Local film makers reach national audience

Cracking production: Steven Hatton (L), Neil Baker (R) outside their offices in Lincoln.

Electric Egg, a Lincoln production company, will have a feature film watched by around half a million when it airs on national television this year.

Into the Wind, their first self-produced feature-length documentary, has been acquired for UK broadcast by the Yesterday channel, part of the UKTV group.

The film captures the life and wartime experiences of former Bomber Command veterans from the Second World War.

It features interviews with former aircrew originating from Poland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom.

Electric Egg, whose offices are in the Enterprise @ Lincoln building, have been in operation since 2005 and is composed of founders Steven Hatton and Neil Baker.

Hatton said: “I find human stories very interesting and found that your usual war film was often too concentrated on the machinery, dates and weapons.

“I felt they that didn’t have the intimacy that these compelling stories deserve. Our film does not have a narrator and it is entirely based on bomber crews and war veterans.

“This is the biggest project so far in the history of our company and we are very proud of it. I believe that our showing of these inter-woven stories do them justice.”

Lights, camera, action

Neil Baker said: “On these kinds of projects there is usually a huge number of people involved, and with it mainly being just the two of us, it was challenging work.

“The only thing we did not do was the music which was done by local composer Hugh Cowling. He is excellent and definitely one to watch out for in the future.

“Because all of the people we interviewed were over 85, unfortunately some of them did not live to see the end of production. We have been told by families that their relatives would have been proud of our film.

“We have heard great things so far from those involved in the film, let’s just hope others can be as appreciative of our work.

Into the Wind will be aired on Yesterday in November 2011 and be released on DVD by the end of the year.