Robert Sproul-Cran


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Robert Sproul-Cran

Robert runs his own production company. Through Northlight Productions Ltd he writes, produces, directs and does everything relating to the moving image. He has also trained and educated a range of broadcasters from beginners to BBC staff. For five years he was Project Manager at Voice Of My Own in the Scottish Borders, and there he devised and launched the youth media access project VOMO tv. He has 30 years experience of making programmes, particularly factual (including schools programmes and documentaries), and also makes film and drama.

SELECTED PRODUCTION CREDITS - Education Series for Channel 4 where he wrote and/or directed include: Chez Mimi - French for Primary children through a sit-com shot in Paris. Here Come the Vikings - History People in Society - Modern Studies Scotscapes - Scottish geography. Factual: Wrote and directed the C4 schools programme In Search of the Tartan Turban which explored the issue of cultural identity through a London-resident Scottish Sikh ‒ Hardeep Singh Kohli ‒ his on-screen debut. Robert won a BAFTA for this. Northlight produced an Equinox ‒ Lethal Seas, for C4 and Discovery. The project involved filming in the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle - home of the original Maelstrom - in mainland Norway, Sweden, East and West Coast America, Hawaii, Canada, Japan - and of course the Gulf of Corryvreckan in Scotland. Robert co-wrote the narration script. Other projects include Square Sail Round Scotland  (BBC), It's Your Life drugs education series with Jackie Bird for BBC Scotland and Health Scotland.

NOVELS - Robert has written and self-published three novels. Schrodingerʼs Caterpillar is a quantum physics comedy novel which he self-published in 2013. In the past few years it has sold several thousand copies and garnered over a hundred reviews internationally. (Check out some of them on Robert used the pseudonym Zane Stumpo (more at Capital Offence, a political thriller written under the pseudonym of Robert S Scott, won Robert an agent, but ultimately no publishing deal. However he was commissioned by Gabriel Films and Ecosse Films to write a screenplay based on the book. Ultimately this didnʼt find production funding. Some ten years after writing it, Robert self-published the book in 2014. The Witching Ground is another Robert S Scott novel. It started as a screenplay, and he reverse engineered it into a novel, which he self-published in December 2014. Itʼs a supernatural thriller about a female American archaeologist literally digging up her past in Scotland.

SCREENPLAYS - Robert has written many full-length screenplays over the years, including Anything But Temptation which raised £10k development funding, but failed to get into production. The Elemental, a 35mm short which he wrote, directed and edited received UK Film Council funding and was shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and other festivals worldwide. It won the UK nomination for the Melies DʼOr award at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain in October 2013. Robert is currently on the 12th draft of a screenplay adaptation of a classic Scottish novel, and has shot a trailer for this with a view to running a crowdfunder to allow a micro-budget shoot to take place in the Borders.

THEATRE - In 2011 and 2012 Robert directed a double bill for the new theatre company Treading The Borders ‒ I Canʼt Remember Anything by Arthur Miller, and Marrakech by Graham Swannell, starring Jane Houston Green and Jacques Kerr. This toured throughout the Borders and also to Cottiers Theatre in Glasgow. In 2013/14 Robert took part in Page to Stage workshops run by Firebrand Theatre Company in Hawick.

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