Lon Chaney Jr On “You Asked For It”

A re-upload to the Vamporama Films channel (please subscribe!) of a video I had on my own channel years ago… with a bit of colour-fixing (artefacts) and improved sound sync… it still looks like hell, but it’s very rare, so what the hey. Lon appeared on You Asked For It in August 1951.

I have some other stuff to say about Lon shortly. I’ve been working on some stuff to do with him.

Back To What?!

So I take one of me usual hiatuses, and what happens? The world goes to hell! Oh well. Hence the question—back to what? Not smoking ruins. Not just yet, anyway.

Oh, I didn’t even post the third & fourth episodes of Birmingham Now, did I? Okay…

Episode three (February) can be view here, and episode four (March) can be viewed here. Needless to say, while we all struggle against the scourge of the Black Death, the show is on indefinite hiatus. We did shoot most of an April episode but it became largely redundant, and if/when it returns… it’s very likely we’ll take a different approach. Steve and I have talked about this a bit. But no point thinking about it for now.

I have been doing a few things, though, including a bit of portrait art. Which I need to get scanned. I’ll be back when I do.

Showreel: January 2020

I thought it was time to cobble together some kind of showreel… this covers various filmed work done since 2016, headed obviously by the current efforts on Birmingham Now. Feedback is welcome!

Birmingham Now Episode Two

Is it the second one already?! Time flies! A couple of nice interviews, IMO, this time round.

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New Film Project: Triangle

Well, Triangle is the provisional title, at least… maybe we’ll keep it… anyhow, I finished the first draft of the script last night, small extract below. The film, which should run about 20 minutes, is a neo-noir set in Birmingham and we’re gonna do it in glorious black & white!! It’s quite hard-boiled and the ‘second act’ is more than a little Sin City in tone.

(As a matter of fact, I’ve even toyed with doing it in an old-style 4.3 aspect ratio. What I think we’ll ultimately do here is shoot it safe for both 4.3 and 1.85, so it can be comfortably shown either way.)

More soon, and there’s a project page over at Vamporama Films too, which will be added to in due course…

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Birmingham Now Episode 1 Shoot

The main shoot for the first ep of Bham Now happened today at the Jam House Birmingham. Here’s a shot of Des & Gary “on set”.

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Birmingham Now TV Teaser

So, over at Vamporama Films, we’ve been working on a new online magazine show concept, to be presented by fellow Big Centre TV alumni and local legends, Des Tong and Gary James.

Last Wednesday (Oct 2nd), we shot a promo video for same, which you can view below… and please, go subscribe to the new channel here, and while you’re at it sub to the Vamporama Films channel here, too! Thanks.

Liam Neeson Caricature (First Pass)

I do have a few more recent art posts to get through, but I haven’t done much in the last month—partly because I’ve been focusing on developing film projects, a consequence of which being that my drawing activity has gone into one of its lulls.

Like the Chris Chibnall caricature, this also is for a possible limited animation idea… unlike the Chibnall, I don’t think I quite pulled it off, so we’ll file this under “Nice First Try, But TRY AGAIN”…

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The Cush

Although this dates from last December, I had been meaning to post it. It’s a portrait of Peter Cushing as he appears in one the later Hammer Frankenstein movies. (I’m not even sure which one, offhand—anyone?)

EDIT: It’s from Dracula AD 1972. Thanks, Henry. Why didn’t I know that? I used a photo ref without looking up the source is why!!

Anyhow—was really difficult to get a nice looking scan as I don’t think the piece is entirely successful… the mixing of media—black ink, gray markers, pencil—is a bit awkward, plus some of the black areas were done with a cheap marker and aren’t at all solid (thank you, Gil Kane!). I also tried something a little more abstract in the shadowing and rendering. I think it’s an interesting experiment but doesn’t quite hit the mark.

That said, some people disagree with me and think it works quite well! Oh, it’s FOR SALE, too! Open to offers. It’s on a sheet of A3 card.

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A Deal With Death Script Page

A Deal With Death is a short film that homages the old Amicus anthology flicks. I posted a character sketch for it some months ago. Anyhow, for various reasons (main one being a key cast member who we didn’t want to lose having some health difficulties), it’s been on hold for a while—hopefully not for much longer.

Here’s a page from the script.

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