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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

New Hobbit Production Diary

As a filmmaker with a real respect for Peter Jackson and his work I love watching these behind the scenes videos almost more than the films themselves.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

New Fantasy Webseries!

I've launched my brand new fantasy production and I need you to help me spread the word.

When Kate's fan prequel to the Lord of the Rings, Born of Hope, was released in December 2009 it instantly raised the bar for fan film productions and was hailed as an accomplished and in every respect a worthy addition to Peter Jackson's trilogy.

Three years and 23 million online views later Kate is now planning to raise the bar for fantasy web series.

The new project is a web series called REN after its lead character, who lives a quiet life in a small village until dramatic events, involving an ancient powerful spirit and the ruling warrior order of the Kah'Nath, forces her to leave her safe existence and find the truth behind the web of lies she's believe in all her life.

The inspiration for the show is very much rooted in great fantasy stories like The Lord of the Rings, but epic books and TV series like Game of Thrones and the more lighthearted Legend of the Seeker have also influenced the creation of REN. One of the most important features of Born of Hope was the fan base that helped finance, design and even act in the film and we are keen to involve the fans even more in this project. The series is in the very early stages, with only the first season written, so we will look to the online fan community to influence what happens... and yes, even be in it!

Friday, 5 July 2013


4am wake up call. I'm leaving the country again. Doing that a lot this year but this is probably the first truly relaxing holiday. Five days in the Portugal sunshine just chilling. I have my Game of Thrones book number 2 and hope to finally break the back of it. Having said that I have also brought my laptop so work is not far away and it's very tempting to get back to writing and tweaking the Ren episodes, and planning the live launch party. 

Ok well I promise to take some sun and sea photos to make you all jealous, then I'll be back in the UK before you know it. :-)

Monday, 20 May 2013

Cannes Film Festival 2013

Last night I arrived back in the UK after 5 days at the Cannes Film Festival.  I hadn't been since 2010 and it was so great to be back!  The weather did try to destroy our spirits with torrential rain for 3 of the days but when the sun did shine the place came alive.

The crazy edible chocolate cactus display at the Brazil party.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Baptism Spec Trailer Shoot

So today I headed off to the Pump Museum in Walthamstow, North London.  It was a cold day but unless we were on set most of us could take refuge in the warm cafe.

Today I was acting in a spec trailer for a film called Baptism.  Based on a novel by Max Kinnings and produced by The Philm Company.

This was day 3 of the shoot and the set was a tube carriage. As the carriage was outside but needed to look like it was in a tunnel, a big black marque had been erected around it.  The team could then add lights and smoke to create the effect that this one carriage was a whole train stuck in a tunnel. 

I was there to play one of Hugh's group.  The character of Hugh persuades myself and two others that we need to take back the train.  As you can see from the photos below, it doesn't end well.

The four of us were rigged up with a squib each which is basically a blood sack and small explosive which could be triggered by the SFX guy sitting just off camera. 

I've always wanted to try this although I had heard that they can hurt. We were all given ear plugs as the squibs can be quite loud.  After a few rehearsals with no bangs we got ready for the real thing.  There were a lot of nerves bubbling.  We had to run a few steps, hit marks, react to being shot, fling ourselves back and slide down to the floor.  We also only had one take so no messing up!  On top of all this, would it hurt?


Well as you can tell I'm still smiling so no, it didn't hurt at all.  Scott the SFX guy did a great job.


I had such a great day on set and it's incredible what they managed to accomplish in just four days.

Here's the 3 minute spec trailer.

But if you want to see more then here is the whole 8 minute extended cut.