Monday, 8th July 2019
Film makers shoot trailer for or the book ‘To Ride with the 7th
THE historical account of a North soldier’s fate at the Battle of Little Bighorn has been brought to life by young film makers.
Media students at
Richard Alsop, Kaidyn Wilkinson, Reece Goodham and Ben Fox, filmed produced and edited the story of Timothy Donnelly, a Darlington-born soldier who was killed alongside General Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876.
The debut novel by Patrick Townsend traces the journey of 19-year-old Timothy Donnelly who emigrated from Tubwell Row, Darlington, to the
After enlisting with the celebrated
Programme leader for University Arts London diploma Level 2 media Stephen Wade said: “We were initially approached by Patrick last year who pitched the idea of producing a film trailer for his new book.
“None of the students had ever heard of The Battle of Little Bighorn before but when Patrick mentioned Timothy and his connection to
“Students really bought into the project and what they have produced is a stunning piece of film work to a very high professional standard and one of the best pieces we have seen on the UAL course.”
Using 60 actors from the Lonestar Old West Re-enactment Group, horses, chickens and a pig, the students spent two days filming scenes from the book, including an epic battle
re-enactment, in Leyburn,
Sound engineer Kaidyn Wilkinson, 20, of
“It was fabulous work experience where we could be really creative and see the project through all its phases.”
Cameraman Reece Goodham, 20, of
The trailer was shown to invited guests in the media suite of
Author Patrick Townsend, of
“Having students who are around the same age as Timothy, and from the same town as him, create the film is a great homage to the young soldier.
“They have really contributed to his story by bringing a young man, who could have been lost to the annals of history, back to life.”
To view the trailer for ‘To Ride with the 7th’ visit https://youtu.be/yiQiayA6Sxk.