We started the production of Veins back in 2017 but it was originally written by Charlie Waters Anderson in 2016. Starting as a college project it progressed into an MTN Films project a year later. Through months of planning the team molded the original script into what we now know as ‘Veins’. The story is based around Jay (Oliver Mascarenhas), a drug addict battling his vulnerability in pursuit to be a father to his unborn child. The victim of all this is Jay’s girlfriend Alice (Claudia Falzon). Dealing with the pregnancy is enough stress for her already but having to cope with Jay is another.
In development of the ‘Veins’ we centered our attention on films of a similar nature such as ‘Trainspotting’. We were knowledgeable that the most common genre young filmmakers tackle is drugs, so we were prepared to add a unique touch to ours by focusing the attention on the fracturing love between Alice and Jay. Introducing green screen to our cinematic intros and hiring out large scale locations, Veins was certainly the beginning of a long journey.
After casting all the actors, we began negotiating with venues nearby. We knew that our previous production ‘Hackett’ was simplistic with locations, so a step up was required to get more recognition from film festivals. Also, high production value was a crucial aspect in showing funding bodies and other videography companies that we are capable of handling finance in an efficient way. By the end of the production we were able to hire out 2 locations of high value in Wimbledon, that being Waitrose on Alexandra road and Sacred heart hall on edge hill. Where we stand now with production value is very different to where we were, so we stress that patience and consistency is key to filmmaking.
Furthermore, the production took a total of 3 weeks to complete. Immediately we started submitting on Film freeway and received a few official selections in return. The team were very pleased with the final project however we believed that there was much room for improvement and therefore didn’t rest after ‘Veins’. We formed meetings and discussed what equipment and strategy was needed to make our films a step closer to television level. We concluded that a new camera and audio equipment was going to be vital for us to move forward in our filmmaking journey. At MTN films we try to be as versatile as possible without going over the top. After every film we complete we analyze all performances from cinematography to acting and negotiate how we can improve hence why we produced the web series ‘Rhythm for the lost’. Both projects share common themes around drugs and relationship, but the uniqueness comes in the Rock and roll music in ‘Rhythm for the lost’. However, producing a web series of such style wouldn’t be possible if ‘Veins’ didn’t follow through. We believe that every film we produce sparks an idea in our minds to keep the journey progressing.
To truly captivate the relentless struggle of Jay and his strained girlfriend Alice we would highly appreciate if you watched ‘Veins’. Tell us what you think and most importantly how you feel towards Jay’s decisions. Thank you!