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!!

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.

Birmingham Now ep1

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.

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.

A Deal With Death pg2

I’m Back (Again)

It’s true… I struggle to update this blog regularly and I have for the last decade, really. (I have a large archive of “legacy blog” postings, not currently online, which was a mixture of personal and work—going back to the year 2000!) Partly it’s because social media put a real dent in blogs—regrettably, for me, as I have always disliked so-called social media… and only real popular blogs have weathered the storm somewhat unscathed. So it’s a major disincentive to bother with a blog when you know no one bothers looking at it unless you personally prod them into doing so!

And life itself—the complications, the distractions, the tragedies, the endless quest for income and stability… it’s heavy. Who needs to blog about that or prioritise blogging to a silent or non-existent audience instead of focusing on important stuff?!

Well, who knows. I’d like to keep the blog alive regardless, although I also realise that when I emphasise work over personal, as I have done the last few years (hence keeping the archive of more personal or trivial stuff offline lately), that can be even less interesting! To some folks, anyway. We’ve all become our own personal reality TV show channels, sadly. I don’t regard this as progress, to be honest. Just because it’s a new development socially or culturally doesn’t automatically mean it’s an improvement.

Anyhow…

Speaking of the above-mentioned life complications and tragedies, one of them came in early May. I took a week’s holiday in Wales with my colleague, friend and landlord, Mr Steve Green—my first visit to Wales, where I spent most of my childhood Summers, in more than 30 years, astonishingly. And it was mostly a great time, even if my revisit of the campsite/town where I spent so much time as a little kiddie was cut a little short. (I need to go again sometime! I didn’t explore it as I really wanted to.) But on the very last day, five minutes before we were due to head back for home… Steve’s little dog, Oscar, bolted through the front door and squeezed through the front gates of the cottage.

Which led directly to the main road where frequent cars are apt to speed by with little regard for road safety.

One such car hit Oscar and didn’t trouble itself to stop (as required by the law)—and the local vet could do nothing to help him as he’d sustained huge brain damage.

Five minutes before we were heading back for home. Really.

You couldn’t make it up. Sickening. A nice holiday basically ruined.

RIP, Oscar. Only three and a half years old.

Oscar, RIP

Tikki the Westie is fine, anyhow. She has missed Oscar a fair bit, but dogs are a lot less emo than humans overall.

All that being said, I’ve been working on a bunch of things recently and I’ll be posting some of that in the coming days. Not all of it—not sure what I’m doing with it all right now. But expect some new artwork.

And so, stay tuned, if you’re out there! Anyone? Hello? HELLO?!

A Deal With Death

For the new year, Vamporama Films has a new short film project—a hommage to the old Amicus anthology movies of the ’60s/’70s, entitled A Deal With Death. Here’s a prelim poster image and a character study by Your Truly.

A Deal With Death Poster

The Old Man from A Deal With Death

See also the official page on the Vamporama Films Website.