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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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 a lot of new artwork. And for a change, some of it’s actually quite good! 🙂

You see, one thing I’ve been working on is upping my game, artistically. I do consider myself a writer who draws a bit. Sadly, I have secured little or no serious attention for my writing. Very frustrating. So that’s driven me towards trying to improve my visual work, even if I know that writing remains absolutely the strongest aspect of my work.

And so, I’ll be posting some of my recent toiling imminently. 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.

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…

Monsters Grindhouse Premiere

Monsters Grindhouse Liam Steve Marc

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!!

Grimwood Screentest 1

Grimwood Screentest 2

Grimwood Screentest Frame 1

Grimwood Screentest Frame 2

Monsters Trailer!

As promised, the trailer for Monsters! And please note, you can view it as a direct link RIGHT HERE, which gives our videos more hits—and PLEASE subscribe to our channel and share the links! THANKS!

Stay tuned for info on future screenings, etc!

The Forbidden Lady

Delighted to be able to announce that this documentary feature, of Steve Green interviewing cult actress Dagmar Lassander at the 2016 Festival of Fantastic Films, which I did the video editing for, will be on Arrow Video‘s forthcoming January Blu-ray release of Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion.

The Fobidden Lady

The Forbidden Lady on IMDb

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!!)

Monsters Test 1

Monsters Test 2

Monsters Test Raw

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…

Monsters Shoot 1

Monsters Shoot 2

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…

Monsters Rehearsal 1

Monsters Rehearsal

Monsters Rehearsal 2

Terror At Bell’s End News

And yep, see the Bell’s End tag for more! This is our faux grindhouse trailer, homaging Euro Cult and the likes of Lucio Fulci. Of course, if any backers or companies showed an interest, we’d definitely be up for making a full movie!!

Anyhow, it’s been on the shelf for months and months, and we still need to shoot a couple of extra scenes. We’re working on it. It’s back on the schedule after the hiatus. More news soon.

Meanwhile, here’s a couple of frame grabs; firstly, from a titles sequence I’ve recently been playing with… secondly, good old Melyza Fay being stalked by THE KILLER

Bells End Title

Bells End Stalked

Club Vamporama News

You can follow the Club Vamporama tag for more on this project. The newest news is that we’re planning a crowdfunder for a full, 30-minute pilot episode. Liz wrote the script ages ago, and completed a new draft of it quite recently; most of the main cast are in place, all being well; currently, the theme song is being worked on… we’re looking to recruit a couple of ‘name value’ cast members and get things on track very, very soon.