This last project Norfolk actor Marie Cooper was working on, just weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, was Duelo with Edward Heredia and Paige Fisher. Filmed in Norwich on the weekend of 6th March 2020. Duelo is a short film produced locally in Norwich, Norfolk.
I was playing Clemence, mother to both Tristan, played by James Crawley, and Stephen. The scene I was in was a funeral scene, filmed on location in a church in central Norwich.
The team crowdfunded for the project raising money to fund the film, from set design, props costumes etc, right through to the payment of film festival entry fees. The project was professionally and impressively run, with catering on location and actors being paid for their work.
On the February 11th 2020, I met up with the director and fellow actors for an afternoon of rehearsals. I am far more accustomed to theatre than film and analysing the dialogue of stage scripts, rather than the descriptive visuality of a screenplay. So, it was immensely helpful to have the opportunity to meet up with the director and fellow actors to get to know each other and to run our scene beforehand. We filmed on location in Norwich on Friday 6th March 2020.
This was such a wonderful project to work on because, once more, I was working with student filmmakers Edward Heredia and Paige Fisher from our very own Norwich University of the Arts. This felt an extra special project to be part of because I work with Edward from the beginning to the end of his course. He is a deeply thoughtful, reflective and professional Director, who I am sure will be incredibly successful when all of his hard work pays off after university.
The film was fully completed early in 2021 and is currently doing the film festival rounds.
Cole Ben Wheatley
Tristan James Crawley
Clemence Marie Cooper
Amy Estelle Long
Funeral Director Andy Turner
Director/Producer/Writer Edward Heredia
1st Assistant Director Bram Kwantes
Producer Vaineta Keraityte
Cinematographer Ethan Cassidy
Production Designer Georgia Pett
Sound Designer Sally Gilbert
1st Camera Assistant Paige Fisher
2nd Camera Assistant Frances Pesquera
Make-up Artist /Hair Gemma Simmons
Production Assistant Cameron Cassidy
Production Assistant Finlay Cassidy
Set Dresser Assistant Emily Brown
Production Assistant Christos Chyrsanthou
Drone Operator Alex Woosey