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I post very rarely these days because making animations can pretty much eat up every waking moment.

This latest one took me a couple of months to make, and then it took me a few more weeks to put it on youtube because the instant I finished this one, I started working on another (for which I have an impending deadline - eek!) but here it is at long last:

BTW, the new animation I'm working on is for The Halloween Monster Movie Challenge 2012. I have to get my entry to them on DVD by Halloween, so my current plan is to finish the new one within the next couple of weeks, screen it at Kino London on the 23rd of October, and then - hopefully! - post it to youtube (and here) on either the 24th or 25th. And get the DVD in the snail mail post, obviously. ;)

Wish me luck!

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Though May Be Side Effects is an old video - by my standards, anyway! - this is a new version. (The main difference is that it's nearly a minute shorter.)

BTW, for the last several months I've tended not to post about  the various screenings where my films have been shown (mostly because I don't want to seem like I'm bragging), but on the off-chance anyone's interested, here are the details for a few coming up in the near-ish future:

28 February, 2012: "When Tickling Goes Wrong, part one" is being shown at CineMe, The Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1TF.

29 February: "When Tickling Goes Wrong, part one" and "Reflection of Love" are being shown at the Smoke Yourself Slim Film Festival, The Winchester, Essex Road, London, N1 8LN.

1  March, 2012: "If Dolphins Had Day Jobs" is being shown at Kino London, Vibe Live, the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1. 

8 March, 2012: "A Guide to Safe Dining" and "Dolphin in a Coma" are being shown at "Roots to Shoots" at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington Spa.

15 March, 2012: The same double bill of "Dining" and "Dolphin" are being shown as part of the Anime 3 animation showcase, CineMe,  Bocabar, The Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS34 3EH .

27 March, 2012: "Reflection of Love" is being shown at CineMe Bristol (these CineMe screenings apparently move around from venue to venue, so I don't know the address for this one yet).

4 April, 2012: "A Guide to Safe Dining" is being shown at the Movie Bar, the Caroline of Brunswick, Ditchling Road, Brighton.

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I not only wrote this one, I directed it, too, so it's full of beginner's mistakes. (Which I have hopefully learned from. Such as: even though it was not made for a 48 hour challenge, I still felt it necessary to shoot the whole thing in a mad rush in just one day. What was I thinking?)

But the cast (other than me) was great, so my heartfelt thanks to Andy Vine, David Hing and Tammy Sander for their great work both on and off the screen; and also to Brandon Butterworth for doing the photography and all things techie, to Peter Mills for providing some great zombie sound effects, and to Alia Sheikh for the loan of some lighting equipment. 

I've decided to forego the Hollywood red carpet premiere for now and take this one straight to youtube, but maybe next time. . . ;)

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I got an email about this website for the zombie anthology in which one of my stories is being reprinted, along with a request that I post it to any websites or social networks to which I belong, so here's the url:

I should have posted that url here days ago, but I didn't because I've recently been searching for some old Super 8 films I made a long time ago with the idea of getting them transferred onto to DVD, so I can edit them and possibly do something with them at long last.  (I had several of them transferred onto VHS years ago, but the guy who did it made the "artistic decision" - without consulting me -  to fiddle about with the picture quality to make the films look old and grainy. Which I did not want, and which he didn't even do well; the old and grainy effect just made the films look badly photographed. Which is why I'm trying to find the original films again.) After looking in every possible nook and cranny downstairs, it occurred to me to have a look in the loft.

I was rooting around in the loft when I caught a bit of movement in the corner of my eye. It was then I turned my head and saw I was less than a foot away from a huge wasps' nest. 

To make a long story short, it turned out there wasn't just one wasps' nest in the loft, but several. One of those guys in white protective suits came round and sprayed a lot of chemicals, then told me to stay out of the loft for a couple of days because it could in theory take that long for all of them to die, and at the moment there were thousands of them flying around, and they were angry. 

The guy left, and I sat down at my desk - which just happens to be in the room directly below the spot where I'd found the first big nest, and to which there are several cables running from the loft (can you guess where this story is going?) - to type an email. I was in the middle of a sentence when I heard the sound of angry buzzing and felt something brush against my hair. At which point I leapt up and ran from the room, slamming and locking the door behind me, and then stuffing the gap beneath the door with newspaper. 

The result of this is that I've had a few days with no email nor internet of any description.  Which turned out to be such a pleasant experience, I was in no hurry to unlock the room again, and left it an extra day.

But today I finally gave in and opened the door, deleted the unfinished email I'd left in the middle of the screen, and - finding the wasp that had brushed past my ear dead on the windowsill, and no signs of any others - have concluded that it is probably safe to be in here once again.  For the moment, at least. (Here's what the guy from the pest control company told me: with lofts being better insulated these days, he's now getting call-outs for wasps' nests all year round. He said a lot of people find them in the run-up to Christmas - when they go up into the loft to bring down the decorations - and he even had some call-outs for wasps' nests in lofts last January when there was snow on the ground. To which my eloquent reply was something along the lines of: "Eek!")

To change the subject to something less likely to make me run screaming from the room, since I last posted anything here, my latest tiny cheezburger triumphs have included another history front page, two more dog front pages, and one more celebrity front page. 

Rather than inflict the four of them on you, on the off-chance anyone's interested, here once again are the urls for my front pages on various cheezburger sites (the most recent ones will be at the top of the first page of search results for each site):

My front page dogs:

My front page celebs:

My history front pages: 

My one and only (so far, anyway) "news" front page: 

And my only derp front page (and no, I still don't understand what "derp" is actually about):

BTW, with the exception of icanhascheezburger and ihasahotdog, all of the cheezburger sites above add extra titles above the picture which are written by someone in the office, not the person who did the caption. (I only mention this so you'll know that lines such as: "Saint Cosby to the rescue" - I have no idea what that line even refers to! - are not mine.)

And regarding the age-old question: "Which would you rather find in your house: zombies or wasps?" in my opinion there's no contest; I'll take the zombies every time.

Unless they're zombie wasps. 

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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: 

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. ;)

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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. 


Mar. 28th, 2010 05:04 pm
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I haven't posted much about zombies lately, but that doesn't mean they aren't ever-present in my thoughts. ;) So here are two little smidgeons of zombie news:

On the off-chance anyone's interested, my story, Living With The Dead, is being reprinted in The Living Dead 2, which is scheduled for publication in November. You can read the blurb and see the table of contents here.

Also, as I've got hundreds of lolcats, loldogs, etc., that I've never posted here, I've put a little series of eight zombie-related ones on my (rarely-used) blog on the Wicked Zombies site. One of them has previously been posted here, but all of the others are either new or previously unseen. The final one of the series - at least for now - is scheduled for posting tomorrow, so if anyone wants to have a look, there's no long-term time commitment involved. ;)

FWIW, the series starts here:

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Over the next few days, my intention is (to paraphrase Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction) to: go all seasonal on yo' ass

So how better to begin than with some Christmas zombies?

And we mustn't forget the out-takes video:

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If Famous Poets Wrote Zombie Haiku:

Really, Really Stupid Zombie Jokes:

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I am amazed to discover the classic -- the original, the best-ever! -- zombie film, Night of the Living Dead, has apparently gone into the public domain and is now widely available on the internet.

I've followed several different links to it on various sites and (based on my admittedly brief and random sampling) the version I've linked to below seems to have the best quality picture and sound. 

Though it's on youtube, the embedding has been disabled, so -- assuming you've got a little over an hour and a half to spare -- here's the url:
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I admit I've been going through a bit of a zombie phase recently, but mine is nothing compared to that of a friend (currently studying for her second master's degree) who emailed me this morning to say: "I am actually taking a class on Zombies this semester; seriously - 'The Zombie in Literature and Culture' - for grad-level credit." (And whoever is teaching this course must be going through an even bigger zombie phase than my friend.)

My brainy friend's email prompted me to dig up a couple more examples of zombie-related whimsy, such as this one:

And this one:

And finally, I've just spotted this delicious news item (under the heading of "Wales News"!) on the web site:

Cannes attention for £45 film

A zombie movie made for just £45 by a former Swansea man may be the surprise success of the Cannes Film Festival.

Colin, directed by Marc Price, has already caught the eye of two Japanese film distributors.

Price has no formal training in film-making and said he picked up most of his skills from DVD extras.


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