HND Film Alumni Develop Lockdown Idea For Pilot TV show

Vestigial cast: Jamie Strachan, Ross Cowan, Richard Naylor, Emma Armstrong and Liam O’Gorman. Photo: James Reid

2019 HND Film & Television Alumni; James Reid and Conor Purvis have kept themselves busy over the lockdown period collaborating on a treatment for a post apocalyptic thriller set in Scotland with their fellow New College Lanarkshire graduates from the Performing Arts department, including actor Jamie Strachan.

“Vestigal” is set in various locations across Hamilton and follows four young individuals surviving strange times as their lives are turned upside down by a mysterious stranger.

James Reid writes:

“It all started with a  conversation late at night between Jamie, Conor and myself… All 3 of us started writing, combining and editing an idea until we had a pilot written then we deleted that and started again.

The 2nd draft had a much better tone,  you could feel there was something going on with these characters that left you asking a few questions.. Now it’s suddenly started to materialize, it’s kept us sharp and focused on working on a project, and it’s given people in our  group, Actors, Crew etc, something to take their mind off the world and media at the moment.”

The team are in talks with various networks to partner up and possibly broadcast the show which will be serialised, once the pilot is shot by the end of July 2020, with a view to a national television debut by the end of this year. You can read more about the project in an article in the Daily Record at this link.

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