   QUOTE (Kimmerv2 @ Dec 4 2007, 04:26 PM)Llama ...   Dec 4 2007, 06:05 PM
- - Llama   Only recently realised that the auditions being he...   Dec 3 2007, 06:29 PM
- - CazBag   QUOTE (Llama @ Dec 3 2007, 06:29 PM)Only rece...   Dec 3 2007, 09:05 PM
|- - Llama   QUOTE (CazBag @ Dec 3 2007, 09:05 PM)Ahhh no ...   Dec 3 2007, 09:09 PM
- - sleeping_pirate   Faintheart is due out this year, but I know nothin...   Mar 22 2008, 10:11 AM
- - CazBag   Premiere will be at this year's Edinburgh Film...   Jun 9 2008, 11:38 AM
- - CazBag   A bit more about it in The Telegraph   Jun 15 2008, 10:17 PM
- - grumpygit   New trailer   Aug 22 2008, 07:16 PM
|- - widowspider   QUOTE (grumpygit @ Aug 22 2008, 07:16 PM)New ...   Aug 22 2008, 09:58 PM
- - grumpygit   DVD release 02/02/2009 Play.com   Dec 5 2008, 10:51 AM
- - CazBag   DVD artwork and UK cinema release 27th January.   Jan 8 2009, 12:36 PM
- - sleeping_pirate   A guy I know from Uni is credited third in this on...   Jan 19 2009, 04:04 PM
- - CazBag   According to www.thread.co.nz Faintheart is gettin...   Jul 10 2009, 03:40 PM

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