I haven't been on AmeriCymru in ages so I'll introduce myself briefly. I'm a writer & producer based in Bridgend (down South) who regrettably doesn't speak the mam iaith despite being an avid watcher of Pobol y Cwm. I work through my company Seraphim Pictures (Bridgend, Cardiff and thereabouts) which produces short films and documentaries as well as the odd music video.
I'm currently producing a short film called Moore's Code, about Artie Moore - a young Welsh amateur radio enthusiast who in 1912 picked up the distress call from the RMS Titanic from the attic room of his father's Seventeenth Century watermill. It's a story that's been largely forgotten over time (despite, I think, being an important addition to recent Welsh history) and with the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic this April I think it's high time that it came to light.
Moore's Code alternates between Artie's life at Gelligroes Mill and the fateful night of April 14th/15th, and that of Jack Phillips, the wireless operator who was sending the distress calls. Artie had a reputation for being a bit of a tease around the village so people thought that it was some kind of joke - like crying wolf I suppose. Opinions changed when the news broke two days later and he became a local hero/celebrity.
I'm bringing this up here to a) raise awareness of the Artie Moore story (and the film!) but also to promote the film's crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. I've seen (and run) campaigns before that can be confusing, what with all the levels of rewards - who gets what for paying what - so I've simplified the process. We're taking pre-orders of the DVD to help raise part of the budget. The DVD will contain Moore's Code as well as a making-of documentary and a documentary about the real history behind the film; it'll also be accompanied by promotional materials.
I also want to get some good conversations going about the story and the film so I'm asking you to tweet me at @Daniel_Lyddon and use the hashtag #titanicdrama regardless of whether or not you can donate. These will be featured in Q&A videos for the campaign. The campaign page is at www.indiegogo.com/moorescode and I'd really like you to help make the film by donating and then using the social networking buttons to spread awareness. The campaign takes donations in dollars but I also have campaigns in pounds sterling and euros that'll be going live in the next couple of days.
Please check out www.indiegogo.com/moorescode for more info on the film and tweet me @Daniel_Lyddon. I look forward to speaking to you!
very very cool.
Aside from crowdfunding on IndieGoGo I'm also aiming to raise part of the budget by approaching companies associated with the Titanic and asking for funding. By this I mean associated with the ship, not the film.
It's involved a bit of detective work but I've been able to track down the companies that have acquired/merged with/bought out the companies that supplied goods for the ship. My findings have been as follows:
They bought Corus > who bought British Steel > who bought David Colville and Sons, who provided the steel for the ship builders Harland & Wolff. Interestingly enough, Tata still operates the very steelworks that David Colville used to make the steel.
Harland & Wolff
The name should be familiar to any Titanic enthusiast. I left a message with the company that deals with their memorabila - Garment Graphixs - which you can see at http://www.hwtitanic.com
Arthur Price provided the cutlery for the Titanic and has recreated the design to commemorate the centenary of the disaster. You can see the cutlery at http://www.arthurprice.com/page/cutlery_titanic
Royal Crown Derby
This company provided chinaware for the ship's a la' carte restaurant. They're also reproducing it for the centenary: more info is at http://www.royalcrownderby.co.uk/shop/giftware/titanic-boxed-gift-i...
Portmeirion Group purchase Spode, the company that provided some of the third class china for the Titanic
Liddell Linens provided...you guessed it...the linen used on board, although I'm not sure whether this would have been for the whole ship.
Telent bought part of Marconi (the rest going to Ericsson) and of course, the Marconi equipment features heavily in the story of Moore's Code
I contacted Cunard Cruises through its owner Carnival Corporation & Plc. Cunard bought the White Star Line and its ship Carpathia, of course, was the one that picked up the survivors of the tragedy.
I've contacted these companies and a few more...with varying success...more news on this as and when I get the responses.
Cardiff's new flagship, the small 190 person cruiser is looking for a name. Some of the greats have been mentioned Charlotte Church, Katherine Jenkins etc. I have asked that Artie Moore be considered as I feel he has more right to the title and it will ensure that he is remembered - at last! A former sister in law and a great fiend of mine, Jayne Williams had an uncle who lost his life on the Titanic - he went to become a boxer, I believe he was quite young when he died - she was interviewed for the documentary a few years ago to give some details.
Wow, it's a long time since I've posted about Moore's Code - it's currently still in development with plans to pick it up again this year. I was reminded of it by an S4C documentary called Cymru'r Titanic about the Welsh connections to the Titanic. The last ten minutes were dedicated to the story of Artie Moore, as detailed in our film. There's more information about the programme here:
It's a shame that it's not viewable online before because it was a very good doc. I just thought I'd come on to share the weblink and let people know that Moore's Code is still alive - it's just taking us longer to get round to putting it into pre-production. At the moment we're focusing on a short film about Welsh rugby culture but Moore's Code is in the back of my mind.
Hope that everyone is well,
Best of lock. I wouls still love to see that!
Thanks! One day, some day - it's a tough sell at the moment but we'll find an investor on one or both sides of the Atlantic - we may end up having to film a section in America eventually.