Shrewsbury stars in new global interactive movie

Numerous Shropshire locations have been used as the setting for a new interactive film created by a county-based film company.

Iain Ross-McNamee with Nicole O'Neill on set
Iain Ross-McNamee with Nicole O'Neill on set

Ghost Dog Films took up the challenge of creating an interactive film, where the player chooses different paths for the characters, which was launched today.

The cast includes Nicole O’Neill, who stared in Red Sparrow alongside Jennifer Lawrence.

See the trailer here:

The game has now been translated into 11 languages and launched on Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo for users to explore.

I Saw Black Clouds is the company’s third project since it launched in 2014. It is an interactive psychological thriller with supernatural elements and branching storylines.

Fran Hansen, MUA, Ellinor Persdotter

A description of the film states: “After the unexpected death of a close friend, Kristina returns to her hometown looking for answers, only to unearth a string of dark secrets. The truth turns out to be far more harrowing than she could have imagined.”

Amanda Murray, producer at Ghost Dog Films, said the whole team had worked hard on the project and were excited the film was finally launching through publishers, Wales Interactive.

Cara Middleton and Iain Ross-McNamee

She spoke of the Shropshire locations used in filming: “When we are filming its good to have unusual places that haven’t really been seen on film before. Shropshire boasts some incredible places that look amazing on screen.

"We filmed at Clive Church, Lord Hill Column, the Alb, Lord Hill Hotel, Shelton Hospital – which still had some parts in it’s original state – and a number of private and historic homes in the county. It was about 20 locations in total.”

Ellinor Persdotter, Justin Pearson, Fran Hansen and Lily Elmes

The writer and director of I Saw Black Clouds, Iain Ross-McNamee, was keen to move into games, Amanda said, so they brought their skills to a new level.

“Wales Interactive have been able to get us on Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo – which is very hard to do. It has just elevated what we do really,” she said.

Nicole O'Neill, Amanda Murray, Iain Ross-McNamee, Rachel Jackson

“It is quite a complicated project – you have to think of different outcomes, can only film so much on a certain budget, and you need to keep the story. It’s a dark thriller but we hope people will have an emotional experience while playing it.”

I Saw Black Clouds is an interactive psychological thriller with supernatural elements and branching storylines.

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