Oh wow, its been a long time since I last updated this blog.  Ill have to do something about that.  

Its certainly not because I’ve been idle.  Hopefully Ill be able to clear the backlog of stuff that needs to go up here in the next couple of weeks.  

A couple of years ago, the good people at Impropriety, let me follow them around as they embarked on the 2011 Liverpool Improvathon – a 33 hour improvised comedy show.

It took a long time to sort through all the footage and interviews I recorded over the event as the sleep deprivation slowly pulled me down.  Eventually I realised that the most compelling aspect of the event was the physical and emotional journey the performers go through over the course of the event.  They have to fight against their aching bodies, paranoia, adrenaline sickness and possibly even hallucinations.  Its an amazing thing to watch.  I’ve watched 3 complete Improvathons (you don’t have to watch all of it, most people only watch a few chapters) and I never fail to be impressed by the stamina and commitment of the Improvisers.

 

Thanks to:

Impropriety (http://impropriety.wordpress.com/)

Trev Fleming (https://twitter.com/trevfleming1)

Ian Hayles (https://twitter.com/IanHayles)

Paul Foxcroft (https://twitter.com/misterspidergod)

The Kazimier (http://www.thekazimier.co.uk/)

And everyone else who let me point a camera at them…

Here’s a 2 minute promo I made for Barefaced Theatre’s new season of plays – A significant role which is taking over Portobello Pop-up’s Microplex theatre for the whole of October.

This is how they describe it:

This project revolves around three new plays: Mad Women, Whore, and All Hidden. The season focuses on women who have helped themselves and have strived to succeed in what they were good at. These are going to be immersive, innovative and provocative pieces of theatre.

The promo is a taster, giving a sense of the themes of each play and the season as a whole.  I had a blast spending the day with these incredibly talented performers and I love what we’ve ended up with.  Hope you enjoy our promo.

 

If it tickles your fancy here are the details of the event:

4th – 31st October 2012

Portobello Pop Up,

3 Acklam Road,

London,

W10 5TY

(Times vary – performing most nights.)

All Tickets £10

Booking is online:

eventelephant.com/madwomen

eventelephant.com/BarefacedWhore

eventelephant.com/allhiddenandscratch

Once again the incredibly generous death-blues act Bleak have let me play with their toys.

Following on from the super-fast turnaround video for Not The Last ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGNZERyeHY0&feature=relmfu ) and the down and dirty horror-influenced Run for Cover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAws2djBBw4&feature=relmfu) they asked me to help them put their album For the Good of the People to bed with one last music video for their dark romance 12 Years And A Day.

This was to be our most ambitious to date.  Almost twice as long as the previous video, with actors, lights, nice lenses, multiple locations and featuring a storyline of fractured romance.

In the ten days since it went online it has already drawn attention from blogs such as Art Rocker, Zeitgeist and Rhythm and Booze.  At time of writing it currently stands at 580 views and is attracting eyeballs at a much faster rate than our previous collaborations.

Thanks must go to:

  • Andrew Hobbs at Facsimile Productions – who’s production skills held the whole thing together
  • Our amazing leads – Hannah Bingham and SP Howarth – for being so photogenic it was impossible for me to shoot them badly
  • Darius McStay – For performing the role of “Sleazy guy” with aplomb.
  • Lucyelle Cliffe – for casting them in the first place
  • Lineout Records

 So without much further ado… here it is.

Enjoy

(a quick note – for some reason Youtube has uploaded it in 4:3 so it looks a squished.  As soon as me and Anton are in the same place so I can hand over a hard copy, we will get it sorted)

These actors are about to perform Romeo and Juliet but they have never rehearsed and many have  never met. This is Guerilla Shakespeare.

A few months ago I wrote on my main blog about taking part in a Guerilla Shakespeare performance of Twelfth Night (http://jetpacksandblackcoffee.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/guerilla-shakespeare/).  It was only a small part so I got to watch it as a member of the audience and also spend time backstage, watching the strange uncertain energy of the performers and how that translated into the performance in unexpected ways.

When Andrew Hobbs – the Artistic Director of British Touring Shakespeare – mentioned that they were going to be performing Romeo and Juliet in the bowels of the Roundhouse in Camden.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to try to capture something of the flavour of these events.

So here it is…

If you are interested in watching or taking part in Guerilla Shakespeare, you can follow news about upcoming events here…http://facsimileproductions.co.uk/

They’ve got some very exciting things in the pipeline so stay tuned.

This is just a quick post as it’s deadline day for round 2 of the Red Planet Prize and I really should be cracking on with that, but I’m really very excited to be sharing this with you.

A month ago, I spent a brisk February afternoon running around a London park with members of Death-Blues group Bleak to create the new music video for their song Run For Cover.  We got some very odd looks, especially when a half-naked Anton was spotted running through the trees with a camera strapped to his chest.

I hope you enjoy it (and if you could “like” it and maybe play it several times over I’d be very appreciative).

If you go down to the woods today…..

 

My last post was a roundup of my work in 2011, in which I found that despite my guilt, I got a lot more done than I thought.

Well it’s only February but 2012 is already shaping up to be much better.

I’m currently in final post-production os a music video for those lovely/scary ladies and gents from Bleak.  I made a super-quick music video for them early last year.  You may remember that as the one made with no planning, no time and no budget that still managed to end up on the NME’s website.

Well this time we have slightly better planning, a bit more time and some pocket-change.  Surely world domination will follow?  Perhaps not, but It’s a far more accomplished work and will be available in the next week or so.  Heres a pic from the shoot:

I don’t often talk about script stuff on this blog as even once they’re written there’s still a massive distance to be travelled before those projects start to look like they might get made.

But heres a piece of good news I had this week:  I am through to the second round of the Red Planet Script prize!!!  If you’re not a writer this might not mean anything to you but it is a massively exciting opportunity as the prize is twofold – £5000 (bye bye debts, hello holiday in Australia) and script mentoring from Red Planet Pictures (so basically, a career).  The first round was judges on the first ten pages of a potential pilot series.  I need to get the pilot fully drafted and sent off in a few weeks.  I wont go into much detail but it combines some of my favourite things – Liverpool, espionage, gratuitous violence and swearing.

It gets very competitive from here on but whatever happens, its great to get a thumbs up from industry-types.