Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cockneys Vs Zombies Vs Twitter

Cockneys Vs Zombies is currently filming in London, as we speak. Quite a few people involved in the movie are on the Twitter, and most are regularly tweeting updates on what they're doing. If you fancy having a look, then here's a list of everyone I've found so far: - the official movie account. - Tony Gardner, who plays Clive. - Rasmus Hardiker, who plays Terry. - Ashley Thomas, who plays Mental Mickey. - Jack Doolan, who plays Davey. - Matthias Hoene, the director. - Brashna Agha, third assistant director. - Melanie Light, stand-by art director. - Johnny Lynch, extras co-ordinator. - me, obviously.

And that's everyone so far. I'll update if I find any more. Beware spoilers, if you do follow them! I won't be dropping any, but they can happen when people are busy working on set all day, and talking about what they're doing, so be careful out there, it's a big scary world.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cockneys Vs Zombies starts shooting

Today was the first day of shooting on Cockneys Vs Zombies, and it went really, really well. I won't be spending every single day on set, but I absolutely had to be there for the first day - it's been a while since I've had a movie made (mid 2005, then released in August 2006), and I'm a bit excited about it. Yes, I've done lots of TV work since then, so it's not like I've been away, but I still get a thrill every time I see something of mine filmed. There's nothing quite like seeing your words come to life, it *never* wears off.

Once again, I got that weird, repeating shock every time the cameras rolled: blimey, it's cool watching a movie being made - hmm, that sounds familiar - hang on, that IS familiar - holy shit, I wrote those words - holy bumbiscuits, they're filming my script! I wrote this! How the hell did that happen?? - okay, settle down, relax, just enjoy it - blimey it's cool watching a movie being made - hmm, that sounds familiar - etc etc.

Obviously I can't go into detail on what happened, but the cast and crew are doing amazing work, I couldn't be happier. It looks beautifully cinematic, the actors have completely brought the characters to life, and there's a real buzz on the set. It's a pleasure to watch everyone work - I'd love to stick around every day, but I've got too much writing to do at the moment. I'll be popping in and out regularly, though, just to enjoy what they're all doing. It's in very safe hands. And it's going to knock your fackin socks off, you muppet!

And I didn't do too badly at my on-set job - which is to get in the way of crew members, step on cables, and accidentally get in the shot. Totals so far:

People I got in the way of: 5
Cables I stepped on: 3
Shots I accidentally got in: 0 (must try harder)

Not bad for my first day...

Update: See below for a photo of the "A camera" clapperboard from the very first day of shooting - it's still marked with the details of the final shot of the day. 38th camera setup, scene 73, take 4. As usual, you may clickyclicky for biggybiggy:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cockneys Vs Zombies casting news

The first big press release for Cockneys Vs Zombies is now out there, and several sites are reporting on our fantastic cast, including the Hollywood Reporter, Bloody Disgusting, Shock Till You Drop, Dread Central, JoBlo, and the marvellously named America Screams.

As you can imagine, I'm ridiculously excited about having such brilliant actors involved. We've got Michelle Ryan, Harry Treadaway, Honor Blackman, Jack Doolan, Rasmus Hardiker, Ashley Thomas, and the utter legend that is Alan Ford. There are plenty of others not yet announced, so keep an eye out for more news and publicity soon.

We start filming on Monday, and I can't wait. And when I say "we", I mean the cast and crew, all I'll be doing is standing around watching, occasionally grinning like a lunatic and saying "brilliant! Wahey!" And *someone* has to wander into shot by accident, get in the way, and trip over cables - and that's my job, on every set I visit. Hey, we all contribute in our own way.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SFX Blog Awards 2011 nominee

The shortlist for the SFX Blog Awards 2011 have just been announced, and there are several very worthy blog nominees for you to vote on, including the blog of an extremely handsome, talented writer called-- oh, how embarrassing! It's me!

Yes indeed, my blog has been shortlisted for the SFX Blog Awards 2011 in the "Best Celebrity Blog" category. I'm not actually a celeb, but I'll gladly accept any validation I can get. You can vote for it on their website from today. Clickyclicky on the badge below to go to the voting page (I'm on page 7, but there are other categories on the other pages):

I'm very grateful to be nominated, and I know very well that I won't win at all - Paul Cornell, John Scalzi, Jane Espenson, Wil Wheaton, and Neil Gaiman?? I'll be lucky to get last place! But if for some bizarre reason you like the Spork more than the others, please go and vote, and I'll be eternally grateful to you. Note: when I say "eternally" I *do* mean until the end of time. But "grateful" doesn't mean I'll grant you any sexual favours or give you money or help you to build a barn or anything. It simply means I will experience feelings of gratitude towards you.

Thank you to anyone who votes, and may the best blog win! Actually, let me rephrase that: may the best blog *not* win, and may the others not win too, so that mine can win!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Various things, and Paul Cornell's beard

Been a bit hectic round here lately, with the final pre-production before shooting starts on Cockneys, and lots of other projects needing care and attention too. I'm working on a long rambly post about rejection, because people ask me about it a lot, but it's going to take a while to finish. In the meantime, I'll try to post about other things, and hopefully will do updates about the current movie, if/when I can. It starts filming on Monday, and we're having a big cast readthrough tomorrow to see how the dialogue plays with everyone there. Should be good fun, they're a fantastic group of actors and I'm really excited that they're involved.

Last reminder that I'm a guest at the Leicester Space Centre's BritSciFi event this Saturday and Sunday, 19th-20th March. Phil Ford will be there too, along with Gerry Anderson, and lots of other cool folk.

Sir Jason of Arnoppshire has got a Doctor Who audiobook out now, called The Gemini Contagion - you can get it on CD, or download, online or in physical shop type things. Go and check out his blog for the details, or he'll turn up at your house at the crack of midnight, wielding a knife and shrieking about Satan. Just like he does at mine every single night.

And most importantly, Paul Cornell is growing a big scary beard to raise money for Shelter - go over there and donate if you can, or just spread the word if you can't afford cash. It's a very worthy cause, and he is posting a succession of beard photos which I hope someone will make into an animated gif once it's all done, so we can see the beard lunge forth. Paul: save those pics! This must happen!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

News, Gallifrey, space, and Hub

Some news updates! Updates made of pure, undiluted Newsanium!

Still fighting the jetlag from the Gallifrey One convention, where I had a fantastic time. Everyone was really lovely and made me feel incredibly welcome. Look! Look at them all, being welcoming!

Blimey, that's a lot of people. Bit terrifying when you're standing on the main stage. I won't do a full report again, as it'd probably take me a year to write like the first one I did. But it was absolutely brilliant. Especially when an adorable, tiny little kid asked me a wonderfully geeky question about the logic behind a scene in my TARDIS game. The audience went "ooh", expecting me to faff and dissemble, but I had a long, geeky answer all ready to trot out, and finished with "don't try to out-nerd me…" I have to know all the explanations to everything in my scripts, even if it's never said on screen, because it drives me mad otherwise. Except for the plot holes that I haven't spotted, but we don't talk about those.

It's a lovely, friendly convention, and in the evenings everyone just hangs around in the lobby, boozing, chatting, and being silly. Randomly, Aaron Douglas was passing through for totally unconnected reasons, and got grabbed by lots of friendly folk demanding to buy him drinks. Look! There's me and the Chief from BSG! Pondering life's mysteries!

We got on really well, until I said the wrong thing, and all of a sudden he turned on me:

Actors, eh? You just never know when they'll try to kill you with their bare hands. It's even worse than the time back in 2007 at the Fantasporto film festival when electro-punk goddess Peaches tried to steal my Severance screenplay award:

She was all "I just want to have a look" and then suddenly she was fighting me for it. But hey, at least she didn't try to kill me. We'll meet again, Aaron Douglas. This isn't over.

One of the Gallifrey panels was a live podcast recording, for Radio Free Skaro, with me, Phil Ford, Gareth Roberts, Clayton Hickman, and Joss Agnew. You can hear it here, so go and check it out, it's good fun.

I'll be a guest at the Leicester Space Centre's BritSciFi event on Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th March - the proceeds go to charity, other guests include the legendary Gerry Anderson, and the also legendary Phil Ford, and it should be a really fun weekend. Come and say hello if you're nearby, or I'll have you sent into space. I can do that, I know people. Space people.

And finally, I'll also be a guest at The Hub 6, on May 20th-22nd, at the Park Inn, Northampton. I'll be on the main page soon, I'm listed in the forum though. But never mind me, they've also got James Marsters and his cheekbones, Colin MacFarlane and his silky smooth voice, and Ben Loyd-Holmes and his sinister Operative stare of doom. Feel the quality of those guests! Actually, don't, that's assault, unless they say it's okay. It's my first Hub, but I've heard they get quite rowdy and mad, so I'm looking forward to it. And if you're offering, I'll have a JD and diet Coke, please.

That's all for now, hopefully more news later, and a long rambly post that will probably take forever to finish.