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.

Lest we forget: subscribe to Bham Now YouTube channel here and Vamporama Films channel here!!

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”.

BTW, check out the official Website at brum-now.uk. And again: subscribe to Bham Now YouTube channel here and Vamporama Films channel here.

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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.

Grimwood Screentest

Yesterday, at the Victoria, Birmingham, we held a screentest for our series concept Grimwood, which spins off some of the characters & ideas from our 2017 short All Bad Things. The participants were Liam Woon and Kelley Costigan. Here’s some images!!

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All Bad Things: Cast & Crew Screening

Incidentally, today is my birthday. Don’t ask.

Last night, we had our cast & crew screening for All Bad Things, plus the two Club Vamporama shorts “Who Is Bette Noir?” and “Hail Cthulhu!”, plus we screened some early footage for the Terror at Bell’s End trailer.

We drafted in our good friend & talented author/performer, Jasper Bark, to MC the proceedings, which was held at the Victoria, Birmingham city centre. I think overall the night went very well and we had most of the cast & crew from our various projects there (although we dearly missed Dru and Lizzie, who couldn’t make it).

The evening kicked off with the superb local actor, William Hayes (with whom we are planning to work very soon), giving a stirring rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”.

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After the screening of “Who Is Bette Noir?”, Jasper interviewed Jude herself, Melyza Fay.

ABT Screening 2

Following the main event, All Bad Things, Jasper quizzed the main cast—Demelza O’Sullivan, Liam Woon and Sham Zaman.

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To complete the evening, Jasper himself performed his infamous short story, “Taking the Piss”!

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