The groundbreaking podcast is the World's first uncommissioned, fan-funded sci-fi/fantasy series, available to download free from www.ministerofchance.com or from iTunes. It is a sonic movie, made with film technique but using sound alone. The pilot episode was recorded using overdrafts, and it attracted a large and vocal Worldwide fanbase who crowd-funded the remainder of the six part series. It has also received a raft of ecstatic reviews. The stellar cast joined the project for low pay on the strength of the script, and were later joined by Tamsin Greig in Episode 3 and Philip Glenister and Jed Brophy in Episode 5 at their own request.
Production on the visual movie will begin in July, firstly on the pre-title sequence known as The Prologue. The self-contained segment, which introduces the character of Durian (played in the podcast version by Paul McGann) will be a standalone short film but also an advertisement to attract investment in the full-blown feature film. Producers Radio Static (producer Clare Eden and writer/director Dan Freeman) plan to adopt the same crowdfunding model to fund the short. In an innovation sure to excite fans – they will be able to buy props and costumes from the film on condition that they lend them to the production until it is complete. Funders – or Minister Moguls as they have become known, will then be able to own the pieces. The fundraising campaign will begin on 1st July.
There is no confirmed casting as yet for the visual movie, but we'll let you know as soon as we can if Philip will be starring in it!
You can watch a video of the announcement here: