Thursday, August 03, 2017

Blood Shed trailer and festival news

Blood Shed, our latest short film, will have its World Premiere at London's FrightFest!

I'm very excited about this, FrightFest is my horror home at Horror Christmas, and I couldn't be happier about unleashing our beautiful, mutant baby on the best audience in the world. Everything else I've done has premiered there, Cat's last short Connie premiered there last year, so it feels right and proper. FrightFest is incredible, I'm so excited to see what everyone makes of Blood Shed.

It will screen as part of the second Short Film Showcase, on Sunday 27th August at 11.15am. FrightFest is at the Empire Leicester Square, and the short film showcases are around the corner in the wonderful Prince Charles Cinema, the original home of FrightFest.

We've only just completed the film, the paint is still slightly sticky to the touch. The score, by BAFTA winning composer Ben Foster (Torchwood, Happy Valley), is *amazing*. He and Synth Wizard Toby Pitman have cooked up some proper 80s sounds, using actual, vintage synthesizers, including one built into an old suitcase which apparently "smells of burning" when switched on. You can see them recording some of it here, and here!

The trailer has just been launched too, which you can go and watch here - or just click the play button below, if you dare!



I directed Blood Shed, I and Cat wrote it together, and Cat produced it, so it's something neither of us could have done by ourselves, it's a real mix of our weird minds. I still can't believe what we made Shaun and Sally do, but they put up with it without complaint. I almost felt guilty when throwing buckets of freezing cold fake blood over them in a cold garden. Almost.

We're also screening at the Women in Horror festival in Atlanta in September, and the fantastic Nightmares Film Festival in Ohio this October, where Connie screened last year. We're very honoured to be part of their Early 13 announcement, covered here at Bloody Disgusting. Starburst have posted an article about the FrightFest shorts lineup here. There's also a FanCarpet article about our trailer launch here.

And if you haven't seen our gorgeous poster, illustrated by the brilliant Andy W. Clift, here it is in all its quad-glory:

There will be more news soon, so keep an eye on the official website and Twitter for updates!


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Vintage TV

If you've been channel surfing at night, trying to find something to watch, you may have come across a fantastic channel called Vintage TV. It's a difficult concept to explain, but basically, it's a music channel... that actually plays music videos. I know, right??

And they're all classics from the 80s and 90s, so they're all great. It's quite easy to get sucked in and end up watching it until 3am, for example, just plucking a time out of nowhere at random that totally wasn't me.

They have a feature called My Vintage, where famous types go on and talk about the music that shaped their early years. And excitingly for me, they asked me to do one as well - they'd seen me tweeting about it enthusiastically, looked me up, and must have decided I qualified enough as a talking head, so here we are. I think my tweet that won them over was "it's all great and not shit!" so hey, there's a lesson there for all of us.

It's going to be on Sunday 23rd July at 5pm, repeated Thursday 27th July at 10.30pm. Vintage TV is on Freeview channel 82, Sky 369, Virgin 343, Freesat 505, BT/TalkTalk 82. The trailer for my episode is right here, with a true story:


I had SO much fun doing it, and am incredibly excited to actually be on the channel alongside actual music experts and music legends. I didn't get to meet him, and can't say who it was yet, but there was a genuine musical legend in the seat before me that morning. I sat in his chair ass-groove, and I hope some musical talent rubbed off. On my bum. This is getting weird now.

I've done a few of these sort of talking head things, mostly for DVD documentaries - Doctor Who DVDs The War Games and The Romans, Arrow's releases of Zombie Flesh Eaters and The Beyond - and I really enjoy the chance to talk about things I love. This was a bit different, it was a lot longer, and gave me the chance to choose specific songs and videos that mean a lot to me for various reasons. So please do tune in, there's some amazing music in there.

Check out Vintage TV on their website here, and their Twitter feed here. I'm not sure if my episode will be online at some point, but if I find out I'll update this post.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blood Shed needs you!

Hello you! You may or may not be aware that I'm currently crowdfunding a new short film on Kickstarter. It's called Blood Shed, and it's about a shed... that eats people. It stars Shaun Dooley and Sally Phillips - yes! THAT Shaun Dooley and THAT Sally Phillips!


I'm directing it, Cat's producing it, we wrote it together, and I'm very excited about bringing it to life. But we still need your help! At the time of writing this, there are 10 days to go, and we're lounging around at 60%. We've had lots of lovely tweets and articles and feature backers, but this is traditionally the slowest part of any campaign, so we really need to get it going faster again.

If you haven't checked out the perks, please do, there are lots of really cool things in there, some of them you won't get anywhere else. Digital packs, swag packs, script feedback, pitch coaching sessions (now at a lower price), writing workshops, dinner dates, feature your pet on a missing poster in the film (this is a BRAND NEW PERK), screening tickets, even some fancy schmancy associate and exec producer things at the higher levels, even a product placement level if you're a big fancy business, product or service. We've got all sorts of fun stuff!

If you've already grabbed a perk, thank you! Either way, we'd love it if you could spread the word - it's all or nothing, we can't make the film for any less than the target, so we have to hit that magic number. Anything you can do to pass it on to people who might be interested would be REALLY appreciated!

The Kickstarter page is here: http://kck.st/2lDX1kp

The short's website is here: www.bloodshedfilm.com

The Twitter account is here: www.twitter.com/bloodshedfilm

Any links, shares, articles, retweets etc will really help - we really want to get over the finish line, and bring you our filthy, man-eating shed... Thank you!


Monday, February 27, 2017

Blood Shed short film crowdfunding

New short film alert! New short film alert! Prepare yourself... for Blood Shed!

Yes, I'm directing a new short film, which I and my partner Cat have written together, she's producing, we're crowdfunding now, it's called Blood Shed, and it's about a shed... that eats people. It's a very serious, dramatic piece, as you'd expect.

It's a love letter to 80s horror movies, with Creepshow-style comic panels, creepy red and green lighting, synthesizer music, all that fun stuff. We've got Ben Foster on board to whip up an 80s-tastic score with actual, physical chunky synths - he scored my first short Crazy For You, and composed for Torchwood, Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey, Thunderbirds Are Go, and many more. And check out this sweet storyboard art by Andy W. Clift, who is also doing the comic-style panels in the short:

We've got several other cool people on board as well, but will be gradually announcing them over the course of the crowdfunding campaign. We're VERY excited about it, and can't wait to get started - but we need your help to make it. We've got some very cool perks, like props, Exec Producer credits, fancy swag, writing workshops, or you can even be a victim of the shed!

Check out our Kickstarter page here, and see if there are any perks you might fancy - and please share the link around to anyone who might be interested. There are loads more details about the short, about us, about how it all works, so have a good look through. Check out the short's Twitter account here, too. We'd love you to be involved, so don't hide away your love of sheds, come and be a shed fancier with us!

UPDATE! We've already had some lovely articles about the crowdfunding, from places like SciFiNow, Starburst, From Dusk Till Con, and Fan Carpet! Check them out!