The Drift – Press Release 2011

December 20, 2011  

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Making a Sci-Fi Spectacular on a Shoestring!

After almost 20 years of making spoofs in Lincoln and the UK, Backyard Productions is now embarking on its first original feature length movie — a Sci-Fi Spectacular called THE DRIFT and is looking for filmmakers!

A Sci-Fi action movie set in a deep space in a starship graveyard. With set building almost complete, the family team are looking for local filmmakers to help with the charity production. Anyone over the age of 16 with a firm interest in filmmaking is invited to apply to take part.

“This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who is serious about making movies.” said Darren Scales, Executive Bully of Backyard Productions. “Normally students and enthusiasts can only get involved in small short productions. We are inviting local filmmakers to join a team of almost 100 people shooting on huge sets right on the doorstep of Lincoln!”

The film group Backyard Productions is a voluntary group that raises money for charity during each production. “I think it is a great way of helping everyone. We get volunteers and resources for free; those who help get copies of the film; companies get exposure and worthy causes get a little bit more funding – everybody wins!”

The filmmakers are no stranger to Sci Fi; they have already made two Star Wars Fan films as well as an Indiana Jones spoof. Their exploits were even featured on Channel 4’s Richard and Judy, as well BBC and Sky News.

The filming of the production itself will take place in March 2012, although there will be activities almost every weekend leading up to the main shoot. “The aim is to make sure we are all ready for the big shoot. We have spent over £3000 on this project, so we want to make sure we are well prepared!”.

Filmmakers and Media Students interested in taking part should contact Darren Scales by email More information is also available at their website


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Benefits for working with Backyard Productions

  • Great for networking with like minded people that actually MAKE films.
  • Experience of working on a large set.
  • Shooting on Broadcast quality cameras.
  • Working on a feature length production rather than a short.
  • Making a production with a wide target audience suitable for most ages.
  • Access to the entire film and documentary rushes for showreel, and self promotion purposes.

We see our productions as a mutual benefit enterprise — you get to take part in a large production that might not normally be available to you where you can learn a whole new level of movie production: a great asset for any showreel and resume. We get free cast and crew. To that end, we cannot pay travel and accommodation costs — all our money goes into the elements we simply have to pay for: set, kit, insurance, food.

The pay off?

Everyone involved gets a copy of the film and full access to the rushes, documentary and still for their own promotion. We will publicise our work as much as possible, not just at the end, but the through the entire process. Every major project we have undertaken has been featured on both National and local TV, even Japan — just check out our showreel!


Then of course is the Charity Premiere where we celebrate in style, black tie and all the pomp you want! Better still all the money made on the night goes to great causes! Typically we raise between £2000-£3000.

Why us?

Simply put, we finish what we start and quickly. Typically our films are completed within 18 months of starting, we do not hang about! We have a proven track record of completing a wide range of productions, we may not have much money, but we do make movies!


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