Friday, 29 January 2010

CrimeFighters Marketing Campaign

The thing about designing the marketing of your film is that you can go on and on trying dozens of designs. Some seem right at the time but not so much after a few glances, but you do your best to create something that captures the spirit of the film.

These alternative quad poster designs are an attempt to find the best possible way of marketing the film outside of York. It's a process I find fascinating. Enjoy.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

CrimeFighters Release Date

So there you go, folks. 21st March 2010 is when CrimeFighters hits the big screen. We premiere at City Screen on Sunday 21st March in Screen 1, screening again on Tuesday 23rd March.

After the York premiere, we'll be taking the film around the country a bit to some indie cinemas who'll have us. We hope this includes London, Leeds and Bristol. It'll be on a venue by venue basis, so if you know anywhere that might want to show it, let me know.

After that, Picturehouses have told us we might have the chance of returning to City Screen for a longer run, and possibly in the other cinemas in the group. That's thinking ahead, but it's a distinct possibility and depends on how well the film does at the premiere and the other cinemas.

So, stick those dates in your diary and spread the word, because we want this to be big, we want the film to be popular... and we want to pay our investors back.

Tickets are not yet on sale but we'll announce when they are. My favourite moment is when the quad poster gets put up in the foyer...

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Zomblogalypse Online Shop - buy badges and donate!

Hey folks,

This is a temporary shop until we get something up on the main site.

If you'd like to buy our BADGE SET, just hit the banner below and they will be sent to you as soon as the badges arrive in early February. Don't forget your address details!

If it's our FX FUND you'd like to donate some money to, click the banner below.

Remember, for any amount of £10 or over you get a sponsorship credit in Season 3. For £100 or more you get an Executive Producer credit for the series. If you do donate, we want to thank you very , very much for helping us continue to make the show.


Here below is our ZOMBLOG-OMETER, showing how much we've raised out of the £1,000 we need for Season 3. This will be updated as we receive more donations.

A Bunch of Exciting Email(s)?

Woke up this morning to several emails related to Zomblog. To sum up:

- We might have another Exec Producer for the show (i.e. someone who's putting up £100 or more to help with our FX budget)

- Another website has discovered the show and is spreading the word.

- Felicia Day will soon be looking for web series to produce. HELLO.

- We won a Lost Zombies t-shirt for submitting some pictures from the show.

So, nice!

We really need to get this £1000 for the budget though, so I'm working out ways of raising it. And here's the latest:

I'm going to create a post on here for now that covers donations, badges and any money people want to send us.

Friday, 15 January 2010

CrimeFighters First Quad Posters

The time of settling on a premiere draws near, so I've been busy designing quad posters for cinema foyers everywhere. Or at least... somewhere.

Here are the teaser posters:

And here is the first theatrical poster:

Now's the time to get excited.

Cracking the Whip

Starting a new year is always weird because you need to wind down after the previous one, the build-up of Xmas and New Year, the weather, the desire to hibernate and be lazy, but I really can't be this year. I have to hit the ground running, this is the busiest beginning to a year I've ever had.

For starters we've had near-confirmation of the release date of CrimeFighters at City Screen cinema, which if we want to show it on more than one day means we have to put the date forward by three weeks. This is great because it means several things, not least that we'll have shown it before we start filming Season 3 of Zomblog and I can focus on that, but also because Hannah will be able to see CrimeFighters when she visits in March. Awesome.

But there's nothing like a deadline to induce panic and terror.

So I'm having to crack the whip a bit, and email people lists of jobs which include working on FX shots, sound mixing (a third of which I'm doing), music mixing, even shooting additional shots to slot into the final cut.

In the meantime, Tony and I need to keep working on preparing Zomblog for filming in March, what FX we're going to need while Hannah's here, organising locations and extras and so on. It's a lot to do but it's also very exciting.

It's made me realise that one of the hardest things about making a feature film is finally accepting that you've got to finish it and screen it. It would be too easy to get tired and apathetic at this point but all the hard work is done, and a couple of dozen people's hard work and toil hangs in the balance, and it's the responsibility of myself and the post-production crew to finish the film off to the standard everyone deserves.

So it's my job to crack the whip, not just for everyone else but for myself. I'm just running a bit empty.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Definitive Zomblog Trailer and 30,000 VIEWS!

Zomblog's viewings have had a massive spike on Dailymotion this week with 30,000 views for the first two episodes alone. I'd love to know what caused that little miracle.

In the meantime, here's the new trailer. I've got a good feeling about 2010!

The Day's Agenda

Monday, 4 January 2010

Zombloggers Assemble!

Or should that be disassemble? Or just go mouldy and rot?

Hannah, Tony and I gathered today for an impromptu chat on Skype, and discussed Season 3 of Zomblog, among other things. Looks like Hanwah will be visiting York early March, so we're now planning filming around that.

This was the first time in nearly a year that the three of us have chatted to each other and the first time Tony's seen Hannah's ridiculous cartoon face (her words) in nearly a year! Quite touching, really. And now we can actually plan her visit and pack it with filmmaking and fun, things feel like they're coming full circle. Which things tend to do, again and again.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Friday, 1 January 2010

New Year's Inspiration from Joss Whedon

Happy New Year! Tony came home today with this extraordinary artifact that he bought years ago at a Buffy convention:

It's an Angel script written and signed by Joss Whedon. Amazing to hold in my hand something that represents one of the reasons I kept on screenwriting, made my first feature, and had the courage to make another.

I'm going to take its presence in my house from today as a good omen ;-)