Interview with Outward Film Network

I think it’s safe to presume that people around me know I’m very private and reserved when it comes to talking about myself. I’m quite happy being in the shadows and just being left to get on with the behind the scenes saga of making a film.

However, I was approached by the kind folks over at Outward Film Network who asked if I would like to be interviewed for their amazing website which is tailored towards the indepdent filmmaking scene and the kindness they showed me as well as their devotion to the indie filmmaker scene persuaded me to drop a few thoughts down to their questions…. well I say a few…. about 4,000 words later, I was all waffled out.

Anyway, here is the link to the full interview over on their amazing site. Check them out please! Thank you so very much to Mark and the entire team over on the page, who are all absolute superstars!

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Get Ready for SNARL

Werewolves are just a myth right? ­čÉ║ SNARL is now in preproduction from director L.J Stark Greenwood and stars Jay Podmore, Charlie Clarke, Jack Knight and Troy Dennison. It has been written and will be produced by myself with executive producer duties falling onto Pat The Bull Films and BrumTown Films.┬á

This past weekend, the cast met up for the first time to go through the script with director L.J. while also doing costume tests as well as other preparation.

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You can also check out the cast talking about the film below in our new promo!

The film is expected late 2019. Keep checking back for updates! Because there are lots more to come before we start filming this Easter 2019!

Jay Podmore joins SNARL

Lots of things going on behind the scenes of this film we’re prepping to shoot early next year and now we can announce a new addition to the cast!

Next up joining the SNARL cast alongside Charlie Clarke and Jack Knight is the equally amazing Jay Podmore, who will be playing Elijah, in this eerie new Werewolf tale from director L. J. Stark Greenwood, which starts shooting in April 2019.

Stark comments; “Jay is a fantastic actor and having seen him already in our previous effort, Sustain and just how commanding he is in that, he was just a natural choice to pursue for the role of Elijah and I cannot wait to see what he does with this highly conflicted character through his stunning on-screen talents as well as how he bounces off Charlie and Jack’s characters! It’s going to be amazing!”

SNARL is being directed by L.J. with a script by Dave Hastings who also produces. Will Bradshaw is director of photography while Kaushy Patel is on executive producer duties with Troy Dennison providing special make up and creature FX with Alex Bourne.

The film is expected late 2019. Keep checking back for updates!

SNARL Synopsis & Cast Announced!

Earlier this past year, I wrote about how I was working with our stunning Art Director L.J. Stark Greenwood on a film idea she wanted to direct. All about Werewolves.

So even though we’ve been working very hard on You Are My Sunshine, this has been busying itself in the background too.

And now we can reveal a few more details as well as the official Synopsis.

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England. 1934. A young man, Elijah, has been captured and accused of being a werewolf by Clyde, a self famed bounty hunter from a nearby village.

As Elijah is brutally tortured in a vain attempt to get him to confess, he suddenly finds himself secretly released by two villagers, Faye and her younger brother Benjamin, who believe he is innocent.

As they attempt to help the young man flee through the woods, all the while pursued by the maniacal Clyde, the night time forest suddenly reveals that some legends are not myth at all.

Starring Jay Podmore (Sustain), and reuniting Charlie Clarke with Jack Knight fresh from Sunshine, the film will be directed by L.J. with special FX by both Troy Dennison and Alex Bourne while Will Bradshaw is back as Director of Photography with Suki Sandhar on camera support. Kaushy Patel is on exec producer duties while I’m in the producing chair as well as writing the script.

We really cannot wait to film this in 2019 and see L.J direct the hell out of this wonderful cast and crew! Until then, here’s the official teaser poster!

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Finders Keepers: On Set With The Dark Ditties Team

Myself and Will Bradshaw were recently asked to help out on the new episode of the Dark Ditties series, made from the fine folks behind the Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II,You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night as well as many other exciting projects!

Popping up north to meet the team who were already on their 3rd day of shooting, we were made to feel really welcome by everyone who came to have a chat with us and it was a pleasure to work alongside them. We were also asked to head up a small second unit to help get some shots needed for the edit while the main team worked on other scenes. This allowed us to work with the wonderful Simon Bamford (I never in my life thought I’d ever get to work with anyone from Hellraiser, never mind direct them!), and we had some wonderful moments wherein his character is running through the woods coupled with both a handcuffed briefcase and immaculate wig!

As well as this, we also helped grab some special fx insert shots, which were fantastic to do, again working with some wonderful fine folks, as well as Simon’s wig again (it’ll all make sense when you see it!).

Thanks again to everyone for making me and Will really welcome. Was a pleasure and look forward to episode 4!

Project Updates!

Amazing few weeks chatting with the ever wonderful and supportive Sophia French at Walsall Council, who is not only a brilliant help with the locations and planning for You Are My Sunshine, but is also an unseen hero for helping us on both Sustain and House of Screaming Death too – honestly, without this lady, we couldn’t do half the stuff and use most of the places we get for these projects.

She is quite simply stunning and I’m always just so overwhelmed to get the council’s backing and help for these projects and beyond!

Thank you Sophia for your continued kindness and faith in us!

PS – She makes for a cracking writer too! Her work is great!

More Halloween Documentary Filming Teasers!

Lots of filming in a secret location today for inclusion within Paul Downey’s upcoming Documentary – For The Love of The Boogeyman – can you spot Michael Myers anywhere here?

The idea we had was to allow the documentary to be split into segments, with each part discussing a certain topic about the original film. However, to also give the documentary even more scope was to film some inserts, like a mini film, that continues throughout the film, allowing us to seperate the segments even more and have some extra fun in the process. Starring Chris Johnson and Evan Tapper, we hope you agree come October, that these were worth the extra few days filming.

As well as this comes the new artwork from the amazing Paul Stier who also produced the first poster. I absolutely love this!

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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 Jay Podmore (Sustain), 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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House of Screaming Death Press Coverage Roundup

So, what with finishing a month of filming with the amazing cast & crew, we’ve also had lots of local and worldwide press exposure, some of which I will post links to as they become public, while below is a collection of how the production has already been covered through various media. Enjoy!

Express & Star August 30th – featuring interviews with cast & crew about bringing gothic British horror to the Midands

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Jason Forrest and The MilkBar Podcast/WCR.FM team came down to set on August 27th to interview various cast & crew (myself included, so apologies for the accent, I was on about 4 hours complete sleep at this point too!). A great insight to how the filmmaking process was going! Many thanks again to Jason! You can hear the complete show here.

 

Our friends over at Big Centre TV popped to the set during filming to record a whole show about the production, interviewing many cast & crew members. You can have a watch of that here which screened August 14th.

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The Walsall Advertiser kindly ran an article on the film too on August 14th! Check it out below!

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August 11th saw the Express & Star start their coverage on the film as it began it’s second week of production. More here!

While you can also read the original Indiegogo campaign article from June14th here!

Thank you to EVERYONE who supported us through the production process and beyond. Your kind support and encouragement is not only welcoming and greatly appreciated, but essential to local independent filmmaking! Another very special thank you also to Sophia French at Walsall Council for her amazing support as well as the fantastic staff and volunteers at The Manor House itself! We hope to do you all proud!