A budding film-maker who makes wedding videos in his spare time is hoping 2014 will see him put Ellesmere Port on the silver screen.
Paul Kearney, of Stanney Lane, says he has dreamed of becoming a professional film-maker for years, an ambition that has become stronger through his part-time work as a videographer.
His goal is to make a film from scratch, based entirely in the town.
Paul, 31, said: “Like most people who nurture dreams, goals and aspirations, we rarely live them, but I would really like to make a movie here in the Port as part of my dream.
“Ellesmere Port has some really interesting locations, like the boat museum, the docks and many parks.
“Film making is a passion and a love affair and like most professionals working in the film industry you start with nothing.”
Paul, who owns much of his own equipment, added: “I know we can do this here in Ellesmere Port.
“I’m no expert, I’ve made a few short films and documentaries and I produce a few wedding DVDs.
“But if we can achieve making our film, we can be the first people to say we made a film in our town and, maybe, it won't be our last!”
Paul trailed his ambitions in the Pioneer in autumn 2012.
“I was looking for anybody to get involved with trying to make a film with me, I had no script so anybody who had an idea or a short story and wanted to try an make it into a film was welcome.
“I explained there is no money, it is a completely amateur affair and that I am no expert so we'd have to figure it out for ourselves.
“I already own a camera and edit suite to author DVDs, so part of the battle was already won in that regards.”
Ellesmere Port resident Adam Mcmanus told Paul he was keen to get on board.
“He already had a short screenplay that he'd written, which he brought with him when we first met for coffee on the Coliseum.
“He brought his brother, Kyle, a few weeks later who was also keen and shared the love of film.
“I already had a company that I use as a part time videographer and they agreed that was a usable production company name, so ‘imagineering Films’ was born.
“We've shot a bit of test footage over the last few months and we have two actors on board for the real shoot, which we're hoping to get going early this year.
“One is professional and both are local.
“I want to shoot the whole thing in Ellesmere Port where we're all from and use what we have around us.”
Paul adds:“The whole point of me doing this in the first place was to show that anyone can make a film with limited or no funding.
“A bit of creativity, endeavour and perseverance is all that is needed.
“If we can cobble together this short film successfully we hope to go on, maybe with some backing financially in the future, who knows?”
If you’re interested in getting involved in Paul’s film, email Paul Kearney at firstname.lastname@example.org.