Screaming Death WINS BEST FEATURE at 2018 Midlands Movie Awards

WOW!

Just WOW! I’m still in complete shock, and my hands are still trembling with happiness (not as much as last night mind and definitely not from the cold weather!).

Around a month ago, The House of Screaming Death was nominated for both BEST FEATURE and BEST SOUND in the 2018 Midlands Movies Awards. I felt very honoured to even be nominated for such a prestigious event, especially one that celebrates the local filmmaking scene in the region. Even more so was the fact that the amazing and insanely talented cast and crew I had the pleasure of working alongside for one happy summer (as well as one week of pickups the following February, which were equally thrilling), were being given a massive dose of attention, something each and every one of them deserves! Everyone was a volunteer on this project, so a film festival that nominated them for their unique talents at helping bring this project to life, was just stunning to see for me.

So the event was last night, myself and Karen-Jensen Clark, one of our amazing sound crew (and amazing human being), were in attendance along with the brilliant Darryl Griffiths from Movie Marker, a great supporter of local films! I was there to represent the film, just being glad to attend and be in attendance with the other unique local filmmakers from around the region, and all celebrate each other’s projects.

I NEVER expected we’d win BEST FEATURE. Not in a million years! But we did, and I remember, I just froze for a few seconds, thinking nah, really, this is a joke. And then everyone started clapping, and Karen nudged me to go up and accept the award we’d received.

I can’t remember what I said, it’s frankly still a blur (I remember thanking the ghosts of the Manor House though ha ha), although Karen filmed it all. But I do remember sitting back down, and my hands were trembling with joy and happiness. Not for me, but for the cast and crew (some were eagerly awaiting news on social media as well). I had to let them know immediately. And whle doing that, me and Karen just continuously hugged and celebrated with champagne with Darryl!

Because this award is for every single one of our amazing cast/crew. Every single amazing, bloody talented one of them! And I’m still overwhelmed! So I’ll finish by repeating what I’ve posted on my own facebook page below;

“Shall we make another film? And this time shall we make our own Hammer Horror film?”

That was said 5 years ago! And last night after one of the best summers ever making the film, and with a bunch of insanely talented people both in front of and behind the camera, we picked up the BEST FEATURE FILM spot at the Midlands Movies Awards

Thank you to all the judges and editor Michael Sales for all sitting down to watch the film and seeing what we were trying to achieve on such a small tiny budget.

We just wanted to make a good Hammer/Horror film, and you’ve helped make all the hard work pay off immensely! I’m genuinely still in complete shock and shaking still when I think of it all and try and allow it to sink in.

More than anything though, this Award, this Recognition is for every single person who contributed to the film and the staff at the Manor House, whether you were on set one day, a week or four weeks (being chased by the spooks as well), you ALL did this! And you ALL deserve this. You are ALL part of this project and this success.

And you’re all just stunning, insanely talented and an incredible team who I’m so very honoured to have gotten the opportunity to work alongside, to see your talents.

Please pat yourselves on the (bloody screaming) back!

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An incredible humble Dave x
(Here’s to the next adventure in film land).

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Snarl (2019)

Recently, both me and L.J. (our fabulous production designer), were both completely blown away by The Shape of Water, and the latter got to thinking of ideas for doing our own short monster movie…especially around the theme of werewolves!

So she said “Werewolves”…

…I said “when”…

…She said “soon”….

…I said “I’m writing as we speak”

We are very excited to announce SNARL, which will begin filming later this year in September time, starring Chris Johnson (Willem), and will be released in 2019.

SYNOPSIS:

England, 1934 – A young man, a drifter, is held captive by the villagers of a local town. His crime – accused of being a werewolf. As he sits silently awaiting a cruel fate, he is suddenly aided by two of the towns people who believe him to be innocent. As they help the young man flee through the ever dark woods, pursued by the town mob, the woods begin to share their own secrets, of creatures whispered of, and should only exist in myth, but who tonight, thrive under the full moon.

SNARL will be released in 2019. Directed by L.J. ‘Stark’ Greenwood and written/produced by myself.

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House of Screaming Death Poster Updated

Due to the continuing positive feedback for The House of Screaming Death, and the festivals it has been received at, we thought it would be best to update the film’s poster to help reflect these amazing achievements this wonderful cast and crew have achieved!

They’ll also be a BRAND NEW poster coming soon to! So watch this space! Don’t forget to visit the Facebook or Twitter sites for all the latest updates and to watch clips from the film too!

ALSO don’t forget you can meet some of us at this year’s STARBURST MEDIA CITY FESTIVAL where the film will be screened FREE! So grab your FREE tickets* from the link! And we hope to see you there!

*first 500 tickets obtained are free

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Willem – coming 2018

As previously mentioned in posts, the flu has kicked my backside of late, and it has been diffciult for me, as I wanted to spend a lot of the Christmas holidays working on Willem, which of course the flu prevented me the opportunity to further.

However, this week, I am back working on the edit, and continuing to work through the story which is beautifully realised by actors Chris Johnson, Tom Loone and Will Bradshaw!

And here’s a new still from the edit to celebrate not only their amazing acting talents but all the crew as well who came together to tell a very important story, for a very important man in history, who you probably didn’t even know existed.

I hope to get Willem Arondeus’ story out in 2018!

Synopsis

It is June 29th 1943. In a confined prison cell, Alexander, a young Nazi guard is awaiting his new prisoner he has been tasked with watching over until their execution. He is a smart, well dressed officer, who merely wishes to carry out his orders and keep attention away from him. Suddenly, he hears a commotion from outside the cell, and guards bring in his assigned prisoner; Willem Arondeus, a Dutch resistance fighter, who has been convicted of blowing up a building that held records kept by the Nazi’s of Netherland citizens, in an attempt to fight back against the ever-growing rise of fascism.

As Willem and Alexander sit alone in the cell, the former attempts to engage in conversation with his captor, who initially remains quiet. But over the course of three days, not only do they begin to converse, but they begin to have a profound emotional impact on one another, an encounter that ends with a defiant message which simply states ‘Let it be known that Homosexuals are not cowards’

Sustain 2018!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Unfortunately, I’ve been completely invaded by a 3 week flu that has not wanted to go and has delayed me in doing lots of things I’ve wanted to give attention, however all is not lost! Updates are below on numerous projects that are keeping me busy!

You’ve already seen the updates on You Are My Sunshine (if not, see last post!), but there are also lots of other things going on too! Especially with SUSTAIN!

We’ve been in the edit the last few months getting together a rough cut of the film, and I’ve lost the bet with Kaushy. The bet was the film would come in at around 1hr 40minutes… it’s actually 2hours 30minutes in its current form! So, I owe Kaushy lots of KFC now! And we still need to do some pickups! But it’s a wonderful challenge and almost like a massive jigsaw that continually needs attention and focus, which is the thrill of it! And we’ve got new stills and beauties from the edit suite!

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Fresh from the continuing edit! Fantastic shot of our dynamic amazing duo Greg Yates & Louise Hewitt as DI Bridge & DC Porter 🎞 So continually amazed by our wonderful cast & crew who helped bring this story to life more than we could ever have possibly imagined

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The amazing Matthew Kinson as Roy McKenzie! Brill scene this one is to cut together especially when…oh wait…yeah, spoilers 😎😉🤔😜😛 This one was a cold night to film on as well in Wolverhampton!

2018 is going to be exciting and I cannot wait to share more with you all!

 

 

 

Happy New Year with The Sunshine Lads!

Happy New Year! Despite battling a horrible flu, I managed to still go ahead with the meeting with the fantastic Steve and Jack to go over some more rehearsals for You Are My Sunshine! And it was as always, a complete delight!

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The lads have nailed young Joe and Tom and I simply cannot wait for you to see them on screen in the future, because as I keep saying, they’re going to make you cry!

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And to celebrate the film steaming ahead, above is a brand new poster for the film, as well as welcoming new cast memebers, Charles O’Neill (Modern day Joe), Charlie Clarke (Young Ethel) and Rosemary Manjunath (Modern day Ethel!). Such a wonderful cast! This will be a wonderful project!

 

SUSTAIN Trailer #1 Is Here!

Here we go! We’re so very proud to finally unleash the very first trailer for SUSTAIN!

Thank you so very much to local music composer Richard Kirk for designing the specially made score for the trailer! An absolute musical genius!

Please LIKE and SHARE as far and as wide as you can! And let us know what you think! Thank you to an amazing cast and crew for making this whole project a reality and a complete joy!