Quick Off The Mark Productions
|Private company limited by shares|
|Founded||9 October 2009|
|Founders||Mark D. Ferguson |
|Defunct||7 June 2016|
|Headquarters||Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom|
Quick Off The Mark Productions was a film & television production company operating in Glasgow, Scotland from 9 October 2009 to 7 June 2016. It was possibly best known for the films In Search of La Che and The Greyness of Autumn.
Quick Off The Mark Productions was formed on 9 October 2009 by Mark D. Ferguson and Chris Quick. Its first main project was Butter Side Down a claymation series about a mans campaign to save the traditional light bulb from extinction. In 2010 work began on their first feature film In Search of La Che, a mockumentary which followed John Tavish (Played by Duncan Airlie James) and his quest to track down fictional rock star Roxy La Che. The film premiered at the Glasgow Film Theatre on 9 November 2011 and was later selected to appear at the 2014 American Online Film Awards. In 2013, the company made the headlines on CNN following the death of Margaret Thatcher. The news channel, which was discussing portrayals of the former Prime Minister in film, spoke of Steve Nallon's performance from In Search Of La Che, in which Thatcher plays a part in the life story of fictional rock star, Roxy La Che.
The company was involved in the filming of a wide variety of live kickboxing, wrestling and MMA shows in and around Glasgow. In particular, Quick Off The Mark Productions was responsible for the coverage of every show of the Katana Fighting Series which was run by Duncan Airlie James. The shows which ran from 2010 to 2013 were often refereed by John Blackledge and attracted guest appearances from former fighters including Ernesto Hoost.
In 2012, the company produced a behind the scenes documentary in association with the Burns Museum in Ayr about the services run by the local charity Recovery Ayr and its upcoming custom pantomime Tam O'Shanter: The Mornin Eftir. In the same year, Quick Off The Mark Productions released the short film The Greyness of Autumn which went on to feature in a number of festivals including the Portobello Film Festival in London and the People of Passion Film Festival in Australia where the film picked up the Best Short Comedy accolade. In 2014, the company, in association with Futurist Film Ltd produced the short family film Minion Vs Minion for Vue Cinemas.
On 12 December 2014 the company's website confirmed that writing had begun on a possible sequel to The Greyness of Autumn entitled Autumn Never Dies. A crowd funding campaign was launched on Kickstarter on 17 August 2015 to raise funds for the production and lasted for 30 days. The campaign successfully raised £1,505 from 44 backers including former Gamesmaster host Dominik Diamond.
On 14 October 2015, Quick Off The Mark Productions announced that director Mark D. Ferguson was moving to Canada and that the company would be disbanded in the new year. Filming responsibilities for Autumn Never Dies were handed over to Pentagram Productions UK and Suited Caribou Media. After 6 years, 4 months and 10 days, the company ceased trading on 19 February 2016 and was formally dissolved by Companies House on 7 June 2016. The company's logo was changed on the final day to the running man relaxing in a chair with a glass of wine with his film reel lying on the floor. Underneath the logo it read:
"Cheers for the years, 2009 - 2016."
|2014||Agley||Mark D. Ferguson||Drama||Short Film|
|2014||Minion Vs Minion||Chris Quick||Family||Collaboration Project with Futurist Film Ltd|
|2012||The Greyness of Autumn||Chris Quick||Comedy
|2012||Mr Cheval||Mark D. Ferguson||Comedy||Short Film|
|2012||And Then The Dark||Gary Caldwell||Horror||Post Production Only|
Collaboration Project with Tenebrous Films
|2011||In Search Of La Che||Mark D. Ferguson||Mockumentary||Feature Film|
|2011||The Tragic Meltdown of Pussy Ralph||Stu Russell||Drama||Short Film|
|2010||Butter Side Down||Keith Hennessy||Family||Collaboration Project with Bulby TV|
|2013||The Greyness of Autumn||British Filmmakers Alliance||Best British Film of the Month||Won|
|2015||People of Passion Film Festival||Best Short Comedy Film||Won|
|2014||No Blood No Sympathy||Live Event - Wrestling|
|2014||The Main Stay Trust||Corporate Documentary|
|2014||Maximum Impact 2014||Live Event - Wrestling|
|2014||All That Malarkey: Live at House for An Art Lover||Live Event - Music|
|2014||British Championship Wrestling: Live in Kilmarnock||Live Event - Wrestling|
|2013||Katana Contenders 2||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
|2013||Maximum Impact 2013||Live Event - Wrestling|
|2013||Katana Contenders||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
|2013||Katana 8 'Supernova'||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
|2013||Breaking Limits 8'||Live Event - Wrestling|
|2013||Katana 7 'Apocalypse'||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
|2013||The Making of 'Tam O' Shanter - The Mornin Eftir||Corporate Documentary|
|2012||No Blood No Sympathy 10||Live Event - Wrestling|
|2012||Maximum Impact 2012'||Live Event - Wrestling|
|2012||Katana 6 "Rebellion"||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
|2012||Ardrossan Highland Games"||Live Event - Sport|
|2012||Katana 5 "Rising Sun||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
|2011||The Marie Trust||Corporate Documentary|
|2011||Katana 4 "Bushido"||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
|2011||Katana 3 "Warriors"||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
|2011||Katana 2 "No Mercy"||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
|2010||Katana 1||Live Event - K-1 Kickboxing|
- In Search of La Che BFC Listing
- Greyness of Autumn BFC Listing
- British Film Council Listing
- Glasgow Film Theatre Listing Archived 29 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- CNN Article
- Media Release: Quick Off The Mark Productions to bow out on Friday
- Katana Fighting Series Official Website
- Pro Kick Gym Article on Katana 6
- Futurist Films Minion Vs Minion Blog
- "QOTMP News Page". Archived from the original on 5 November 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- Autumn Never Dies Kickstarter Page
- Dominik Diamond Tiwtter Status
- Press Release on QOTMP closure
- Press Release: 'Quick Off The Mark Productions to bow out on Friday'
- Companies House File: Company Dissolved[dead link]
- QOTMP Website Farewell Page
- Fife Independent Film Expo Official Selection Programme
- Barossa Film Festival Official Selection
- Portobello Film Festival Official Selection
- Evening Times Article 'Puppet film's a festival hit'
- 5th Base Gallery: Previous Exhibitions
- DISFMF Official Selection Archived 26 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- Evening Times Article 'Scots puppet film goes international'
- Evening Times Article 'Puppet film is a festival pick'
- Evening Times Article 'Scots puppet film goes international'
- List of Manure Short Film Festival finalists
- In Search of La Che page on AOFA Archived 8 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- British Filmmakers Alliance Award Article Archived 5 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine