At the advice of Mr. James Moran I've decided to re-launch my website/bloggy thing - what with the impending creation of my next project on the horizon, he explained that it'd be good to have my own little place to talk about what I'm doing now and what's next.
Right now, I'm typing this. I'm 99% percent sure that a new paragraph will be next.
I bet that 1% feels really stupid now.
Anyway, so this is the new home of all things me. If you explore the pages you'll be able to learn about my work and a little background on what I've done etc, but most importantly, as new things develop, I can share them with you through these pages rather than stick to the old Facebook/Twitter avenues.
My last blog died on the same day as my father back in 2010, so it feels good to be corrupting the world wide web with my lewd htmls and dirty little widgets once again.
So what's been going on?
A lot! Since December 2010 I've been working on a book called - '666 Horror Movies to Die For' which is being put out either later this year or early next by the wonderful folk at FAB Press. The project is pretty much what the title suggests - a what's what of the horror genre from 1920 to 2011 (though I may be tempted to throw in a couple of updated titles before we go to press). I haven't spoken to Harvey Fenton at FAB for a short while due to other projects that took precedence, but the last time we spoke about the project, we were looking at a huge 700 page, hard back, horror bible! British genre Art legend, Graham Humphreys is set to do the cover for us and I'll be sure to share it with you guys once we get things rolling on that front once again - which should be around April/May.
Ever been to one of our Reel Music nights? If not your chance is coming up! We have been inundated with questions as to when our quarterly Movie Soundtrack bonanza will be returning to its home at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Considering we have been in the middle of a student union tour (fourteen different campus' in total) we figure it would be best to get this done and then concentrate on our return to Bloomsbury. The tour has been a big success for Reel Music - and it's affiliate Flirt! and sponsor Tiger Beer, but I wholeheartedly cannot wait to get back to Bloomsbury. It's where we belong. As for the date of our return? I'm sure it will be announced very soon...
It's on Friday July 6th.
People on Twitter have been asking what the theme is for the next Reel Music?... duh! Movies!
And so for the biggest update since I last blogged... SILENT NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. My first narrative feature goes into production at the end of the year and I'm already bouncing off the walls with excitement.
The screenplay comes from the pen of James Moran, who's work you may be familiar with from the Chris Smith Horror flick SEVERANCE, various episodes of DR. WHO, TORCHWOOD, SPOOKS and the upcoming COCKNEY'S VS ZOMBIES. The idea really came out of our desire to work together on something. I had a lot of fun working with James on his Halloween H33 Frightfest short (watch here) and knew instantly he would get what I had in mind.
ME: "Dude... Christmas... Zombies!" -- JAMES: "Fuck! Yes! Let's do it!" - Actual transcript.
In addition to Mr. Moran, I am very lucky to be working with some of my favourite people on this. Jennifer Handorf and Johanna Wartion McEvoy are handling producing duties. On Score detail we have the musical genius that is Osymyso (if you haven't heard his Intro Inspection... CLICK!), Special Effects Make-Up by Dave Elsey (Oscar Winner for The Wolfman), a kick ass teaser poster courtesy of Graham Humphreys and our first two confirmed cast members - AJ Bowen (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and genre legend Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD).
We'll have some more updates in the coming months as things start to take shape, and I'm hoping that we'll be able to announce some more cast members in the next month or so. Stay tuned!
Okay, so that about brings me up to date. To sign off I will leave you with the trailer for Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters (Zombi 2 or Zombie depending on where you're from) - the Italian maestro passed away on this day back in 1996. I chose this trailer because this movie is a huge inspiration on Silent Night of the Living Dead. Truly is one of the best.