Friday, June 17, 2011

All episodes of Girl Number 9 on FEARnet now


The final two episodes of Girl Number 9 just went live at FEARnet.com, so the entire series is online now for you lovely Americans - and Canadians! Yes, it works in Canada too, I'm reliably informed. *Don't* read the very spoilery text next to the episodes, as I think it gives too much away, just jump in to episode 1 and start watching. There are 6 episodes, spread over 2 pages on the show site.



I keep meaning to do a big post about making the show, as lots of people ask about how we did it. I learned a lot, about writing, directing, producing, and promoting, so it'll be good to have it all in one place. As always though, work and real life come first, so it may be a while before it appears here… In the meantime, American folk can watch the show online for the rest of the summer, then it'll go onto FEARnet's VOD service. I'll let you know if/when other regions air the show, we've done several deals around the world so watch this space.

If you liked the show, please pass it on to your friends, enemies, anyone at all, and I will be eternally grateful. And when I say "eternally", I literally mean it. My gratitude will live on, forever, even after the heat-death of the universe, my gratitude will still be there, floating around, silently thanking you for forwarding the link. Such is the depth of my love and respect for you, lovely Link Forwarding People. Seriously, thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word. See?? It's already started! The gratitude love train is on the move! All aboard! Choo choo!

Update: I've noticed that the show has been uploaded to several file sharing sites. *Please* don't do this, or download it - we made the show independently and paid for it ourselves, so if you illegally download it you are *directly* hurting us, not some faceless corporation. It'll damage upcoming distribution deals, and maybe even prevent it being shown in some countries. Sure, you'll still have it, because you downloaded it, but you'll make sure that other people can't see it, and prevent us from making anything like it again. It's free to watch online, so please do this where it'll count. Thank you.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Girl Number 9 in America now

Girl Number 9 is now playing in The America! And The Canada, I think, and other places that get USA-based content. It's just started on the FEARnet website now, and continues all week. This link will take you to the first two episodes - but DO NOT READ THE TEXT ON THE PAGE! It gives away FAR too much! If you want to keep everything a surprise, then just watch the videos.

The dates and times are as follows (from the site): FEARnet will air the first two episodes on Tuesday, June 14th, and then release one episode per day on Wednesday and Thursday, with the two concluding suspense-filled episodes airing Friday, June 17th.  After the initial airing on FEARnet.com, Girl Number 9 will be available at a later date on the FEARnet On-Demand network and FEARnet's emerging cable channel.

It'll stay up all summer, then go onto their VOD service, so you'll have plenty of time to watch. No excuses. Or Vincent Boylan will come to get you. You silly sausage. Go! Watch! Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! Tell everyone!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Girl Number 9 in America June 14th


Americans! America-adjacent folk! Canadians! People who can access American-region-locked-web-stuff! Girl Number 9 is coming your way, next week!



Yes, I know lots of you have had to wait a while for this, but Vincent Boylan will finally unleash his madness upon you next week, only on FEARnet. I haven't linked to the article mentioning it, because it's *very* spoilery - so if you'd rather not know one of the big twists, don't go and read the article! You have been warned! I'll link to the page when it goes live, though.

The dates and times are as follows (from the site): FEARnet will air the first two episodes on Tuesday, June 14th, and then release one episode per day on Wednesday and Thursday, with the two concluding suspense-filled episodes airing Friday, June 17th.  After the initial airing on FEARnet.com, Girl Number 9 will be available at a later date on the FEARnet On-Demand network and FEARnet's emerging cable channel.

I'm really excited that it's going to be hitting America in a big way, and gaining an even bigger audience. Airing it on FEARnet will hopefully mean that a lot more people will get to see Matheson and Lyndon crossing swords with Boylan, and the carnage that ensues. I'm told the episodes will stay on FEARnet for the summer, and then will go onto their VOD. So pass it on! Tell your friends! And enjoy! Well, maybe "enjoy" isn't quite the right word for a dark, brutal thriller about a demented serial killer, but you know what I mean. Be thrilled! Be afraid! But most importantly, be on FEARnet next week!

You can read more snippets of info about Girl Number 9 (and lots of other stuff I've worked on) thanks to Stargate SG-1/SGA/SGU big cheese and lovely chap Joseph Mallozzi, who has very kindly given me a Q&A on his fantastic blog, linked here. He got in touch back during the online kerfuffle that happened here in July 2009, as he's had his own share of online kerfuffles, and wanted to let me know I was not alone (read his original post about our online meeting here). He's a very cool, funny gent, and I'm honoured to be featured on his blog. He's currently making a TV series based on the Transporter movies, which I'm dying to see, and has also been looking back at his years on SG-1 in a series of fascinating posts. So go and read the post about me, then read everything else. Don't go there if you're hungry though, there are a LOT of posts about food which will drive you insane if you have nothing to eat nearby.

I don't yet have any information about a UK release, or any other countries. When I know more, you'll be the first second third people *very* near the top of the list to know!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Liquid Lunch, Stormhouse, CBeebies


Been a while since I've posted here before today, had lots of stuff to do, and travel, and the usual mayhem. So it's time to catch up on essential things, like what me old muckers Danny Stack, Jason Arnopp, and Dan Turner have been up to.

First up, because it's airing right now, is Danny Stack's new comedy web series, Liquid Lunch. The tale of two dreamers who get together in the pub to talk nonsense and make plans, Danny wrote and directed it, and it's on right now. Catch up on the episodes at the official website here, the Facebook page is here, and the Twitter feed is here. After you've seen it, go to Danny's brilliant blog to get all the behind the scenes info, script drafts for episode 1, and all sorts of secret shizzle. Or else. Here's a trailer for the series: 



Now for those loveable scamps Jason Arnopp and Dan Turner, who have made an independent horror feature film. It's called Stormhouse, it's a proper brutal horror film, and it'll scare your very organs out of your body and send them shooting out the nearest window. What's it about? How's this for a pitch: "In 2002, eight months before the invasion of Iraq, the Military captured and imprisoned a supernatural entity at Stormhouse, a secret underground base. This film documents the final four days of that experiment." That's all I'm telling you, it's best to go in as fresh as possible. For screening and release details, go to the official site here, then go and give them some love on Facebook, and on Twitter, and check out their blogs for more - Dan's blog is here, and Jason's blog is here. It's screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 23rd and 24th June, and if you fancy going, you can get tickets here. Now check out the brilliant teaser trailer:



There's a lot of talk about how it's impossible to get anything made these days, and sure, it's difficult, no question. But instead of using their energy complaining about it, Danny, Jason and Dan focused on making something themselves. Different ends of the scale, one involved an investor and full cast and crew, one involved borrowed cameras, borrowed pub, and a few people pulling together. But both required a lot of hustle, hard work, and enthusiasm, all things you can easily supply yourself, for free!

The rest of it doesn't have to cost much, or anything at all. You can write something. You can borrow a camera (you can, one of your friends will have *something* you can use, or a friend of a friend, or you can even hire something for a day). You can get free editing software (don't ask me, just Google "free editing software", use a bit of common sense!) You can get friends to help, you can even get experienced people to help, if you just ask on Shooting People or do a Twitter/blog shout out. The thing is, there are no more excuses, if you want to make something, go and make it. List all the things you have, and write something around them. Ask if you can film in your local pub, or shop, or mate's house. If you really want this, you'll get off your arse and you'll do it. If you don't, you won't.

In the meantime, CBeebies are running a writing competition. It's for UK based writers who are 18 or over, the deadline is Thursday 14th July, they want a script between 20 and 30 pages and a series outline. The website has script samples and video clips to help you out. Get on it!