Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mina Murray's Journal at MCM London and VidFest UK

I'll be appearing at VidFestUK, part of MCM London Comic Con, all this weekend (Friday 28th - Sunday 30th October), to chat about Mina Murray's Journal, my new webseries!

I'm on a panel at 4pm on Friday, called Writing Web Series, with Rochelle Dancel, Jamie McKeller, and Jesse Cleverly, and Team Mina will have our own panel on Saturday at 1pm, with me, and stars of the show Rosie Holt, Liam Dryden and Matt Hargreaves. Kate Soulsby is also a star of the show, but she's away this weekend, so we'll just have to make up terrible stories about her. She'll never see this! (Ooh, cheeky reference to a joke in the show)

We'll all be around all weekend, we'll have a Mina Murray's Journal table in the VidFest area, so look for our lovely banner and come find us. Maybe we'll give you a postcard. Maybe we'll just hide under the table. Who knows? The panel schedule is here, and tickets for MCM are available here.


If you haven't seen the show yet, what are you waiting for?! You can find all the episodes so far at our YouTube channel here. It's a modernised, #vladaptation of Dracula, with Mina and Lucy as the heroes, told through the vlog format. It's got jokes, scares, and if that doesn't convince you, listen to what these people say about it:

SFX
★★★★

“James Moran makes several smart updates to the novel, shuffling characters around so that it’s office junior Mina who travels to Romania to meet the mysterious Count. But don’t worry – the vampires are still definitely vampires, with transmogrification powers very much intact… several episodes will raise goosebumps. Creepy and clever, it has an irresistibly likeable cast and an admirable commitment to the webcam conceit.”

Starburst
8/10

“Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been adapted more times than we care to mention over the hundred-plus years since it was published, and one would think that there would be very little anyone could bring to the story that was new. Well, acclaimed writer James Moran (Doctor Who, Cockneys vs Zombies) has done just that with his web series that turns the focus of the story to the character of Mina. The cast are all very likable, and Rosie Holt, in particular, is a bubbly and engaging lead. It’s an interesting way to give the dusty old text a modern twist and certainly a fun use of the web series format. With the story beginning to really kick in, now’s the perfect time to catch up with what could be the hippest retelling of Stoker’s novel yet.”


Eve series 3 on CBBC this week

Series 3 of Eve screens this week on CBBC, on Wednesday 26th October, with episode 1 at 4.30pm and episode 2 at 5.30pm - the series continues every Wednesday after that at 4.30pm.

My episode is number 3, which means it'll be on next week, Wednesday 2nd November at 4.30pm! I can't wait for you all to see it. It's... different to pretty much everything else I've done so far. It's quite mad. You'll see what I mean next week.

It was MASSIVELY fun to write, and then MASSIVELY difficult, and then fun again, then difficult again, then finally fun again. I decided to try and be clever, which is always a mistake, because my brain got tied up in knots trying to unravel the plot. I got there in the end, but clearly haven't learned my lesson, because the current movie I'm writing is ridiculously complicated. Oops.

If you haven't seen the show, where the hell have you been?! It's brilliantly funny, smart and cool, and the team are amazing, headed up by the fantastically brainy Emma Reeves and David Chikwe, with supernaturally sharp script editing from Sophia Morphew. Thank you so much for having me back on your superb show, and for being so welcoming and lovely.

And kudos to Adrian McDowall, director of my bonkers episode, who I met at the readthrough and when he said he was directing my one, I just laughed and said "good luck", which wasn't really helpful. Despite me throwing all sorts of obstacles at him, he's done an *amazing* job on the episode. Coming back for another series, I already knew what the wonderful cast were capable of, so I threw a lot at them, especially Poppy Lee Friar, who I can't say enough good things about, she's a comedic genius.

You can catch up on the previous episodes here, watch a series 1 & 2 recap here, and see a sneak peek at episode 1 here. Go catch up, and get ready!

While you're waiting for this to start, you can go here and catch up on episodes of my new webseries, Mina Murray's Journal, a #vladaptation of Dracula with Mina & Lucy as the heroes, set in the present day using vlogs - with more jokes! It's suitable for most ages, and I'm very proud of it. Catch up on that now!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dublin Web Fest

Mina Murray's Journal, my new webseries, will get its first festival screening next month at Dublin Web Fest, from 18-20 November, and I'll be there to join in the fun.

It's being held at Filmbase, Dublin 2, which is right in the Temple Bar area, on the brilliantly named Curved Street.

I'll be around on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, and Mina screens as part of Screening Block III in the Basement on Saturday 19th, from 4.45pm to 5.45pm.

Just after that at 6pm, also in the Basement, I'll be doing a writing workshop, which may be the interactive story brainstorm one, or more of a talk-based Q&A about my writing process and how we got Mina made, we're still working on the details.

Festival info is available here, and the full schedule (where you can also buy tickets) is here. I haven't been to Dublin for years, it'll be great to see my friends again, and the beautiful city itself. So come along and watch some of Mina, and lots of other webseries, join in with the panels, talks, workshops, and maybe, if there's time, have a drink in Temple Bar (there are one or two pubs, as far as I can remember...) Can't wait to visit!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Mina Murray's Journal at Vidfest

Thank you to everyone so far who has watched, liked, subscribed, commented, and generally been lovely about the first 2 episodes of my new webseries. If you haven't seen it yet, go and catch up now! Ep1 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38sREiRdA7Q and Ep2 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vslBy3RpzyA, go on, I'll wait.

Are you back? Great! Excitingly, we'll be at this year's VidFestUK, the massive celebration of online video and webseries, which is part of MCM London Comic Con, from October 28th to 30th, promoting Mina, doing a panel (details/times to be decided later), and meeting as many of you as possible.

Isn't that exciting?? I'm excited! Are you excited? Look how excited Mina and Lucy are!

We're currently blackmailing figuring out which cast members can come along for the panel, but the wonderful Rosie Holt (Mina) will definitely be there, and so will the also wonderful Matt Hargreaves (Jack). I'll be there all weekend, and at the panel, so come along and say hi! We'll have some postcard goodies with us, first come first served, grab them while you can.

There'll be lots of other cool online people appearing at VidFestUK, some of which are listed here (more to follow). Tickets for MCM are available here, and they have a variety of different ticket types. Keep an eye on their website for panel details when the schedule is out, and I'll update this post when I have that info for you.

Come see us! We're really looking forward to meeting you!