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All Bad Things On Location

Principal Photography for the indie short All Bad Things was held yesterday, at the Rajnagar, Olton, and everything went really well… plus, we wrapped well ahead of time! We still have two further (small) blocks of filming to do in the next week or two, but the biggest part is in the can and, IMO, looking real nice!!

Here are a couple of on-set photos (during the run-through before actual filming), and a big shot of the cast & crew assembled.

All Bad Things On Location 1

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Club Vamporama Shoot #4

Firstly, All Bad Things news: the shoot will now take place on August 20th. A couple of people dropped out at last minute and we’re currently looking for someone to handle the sound tech. More VERY soon!

Anyhow. Yesterday was the fourth shoot for Club Vamporama, this time uniting Dru and Lizzie (for the first time, as they appear to just miss each other in previous item, even though their scenes were shot five weeks apart!) for a scene set indoors—the so-called “Cthulhu Sketch”, which we previously did an abortive screen test on some months ago—plus a title sequence shot outdoors (storyboards for which I shall be posting tonight or tomorrow).

Jenni & Marie

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Catchup

Long time no see, again. Lots of things have been happening, though, even if they haven’t necessarily happened in the order I’d planned. (For instance, the long-mooted Weekly Webcomics idea didn’t get going. Yet.)

Having assembled a reasonably decent set of film gear in recent months, Steve and I have been doing a series of short items for the film show on Big Centre TV—Steve presenting, me directing & editing. Big Centre is soon to become Made in Birmingham, but hopefully we’ll continue working on this material as before.

The most recent piece, a short extract from a longer interview with Alan FrightFest Jones, which we did in London on October 19th, airs on Big Centre today (Halloween, appropriately). We’ll be uploading it to YouTube fairly soon. Here’s a pic of Steve & Alan.

Steve Green Alan Jones Oct 2016

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Birthday Down, Two Months To Go

I was indeed harumph years old on October 30th. which always signals the impending close of yet another year, this time 2015, which with all the best will possible has been something of a fleeting and not particularly polished turd amongst many others.

Birthday wise, the Good was…

The Third Man BD

Yay! The new 4K restoration of one of my all-time fave films, on Blu-ray. Thanks, Nigel. 🙂 Steve got me some Phibes Blu goodness, too. Double Yay!

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Grand Central

I thought Grand Central was a famous station in America, but no, apparently now it’s the big Birmingham, New Street train station reimagined. It only cost £750 million and took well over three years. Cheap & nasty is the operative term, then. Only it’s not really a train station; it’s a train station and a huge shopping mall.

Well, you know, maybe it’ll help bring new life to the city and, I assume, it created a lot of work during the development stages and beyond, etc. But this doesn’t do anything to alter the fact that it’s a hugely flashy, superficial celebration (and exploitation) of the excesses of 21st Century consumerism gone mad.

I took a look around on Tuesday and snapped a few pics!

Approaching the new station, Bullring side. A huge, eye-shaped screen looks down, but who’s watching who?

Grand Central 1 Sept 2015

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