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An unlikely duo must decide what to do with a severed hand they find on a plot of land they intend to build on.
A dark comedy written & directed by Daniel Harding, The Missing Hand stars Meryl Griffiths and Neil James, and features Radley Mason and Joseph Emms. The music was composed and orchestrated by Jack Blume and the prosthetic hand was made by Emma Snelson.
The Missing Hand was successfully screened at numerous domestic and international film festivals in 2016, and was released online in January 2017.
Daniel started working on The Missing Hand in late 2015, whilst in post-production with Killer Bird. The idea had been around for a number years, but never developed into anything more until Daniel started looking for a shorter project to produce. Similar to Cupid, a script was developed relatively quickly, and only a few changes were made prior to filming.
The main focus during pre-production was making sure a believable and life-like severed hand was made, as without it, The Missing Hand project would never have materialised. Emma was able to produce a realistic prosthetic of Daniel’s hand and casting was able to begin.
Casting was relatively simple in comparison to previous projects. Neil James was the first to jump on board as Trevor, and soon after Meryl Griffiths was cast as Ms Whitman. Radley Mason was already on Daniel’s radar as a Brighton based actor, and Joseph Emms was close to being cast in Killer Bird, and was happy to complete the line-up.
After an initial attempt to film the project was postponed due to bad weather, filming was rescheduled and was completed in October. The Missing Hand was filmed in Essex in a single day. Post-production took three months to complete and picture and sound lock was finished in February 2016. Jack Blume was then commissioned to compose an original piece of music, which was finalised in April.
The Missing Hand will be released online for general viewing in January 2017.