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  • Posted on 20 March 10 by dan.
    A Film Begins To Develop ~ The 'Marojin' shoot continues

    The best laid plans of mice and men oft come a cropper, so the saying almost goes, and the production schedule was already beginning to look a little peaky around the gills.

    The first week’s curtailed beach excursion had left us with a rather ample ‘to do’ list, and plenty to do over the next couple of days. Most of the film, in actual fact. Thus it is, thus it was, thus it has always been. Thus.

    The first weekend was expended filming inserts - the awkward minutiae, those tiny cogs that power the machine – and all we really had was a ragtag bunch of disjointed shots. Cutting that lot together would look totally mental, like that pre-cog girl from Minority Report having a ‘Nam flashback. So although our second shoot was pretty daunting, it was also somewhat of a relief to shoot more fulsome material

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  • Posted on 04 March 10 by mike.
    You had to kill a dog. And that's why you're late?

    I've avidly read Paul's short, exploratory stageplays and was blown away by the performed reading given in London yesterday 3rd March 2010.

    The plays (3 of them) are based around a feature script called 'Redhand' about the last days of an aging Irish Terrorist seeking redepmtion where there is none. A script which Paul himself has used the phrase 'highly stylised uber destruction' to describe it's ending.

    The plays were written for Paul to explore the characters and their lives, long before we see them as old men in the film.

    If you want to know more about the reading, see my previous post 'Pink Confetti' Reading in London.

    Read on to see what I thought and view some photos.

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  • Posted on 26 February 10 by mike.
    Stop! It's Scammertime

    Every so often when traversing the glorious commercial connectivity of the internets, you get a brief reminder that sharks lurk and drift in the shadows beneath the browser chrome.

    We had one of those occasions recently when looking to hire a location for a production. I should mention at this point, that if someone asks for a deposit upfront via Moneygram or Western Union transfer, it's a scam.

    19th Century Scammer Gregor MacGregor

    Scammers really aren't anything new. The image above is a related fragment from the scam of an early 19th century scumbag, Gregor MacGregor.

    In 1820, Greg had the profitable idea of making himself a prince of a fictitious country, Poyais.

    Well, why not eh?

    He then set about conning people into buying shares of land, some of whom (about 240) took the voyage to settle this fertile central american land of plenty.

    180 of 240 optimistic settlers died once reaching their destination, finding nothing but jungle and fever. Greg made a lot of money off the back of peoples optimism, and then snuck off to France.

    What we encountered was far less dramatic and likely perpetrated by people less fortunate than ourselves (certainly less than the privelaged military status of Gregor MacGregor allowed).

    Still, that doesn't mean we can't string them along and have a little fun, now does it ;)

    Read on for the fun part.

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  • Posted on 19 February 10 by mike.
    'Pink Confetti' Reading in London

    Click here to read the follow up ~ 'You had to kill a dog. And that's why you're late?'

    What do you do when the powers that be (bee see) like your writing, but refuse to make your movie film?

    Paul has been rather prolific in his penmanship lately. And I love being greeted in my overflowing inbox by one of his succinctly subjected emails.

    It's the attachment that has my attention, the sweet-sweet juicy bit. Paul's dark, emotive and violence stained literary muffins.

    Back at the end of August, it began this way. 'Stuff' said the subject line. 'Paul's First Stageplay 1.pdf' was the attachment. 'Time for a coffee' I thought.

    After writing a full feature length called 'Redhand' and not having any luck getting it picked up, unfazed Paul set about writing three exploratory stage plays about younger versions of it's central characters.

    And now, after months of work, some talented actors have taken the first of these three, called 'Pink Confetti' and prepared a rehearsed reading.

    It's being performed in London a few weeks from now, and I can't wait to journey down and experience it!

    So, that is how the beginning ends.

    Read on for the full press release from Producer Katherine Beresford.

    And I'll let you know about my trip and how things went.

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  • Posted on 18 January 10 by dan.
    Horrid Nostalgia â Like A Bellyful Of Honey

    Against my better judgement, I recently journeyed the rather dubious world of old-school games console emulation.

    Essentially, this required poking around the Ugliest Web Sites Imaginable™ this side of Hades.  Imagine a Ukrainian website about Lego... crashing angrily ... and then imploding into the very bowels of the internet.

    And all of this just to dig out the video games of my youth.  Shudder and wince.

    How for Now?

    Okay, here's a quick 'How 2' for those of you who have no clue what I'm talking about:

    All you need to know is that there are some very nerdy places on the internet with a PC emulator for every old video game and console that history has wisely forgotten.

    I suggest you read on and then do likewise...

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  • Posted on 01 January 10 by mike.
    2010: The Year We Make Contact?

    Welcome one and all to a new decade, hopefully one that is filled with creativitiy, suspense, thrills, spills, terror, laughter, excitement and fun!

    As the snow drifts down and piles ever higher, we continue to sculpt and craft plans and ideas for the first part of the year.

    The passing of previous annum seemed a slow and difficult event in the lives of everyone we know (probably due to the recession) and we're fit to burst with the pressure of getting some films made.

    So read on to see what's currently on the development slate...

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  • Posted on 30 October 09 by dan.
    New Site and Updates

    After a long time away from the old internet, we're back with a snazzy new website. I'm sure you'll agree that it's a vast improvement over the previous 'temporary' one.

    Have a look around and check out all the new info we've added. Let's see... what's new since you were last here...

    Well, you may be interested to hear that our last couple of official short films, Pini Banini and Departure, are currently being submitted to a bunch of film festivals.

    Gone are the days when we were happy enough to invite cast, crew, friends and family to our private screenings – we thought it about time to send some of these babies out into the real world.

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  • Posted on 29 October 09 by mike.
    Pray for the New Spiderhouse Design

    It's been languishing in development hell as the recent workload has been enormous, but it's finally online!

    There's still some more content to be added, like trailers and artwork, and it needs a little finessing but it's pretty much all here.

    I've been researching film posters for a while with the aim of designing them for our own projects. I really loved the old 70's classics from studios like Fox and and Paramount. One that really caught my eye was the poster for Rosemary's Baby (1968) by Stephen Frankfurt.

    It's this poster which was a source of much inspiration for the new look of the website, and it's no surprise it captured my imagination, being designed by a man schooled by William Bernbach, a mammoth figure in the history of advertising whose innovative approaches created a revolution in the 1960's.

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