"Pandorica" is a soon-to-be-released science fiction film that chronicles the adventures of a trio of youths named Eiren, Ares and Thade who must lead their tribe in a world that has been plunged into a dark age where most humans behave primal and vicious. Writer and director Tom Paton is associated with a production company called The Film Label and he has been involved with several feature-films. Recently, he discussed his experiences working in the movie industry and his hopes for the future.

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The beginning 

Blasting News (BN): What inspired you to forge a career in film?

Tom Paton (TP): When I was a kid, I remember leaving the cinema after watching “Jurassic Park” and my first thought was...I want to be an Archaeologist. Then I realised I wasn’t cut out for digging all day so decided to make Movies. I’ve always looked for ways to express the weird ramblings in my head artistically and filmmaking allows me to do that in such a multifaceted way that it has become less a career and more of a passion.

Tom Paton is the creator of a forthcoming film titled 'Pandorica'. / Photo via Clint Morris, October Coast PR. Used with permission.
Tom Paton is the creator of a forthcoming film titled 'Pandorica'. / Photo via Clint Morris, October Coast PR. Used with permission.

I’m self-taught and have been learning the craft from YouTube since I was twenty. From then on, there was no looking back really.

BN: Do you have a favorite movie? 

TP: The first film I remember watching was “The Land Before Time” but it’s hard to pick a favorite movie. I’m massively influenced by John Carpenter and Sam Raimi with “Evil Dead 2” and “Escape From New York” being firm favourites of mine. I also love “Apocalypto” and all three of those movies kind of merged together to create the DNA of “Pandorica.”

BN: How did you get involved in “Pandorica”? 

TP: I created “Pandorica” to prove that the model of distribution we were trying to promote at The Film Label could not only work but potentially open the door to many more filmmakers like myself break into the wider industry.

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So far it’s worked really well and we currently have an entire slate with some real talent behind them going on at the Label.

BN: Where are you at this point in your career?

TP: So far so good. My debut movie “Pandorica” has been really well received and I’ve just completed shooting on my second feature film “Redwood” which is due for release next year. My third movie “Glow” starts pre-production this winter. Being self-employed is a tough in any industry but filmmaking can be especially hard.

I’ve been fortunate that I have found an audience for my work and will continue to build on that.

BN: How did you break in? 

TP: I used to be the go-to guy for live event filmmaking. I toured the world with some big name musicians and DJ’s shooting in low-light. I directed music videos that went on to get big views on YouTube before turning to commercials. I co-founded The Film Label with Nick Sadler and George Burt and very quickly got “Pandorica” off of the ground from a script I wrote in three weeks. Just two months later we were in production and then in under a year we were a theatrical release throughout the UK.

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The forthcoming 

BN: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention? 

TP: I’m currently finishing work on “Redwood” which stars Mike Beckingham, Tatjana Nardone and Nicholas Brendon, who actually played Xander on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” A trailer for that movie will be dropping very soon. Next up for me is “Glow” which is basically “Tron” meets “Kill Bill” and is my baby. I’ve been developing it for years so it’s really exciting to finally be bringing it to life.

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Over at the Label we have some great new signings and I’m really excited to bring Corrie Greenop’s new film “Dark Beacon” to audiences very soon. This guy is going to do big things.

BN: What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers?

TP: Don’t listen to anyone that tells you know and just go and do it. If you own an iPhone and have a group of friends willing to act for you, then you have all you need to get out there and start making a name for yourself. Watch tutorials, study rising talents that you admire and then forge your own path. If I can do it, then I believe anyone can.

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