Olivia Maiden - 1st Assistant Director.
Olivia is yet another member of the crew who originally auditioned for a part in the film as an actor.
Nailing the audition for her joint lead part as Jane Shannon, it soon became apparent that Olivia had many hidden talents to her belt.
An award winning actor, producer, director and owner of her own production company Dream Hive Films, It became quickly evident to us that Olivia is not your average 16 year old actor who we were dealing with.
The films director stepped up and filled in for all the dates where Olivia was otherwise engaged with more pressing issues.
Her on set professionalism coupled with her ability to think on her feet has enabled everyone on set to learn from her cool and calm exterior she exuded when she found herself in any unforeseen situations.
Our director has also gained a lot of AD experience from Olivia with her guidance this past 18 months. Giving him the skills to be a stand in AD where the situation commands.
Stephen Baldwin - Writer and Director
As modest as he is, Steve is undoubtedly the powerhouse behind this production.
Seven years researching the story behind Lucy's unsolved murder, has lead to the material that was garnered being scripted, and eventually becoming this entity:
Film? 6 part series? potential documentary? novel? whatever its final destiny may be?
A fresh to the scene director. Steve rose to the challenge of this position after spending time on various popular TV period costume drama sets. Entrusted with Lucy's story he set out to learn from the masters of their arts in film and production. He threw himself into the deep end of this production with a positive sink or swim attitude.
Encouraged by the positivity and enthusiasm from the newly amassed 400+ cast and crew who have joined the set throughout the 18 month journey. His own confidence quickly grew to help forge a director who values those around him and realises that every single person involved is of great importance.
Rosetta Bachofner - Composer
The connection between the story and Rosetta literally gelled from the very first moment she heard about Lucy .
Like many of us involved with the film. Rosetta felt herself being inexplicably drawn into the story chronicling Lucy's short life.
I try to capture, feel through the music how the inner life of hers still tries to find a moment of calm but without sugar coating it to let the music be a part of her very own unique story.
Rosetta Bachofner is a young Swiss masters graduate currently living in Bulgaria.
As a professional film composer she works in a sea of changning soundscapes.
The dynamism and sophistication of her charisma creates a completely unique soundscape.
We've entrusted Rosetta with Lucys story. another oddball meeting which we have learned from past experience to never question, but to simply go with its flow.
Michele Bromley - Head of Make up, SFX
Michele is our senior stylist and takes charge of the main cast and oversees the other MUA's on set. She runs a tight ship!
She is also head of SFX and prosthetics make up for the film.
She works amazingly well with her team and can bring in as many (or as few) MUA's as we need for each set.
At our biggest set to date she brought on board 8 talented ladies working flat out throughout the dat to prepare the sa's for their courtroom scenes,
Each and every one of them did an amazing job!
Michele and her team are the ones who have really helped to pull this production together.
Her past work includes: Film/TV, live television broadcasts at ITV Good Morning Britain, MTV music awards, and has also taught SFX and prosthetics as a principle tutor at the Gorton Studio and Bath Academy Of Media MakeUp.
Is the production company set up by the director and scriptwriter of the film.
So we guess that also makes him the producer of this entity as well?
The film has come to fruition from being funded by private donations and the sale of various collections which our director has amassed over the years, and invested directly into the production,
The production could not have got as far as it has without the funds and without the giving of time and talents from the hundreds of cast and crew members!
Hundreds of thousands of hours have already been invested into this film by more than 400 people, who have given their time, skills and talent to collectively to help make what we have, Which spans over 50 days of shoots over the past 18 months.
All of whom have asked for nothing more than expenses for their valuable input.
We remain indebted to all of the people who have helped take the production to where it is now.
Samantha Swithinbank, designer, costume.
Samantha used to freelance for the period style inspired clothing company which our director Steve and his ex partner used to run from Devon.
It was through these company connections, where the starting point of this film and Samantha's connections came together.
Samantha, upon hearing about Lucy's story came on board very quickly and took on the role of designing many of the gowns which the girls were wearing in their youth.
Steve's Pattern cutting skills and ability to source the materials and trimmings lead to the collaboration of the styles being drafted, and within a couple of months of casting the main lead roles to the girls, the first dresses were ready to be fitted.
Samantha has also taken on the role as our wardrobe mistress on most of the shoots we have undertaken over the past 18 months
A valuable asset to the team and always there to help out from the moment we arrive to the moment we leave.
Kieran Sebille - Editor, Post Production.
Ryan John - Crowd 2nd AD Cumbria.
Ryan started out like many of our on set professionals, applying for a part in the film as an actor.
He was set with the task to portray a latter day Victorian miscreant.
His other talents were soon spotted on set when we had a crowd of almost 200 people attend a scene in Cumbria.
He was offered the task of conducting them throughout the takes - and he nailed it.
Ryan is a film maker in his own rights and his willingness to help out on any set he is on shines through.
Ryan currently holds two crew positions with the film.
Being an indie production, many of us double or triple up on our expertise on set to ensure that every scene we shoot runs smoothly.
We make a great reliable team.
Kelly Merritt - Executive Producer
Stephen Baldwin - Props, Set Dresser, Buyer.
Ryan John - Stunt Coordiantor and Choreographer.
Stephen Baldwin - Locations manager.
French born Kieran at only 22 years old is the youngest cameraman that we have in the crew.
He's a director of photography and can handle anything we throw at him,
As a perfectionist he has two common sayings.. "I'll take it out in post' - But Kieran its a bloody massive new build monstrosity thats in the way!! "it'll be gone" and sure enough its gone!
and his more famous 'Just one more take' after hes already done 15 different angles and 200 takes of the same scene... But we always give in. He is an amazing editor, laying claim to the trailer which we released in April and is now working on the scenes for the film.
Hes also an award wining writer and film producer! He simply oozes talent.
I met Andy within a couple of days of pitching this idea for a film back in August 2018. He was immediately drawn to the subject and quizzed me for hours about Lucys story.
Being totally sceptical (and remaining so) about the supernatural elements to the film, he gets rather bemused when we all start to swap stories of what we believe to be some contact from Lucy, Rolling his eyes and offering us a big grin is his usual way of saying - you lot are bloody nutters!
I think he's now got used to us?
As part of the team of DP's he brings his own ideas into the shoot and bounces these off the others, creatuing magic all the way.
He is also a driving force behind Darklight films a Cornish / Devon collaboration
Will Davies is the latest addition to the camera team and has been to every shoot we have scheduled since joining us in December of 2019.
Will came aboard by total accident?
One of those accidents we love to be embroiled in.
He originally applied to be a supporting actor in the film? When we found out he was a cameraman and a DP talks were immediately had with him about pulling him on board. He readily agreed and the rest is history.
Having 3 DP's on set may seem weird and slightly counterproductive, but with all 3 of our team not suffering from any ego, this works rally well, In group shoots Will delivers amazing results bringing his own flavour to the mix and nailing the shoots.
Max Franco - a long time friend and camera operator, who we first met at the Cornwall Folk Festival in Wadebridge.
Max directed and shot a music video together with our director back in 2017 and we've never really looked back since.
Max a Venetian born Italian adds that definite Italian passion of fire and coolness to the mix - it just wouldn't be the same on set without him.
This film has become his passion, from the moment it was pitched to him hes been in awe of Lucy's story. Like the rest of us who are either unhinged or totally passionate? Max is in it till the bitter end of this film, thats for certain!
At the workington shoot Max soldiered on throughout the days and nights, never complaining once.
A month later he was on the waiting list for a triple bypass. - thats dedication!
Leanne was one of those people who came through by one of the total chance encounters,
An encounter which Andy Q would do his usual head shake and smile wryly about!
Picture the scene, I'm in the tavistock courts attempting to get an audience with the trust and a date set for the very first court scenes of this film to be shot. A couple walk in and being all knowledgable I corrected the man who was telling a young boy where the prisoner would stand when on trial.
He asked if I worked there and I told him that i was location scouting,
It only turned out that he was Lianne's father and that she was studing film in Gloucester!
I gave him my number and in less than 20 minutes Leanne was on the phone and we'd arranged for her first appearance on set.
She's an amazing young lady who is definitely destined for greater things.
Elly initially came along with Leanne to see what was going on with the film.
Elly was eagerly asking if she could help and was soon put to work, first on clapper, then on sound and she's even had a spell at camerawork too.
Shes unshakable, has worked through some of the worst freezing cold nights and warmest of days but has never faltered or complained once.
Elly joins the ranks of being yet another amazing young woman whom we have been fortunate to meet on this journey.
She's also currently in her final year at uni in Gloucester. This talented young woman - like Leanne - is going to go far in this business with her ethics and attitude.
We love the team and they gel so well when on set, we certainly couldn't have done this without them!
John Peters pretty much looks like his profile picture all the time when he's on set,
A passionate cameraman who loves his job and it shows!
He came to us via darkLight films, Joined the crew and has been on many a shoot in the past..
He likes his after shoot wind down pints and never stops smiling and cracking jokes!
He thinks like Andy and isn't afraid to tell us that "You are all bonkers mate!" but he does love the story of Lucy, and has the same passion that we all have to tell her story to the world.
Richard Roberts was on set at The Spanish Princess when I was working on it last year.
When he heard about the film he was immediately interested and asked to be called up if we needed a cameraman for any of the shoots.
We did in February 2019 and he came down to Cornwall from Wales and added his magic to the mix.
Hes an amazing DP to work with both on and off set, his dry and funny humour really puts everyone at ease and his professionalism shines through on set.
We hope to be working with Richard again on future projects.
Michele is our senior stylist, being mainly in charge of the main cast and the other MUA's on set. She runs a tight ship! Michele and myself had one of those 6 degrees of separation moments, we'd missed one another umpteen times on various TV series sets and only came together with this film. She is a lifelong friend of a close musician friend of mine from way back in the Punk / New wave days.
It was when I mentioned I was planning the film to Spizz (of SpizzEnergi fame) that he mentioned Michele to me, made us a messenger hookup and the rest is pretty much history! Michele was hooked from the very first page of the script and told me that whatever i was doing she was on board!
As a team we work amazingly well together and I know I can trust her to bring in as many (or as few) MUA's as we need for each set. the last set we had 8 ladies working flat out to prepare the sa's for their courtroom scenes, Each and every one of them did an amazing job! BIG love to Michele, her and her team are the ones who really pull this entire film together.
Her work includes film/tv, live tv at ITV Good Morning Britain, MTV music awards, and has also taught sfx and prosthetics as principle tutor at Gorton Studio and Bath Academy Of Media MakeUp.
Lianne was brought in by Michele for the very first shoot, which was in the middle of winter, where they were working as a trio from a tent in the middle of the camel trail in Cornwall!
None of us knowing what to expect on the first day we all muddled through, yet, by the second day we had all gelled, the set had pulled itself together and the stage was well and truly set for all the future shoots! 39 people were dressed and paraded on set that day, more than we had even anticipated a little chaotic at times, but not one person complained.
Lianne and Michele held the fort perfectly, a small heater in multiple extensions fed into the tent to keep them warm, they were the warmest people on set that day!
When it comes to just getting stuck in, all the MUA's we have had on set to date have all had that mindset, Lianne in particular as she remembers those crazy early days when chaos was king. I doff my cap to Lianne, she's an amazing woman.
Lucy is still a mere teenage student in Taunton, but her drive, ability and professionalism shines through whenever she is on set which has lead to her being a key MUA in this outfit, Lucy beams her gorgeous smile at you and you instantly know that shes enjoying every second of being on the job and in the moment of being on set.
The amount of young ladies who are involved with this film is phenomenal, and their professionalism when on set whether they are students or seasoned MUA's / film degree holders etc. totally knocks us all back.
Lucy has also appeared as a body double for Lucys corpse in quite a few of the earlier shoots. Never complaining, she just flashes her smile and you instantly know that all is well and shes in her zone.
This young woman deserves to go far in her work. Lucy has become an unfaltering (and irreplaceable) key member of the team from the first days shoot. and was with us recently for the Tavistock crowd scenes.
Ceri Nixon was drafted in by Michele and joined us for our second on location Boscarne junction railway shoots.
Ceri was invited to be part of the makeup team by the incredibly talented Michele Bromley.
I've always had a passion for makeup, especially SFX. This is the first film I've had the privilege to work on and what an amazing experience its been. All the cast and crew have been so welcoming and friendly. I'm forever grateful to be a part of telling Lucy's incredible story and to be part of this talented crew.
We are privileged to have had you on set Ceri, to be linked in the Key MUA section is an honour bestowed by Michele and that alone speaks volumes as to your potential in this business,. Hopefully we can watch you grow over the coming years, as we firmly believe that everyone who has dipped their toes into their production should springboard onto better things in the near future.
Mike also came out of the blue, I have not got a clue how he joined us but his interest was strong sp we just told him to come down and grab what he could on one of the smaller shoot days we've done. This lead onto him coming to each subsequent shoot and bringing into the fray our Judge - Jason Collins. Mike has also got the Lucy bug, it seems that anyone associated with the film is just hooked the moment they arrive on set and that's it, they work their socks off to get her story to every corner of their universe.
Mikes involvement has brought us media coverage in the south-west via the Western Morning News' weekend supplement back in April, and he is working hard alongside another of his ex fleet street colleagues to try and get Lucys story into the national media. no mean feat! but they seem to be breaking some ground....?
Mike has provided a lot of the portraits for the website and for this page, and some staged BTS (Behind the scenes) images for publications and social media. We would like to say a HUGE massive thanks to Mike Alsford for all his hard work to date.
Caroline joined us for the first time on set on the Tavistock shoot in June 2019. A complete newbie to the film she joined the 8 other MUA's and ensured that her section was manned and productive at all times, ensuring the teams efforts ran like clockwork, nobody could believe the way this was moving forwards, 150 people attending the session and the biggest shoot we have had to date. These young women nailed their targets in record time and in my eyes are total heroes.
Caroline has become quite an advocate for the film and Lucys story, and has moved rapidly up the success ladder this past few months by being drafted into other productions that are associated with both cast and crew from Lucys story.
This is how we love to see the shoots, not just a fun yet exhausting day out, but also a great networking event, where they can rise up the ranks and make their mark in the vicinity.
A BIG thanks to Caroline for her efforts that day and for any other days she appears on the film.
Hi I’m millie, I’ve had a love for makeup since performing in musicals when I was younger! My passion has developed and I’m grateful to say that it is now my full time job!
Being only 18 years old I still have a long way to go but so far I have had some amazing opportunities!
I have a makeup Instagram which is : @millie_makeupp
And also a Youtube Channel : see the live link below.
We'd all love to thank Millie for all her hard work on set in June when we had the 150+ cast and crew on board, it was no mean feat to get this amount of people ready for a court scene, but Millie mucked in alongside everyone and by 11am everyone was ready and in their places in the courtroom ready to start a day of sheer mayhem.
Our gratitude goes out to all the ladies who have put so much of their time and efforts into this film, You are now a part fo the essential workings of this and this alone keeps the drive alive to take this to completion. Thanks Millie x
Maddie has been a Hair and Make up artist for nearly 18 years with experience in all aspects of make up such as red carpet, editorial, runway live TV & film. For the last 5 years Maddie also freelances as a Media Make Up lecturer and was happy to be invited along to join the team for the day and to bring along a sturdy team of students for some work experience.
Maddie first met Michele 14 years ago and they have worked together many times over the years and always seek out opportunities to get the dream team back together!
And what a team this was! They rocked their section and ensured that the whole day went smoothly, It was our pleasure having you on set for this mammoth session that made some of the professional sets that I've been on simply pale into the background,
My name is Amber Rail and I am a beauty, theatrical and SFX freelance hair and makeup artist from Cornwall.
Owner of AMBEeffects (Make believe effects) SFX makeup business and AMBElegance (Make believe elegance) Beauty makeup business. I have a wide range of experience in the field from working behind the scenes on film sets to modelling for other makeup artists at global events.
I have achieved all of this since studying makeup at Cornwall College back in 2016.
I am currently in college studying makeup at petroc. I am honoured to have worked on this movie as it was a great learning experience. I am very passionate about working on a set with a crew and would love to go further in this career.
I am open to learning new things and helping out on the Lucy Sands movie has definitely given me a taste of what I hope to accomplish in the future.
Professional London-trained make-up artist based in Devon, Anna has been a freelance MUA for 17 years.
Anna R-J is a Devon based London-trained Professional Make-Up Artist specialising in high end make-up for photographic shoots, weddings, editorial work, television and films. She also has a BA (Hons) in Media Production.
Sarah was brought in by Michele as an assistant trainee makeup artist for a day of shooting at Flambards in the Victorian Village.
They met whilst Sarah was studying at the Bath Academy of Media Makeup where Michele was a tutor.
Sarah got her first taste of film work with the Ballad of Lucy Sands and immediately fell in love with the whole filming process, where her enjoyment for the process and the warmth and camaraderie of the Ballad of Lucy Sands cast and crew sparked a passion that has led her to continue working in film and television makeup.
A link to Sarah's portfolio can be found on the link below.
I am a 17 year old training makeup artist and self taught sfx artist, studying at Petroc college in Makeup artistry and beauty retail.
I wish to pursue my dream of becoming a special effects and makeup artist in movies and theatre. It was an honour to work on The Ballad of Lucy Sands and I believe it grants me one step closer to my goal.
I’m a 17 year old college student who is studying media makeup. In the future I would like to be a professional makeup artist either on film sets or make my own business. My makeup instagram is