Big time film for Dean

Salisbury Journal: Big time film for Dean Big time film for Dean

BEING spotted for a major legend is the dream of would-be actors, writers, directors and producers from across the world.

But for one Salisbury man, who finished his college film course just 18 months ago, that dream is coming true.

Dean Mitchell, 30, has been made lead producer on a movie being executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the Oscar-winning director behind films such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and Raging Bull.

Mitchell, who lives in Milton Road, said: “It’s strange sitting in my bedroom in Salisbury taking calls from Hollywood.”

Scorsese’s script supervisor Martha Pinson is directing the new film, Tomorrow.

The trio will also be working with producer Neil Jones and executive producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

Mitchell’s dream job came about through a film he shot with writer/director Robin S Boyd, who he met at Wiltshire College.

Soft Touch was filmed around Salisbury, with the help of local businesses who allowed the pair to film on their premises.

On the back of his involvement with the film, Mitchell has already been sent two more scripts to work on afterwards.

And he is hoping that Soft Touch, about a troubled adolescent who falls in love with a schoolgirl, will be screened at this year’s Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Mitchell is also celebrating success as a comic writer after one of his works was bought by New Yorkbased Hound Comics.

It marked the first time the company has bought a comic from the UK.

“The comic came from another short film I made, which went viral with about 10,000 hits,” he said.

As Mitchell began writing the script he realised the plot was too unrealistic, so turned it into a comic instead.

He said: “Comic writing is my time to be creative, rather than using someone else’s script.

“Everything has just happened at once, it’s so surreal.”

Mitchell is travelling to New York next month to meet Scorsese.

Casting for Tomorrow is taking place at the moment and the film is due to be released next year.

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