The trailer for the latest – filmed – project I’ve worked on is now available for your viewing delectation…
‘The Outer Darkness’ has had a long gestation period and a fairly interesting development process. It’s great to see footage from the project sliced together, I’m rather proud of the script I wrote for it and I’m sure you’ll dig it…
The first episode of our exclusive insight into the making of The Outer Darkness is now live at the Kessler University website. The ‘Script to Scream’ series will show the development of our new short horror film throughout the whole film-making process.
This first slice focuses on pre-production – and includes some advice from my good self on writing for the short horror film.
Rising from the ashes of Bloody Cuts is a new short horror film from directors/producers Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton, with director of photography Jonny Franklin and with a screenplay by my good self.
What will the Outer Darkness bring?
On Friday evenings in the hall of St Barabbas’ Church meets a group led by Father Jonathan Crowe. Together they share their stories – tales of strange occurrences, horrific events and bizarre encounters that have scarred their lives. Tonight, a young woman called Jenny will share her story of her experience with a game of chance that sealed the fate of her family…
We’re in pre-production at the moment, but will releasing a series of behind-the-scenes videos showing the film develop from ‘Script to Scream’ on the KesslerU website, who are sponsoring the project.
The first in the Script to Scream series launches on September 1st – with some hints from myself on writing for short horror films.
Made over 48 hours a few weekends back with some chums from Bloody Cuts for the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Competition.
We had some actors, a load of costumes and rubbers guns and a big robot suit.
I wrote the script in about 2 and half hours in a busy room, plugged into Fade In and Wu-Tang Clan on iTunes.
This is what resulted – a rather bonkers, cool, post-apocalyptic thing that has made the Top 10 of the Competition.
(I also feature three times – as a guard with a shotgun, a goon who gets shot in the neck and a Bong-Faced Alien who also gets shot. Unfortunately shots of me stroking a mutant fish were excised. Rumours exist of a Director’s Cut however).
I’ve added my short horror stories ‘Gulls’, ‘The Jade Junk’ and ‘The Bay of Goats’ to the blog for your reading pleasure. They’re now available as PDF files so you can view and download them for reading on iPads, Kindles and whatever new technology you have kicking around the place.
Simply click on the ‘Fiction’ link at the top of the page or go here.
In the following weeks I’ll be adding much more content to the site including the scripts for Bloody Cuts episodes I’ve written and co-written as well as a selection of comic book scripts, prose pieces and other slices of writing from the archives.
Please check them out, all comments and views are gratefully received!
‘Death Scenes‘ is the 7th film in the Bloody Cuts series of short horror films and my directorial debut. For those interested in a little peek behind the scenes or in screenwriting here’s a link to the PDF of the Shooting Draft of the script.
This is the 4th draft of the script and isn’t really very different to the 1st draft which I wrote in around a couple of hours. The following drafts changed some dialogue to suit the actors and altered/added to the action such as the flickering lights and train noise seen in the finished film.
There is a difference in structure towards the climax, with the revelation of John’s kills being inter-cut in the script but coming in a burst in the film itself. This is one of those examples of the script being changed to suit the pace of the editing and the actual footage.
Check out the official poster for Bloody Cuts 7th slice of short horror ‘Death Scenes’. This lovely work of art was created by Marc Schoenbach who’s provided us with the poster for all out films from ‘Prey’ onwards.