The Trooper Potts Memorial Trust is a Civic organisation based in Reading, Berkshire. It was set up to oversee the creation of a statue in the town centre commemorating townsman Frederick Potts and his act of valour during the First World War for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Third Lens Films was contacted by the Trust last year to explore the possibility of making a film or series of films showcasing some of the work of the Trust in realising its aim to create a Statue to commemorate Trooper Potts. We soon settled on the idea of talking to the artist himself about the process of making the statue. For this we traveled with members of the Trust to Liverpool where we were warmly welcomed by the Sculptor Tom Murphy and his wife Catherine.
It was great interviewing Tom, he put us at ease and made helpful suggestions that added to the film. He and Catherine also took us all around the great City of Liverpool of which they are rightly proud and showed us other statues and memorials he had made, including one commemorating the Hillsborough Disaster and another the Liverpool Blitz – both of which feature in the film.
In post we created an Intro sequence using material given to us by the Memorial Trust and licensed from local museums and historical societies. Set to original music we created a collage of images meant to represent the Potts story to the present day.
Shot with a single light and minimal kit in Tom’s studio we hope the film captures Tom’s warm personality as well as his creativity which he has used to great effect in creating this remarkable statue for Trooper Potts.