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Movie-makers' lock-in experiment
Octopus Apocalypse
The film-makers will endure a Big Brother type week in the house
Four teams of film-makers have been locked up in a north Wales country house for a week-long arts experiment.

Organised by the Llanrwst-based Real Institute, which supports contemporary arts, each team at Trevor Hall near Llangollen will produce one short film.

The twist is that everything from equipment to actors will need to be won during board games played each evening.

The films will be premiered at the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen on Saturday.

One team from the Denbigh area are Octopus Apocalypse, made up of Martin Smith, Paul Roberts, Chris Gage and Geoff Lloyd.

Mr Smith said: "None of us has any professional training, but we've made a handful of films using local actors, including one which was chosen for screening at an independent film festival in Edinburgh."

It'll be like a creative pressure cooker in the mansion
Sabine Cockrill, Real Institute

"It sounded such a fun idea, we had to give it a shot and we're really excited about working with different experts and using professional equipment."

The teams entered the house on Tuesday and throughout the week their every move has been shown both on the web and on a large screen at the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen.

Sabine Cockrill, from the Real Institute, said all four teams in the project - called Really Restrictive Shorts - impressed with their creativity, ideas and enthusiasm.

"It'll be like a creative pressure cooker in the mansion over the four days, but we're looking forward to seeing four very high quality short films at the end of it," she said.

The films will be screened on Saturday at the Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen during an evening of live music, comedy, DJs and other international short films.

"It will inspire more people to get involved in film making," Ms Cockrill added.

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