Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My FrightFest 2013 idents

Last year, I directed two "turn off your bloody phone" idents for FrightFest, which you can watch for free at this very blog post here. They're not safe for work. At all.

This year, I did two more, all with the fine folks at Ne'er Do Well Films. They've been online for a while, and I assumed I had posted them here. But, er, I hadn't. So here they are. They are also not safe for work.

The first one again stars Mr Ian Rattray, of FrightFest:



And the second again stars me, because I couldn't get hold of anyone willing to do the things I did in the video. You'll see what I mean:



I really enjoyed making them, apart from the bit where I had to chew Alka Seltzer tablets and spit on someone's hand with a binbag on my lap. I actually cut my tongue on one of the tablets, which you can briefly see in one shot - that's my blood! Yes, I pour my own blood into everything I do.

Thank you to everyone who gave their time for nothing to get up early and indulge my violent revenge fantasies. And also thanks to everyone who took part in the filming of these idents. Boom! See what I did there??

Sorry these idents aren't very Christmassy, but they *are* free, so in a way, they're little Christmas presents. Unwanted presents, that you'll smile politely at, then secretly take back to the shop in January.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Crazy For You at the London Short Film Festival

Yes, as you may have deduced from the cunningly cryptic post title, my short film Crazy For You will be screening at the 11th London Short Film Festival. It plays as part of the "Funny Shit" strand, on January 10th, 9pm, at the ICA in London. Tickets and details here - I'll be there, so maybe I'll see you there too.

If you can't make it, or are elsewhere, we will be touring the short around festivals, so keep an eye on the website here.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Free Doctor Who stories by me

Presents! Christmas presents for YOU! Okay, technically these are presents from last year, but due to the fickle nature of the internet, I bet loads of you haven't seen them. I had two Doctor Who short stories published in the Big Finish Short Trips collections, and as the books are out of print (and used copies were going for huge prices), I was given permission to post them here. Which I did last year:

Companion, featuring the Eighth Doctor as played by Paul McGann, in a Christmas tale.

Breadcrumbs, featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker.

I'm really proud of both stories. Breadcrumbs was my first published short story, and Companion is possibly my warmest, fuzziest work so far, with no genocide, serial killers, or baby slaughter.

I also wrote two stories for the illustrated Doctor Who Storybooks, in 2009 and 2010, for the Tenth Doctor, but they're still available cheaply, so you can pick them up easily enough. And I wrote an audio story for the Seventh Doctor and Ace, beautifully narrated by Sophie Aldred, which you can find as part of a collection here.

I need to complete the collection somehow and write for the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth and Ninth Doctors. One day...

Hope you enjoy the stories, and pass on the links - please don't copy and paste, just send the links themselves, I only have permission to put them here.

And in the spirit of giving, if you're looking for a local charity that would appreciate even tiny amounts, Kirkwood Hospice looked after my sister Julia at the end of her life. They provide free care for patients, even supporting their families. They're amazing people, and rely on public financial support, so if you want to donate (thank you), click the link here.

While you're reading, Behind the Sofa, a book I contributed to is on sale now, in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK - it features a short essay from me, and also from people like Neil Gaiman, Sophia Myles, Stephen Merchant, and many more. It's just over a fiver, and is well worth getting.