Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SFX Zombie Special and CvsZ

The latest SFX magazine special is out now, and this one is all about zombies. It features a rather splendid set report from Cockneys Vs Zombies, by the intrepid Ian Berriman, who was one of our zombie extras. There are several photos, including one of all the zombies together - see if you can spot me and Jodie, all zombified and ferocious.

It's a brilliant magazine, well worth getting, even more so if you're dying to find out stuff about CvsZ. As always, there are some spoilers, but nothing that gives away the ending or anything. Go and grab yourself a copy now.

The playable newsletter

Now that it's available, I can finally talk about it - I've written a Fighting Fantasy-style mini adventure with the fantastic Ian Livingstone. It's in the pages of the latest GameCityNights newsletter, so you can read the newsletter and then play it. You can get it by going to one of their events in Nottingham. The next one is this Thursday 29th September, all details here.

GameCityNights is a regular games event, and really good fun. I went to it last year for the Doctor Who Adventure Games, and they tried to murder me by FORCING me to drink lots of Doctor Who themed cocktails. They forced me by showing me the cocktail menu and saying "would you like some cocktails?" I was so terrified of this threatening behaviour, I drank as many cocktails as I could, before escaping. So just be careful if you do go along. You WILL have a great time.

I'm so thrilled to have done this, I always loved the Fighting Fantasy books. And after years of guilt, I was able to confess to Ian about my "five finger bookmark" method of hedging my bets when playing the books. But I'm sure I wasn't alone in that...

Friday, September 02, 2011

Halloween: H33 - online now

The FrightFest short that I wrote and directed is now online! It's called "Hallow33n: H33", and is a fake trailer for a terrible sequel to Halloween. The idea is that it's 33 years later, Michael Myers is much older and grumpier (and chattier), and has been moved to England to try and calm him down.

It's very silly, very gory, very sweary, and not at all suitable for children, or the elderly, or anyone in between. It's not rated, but would probably be about a 15 (or "R" for US folk) - there's a lot of naughty words and violence, but all for comic effect. Don't say I didn't warn you. Also, it's not region locked, so everyone in the world can watch, for free, right now:

It was a huge amount of fun to make, and I learned a lot from directing. In a week or two, I'll start doing more blog posts about the process, maybe even taking you through it from beginning to end. Or I might just do one big post. Depends how I feel at the time. And as there are no comments allowed, I can pretend that you all just instantly agreed to whatever I decide! Ha! Take THAT, imaginary internet people!

I'm trying to get all the credits on IMDB, but it's being very slow, so I'll probably just post them all on here once I have them all double checked. In the meantime, that's the amazing Sarah Douglas as Dr Loomis, the superb music was specially composed for us by Sam Watts, and the fantastic gore effects were provided by Dan Martin at 13 Finger FX.

Hope you enjoy it, and if you want to ask questions about it, fire them at me through Twitter or my Facebook page. I'll answer as many as I can on here, in the next post.

Who and where I am

Hello, new people! Welcome! I'm James Moran. I write stuff.

The things I'm probably best known for are Severance, the horror comedy starring Danny Dyer and Laura Harris, the Pompeii episode of Doctor Who (season 4, David Tennant, Catherine Tate, big volcano, kaboom), and episodes from seasons 2 and 3 of Torchwood. I've done lots of other TV too, and have just finished filming two new movies - the first one is Cockneys Vs Zombies, starring Michelle Ryan, Harry Treadaway, Rasmus Hardiker, Ashley Thomas, Alan Ford, Honor Blackman, and Richard Briers; the second one is Tower Block, starring Sheridan Smith, Jack O'Connell, Russell Tovey, Ralph Brown, Montserrat Lombard, Julie Graham, Nabil Elouahabi, Kane Robinson, and Michael Legge. Both movies will be out in 2012. My full list of credits is here.

This is my blog, which is self explanatory. You can also find me on Twitter, and my official Facebook page is here.

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