I finished this yesterday, and then I had to go and lie down because - after nearly seven weeks of spending every waking moment on this thing! - I'm absolutely exhausted.
Anyway, I made The Evil Table for The Halloween Monster Movie Challenge 2012, for which I had the assigned line of dialogue: "Eat this, you foul vermin scum." The challenge is still going on - I actually finished my entry a couple of weeks before the final deadline (there's apparently still time to enter it yourself if you're so inclined) - so this one could hardly be more "hot off the press."
Hope you enjoy it. ;)
This wasn't made for a 48 hour challenge, but it might as well have been. It was shot on my phone in a few hours on Saturday the 7th of May, 2011, in a desperate bid to make the 9th of May deadline for submissions to QuickFlick London on the theme of "Dealer."
I spent all day Sunday editing it in Final Cut Pro (finally finishing it at eight o'clock this morning) and am once again completely exhausted and wondering why I always do these things in such a hurry. Anyway, here's my latest: written, directed and edited by someone who has absolutely no idea what they're doing.
I'm editing this on the 10th of June, 2011, to add that The Dealer's Club was shown at the Quickflick London screening on the 8th of June... where (guess what?) it won the top prize, The Golden Quickie!
My latest zombie film (what I wrote and directed) - May Be Side Effects - for which Tammy Sander and I both donned homemade fat suits, is almost done. I need to tweak a few things, but mostly I'm waiting for a couple of people to get some audio files to me.
In the meanwhile, you can see some behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot at: http://shrunk.net/3f7f79c7
BTW, I'm thinking of using this one as my new profile pic on Facebook. Or maybe this one.
I'm editing this about forty-five minutes later. I've just remembered that the last time I referred to something "what I wrote" I got rather sternly corrected by an overseas acquaintance who was very concerned about my bad grammar. So for the benefit of anyone who doesn't live in the U.K., it's a Morecambe and Wise reference. ;)
I may have mentioned in passing that I made another zombie film the other week. This isn't it - mine is still waiting to be edited - but Dead Things Walking is a lovely, funny little film that I first saw at the screening of 48 hour zombie film challenge (the one for which Last Zombie Standing was made) entries on the South Bank last Halloween.
The lady who stars in Dead Things Walking, Tammy Sander, also appears in my latest (the one that's still waiting to be edited) and Sci-Fi Gene's film Bast (the one for which I did a voice-over). Oh, what a tiny little world I live in.
I went to see Exit Through the Gift Shop (the Banksy movie) the other week, and I recommend it; it is very funny indeed. I was going to post something about it the next day, but then I got ill, ill, ill - I'm still a bit on the weak and wobbly side - and the last couple of weeks it's been just about all I could do to drag myself to the computer long enough to link to my last couple of hot dog front pages. (The urge to brag will overcome physical infirmity every time.)
Two - and a bit - weeks later than intended, here's the url for the Banksy film (and the trailer, though I don't think it does the film justice; the film is actually much better and laugh out loud funny than the trailer makes it look): http://banksyfilm.com/
Now on to the thing to which I am looking forward (as referred to in the subject line). It's Four Lions, the film by Chris Morris which is apparently nearing completion.
There's a bit about it here. (You'll find the trailer down at the bottom of the page. And while you're there, be sure sure to click on "Pedestrians to be Banned from Cambridge" and "Horizontal Diseases Sweep The Nation.")
I also found the following clip on youtube. Though it's listed as a trailer, it's actually just a scene from the film, and it makes me laugh every time I watch it.
I linked to a wonderful episode of You Bet Your Life (hosted by my all-time comedy hero, Groucho Marx) way back in May, so it's probably about time for another one, dontcha think? ;)
One of the contestants in this particular episode (first broadcast in 1956) is the sculptor Yucca Salamunich, who it turns out was far from unknown at the time, as evidenced by this article in the May 11, 1952 issue of the St. Petersburg Times, which describes him as: "... a Hollywood intellectual, a Yugoslavian sculptor and 'free thinker' who's been around movieland 20 years..." and this Time Magazine article from 1947, in which he pontificates on which actresses have the sexiest heads, noting -- among other things -- that: "Passionate women always have long straight noses." Which is nice to know. ;)
Seriously though, google Mr Salamunich's name and you'll get some idea of just how famous he was.
Look out for his entrance about thirteen minutes in, and enjoy.
Last night, I went to a jazz gig in Chiswick, and one of the bands playing was from Hungary.
Brandon commented that two of the guys in the Hungarian band looked like Bret and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords -- and they did! -- at which point the person sitting with us admitted that he had never seen Flight of the Conchords (not even on BBC4!) and had no idea who or what we were talking about.
So for the benefit of that person -- this means you, Andy! -- and anyone else who's managed to miss out on Flight of the Conchords, below are a couple of videos of the Conchords in performance. (Trust me, they're funny.)
The Humans are Dead:
Bowie's in Space:
A lot of the trailer mash-ups on youtube are "clever" rather than funny, and for the most part I tend to prefer the funny ones. Not that there's anything wrong with clever, it's just that -- nine times out of ten -- given the choice between being rapt with admiration or having a laugh, guess which one I'm going for. ;)
Sweeney Who is one of the "clever" ones -- it's a mix of the audio track from the Sweeney Todd trailer over some footage from Doctor Who -- but it's got one moment that still makes me laugh out loud after several viewings, and it's that one moment that has earned it a place among my favourites. (Will there be a prize for the first person to guess what that moment is? Probably not.)
Sweeney Who is one of those videos where the embedding has been disabled, so here's the url:
The video below has the audio track from a trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince over footage from Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. And it's funny.
BTW, for those of us who can't get enough of silly trailer mash-ups, Swisstone has posted links to a couple of very funny videos in his comment on my previous post.