London Horror Comic Launch @ Art In The Park Leam 2019

Pictures of all the fine folk that picked up London Horror Comic and Dregs at Art in the park Leamington Spa 2019.

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London Horror Comic @ London Film and Comic Con 2019

Pictures of all the fine folk that picked up London Horror Comic and Dregs at London Film and Comic Con 2019.

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London Horror Comic Launch @ Orbital Comics 2019

Pictures of all the fine folk that picked up London Horror Comic at the Orbtial Comics Launch 2019.

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London Horror Comic & Dregs @ DiNK 2019

Pictures of all the fine folk that picked up London Horror Comic and Dregs at DiNK 2019 over Days 1 and 2.

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Dregs Launch @ Orbital Comics 2018

Pictures of the fine folk who picked up Dregs at the Orbital Comics in London October 2018.

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Launch Signing @ Orbital Comics

I’m launching a new book at Orbital Comics this Saturday. It will also be available to buy on the site. Come say hi!

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N.I.C.E Comic Con 2018

Pictures of the fine folk who picked up London Horror Comic 7 at the Nice Comic Con 2018. Thanks to everyone who turned out and to the organisers – NICE was awesome.

London Horror Comic 7 has now SOLD OUT!

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Climax (2018) – Gaspar Noé & Alan Jones introduction at FrightFest 2018

“Birth and death are extraordinary experiences. Life is a fleeting pleasure.”

Writer-Director Gaspar Noé introduces his film Climax at FrightFest 2018. Produced by Arte France Cinéma, Rectangle Productions, Vice Films & Wild Bunch

My review: “Climax is the disco documentary that’s a metaphor for zombies we’ve all been waiting for.”

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Arrow FrightFest 2018 – Short Film Showcase 3 Reviews

The third and final set of FrightFest’s Short Film Showcase played fantastically to audiences delivering more laughs, jumps and scares than any main screen film I’ve sat in.

Being concise is a must for short films and I think a lot of the main screen films ran on a bit too long without because no such pressure was operating on them – either in the form of production notes or a second pair of (critical) eyes.

No such problem with these short films which all had something to offer for the time they were on screen.

The mini reviews:

Envy: A play within a play exploring envy within a drama school. The end scene monologue was delivered superbly however the central theme of envy was diluted by a slightly disjointed plot.

Special Day: If you think of the opening scene of The Graduate mixed with the conspiracy vibes of Rosemary’s Baby you get a flavour of this highly effective short. Performances, effects and pacing really helped create the authentic oppressive atmosphere of a family with high expectations. The change in tone from a family celebrating to explaining their daughter’s rites of passage could have been starker though, as in the first few moments you get that the family isn’t quite all what they seem, which puts you on guard.

The Lady From 406: I’ll be honest: I didn’t understand this one at all. There were overtones of a ghost story or a character trapped in repeating actions. That said, the direction and production design of this story set in an apartment block kept you looking at the screen.

Payment: The high cost of living and renting is explored in this funny allegory. The bite comes at the end and the pay off got a few chuckles from the crowd.

Baghead: This was the strongest of the lot and it succeeded marvellously in subverting expectations to great effect. Its pacing, dialogue and direction hooked you from scene to scene and just when you think you’ve got this short’s number, it does a complete 180 on you. It drew scares and laughs from around the floor. Stick around to the end credits though, it’s well worth it.

Puppet Master: Nothing to do with little dolls; this piece was a mixture of puppeteering and theatre performance, which explored the roles partners play out in relationships. Some lovely production design and music and great direction. My only problem was trying to understand whether we were supposed to see the puppeteer manipulating the puppet or not. Since the theme was about exploring a couple, seeing a third person manipulate the puppet brought me out of the piece.

Right Place Wrong Tim: A superb commentary on escaping the confines of overwhelming nostalgia. The set of an 80s UK sitcom where puns rule becomes the backdrop of time travel murder massacre which works to great effect. The switch between shooting styles/formats also helps create the required disorientation in the viewer so we know the threat is real.

Corvidae: A wonderful fairy tale / animal folklore short done with convincing production design and a strong lead performance. A girl nurses an injured crow she saves from a group of savage boys. When the boys target her at the film’s finale, she finds she’s made more than a few friends.

Neckface: Think Basket Case but with a Bride to be! A crowd favourite which raised more than its fair share of laughs. A bride to be wakes up on the day of her wedding with an unsightly problem. This short worked well in using the plot’s central device as a vehicle for exploring genuine anxieties while not sacrificing any of the laughs. This definitely has legs to be a longer film.

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Ghost Stories Live Commentary With Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson – FrightFest 2018

One of the perks of attending FrightFest is hearing film makers talk about their creative process.

Whether you’re an aspiring director, or just a fan who wants to delve deeper into the details, the festival gives horror aficionados a chance to gleam inspiration from those that have finished a film.

That said, film commentaries are an art. Speakers must balance detail with an infectious enthusiasm.

The audience was in good company then with Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson’s Live Commentary of Ghost Stories. A wet Sunday afternoon and the intimate setting of The Prince Charles’ upstairs screen was the perfect setting.

Most people in the audience had seen Ghost Stories and many more than once.

I hadn’t seen the play but my take on the film was that it served as a great reminder of what makes British filmmaking and production great.

An engaging talk, here were some of the highlights from the commentary:

Using a Colour Map: The progression of the film runs alongside a colour wheel. Scenes were thumbnailed with colour progression beforehand so the viewer would have a visual journey beginning with warming life-affirming reds to colder clinical colours for the finale.

Contemporary Gothic: The work of artist George Shaw was an inspiration for the look of the film. Presenting an out of season seaside and maintaining a quintessential Britishness about things was something that made the film look unique.

Know What’s In Your Head: Underpinning all creative decisions was a knowing sense of what the filmmakers knew they wanted to communicate beforehand. Trust your gut rather than your nut.

Taking notes: Keeping true to a vision while remaining open-minded when it came to receiving notes on the film helped unlock problems. A key lesson here was balancing pride with what would actually service the story.

Staying True:  The most insightful part talked about how they had to turn down offers of working with big US studios and even a big indie one to ensure they maintained their vision. Making choices because they are right creatively, even at the expense of short term rewards, is easier said then done and the guys deserve kudos for sticking to their guns.

Sooty & Sweep: Fun fact: the insert shot of Sooty and Sweep in the second segment got laughs the world over and not just in the UK.

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