Cameron Utiger’s feature debut Cooked is in post-production | Newcastle Herald

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Real events inspired Cameron Utiger’s first Bar Beach film. The 22-year-old aspiring filmmaker has just finished shooting the film, titled Cooked. “It’s a coming-of-age story set in my hometown of Newcastle,” said Cameron, who wrote, directed and produced the film. He is now in full post-production for the feature film. “The story of the film is based entirely on real events that myself and my group of best friends went through growing up in Newcastle,” Cameron said. “The film is inspired by these stories. When I was about 16, I started writing these stories in my notebook thinking they would translate well in the movies eventually.” He was inspired by films like Lady Bird, Superbad and Dazed & Confus. The title of the film was inspired by the term “cooked”. “It’s something that got started, especially during my teenage years, and I thought it was the perfect title for an Australian coming-of-age story. For a definition, look no further. than the urban dictionary. ” The film is set around the final HSC exam and early adulthood. “What better way to commemorate the end of this chapter than to indulge in an 18th birthday party,” Cameron said. “We follow Ethan and his group of best friends as they embark on their last big night together as a group, before they all go their separate ways. The night to come will test their friendship because everything, inevitably, will doesn’t exactly go to plan. ” The actors come from people he knows from the Newcastle area and a free website called StarNow. “They come from all over the country including Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne,” he said. “The process of making a film has been difficult, but the most rewarding experience of my life. Working over a year and a half to achieve a goal, and the end product will turn out as you envisioned, is the best feeling in the world. ”I learned so much. and I hope to bring this experience to the next film. To fund the film, he spent over a year working and saving until it hit half the budget. Crowdfunding helped increase the rest, with an overall budget of around $ 31,000. The film was shot and set entirely in Newcastle at locations such as Bar Beach, University of Newcastle, The Obelisk, Newcastle Beach, Watt Street, The Grand Hotel, Newcastle Grammar School and The Junction. “Our goal is for the film to be edited and finished by the end of the year,” he said. “We don’t have a cemented release plan – we hope to submit it to film festivals. and hope that some producers and distributors will choose the film and release it in theaters across Australia. “Any distributors or producers interested in the film, contact me at 0478-624-998 or find us on Instagram or Facebook @TheFilmCooked. ”IN THE NEWS: Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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