Glory was comissioned by FujiFilm to test its new 35mm and 16mm motion picture film stocks, the result is "The Glow", a short cinema film directed by Marcus Dillistone and starring Bradley Walsh, John Quentin, Natalie Ogle and introducing Jack Blumenau.
The Glow was photographed by three internationally acclaimed cinematographers: Thierry Arbogast AFC ('Leon', 'The Fifth Element'), John de Borman BSC ('The Full Monty'. 'Hideous Kinky'), and Tony Pierce Roberts BSC ('Howard's End', 'A Room With a View').
The film was written by Marcus Dillistone who also directed and produced. It incorporates the widest possible variety of lighting set ups to test the filmstock. But the the film was also designed to entertain.
The new stock is Reala 500D, a 500ASA daylight balanced stock which demonstrated its ability to record images as the eye sees them, with very faithful colour reproduction, and low grain for its speed.
The film was shot on location in Hastings, East Sussex. Cameras were supplied by Movietech, lighting by Lee lighting, laboratory services by Soho Images. Digital compositing was supplied by Digital Film Lab.
The film was off-lined on Apple Final Cut Pro, and neg cut by Tru-cut. The film was telecined to HD-Cam at VTR, and video versions were created on Quantel iQ.
"The Glow" is about Mr Swann, an eccentric gentleman of considerable independent means, who collects light bulbs. He has every type there is, except one, which has evaded him all his life.The story unfolds when a young boy (David) finds the ultra rare '1879 Edison Laboratory bulb' for sale on the Internet! Three weeks pass. David collects the bulb from the parcels' depot, and takes it, via aged funicular railway, traditional fishing beach, and 1930's covered promenade, to the old man's sprawling cliff-top mansion, where a surprise awaits him in the form of Mr. Swann's manic Butler. The film culminates in Mr. Swann's study, where the eccentric gent eagerly awaits the defining moment of his lamp-driven life…