Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Exciting IndieGoGo Perks to Get On Board Arbroath Based IronStar Films Short Film, Blood Loss.

Filmmaking peeps, check out this wicked opportunity to get on board my friends at IronStar Films new short, Blood Loss.  I have been friends with writer/director Graeme Carr for a greater part of my life, and I know how much of a film geek he is, and one with a wicked imagination.  These guys are just starting out, but as you can see from the teaser trailer, they are onto something pretty awesome.  They're in talks with some outstanding actors, as well as make up artists, and I'm really excited about being part of this project.  

You can check out my previous blog on the short, which also features the teaser trailer HERE!

So yay, get on board, spread the love and share, share, share.  Thanks to John Carswell, they have a superb location for shooting this too, it's so freakin' cool!!  Let's put Arbroath on the map showing the world what Scottish filmmakers are capable of. :) 

Check Out a Whole Heap of Wicked News about Amy Hoff's Original Web Series, Caledonia, Produced by TACHY Studios, Including Season 2 Premier Episode!

Well, I am happy to now show you what the guys have been up too on this Amy Hoff written and directed original series.  And when I say original...it truly is.  Amy is an actual real life monster expert.  Yup...I did just say that.  Haha.  Knowing Amy personally, I know the madcap life she has led, and Caledonia has her kooky style and creative intelligence slapped all over it! 

So yes, below you will find the premier episode of Season 2: Mortal Souls and then an exclusive Caledonia - Professor Elemental video!  Woot!  

And lastly, I am over the moon to announce that the first in Amy's series of Caledonia novels, which she has already written four of already, is to be published by Crooked Cat publishing in 2015.  If you have a taste for fantasy fiction that is quirkier than quirk, then you'll be digging Amy's wonderfully distorted view on Scotland.  

Saturday, 30 August 2014

IronStar Films Present Blood Loss - A Film from Four Arbroath Local Film Nerds, that has A LOT of Potential!

It is with great pleasure that I present the brand spanking new teaser trailer for my fellow Arbroathians new short film, Blood Loss.

IronStar films, an independent film company created by four local lads in order to produce a variety of short films from original scripts. The first of which is " Blood Loss", a tale of retribution and redemption among a group of friends who find themselves in too deep.

When three friends are forced by a local criminal to sort out a potential problem, their plans end in a horrific accident destroying their lives forever.

Months later the three men are confronted with the possibility that not everything was as it seems, and find themselves caught between a criminal who wants the job done, and a victim who wants revenge....no matter what side they choose, there's going to be ...Blood Loss.

Graeme Carr, Peter Birnie and Al Jennings have been making little short parodies for years now, however, it was only when they met up with the youngster of the group, Dean Pearson, that they decided to take their love of film to the next level.  :)

Now I've known Graeme since I was a kid, and he has always been one of the biggest film nerds I know.  Ever since we were in our early teens, all we've ever done was talk about films.  Well, that and his constant mocking of my love of Take That.  Haha.  Don't judge me! ;)  So with that being said, I know just how good a creative mind that boy has!  Put him together with the terrible twosome that are Pete and Jennings, add in Dean, (one of my little sister Kimberley's friends, pictured below with Graeme), and you have the perfect concoction.

I've been watching my boys for some time now, and seeing them grow....spying on them...just not as creepily as Norman Bates!  

It was when I met up with Jennings and Pete for lunch back in April, that they showed me not only what they had been working on, but also something that Dean had done himself.  Taking inspiration from James Wan's The Conjuring, and the story of the Annabelle doll; Dean did this whole little faux trailer himself...which is really quite tricky when you are trying to work a camera, shake a rocking chair, turn a creepy head around.  Silly boy...it was only afterwards he realised he could have just called on his Ghostbusters to come and help him.  I'm sure they would appeared, dress to kill and all. :)  It makes me so happy though seeing a younger generation of people taking inspiration from my beloved James Wan.  James and Leigh redefined the horror genre for a new generation, and so it's totally cool to see others learn, and become inspired by their work.  The circle of gore....muuuahahahaha.  Sounds so much cooler than the circle of life.  *hums song to self*

So yes...expect some interesting and muchos awesome things from these ladie.....I mean boys! ;) 

I'd also just like to throw out a big thank you to John Carswell as well, a good friend of mine since I was a teenager.  John gave the guys the PERFECT location to shoot this, an abandoned mill that his family are to convert into flats.  It looks fucking awesome, so major high five to you Mr Carswell...you'll be getting added to my location scout books!  :)  This is so cool because it's a local Arbroath business cutie, helping out local aspiring filmmakers too.  YAY!  Let us show the people of Arbroath just how creeeeeeeeeeepy it can be, muuuuahahahaha. :)

For more information on the project, drop by the Facebook pages for Blood Loss and their new film company, IronStar Films.  

And the charming boys that they are, they take me to the nicest of places.  Mmmmm.....a walk-in toilet, also known as the Arbroath subway/fornication ground/potty/tampon disposal unit!! ;)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Manflesh Monday's - My Mulder for a New Generation, The Killing's Detective Holder, AKA Joel Kinnaman!

When my show's end, some have caused utter nervous breakdown heartache.  Ummm, yeah....X Files and LOST.  Haha.  I have to admit, that last night, when I finally said goodbye to Holder and Linden...knowing that this time it was for real...there was this beautiful kind of melancholy to it.  I am  not going to give away spoilers in this post, that shall be for another post, but WOW.  Just WOW!!  

So what is it about Joel Kinnaman that made me fall head over heels in utter adoration of him?  And NOT just because he looks like THIS!! :) 

I think a large part of what made me love Holder so much, is that he is such a beautifully flawed character.  He is trying to do good, and yeah, he fucks up from time to time.  That doesn't make him a bad person.  Just a human being.  He is fighting the good fight, whilst fighting his own personal demons, and those of the evils that surround him on a daily basis.  

His relationship with his partner Linden, their total protection over one and other, the fact that he will do ANYTHING to help her.  I have only ever seen this once before in my life, to such a beautiful extent.  It is a comparison I would NOT make lightly.  I am of course talking about Mulder and Scully.  He will fight, and he will do anything to save her.  Just as Mulder would do for Scully.  He would risk his life, and his career for her...on countless occasions.  

Now the Mulder and Scully comparison took a little while to build up, and it was in fact during an episode in Season 2, where Holder's life is in danger, and the clock is ticking...and I screamed at my TV, "This is NOT Happening!!"  X Philes will understand the relative weight of that statement.  From that moment on, their core  relationship became so much more and more like that which Mulder and Scully shared.  So OF COURSE I was going to fall insanely in love with him!  

Throughout Season 3, which, in my humble opinion is one of the most perfect examples of TV, like, EVER...the shipper'ness continued.  Not even so much that I was shipping for them in the same way that I did Mulder and Scully...even though, I guess it kinda was.  I didn't want them to be with anyone else.  Haha.  What more do you need when you get to spend all day and night, sitting in a car stalking bad guys with the one person who truly gets you!

From his quirky eating habits, to quirky overall sense of humour.  Even just hearing his voice makes me sit up and pay attention.  He's just one of those naturally charismatic characters.  The way that Season 3 ends, it's on a TOTAL Mulder and Scully moment.  Can I say, ORISON!?!  Season 4 saw how Holder and Linden coped with the fallout of Linden's Scully-like actions.  And that is all I'm going to say regarding Season 4.  Well, apart from the fact that it was beautifully fucked up, and there were a few brilliant surprises, and in true Killing fashion, it wasn't all as obvious as it was made out.  :)  And I cried.  But happy tears too.  

The full  6 one hour episodes of Season 4 (which makes it basically 8 episodes if it were aired on AMC) are available for streaming on Netflix.  I absolutely 142% recommend you go and watch this pronto.  And I'll be writing my total spoilerific post tomorrow.  I'm still slightly overwhelmed right now.  :)

Friday, 1 August 2014

EXCLUSIVE - The Fairy Flag's Chris Capaldi Getting All Dark and Brooding in New Scottish Feature Safe Haven.

I can exclusive reveal a brand spanking new image of The Fairy Flag's Chris Capaldi, star of new Scottish feature Safe Haven.  To learn ALL about the Capaldi, check out some of my previous blogs on the lovely man.  He even gets the Beagle~toes seal of approval, and was the first of my series of Manflesh Monday's posts.  

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

EXCLUSIVE - First Official Stills of Former Scottish Rugby 7's Player, Face of Scotch Beef and Star of The Fairy Flag, Chris Capaldi, in TACHY Studios Safe Haven.

Safe Haven is a new dystopian film from the Scottish filmmakers at TACHY Studios.  Starring former Scottish/International rugby 7's player turned model/actor, Chris Capaldi as Dan, in a role that will most definitely make people see that there's more to this Scotch Beef model than meets the eye.  Coming off Fife production, The Fairy Flag, Chris is dying to get his teeth into as many meaty roles as possible.  The kind of meat that is acceptable in my Vegan eyes.  The creative meat.  Bwahahaha. 

Be sure to check out the picture of his co-star Clare Ross that I released the other day, and get a look at the two of them in action together below.  Also check out my wee feature on Chris Capaldi as part of my Manflesh Monday's series of posts...just so you can put the body to the face! ;) 

Keep up to date with everything Safe Haven at the following pages -

Monday, 28 July 2014

Manflesh Monday's - Meet Irish Actor, and Birthday Boy, the Lovely Eugene Horan of The Fairy Flag, Plan Z and The Pigman Murders.

Continuing my Manflesh Monday's series, I now introduce you to an incredible actor I have had the opportunity to work with recently, and someone that is just genuinely fucking lovely and awesome.  That was my first impression when he first phoned me to discuss schedules or whatever.  Straight away I just though, he sounds CUTE!  

Anyhoo...I then heard the words..."Jeremy Renner looking mother fucker!" from one of the actors when he was all dressed up with his hood on his cloak up.  And yup...I know EXACTLY what you're all gonna be thinking now!!  Haha.  He really does totally have a bit of a Renner thing going on though...and compliments like that do NOT leave my little Renner addled mind lightly!!  :)  I think it's just his nature, and the way speaks, he's got quite a soft accent.  There's something really thoughtful there, and with his accent being a really nice northern Irish accent as well, I guess it just adds to this natural soulfulness about him.  

The other thing he has that Renner has...he's a fucking OUTSTANDING actor!  Looks will only get you so far, and Eugene has been no stranger to extreme transformation for roles either.  Don't just take my advice on his acting though.  How about a certain Beano, aka Sean Bean?  He TOTALLY rates him...yes Dad...YOUR Sean Bean, haha.  Good old Sharpe.  Or Ned Stark...if you're into that sort of thing! ;) 

Beano isn't the only one that rates Eugene though and I think that one of my favourite things with regards to Eugene as an actor, is that people really seem to be drawn to him.  I found out after watching his Irish Mickey Ward monologue, and being in total awe to find out that I wasn't the only one.  Get this...THE Irish Mickey Ward, after seeing this monologue that Eugene did of him talking about Mark Whalberg playing him in The Fighter, Mickey's agent contacted Eugene to say how impressed Mickey was and that to get in touch when he's next over in Boston.  :)  That is pretty fucking rad, especially given that The Fighter was an outstanding, multi-award winning film...including winning two Oscars.  He knows what amazing actors are...and that makes me so excited for Eugene, and I truly hope that he is given the chances that I know he deserves.  And if you don't believe me, or Mickey though...check it out for yourself.  This is fucking awesome! :) 

And then check out this Joe Pesci impression from Goodfellas.  

At the end of the day, Eugene loves his movies, and boxing and football, and he's a genuinely likeable, and lovely guy...and one that I truly excited to see where he goes next.

If, like myself, you are totally digging the lovely Eugene,  then you can find him at the following places.  Go check him out people! Ooh, and when I say people, yeah, guys, I think you'll have clicked that I'm not just doing these posts to objectify men, haha.  I'm picking guys that appeal to everyone, and I'm picking guys with ACTUAL talent too.  And most of them are total guy's guys as well.  No brainless bimbo's here people.   Just check out his website, and see what you think for yourself.  :)

Official Website
Official Facebook Fan Page
Official Twitter - @Eugene_Horan

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