We’re very happy to announce that our hygienic serial killer short MR CLEAN is an official selection of the 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival in Indonesia – the same festival that IMPRINT recently won an award at. This makes it the 25th festival selection. Nice.
I’m also pleased, as it was killing me, to finally announce that I’ve finally finished scripting the 3rd feature script of the year, for a feature-length pagan horror project entitled: BLÖDA (aka ‘The Bleeding’).Soon i will be giving it a read, and trying to work out what needs fixing, as well as checking in with some trusted friends and fellow writers / filmmakers, to find out what they think of the project, but also, as I’ve already begun assembling some props, I’ll be working out when and in what form I will make this feature film. My desire was and still is to shoot it this autumn. However, that may not be reasonable or feasible. But we’ll see, more on that soon. For now, I’m just super happy to tick that one off the whiteboard as being done… for now.
It was a hard script to write. I was already burned out after the last two. I was working long hours. I got my second dose of the Covid vaccine, had a rough time with the symptoms, and then a resurgence of Shingles as a result of my immune system being weakened and run down. Nice. So Instead of the allotted 4 weeks, this took 6 weeks to write, due to having to take a week and a half off, and actually take a couple of evenings off for my sanity, to see friends and help my relationship. It’s weird, knowing the story you want to write, and having zero energy or fuel in the fire to get it done. But again, 2.5 average pages a day, in anything from 1-2hrs slots, is enough to get it done. Although there’s still much in the way of pre-production to even be sure of going into production, and more work to do on the script until I will be happy with it I’m sure. But for now, I’m very happy to have gotten this far. And for all of the support.
Years ago, I used to review films. I was more of a critic than a filmmaker sadly. While writing film scripts in my spare time and failing to make my own projects happen, I used to write reviews for a few websites and publications. During that time, I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing a series of short horror film anthology DVDs, namely those as produced by the long running, classic fest – the H.P.Lovecraft Film Festival. And I can tell you that I loved the ambition of these indie no budget adaptations of classic Lovecraft stories. But I doubted, because they were mostly all done so very well, whether I could ever do the same.
For years, I would read and reread the stories, with a view to see if I could adapt an existing tale, but I never seemed to find the right inspiration to make it happen. And yet I very much wanted to – with the dream that perhaps that film might turn out to be good enough to make it into the festival, and so that I would also have an excuse to travel to the US and attend the event; and combine my travels with a bit of a H.P:Lovecraft tour too.
Eventually, the idea for MR CLEAN came about, from an image from a completely different mythos tale of mine, combined with some perplexing true-crime incidents that were the original inspiration for my very own take on such weird fiction. Something that is unfortunately not pure Lovecraftian, for more a ‘riff’ on weird fiction and other contributors to the Mythos. And throughout the creation of the film, that original desire was very much still there – to see if it might one day be good enough.
Now I am so very happy and geeked-out-grateful for MR CLEAN to be an official selection of the very same festival that I once set my sights on! Yes MR CLEAN is an official selection of the 25th H.P.Lovecraft Film Festival!
All festival selections are very much appreciated. Truly. And every award. But getting into this fest has definitely been confirmation of why sometimes it’s ok to dare to dream. Because you might just get what you want!
The only fly in the ointment is that the festival is now online, because of the pandemic. But we get it and wholeheartedly support that decision. It’s just a shame. I shall have to delay my trip to attend in person to another time. ‘Sob!‘
Here’s the details of the Facebook event. it will be online from 2nd to 4th October. And god willing and timezones allowing we will be there! And thanks again!
So some progress is being made on the edit. “At last!” the angry villagers cry, as they wield their burning torches angrily… and I’ve resumed posting to the instagram account, only to find out that we had a post liked by Rue Morgue Magazine! How cool is that! – but it hasn’t all been straightforward and plain sailing…
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned this film – to anyone that reads the blog. But I wouldn’t blame you for not knowing about it, seeing as three years of blog posts are still missing! But I thought it best to update people on the film… and I will try and recreate and repost the original blog posts about the writing of the film – the ones that explain why I couldn’t be there for the filming (back in July 2017). And there’s a little mention of a new project at the end – so keep reading!