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After the epic series that was LOST, I needed to find a new TV show. I heard rumors that the director of the Stephen King films ‘The Shawshank’ Redemption and ‘The Green Mile’ was set to adapt the popular comic book series ‘The Walking Dead’.

I did some quick maths, Frank Darabont + Zombies x Comic Books = Simply Amazing. Turns out my math was right!

This show has everything from, action, romance, horror, excitement, baseball bats and yes… Zombies!

Now bear with me with my next sentence but, this show (and I know this may sound ridiculous) but this show is actually rather believable. OK, maybe not the people wanting to eat humans part, but everything else. I think that’s what makes it so compelling.

If you haven’t got bitten by the bug yet, then now is the perfect time to do so, With a THIRD season about to be filmed, now is the perfect time to catch up!

Don’t take my word for it, Watch the trailer here:

Characters: 9.0/10
Plot: 9.0/10
Music: 9.2/10

Below contains the link to my slide show presentation for my Creative Activism presentation.

creative activism

So, we had our re-shoot today. This is where we came up with a whole new idea (see previous post in the short film section)

I’m not sure I can think of enough superlatives to describe how great it was today.

Everything seemed to click, and work. We also had a very versatile actor too, which was fantastic. He was open to ideas and just made the role his own. He liaised with me on the script, and asked myself and the Director how he we see the character. From that moment, we knew we had a fantastic actor to work with.

I think that we made the right decision to re-shoot and re-write the script. I say this because, now, in my opinion, we have ironed out the kinks and went round those learning curves. We worked much smoother in a different environment too. I can’t put my finger on precisely what wen to well today, or even why, but all I know is that it was a fantastic experience to be part of such a fantastic crew today.

Here is the final script: Remember

Here is the rough cut for the film:

This film just shows that you can execute a simple idea effectively and with style.

In my opinion, the reason the first film didn’t go exactly to plan was that we were too complacent, or we didn’t see the boulders in the road. However, we learnt from our miss-en-devours and we have, in my opinion a great film.

An overview of the whole project

Overall, I feel that we worked well as a team, when things seemed to not go our way and people started to get disheartened, we all picked each other up. We always looked out for each other. We really cared about our films, and I hope everyone sees that when they are watching them. It would have been easy, after the shoot of ‘The Actor’ to say… OK, that’s good enough, and then sit on it. But we didn’t! as soon as the crit was over, we sat down as a group for a couple of hours and looked back over our ideas, evaluated what went wrong and what we could improve and ultimately, if we should re-shoot. I feel it was a testiment to our integrity to not accept ‘The Actor’ as our finished film. We had several online meetings over the weekend to discuss what we was going to shoot and where. We all pulled tighter as a group and found new depths in ourselves.

The easiest thing to say next would be that, we didn’t have to be in this situation in the first place if we had eitehr got the right location or more versitile actors. That however, would imply that we were lazy and didn’t do anything. That is simply not the case. From day one we all worked hard in trying to make our original film a success.
The way I look at it, we now have two short films for our show reel, because, ‘The Actor’ was not bad, just didn’t meet our personal standards.
I will reflect upon what I personally could of improved on, and they are the following:
My availability.
There were a couple of times during the pre production process where I was unavailable due to my (then) upcoming film in Iceland and also rehearsal for my upcoming stage show. This also effected my script writing schedule. I feel that if I could have managed my time quicker, then the script would have been written sooner. It was still done on time, but not as quick as I wanted it to be.

In conclusion, I feel we have a very fine short film in ‘Remember’. I am very proud of this film. Not just because of how it looks, but because it is a statement of of desire as NU Film productions, to not make A film, but make A Film to be proud of. I think we have just done that.

Just to say…

… Isn’t it amazing when you are doing something you love? I know I’m not doing it “professionally” but I still love writing and making films for an audience. Even on the days when the words are not flowing or the scenes are not right, to me it still beats most days when I’m not doing that.

So far this year, I have already been apart of two short films, with another one being made tomorrow. Wrote three scripts (short film) and one feature film script. (The Boogeyman, based on a story by Stephen King) I have also came up with three other film ideas, that will hopeful bee written and filmed by the end of this year.

I know I have picked a very hard filed to try and jump into, but hey… The challenge itself is going to be one great ride!

I know, I know, It’s been a long time coming. I wanted to make sure it had the right ‘feel’ to it. Whilst shooting the teaser, I kept thinking to myself, I can’t wait to make this film. it has been a long time in the making, but I don’t want to rush into it, or make it ‘feel’ rushed.

It is almost time to roll the cameras now though, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I will leave you now, with the teaser trailer, I hope you enjoy.

24th Feb 2012 (Friday)
So, it’s 3am. I’m up two hours before my alarm. There is a reason though, because today’s the day I go to Iceland for 10days to make a short film!
I’m going to be co-producing a short film called ‘Snowblind’. It’s a psychological thriller, with a mountain as it’s backdrop. It’s going to be  a challenge to film, but all the crew are up for it!

Upon arriving in Iceland we see a rainbow, now if that’s not a sign of things to come then… well… what is? The flight was a smooth 3hours with no turbulence.
The short coach journey from Keflavick Airport to Reykjavik was filled with stunning views of volcanic land and mountains in the distance.

After settling down in the hotel, we all went out for a meal in one of the local restaurants. I stayed away from any typical Icelandic dishes (Sheep’s head, Puffin, Shark, Whale etc) and opted for a very nice burger…. Yeah… I know… typical Brit….
After the meal, we all had a meeting to discus the plan of action. It was great to see everyone up for this challenge.

25th Feb 2012 (Saturday)

Today was a day of new experiences.. I experienced a very underwhelming breakfast and the Icelandic milk… (which, I will not talk about, anyone who knows me, knows that I love milk… however, just not Iceland’s….)
Next on the list was to take in the sights and location scout. It was a great day, filled with great sights. At the end of the day the crew went out for a meal again, at another local restaurant.

26th Feb 2012 (Sunday)

Another day filled with excitement. After a day of taking in the the sights the town had to offer, we all went for a meal at a fantastic Scandinavian restaurant in the heart of the city center. I discovered the joys of a ‘Swiss Mocha’ and delight of an Icelandic slant of  a typical British meal.
On the way back to our hotel (which is approx 25 mins away from where we ate) We got caught in a snow blizzard. Don’t get me wrong, it was ‘fun’… From out of no-where a huge gust of wind, which lasted perhaps 40 seconds blew us up the street… and me into a lamppost… fun times in Reykjavik indeed.

27th Feb 2012 (Monday) Filming

So today was the first day we would shoot our film. The  drive to the location was stunning, the location itself, breathtaking. the team did a fantastic job in finding this location.
The actors and crew were fantastic on the night, we hit a few learning curves, but hey.. that is how we learn. On top of that we saw the Northern lights!

28th Feb 2012 (Tuesday) Filming

So today’s shoot went A LOT smoother and it was just amazing to see it all come together. EVERYONE on the crew should be proud of themselves. It  got very cold, but seeing the Northern Lights again, made up for it! I can’t wait until everyone see’s the edit!

29th Feb 2012 (Wednesday)

Everyone was still in a Jovial mood after a successful shoot. We took this day pretty light. We saw some more sights, had another snow blizzard, and at night we even felt an earthquake that measured 3.5 on the rictor scale.

1st March 2012 (Thursday)

Taking in the sights of the amazing city again. It truly is an astounding place to visit! Just make sure you pack a few bank cards because it can get very expensive if you don’t be careful. More snow blizzards and also a rain storm too! It felt like home with the rain.
We had a meal at an American diner on the harbor, one of the best meals f the week.

2nd March 2012 (Friday)

We had another crew meal tonight, in the oldest restaurant in Reykjavik, our female actress works there too so she recommend us on the best dishes.  I decided to try the Lamb tenderloin with blueberries and the all important… ‘swiss mocha’
Another snow storm on the way back too, people fell over left right and center. It was a great night.
3rd March 2012 (Saturday)

Today was a day of zen. While some people went off to the Blue Lagoon (I refused to pay over £40 to sit in some hot and lumpy porridge… I will one day, but not on this trip)
The rest of the crew took in some more sights. We climbed to the top of the stunning cathedral and saw an aerial view of the city, we then walked to the observatory, where we saw some more birds eye views. They were astounding! We also had a fantastic meal at the restaurant at the top of the observatory, The Pearlan’. Also, next to the observatory, was a man made Geyser, that was fun to see.

4th March 2012 (Sunday) Home-time

So today is the day I go home. It was a fantastic 10 days where I was part of an amazing crew who shot an amazing film.
The flight home has an interesting talking point… We had to take an emergency landing! We also ‘dropped’ about 30 feet too. There was a lot of screams form some of the passengers… and some giggles from me… We hit the ground with a thump, but no one was hurt, luckily.
I got home at around 1.15am. then up at 6am the next day to go to Uni…. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I look forward to going back very soon.

Kindle/e-readers -V- Books

With the increasingly popular digital reading devices, people are beginning to wonder whether there is any need for the traditional book.

I see their point. Why would anyone want to lug multiple books around with them, which probably cost in the region of £30+ when you can have a small digital device that can hold 10,000+ books (why you would need that many I’m not sure but….) and that fits in pockets, purses, rucksacks, briefcases etc without taking up too much room.

With this topic, I’m on the fence. I still like the feel and smell of a new book (who doesn’t?) but, Some of the books I read knock on to 800+ pages (hardback) and it can be a real strain on the hands. That’s why I invested in an Amazon Kindle. They are light, thin, and as tall as a standard pencil. The screens are just like a regular book too, so you don’t get that awful glare or eye strain. You can even make notes and highlights, just like in a ‘real’ book.

I’m certain that I will still buy books. (The ‘real’ kind) I will also still use my Kindle (They are easier to read on Planes/Trains etc, in my opinion)

I think that the traditional books will be around for a very long time, living side by side with the next generation…… I hope…….

I’m aware that I’m going to get some criticism for posting this, but I feel the need to post it anyway.

I have read a lot of books portraying vampires. The two best in my opinion are: Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot and Dracula. These books, (again in my opinion) are the definitive versions of ‘The Vampire’.  The films are just as good.

I have read thirty pages of Stephanie Meyers ‘Twilight’. In all honesty, I have seen better writing on the walls of the boys loos. What I respect about Stephanie Meyer though is that she has found an audience. People look up to her and respect her. I even have some respect for the films. They are not my typical viewing, but she has an audience, and is making a living off it.

People may think it’s unfair to judge all of the Twilight saga from just thirty pages, but in all honesty, that’s all I could stand. the writing style felt clunky and awkward.

Why do I think that ‘Salem’s Lot and Dracula are the best Vampire books? No, it’s not JUST because they don’t sparkle and they don’t drive the latest car. It’s because they are more interesting. Vampires should be something to scared of, not arm candy. (again, just my opinion.)

Here’s a link to the trailer of  ‘Salem’s Lot. If you haven’t seen this film yet, GO and see it. It’s a classic. (my opinion)

As many of you are aware by now, there will be an announcement regarding the film very soon. It will be some time THIS WEEK.

The announcement will be posted HERE: <———- The Boogeyman Facebook Page

Locations: Search for the locations are still on-going. We have found some great ones so far. We are taking our time with this though, because the locations are every bit as important as the story and the characters.

Actors: We are still going through the audition stage, which is great. We have had some fantastic applicants wanting to be a part of this film.

And as always, I thank you all for being a part of this. The support for the film has been great. Please continue to tell your friends/neighbours/work colleges etc about the film, and the Facebook page.

Thank You

So, the pre-production process is drawing to a close now. The script is almost complete and some of the actors have now been locked into place. Some locations are being finalized too…..

There is something else too.Something that will be announced early next week. I’m not going to say what it is, but it’s something to look forward to.

Over the coming weeks more ‘announcements’ will be arriving too. So make sure you stay tuned.

Until the big news is announced, keep spreading the word about this:

The Boogeyman Facebook Page

Share it on your page, or to anywhere.

So until this announcement, keep those closet doors shut.