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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Monsters Premiere

Out short film Monsters, starring Liam Woon, had its public premiere earlier today at the Grindhouse Planet Film Festival. Here’s a snap of the screening, plus Liam and Steve posing with organiser Marc Hamill…

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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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Monsters Colour Grading Tests

So… I’ve been playing with the footage for Monsters, and I’ve done some tests on the colour grading. The raw footage has a very flat colour profile, which allows filmmakers to push the images to suit the mood or preference more comfortably. Below are two graded frame grabs and finally a look at the raw (unmatted) footage for comparison.

(A trailer for the film is coming very soon!!)

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Monsters Shoot

Principal photograph for Monsters was completed last night (Sunday)! In a very cold warehouse in deepest Coventry, the six-hour shoot went really well… a couple of annoying technical problems were surmounted without any great drama. (Okay, maybe some drama!!)

Huge thanks to Liam Woon for his brilliant performance and going above & beyond to help us ensure it all worked out! More soon!! But in the meanwhile, as ever, here are some photos for you to peruse…

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Monsters Rehearsal

Yesterday, we had our rehearsal for the aforementioned Monsters short, with Liam Woon playing the role of “The Man”. The final run-through was filmed and I played around with the image & sound a little bit—a YouTube link to that will follow. The shooting proper will take place later this month. Meanwhile, here’s a couple of pics, plus a shot of Liam with Steve…

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Grindhouse Planet Film Festival Screening

Yesterday (Nov 27), All Bad Things was screened at the 2017 Grindhouse Planet Film Festival, in Leicester. This was the first public screening following the cast & crew screening last month. So let’s have a couple of photos…

This one was taken during the actual screening.

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And here we have producer Steve Green with festival organiser Marc Hamill (no, not that one).

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Finally, here’s a detailed report from the Midlands Movies Website: Midlands Movies Grindhouse Festival Report.

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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.

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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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