Thursday, 5 November 2015

A few weeks off

I will be having a few weeks off for Christmas and New Years shortly, as the wife and I are planning on going to Thailand and chilling out on the beach. I really feel like I need to recharge my batteries after the winter we are having here at the moment! I will be back in good time.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Sony Cybershot

I currently use a Sony Cybershot camera for my movies and photos, it has served me well for the last 10yrs however I am looking to upgrade. I suspect I will stay with Sony as they have never steered me wrong before.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Happy birthday Sam Raimi

Legendary film producer Sam Raimi is 56 tomorrow, so early birthday wishes from the Nergling right here! We wouldn't be here making movies without you sir!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Still alive

So I have rebuilt the YouTube channel, it took me ages to decide on the name. I wanted something uniform across Blogger, DA, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube so that it's easy to find me no matter what platform you are using. Plus it's good for brand identity if you own the same name everywhere!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Tales from the Crypt! (1989-96)

Classic horror stories told by our favourite creepy companion of horror the Crypt Keeper! Tales from the Crypt ran from 1989 to 1996 for a solid 7 seasons! It contained some seriously good horror shorts. It was a forerunner in many ways in that it included gore, nudity and profanity in spades whereas most other TV shows of the time struggled to get ratings for this. Whilst the good Crypt Keeper can be a little disturbing, the animated children's version for 1993's Tales from the Cryptkeeper was much more friendly! Good stuff.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

A genuine classic that inspired some serious horror movies throughout the later 80's and 90's such as body horror Hellraiser and the insane Reanimator series!

The Brain That Wouldn't Die is about a man whose wife dies in a fatal car accident, it just so happens however that he is working on keeping people alive through alchemy. The part of his wife that survived the crash intact was her head... you get the picture.

Make sure you check this piece of classic cinema out now especially as it is now officially in the public domain. Now in super wide-vision!


Thursday, 24 September 2015

Public service announcement

Many old movies are beginning to lose their copyrights. So look forward to a growing influx of old movies on YouTube and other streaming services, it will only get better too as more and more movies make their way into the public domain.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

KUNG FURY Official Movie [HD]

Another classic movie from the vaults of YouTube. This time we visit upon Kung Fury an 80's Kung Fu kicking masterpiece of madness. In a nutshell a cop has to travel through time to kill Hitler and prevent him from becoming Kung Fury the most powerful Kung Fu master in the world. Cue fighting arcade machines, barbarian women on a giant wolf and tyrannosaurus rex, mullets galore, Hitler and much much more besides! Enjoy!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Masters of the Universe (1987)

Having watched Masters of the Universe again after at least 15yrs I am happy to report that it really hasn't lost any of its charm. Sure it's campy and oldschool but that's exactly what we love from these old movies isn't it!

Here is a still of He-Man freeing the Power Sword from Skeletor's throne... I HAVE THE POWER!


Thursday, 3 September 2015

Thursday, 27 August 2015

10 reasons why Masters of the Universe (1987) rocked


Masters of the Universe was one of the many movies that I grew up with. My dad would plonk me down in front of the TV, get a video out of the glass cabinet where we stored our movie collection and let me watch pretty much anything going.

Every Wednesday we would watch a different movie, this time was going to be different however. Masters of the Universe had come out a few years before and had made it on to TV, so my dad taped it for us to watch.

So the plan with this is to list the 10 things I remember rocking, watch the movie again and then see if my rose tinted specs were too heavily tinted!

Here are the top 10 things I remember about the movie. WARNING having not watched it in a long time I may very well be remembering this through rose tinted spectacles! You have officially been warned!

1.) Skeletor was scary! His make-up was done really well and his beady little eyes behind the big black eye sockets looked cool.

2.) Jon Cypher (cool name) and Chelsea Field were cool team mates in the form of Man-at-Arms and Teela (naice!)

3.) They started the movie in Eternia instead of on Earth, brave stuff, most people aren't interested in things that aren't immediately familiar (especially in the pre-80's)

4.) The bounty hunters were total badasses (I liked the bounty hunters in Star Wars for the same reason, they were all different species and had different skill sets)

5.) I seem to remember a scene where Skeletor turns up on his floating battle barge thing, that was definitely cool to an 8 year old.

6.) Gwildor.

7.) Karg looked like some kind of fucked up goblin, which I thought was pretty cool.

8.) Skeletor's monologue before he gains the power of Castle Greyskull from the eye of the universe, oh and the robotic voice that says "The eye opens".

9.) Robert Duncan McNeill, aka Tom Paris from Star Trek Voyager is in it!

10.) Before the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor He-Man has to retrieve the Power Sword from its incarceration in Skeletor's throne. When he pulls the sword from the mechanical device holding it he shouts "I HAVE THE POWER!" which is pretty much the coolest thing ever.

Gotta say I think I have remembered quite a lot of detail so it must have had an impression on me as a kid! Check back next week to see what my reaction to watching it again was :D

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)

It doesn't get much weirder than this baby! Good old Dr. Gangrene develops a new strain of ultra violent veggies in the sequel to the 1978 classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes,

I don't really know what else to say other than you really need to see this to believe it.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

The story so far

Ok so the blog seems to be coming along nicely.

In other news I am starting a new series called Making Bad on YouTube and will be linking the episodes here weekly shortly.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Knightriders (1981)

Tom Savini in what can only be described as cardboard armour riding around on a motorcycle like a knight would a horse. Fantastic! The story follows Ed Harris, soon to become a major star, as the leader of a troupe of travelling entertainers trying to live their lives according to the ideals of King Arthur - no easy feat in Reagan's America, where the outside world and its financial realities constantly encroach on their dreams.

Sheer unadulterated nonsense! Gotta love it!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Old movies

I first got into movies in the early 90's as I was growing up. They were a magical realm of wonder and enchantment that could be filled with scenes of joy and fun or scenes of horror and disgust. It was this ability of cinema to capture the audiences feelings and emotions and tweak them to their will that so intrigued me.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Phantasm (1979)

Today we have a real corker! Phantasm is one of those movies that most people have seen the DVD sleeve and thought "man that looks crazy". The basic premise is that a young lad and a suspiciously friendly ice cream man discover that the local funeral home is the source of evil.

Enter the Tall Man, played to great effect by Angus Scrimm. The Tall Man is an inter-dimensional traveller who controls an army of zombie dwarfs and a fleet of handy little chrome balls each with enough tools and appliances to put a multi-tool to shame.

I won't go on much more other than to say the story stretches across a 4 DVD collection and you really need to see them all to appreciate the gravity of the story.


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Microwave Massacre (1983)

The story of a man who makes exceedingly good cakes... no wait that's Mr Kipling! Microwave Massacre follows the story of a man who gets fed up of his nagging wife and decides to kill her. But he doesn't just kill her, he stuffs her into a microwave and then eats the remains, turns out it tastes like chicken! He grows to really quite enjoy the taste of flesh, however once he has run out of zapped wife to eat he turns his attention to further victims!

Well what can I say? Lovely stuff!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

A look into the brand new DVD and Blu-Ray quality restoration that Arrow Video has done to an old favourite of mine, The Incredible Melting Man!

An astronaut returns from space after being subjected to intense solar rays and cosmic energy. During his medical on his return the doctors are shocked to find that he has started melting. Shocked by his own reflection he makes his way (violently) across the country in search of a cure, but mostly just to satisfy his incomprehensible bloodlust.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Survivor success

So Survivor has been an unmitigated success. It already has half a million views[citation needed] and we have had big money offers from half a dozen companies that want to buy the rights to the full motion picture[not really]

Thursday, 18 June 2015

YouTube

Be sure to check out the homepage of my filming here on YouTube

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Filming considerations

One of the key considerations to beware of when filming is your budget. Now most of my movies are severely low budget and thus are just made on a shoestring with whatever materials are available at the time.

If you plan carefully though you can make as little as $10-100 go extremely far. Jelly can be made into brains, $ store ketchup can be used as blood, friends and acquaintances can be utilised as extras and indeed cheap labour if things need lifting and shifting.

At the end of the day even with relatively little money just so long as you have a camera and are creative you should be able to make something out of almost nothing.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Channel Ad

YouTube advises you to have a channel advert to entice people to watch your videos and subscribe to your channel. This is a first attempt at one.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Survivor notes

Whilst filming Keto the main character in the film was actually played by 3 different people, myself, my brother and Rob the lead actor. This was simply due to budgetary constraints in that we couldn't afford to have more extras in several scenes and needed people who looked different from each other shot to shot.

A simple technique but with careful cutting and editing this can easily be fixed. It allows for several more people on screen when money is tight and is often used to great effect in zombie movies where makeup and special effects will obscure most if not all of an actors face.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Zombie

Implied violence is a very strong tool. Whilst we don't see the zombie or mutant attack our hero you can hear the impact of the attackers weapon and the squelch of gore.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Survivor the moviefilm

The Survivor the feature length movie will be hitting the digital air waves soon.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Running

One of the more physically demanding shoots, but it is now to the standard we wanted it to be. We ended up doing this about 3 dozen times until we felt the atmosphere and the danger felt as real as possible.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Practice

A practice animation by our homegrown animation studio. Baby steps to greatness!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Zombie Apocalypse Halloween Prank (SA Wardega)

SA Wardega actually attended the same film school as me, he was always playing around with innovative shots and would come up with the most interesting ideas. A real trooper he has now made a big name for himself on YouTube, so congratulations to him!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Mutants

This shot from Survivor is infamous as it captures the moment one of the stuntmen jumped on to the directors hand breaking his wrist! He was given a serious amount of grief when the director got out of hospital.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hiding

This is my favourite of the Survivor clips, it shows the panic in Keto's breath as the living dead walk past his hiding location in amongst some bushes. One of the longest test shots this really tested the patience of the stuntmen in zombie makeup.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Survivor post production notes

We decided to us Sepia tone and old film effect to create a found footage look and feel for the movie. Whilst not 100% professional it does give the movie a much more intensity as you get drawn deeper into the world of the Survivor!

It took us 15 weeks of searching to find all 6 locations in the local area. Myself and Rob would drive for hours in each direction looking for old abandoned warehouses, blocks with run down houses and old schools with boarded up windows.

All in all we took something close to 14Gig of footage, hi-res photography and sound effects from the local area.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Death

We are back with Survivor test footage, this was a piece that we set up in an abandoned warehouse district in Portsmouth. The atmosphere is pretty good and the first person perspective gives it a feel unlike any modern movie today.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Alcatraz

When I visited Alcatraz in mid 2009 I took the opportunity to hop on one of the tours available.

The tour comprises of a boat trip to the island and then an in depth look around the prison. Complete with audio guide which tells you all about the cells, what happened during the battle of Alcatraz. It even goes on to speculate as to how the supposed escapees may have survived during the only known break out from the prison!

To top it off I went in the cell that Al Capone lived in when he was incarcerated there. It's deffo work a look if you ever get a chance to go.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Photographer Trailer (Official)

Photographer is the story of a man obsessed with the people he takes pictures of. His obsessions stem from a deep hatred for his family and his upbringing. A real tour de force Photographer takes you into psychology itself and brings you to the brink of terror.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Survivor post filming notes

What promised to be an easy shoot was dogged with eerie happenings. At times the shooting of the movie gave us genuine concerns for our lives. Unexplained goings on and the premature death of one of the grips lead to postponement of filming for 3 months whilst an (unrelated to the film) police investigation was conducted.

To top it off several injuries happened during filming. The director got his wrist broken when one of the stuntmen jumped on his hand during a take. One of the stuntmen fell down a hole and had to be taken to hospital. One of the extras got attacked by a wild dog when out in an abandoned district. Really filming was a total calamity.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Survivor Trailer (Official)

One of the most disturbing movies ever made. Survivor tells the story of Keto, the last man on Earth, who wakes from a coma into a post apocalyptic nightmare world. A world full of mutants, the living dead, radioactive creatures and desolation.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Hatman Trailer (Official)

The official trailer for the long awaited Hatman, a movie 14 years in the making. After a notoriously difficult shoot and numerous mishaps during the filming itself, lights exploding randomly, the camera not working during key daylight scenes and one of the actors breaking their leg after a bad fall in a stairwell. Also the lead actor had serious concerns about his career after such a daring and emotional performance.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Hatman en route

Hatman the chronicle of a man who lost his family at the hands of a ruthless warlord. Guaranteed violence, sex and most importantly revenge! Prepare for battle!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Mobile Teeth Brushing

Brushing your teeth on a wheeled chair seems like a good idea, until you do it. Then you realise it's a bloody brilliant idea! Not only are you mobile and can evade danger but you can move at tremendous speed when desired.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Alan Partridge

I love Alan Partridge, he is absolutely hilarious! The first episode I watched was when he had to present an award for Dante Fires; however just before going on stage got his foot stuck on a spike after pranking the security guard one too many times. Classic stuff.

So in honour of Alan's trip to the hospital and his long road to recovery, here is a picture of him.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Welcome

First post on the new look website.

Looks good,
feels good,
feels right!