My name is Patricia Buck!
I am Project leader, writer and producer for this venture.
We look forward to bringing our finished film to life, show-casing it in independent cinemas, at film festivals and where-ever we can and, of course, making it available for sale online.
The finished film will be available on its own or packaged with a special edition of the original poem in an illustrated book and/or with an audio-book version of the poem read by Heartsfelled himself.
I've been writing since I was a child (which was a long time ago and I've published under other names), and am now very excited to have been able to get together with a team of professional and up-coming filmmakers to create a film version of one of my stories. The story was originally written as a performance poem with lines in Anglo-Saxon (think Beowulf meets Tolkein). The film will combine all our creative energies to bring to life a new character, Heartsfelled the Storyteller and also the villagers and demons around the story's central hero-warrior, Fyrdhwaet, the Identity Stealer.
As seen in our introductory sequence footage, we are privileged to be granted permission to film at the very special Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding which is also where Heartsfelled's Museum of Stories will be created down in the ancient, brick vaulted Undercroft. From here Heartsfelled will tell the story of an ancient Anglo-Saxon warrior hero, Fyrdhwaet, the Identity Stealer. Fyrdhwaet's challenges are to defeat three earth demons who cause droughts, dark eclipses and devastation to the villagers that brought him up.
The story will be brought to life with live action sequences. So, we've also gained permission to film those sequences in a wonderful wild-wood location somewhere in deepest, darkest Bedfordshire.
Who are the crew working with me?
Zak Wylde Productions:
Their motto is "Live life to the full" and they most certainly do that.
Zak, Tina and Pete are seasoned special action actors, playing film roles individually and together. All three are specialist weapons experts, rock climbers and historians. Zak is also a very fine gymnast and is currently earning high grades at university, putting the formal edge on his studies and becoming an unsurpassable filmmaker.
Zak's production company, Zak Wylde Productions, is an exciting new venture founded on excellent training and experience as well as high-quality creative film-making skills.
Find this company at zakwyldeproductions.com
Zak Holland is our Director of Photography advisor and actor on the Heartsfelled, Identity Stealer film project:
Zak Holland is a highly experienced young actor, an independent stunt performer, and has worked in many choreographed film fight sequences.
As well as being trained in other Martial arts such as Traditional Kung Fu and Kickboxing, Zak is trained in armed combat (sword fighting) as he is four times UK Backswording champion.
He is also a top-level Gymnast and has competed at National level in the men's pairs.
Zak has been acting from the age of 4 when he joined Stage Coach, which has led to many Stage performances. He now continues to play an active role in the Film and TV industry alongside his work in University studying Film and TV Production. He has worked on many productions throughout his time in the Film and TV industry such as (Justice League 2017), (The Halcyon 2017), (The Crown 2016), (The Boy Who Would be King 2019) and has worked as a creature performer in films such as (The Girl with all the gifts 2016).
Pete Holland is our Director.
As well as being an experienced director, Pete is a special action actor.
He's also all these things:-
Martial Arts Instructor with over 40 years Martial arts experience Style - TE-MA Traditional English Martial Arts - Weapons and Hand to Hand Grade - Master at Arms - In single sword, Sword and Dagger, Sword and Buckler, Quarterstaff, Cudgel, Great Stick, Hand to Hand Black Belt in Freestyle Karate Black sash in Kung Fu Also experienced in Taekwondo, Wing Chung, Kick Boxing, Cornish Wrestling, Bare Knuckle Fighting British Academy of Dramatic Combat qualified (Theatrical sword and unarmed combat) British Federation for Historical Swordplay UK Steel Backsword Champion 2008 and 2012 UK AOBC English Country Backswording Champion 2009 and 2012 ....
You can visit Pete at - www.petebuzzsawholland.com
Tina Holland is advisor on the Heartsfelled project. But she is a special lady, Tina can also do the things Pete can do. She is a specialist action actor, weapons woman, and martial arts artist. She's a wonderful addition to our team both as working film-crew admin and as professional actress.
Nigel and Julia Gant
Imagine my absolute delight and the big grin on my face when I asked my friend and wonderful orator Nigel Gant to be the character Heartsfelled for my film production, and he said; "Oh, I studied and learned to speak Anglo-Saxon English a few years ago!" (so he understood the original poem version of Fyrdhwaet immediately!) Like everything else related to this project, Nigel is just the right person, at the right time, in the right place.
Alongside Nigel, I get to work with his delectable wife, my very good friend and our costumier - Julia.
Julia Gant is a musician, a re-enactor, a historian, a textiles historian, costumier and a food historian to boot. Between them, Team Gant truly are the icing on my cake. You can see Julia and her sumptuous costumes in our opening sequence.
I could talk more about individual actors who will play all the special roles but, really, let's get to work and then you can see them for yourselves.