Archive for January, 2012


As many of you now know, the script for this film is almost complete. It has taken a while yes, but the director and I felt that we did not want to “force the story out.” We wanted to let the story tell itself in a way.

I also think it’s as good a time as any to remind you all, or in some cases tell you, that this film is a Feature film. We decided very early on that we wanted to adapt this very short story into a full Feature, because Stephen King wrote a great short story, but he hinted to so much more. We wanted to expand on that and delve between the lines.

Without giving too much if the plot away (if you have already read the short story in the ‘Night Shift’ Collection, then you already know what the plot is anyway) This story/adaptation is about the human psyche and about real fears. This story is not all about Lester. It’s also about Rita and her struggle in the marriage. She is woman with three kids and a husband who she loves, well that’s what you see on the surface. She is also a ” ‘wanna’ be writer” That’s all of the ‘plot’ I’m willing to disclose at the moment. I will talk about it more nearer the time of shooting (April/May)

As always thank you for your continued support. To keep up to date with the Film please    ‘LIKE’ our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504205869#!/pages/Stephen-Kings-The-Boogeyman-2011-A-Dollar-Baby/154632161255654
And even spread the word if you can.

Thank You

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A Short (short) film

So today a small group of us shot and edited a very short piece for the ‘Nokia Shorts’ project. It took about 1 hour and 45 mins total to set up and shoot, and not too much longer to edit. It was a 30 second piece (this included time for a logo) It was great fun working with this team who were highly motivated and dedicated.
Our ordinal idea did change a few times, but it changed for the better in my personal opinion. Our original idea was that I was a “director” sat at a table looking at a script. A mime would then come in and try to get my attention. It failed and they would walk off. I would then stand up and begin to mop the floor, signaling to the audience that I’m actually a cleaner (the original title for this was called ‘Attention’, as to Action)

Our final idea I feel was more humorous. It was quick, simple and to the point.

Here check it out for yourself:

It’s getting more exciting everyday being apart of this film. Great things are happening with it every single day. Most recently, casting calls.

A casting call came out for the film just days ago. We were overwhelmed with the responses! We have seen a plethora of audition tapes and show reels already. One things for sure. The cast is going to be fantastic. They are all up and coming actors who want to show their talent to the world and who have something to prove.

I mention this next point a lot, but it’s only because it is very integral. It honestly helps a lot too.

Why? I hear you ask. Well, not only are you sharing the film among fellow film lovers, but you get to be apart of the film in a unique way. You are acting as our viral/online advertisers/campaigners, and we thank you for doing that.

So keep doing what you are doing. Spread it far and spread it wide. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=758128317&ref=ffa#!/pages/Stephen-Kings-The-Boogeyman-2011-A-Dollar-Baby/154632161255654?sk=wall

 

Thank you.

The word ‘Hate’ get’s thrown around far too much these day I feel. It’s a word reserved for some of the worst things on the planet. It’s a powerful and emotional word too.

There are a lot of things people hate in this world.

People who know me, know that I’m a very tolerant person, some even say too tolerant at times. But some times I come across somethings that really annoy me, dare I say I come across things I just plainly put, Hate. It’s rare that that happens. But it DOES happen.

Here is the latest one.

Book burning.

As a reader and a lover of all things educational (I heard that sigh at the back there 😉 ) It really annoys me that some people will go to such lengths to make sure a book is not read. I know they get burnt for MANY reasons, but I don’t want to go into too much detail.

I want to talk about one in particular.

When J.K. Rowling gave us her story, Harry Potter. It did not sit well with a certain group of people. You could even say that they just plain hated it. So what did they do… Well, They gathered up as many as they could and burnt them, outside of a church no-less.

I did not take this photo, but I just wanted to share it.

That is what I hate…

So, as many of you may or may not know, I am making a film for Stephen King. It’s been in the pre-production stage for a while, but now it’s almost out of that stage. The script has an estimated completion time of Mid February. Which is still on target.

The shooting has a target of April-May, which is also on target.

If anyone reading this wants to get involved in any way, then contact me ASAP, as I need the following job roles filled:
Actors
Lighting
Promoting

All the other job roles have been filled.

If you are experienced in these fields or know anyone who is, then please let me know ASAP.

The film WILL be shown to film festivals worldwide AND to Stephen King, so they are massive incentives.

Here is a link to the Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephen-Kings-The-Boogeyman-2011-A-Dollar-Baby/154632161255654 it already has a great following, but we need more, so if you could help spread the word, that would be great

The post on the official Stephen King forums has over 13,000 views, but again, it needs more.

There is a growing fan base to this film and it would be a great help if you could make it bigger.

Thanks

So, this blog is all about a film I watched in a lecture at University earlier this week. It was a cynical look at the media industry and how it gets people addicted to the industry, and in some cases gets people to pin their hopes on becoming a celebrity…. and nothing else.
This was a film about the media industry. It gave us lessons to follow:

Lesson 1: Start the Young. By this they mean plonk the kids in front of the TV from an early age and get them addicted to the industry.
Key skills: Motivation/brain washing

Lesson 2: Keep them hooked. Make sure you don’t loose your audience.
Key Skills: Addiction

Lesson 3: Hard wired urges. As they have started them young, their urges to keep watching are hard wired.
Key Skills: One way friendships

Lesson 4: Gossip. News travels fast, good and bad
Key Skills: Gathering information

Lesson 5: Creating News
Key Skills: No need to check the source. Any news is ‘newsworthy’

So, that was the key points and break down from the documentary on the industry. I should point out that the documentary was very tongue-in-cheek. It was an inside look at how the industry gets people to keep watching Television. The tricks include:

Celebrity endourced products to keep you hooked on the things you love, and to give you an emotional attachment to the product.

Advertisements with celebrities with a high ‘star persona’

24 hour news. 7 days a week.

Celebrites ———-> Entourage ———-> Fans

It’s all about supply and demand. They supply it, we demand it. “Only give you what you want” – is the medias response.

The newspapers are ‘self regulated’ by the Press Complaints Commission. which means they regulate themselves. Many have questioned whether they actually do this. I just wonder, with the stuff they DO print, that is a bit too in your face, what have they regulated that is worse than that?….

A good analogy for the media industry is the following: The media is like Gippetto (from Pinocchio) They pull the strings and we, like sheep follow the crowd.

So, here we are in a brand new year. The year that The Boogeyman will be shot and released. It’s been a long journey, and that journey is almost at it’s destination. But let me take a moment, to thank everyone who has been apart of this journey so far!
Thank YOU, the people who have helped promote this film.
Thank YOU, the people who have given us inspiration and hope.
Thank YOU, the people who have been following this film and it’s journey.

So now for some updates for you all.

Shooting get’s a date!:

We are pleased to announce, that April/May will be the time when cameras begin to roll! We are very excited to announce this and we hope you are all excited to finally hear a date for the shooting of the.

Casting:

A casting call went out two weeks ago and we have been inundated with local talent wanting to be a part of the film. It’s great to see people with so much desire, passion and talent wanting to be apart of this film.

Locations:

We have been location scouting for a while now, wanting to find the ones that will ‘fit’ with the film. As of TODAY, we can announce that TWO locations have now been finalized. They are fantastic locations and we cannot wait to bring them to life.

Script:

The script is very close to completion now, which is both exciting and daunting. WE have been with this story for a long time and it is almost time to let it out into the big wide world.

As always, thanks for reading and for spreading the word about the Facebook page, it really does help! (Facebook page — http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002553240630#!/pages/Stephen-Kings-The-Boogeyman-2011-A-Dollar-Baby/154632161255654)

So it’s New Year’s day, so I thought I’d write a post about the year that has just gone, because from a personal standpoint, it was a very entertaining and in many ways fantastic year.

The Year is 2011, The date: February.

Last year on this month, I started my new job at Hatton Country World. This is a place where family’s come for a day out, in a nut shell it’s a farm-park version of Alton Towers. I started on what I was later told, The busiest day they could remember… funny that, I also started on the busiest day for Blockbuster two years back, my luck I guess. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a complaint, just a mere observation. I am very lucky to be in a job that I enjoy so much, with fantastic co-workers too.

May…

This was the month that saw me go to American for the very first time. I went with Stratford -upon- Avon College to New York City for 7 days. It was incredible. Words cannot describe it. I shot a mini documentary on SoHo. which is a fascinating place.

In June…

This was the month I ended my five year spell at Stratford-Upon-Avon College. Here I gained teh following in the five years:

FD Media, BTEC ND Art and Design and HND Media.

It was a fun five years there.

August…

In early August I began to have real problems with my foot. It stopped me from walking for a few days and kept me from playing football for a few months (I only play with friends and family, not professionally)

I also celebrated my 21st Birthday with my family, which was just fantastic.

September…

This was the month I started on my first comedy play, ‘A Fishy Buisness’ with, The Lapworth Players.  They are a highly talented bunch of actors and it is honestly incredible working with them all. I am learning so much from them and feel very proud to be a part of the Players, who have talent in abundance.

The play was put on for the members of the Players, and I really enjoyed doing it.

This was also the Month that I started my BA (hons) Media Degree at Coventry University. I am having an amazing time here and I’m learning an incredible amount. I look forward to going back every time we break up.

November/December….

… These were the months that I embarked on a really cool adventure at work…. The Christmas Nativity! This was great fun and during our month run(right up until Christmas eve!) I have it on good authority (from another cast member) that we even moved a grown man to tears, I don’t know how accurate that statement is, but it was a nice one.

I’m sure there were many other events that took place last year, but I have forgotten them.

This year is already shaping up to be incredible. Here are just a few thing I have lined up:

January…

I will be in my second ever comedy show with The Lapworth Players, in the sketch show called ‘The Review’

In February…

I will be going to Iceland with the University to make some fantastic films. I will be a producer, overseeing two films (‘Snow-blind’ and the film I wrote ‘Together’)

April/May…

The egarly anticipated Stephen King’s ‘The Boogeyman’ adaptation  finally begins shooting. This is something I am both nervous and excited about. It has been in development for so long, that it has become a big part of my life. Filming it will be in many ways a bit serial. I honestly hope, that people will enjoy the film, because the director/co-writer and myself have put a tremendous amount of love and respect into this film, hence why we have not rushed it. Whilst on the subject of this film, I’m going to share an exclusive: More actors are lining up to take part in the film. This is great news, now I just have to try and fit them in the right place in the film. We also have another location confirmed, but I’m not going to discuss that JUST yet. The first draft of the script is now very close to completion. There will be a special announcement when it is complete.

August/September…

All begin well, this will be the time when I go to California State University, Long Beach! This will be my first time away from the family, but it will be a fantastic and exciting adventure.

So that’s all for now, I’ll be back soon….