On Call Doulas: “Just In Case I’m At A Birth”

•March 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

On Call Doulas: “Just In Case I’m At A Birth”.

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Spring Into Action

•March 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog so it’s time for a much-needed update!

I’ve finally learned how to multi-task! Well, I wouldn’t say that I’ve mastered multi-tasking, just that there’s quite a lot of things happening all at the same time in my film-making life and my main job right now is to keep on top of it all.

I’m just about to launch a new documentary film which I’ve been making for the past few months. Now it’s all finished creative-wise, it’s time for the hard work – setting up the launch and bringing the film to market. So my directors head has been packed away and on goes the producers head. In fact, I’ve been ringing around today to find an interesting screening venue for the launch….More on that to come.

Meanwhile, we’ve been venturing into the world of licensing video content to the internet – all really complicated but potentially, this could be the future of film-making in terms of being paid for the films you make!

At the same time, I’ve been busy running some practical hands-on film workshops – Brighton Film Workshops – all about giving people practical experience handling equipment and working with cast and crew.

Brighton Film Workshops giving practical film experience

Then there’s my next feature film. I think the market is changing so quickly that there’s now two schools of film-making – the traditional way where you find someone to bring on finance and distribution, you make your film and then other people launch it to the world, and there’s the new way of basically doing everything yourself!

It really is the case that if you want to make a film and you want it badly enough, then you can’t rely on other people, you have to put your heart and soul on the line and go for it.

So that’s my mission right now. To put my heart and soul into getting my next feature film off the ground. Because that’s the only way it will get made. And now I’ve mastered multi-tasking, anything is possible.

7.5/10 for Credo Review

•November 2, 2009 • 2 Comments

After the screening of CREDO at the Grimm Up North! festival this weekend, a review has been posted on the US film site Quiet Earth. Personally, I think it’s a really fair review. It would be good to know what other people think of it.

Posted on Saturday, October 31st, 2009 23:13:24 GMT by: projectcyclops

Year: 2008
Directors: Toni Harman
Writers: Alex Wakeford
IMDB: link
Trailer: link
Review by: projectcyclops
Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Credo is a low-budget horror film directed by Tony Harman, written by Alex Wakeford and set in London. The film starts off with a group of Catholic students attempting to summon the devil himself. Of the five, Simon (the late Stephen Gately, who carries himself very well) is their leader, with his roots in Irish Catholicism; he’s seemingly obsessed with finding Satan, so as better to defeat him. Poor old Seth however, gets cold feet and runs away from the séance. Next morning, his four friends are all dead from suicide…

We then cut to another group of students, several years later, and they’ve just been evicted from their flat. Jock, a boisterous American… um… jock, has held one party too many and the landlord boots them onto the streets. Alice (MyAnna Burning) is a practical and dedicated psychology student who spends all her time in the college library studying for exams. Timmi is a shy brunette who has a secret crush, and Scott is a well intentioned nerd, who also has a secret crush. With their somewhat token and underwritten black friend Jasmine in tow, the five of them break into Eden Catholic Halls to spend a weekend of boozy fun and Ouija board tinkering.

Hands-down the best thing about Credo is this, and if you really don’t want a slight spoiler then skip to the next paragraph: It’s old-school, it’s cerebral and it’s scary, but there is no horror except that which is suggested. I live for a film that can scare me without resorting to buckets of gore, grotesque make-up or weak CGI, and once Credo gets going, it’s really an effective horror film. After a shaky start which has some pretty dodgy acting, the film finds its feet and we follow the characters through a terrifying journey in which Satan will try his best, through hallucination and time-shifts, to convince each person to commit suicide, so they die in sin and he claims their souls.

Harman has wisely chosen an incredible location for Eden, it’s a huge complex of run-down bedrooms and hallways, full of old mattresses and filthy radiators, broken lights and years worth of dust and grime, and it helps to perfectly set the tone and atmosphere for the film. Scott attaches cameras around the building too, and we get shots on his laptop in night-vision which are used effectively and add to the chills. The music and sound design warrant mention too, as they are simply terrific in turning-up the fright factor and keeping the audience tense as to the next scare, especially the microphone that Scott uses to pick up signals that humans can’t normally hear, that freaked me out completely!

In all – An effective and chilling horror film that uses inventive camera work, imaginative sound design and that overlooked little technique known as suspense and suggestion to create some real scares.

Credo Poster Image

Credo Old Poster Image

 

 

 

 

Back From Credo Screening At Grimmfest

•November 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Just got back from a CREDO cinema screening at the Grimm Up North! Horror Film Festival at the Odeon Printworks in Manchester.

It was great to see CREDO playing on the big-screen especially as we had a really good audience reaction at what actually was it’s cinematic premiere. The only sadness was that the screening was being dedicated to the memory of Stephen Gately.

For me personally, I loved doing the Q&A’s!

I was on a “Directing Your First Horror Feature” panel where the discussion was all about transferring the skills from making short films to feature films and about what lessons we had all learned from directing our debut horror flicks. There were four directors on the panel, so myself and the directors of three other indie UK horror flicks – SPLINTERED, GNAW and THE FALLOW FIELD.

What really struck me was that we all had very similar experiences – that we didn’t find directing our first feature film that different from directing either shorts or TV, that we all struggled with the night shoots, that finding objectivity in the post-production was our biggest problem, we were all working on our next feature and that actually, all of us were just really normal not-up-ourselves (sorry to use this word) “nice” people who just happened to love horror.

After the screening, I did another Q&A with my producer partner Alex Wakeford and our gorgeous star from Credo, MyAnna Buring, about exactly how / where / why / how quickly etc we made CREDO and again, I just loved talking about it! I could have talked about it for hours. It just gave me a real rush. (Although it was a bit weird, doing the Q&A being surrounded by a dead very bloodied model sheep and decaptitated heads which were part of the Grimmfest Exhibition.)

And I loved talking all things horror with all the other directors / actors / horror fans present.

The thing that really struck me was that I absolutely felt that I belonged in this world of horror and fear. And I felt really proud that a film I directed was one of those being screened. It felt right and it felt good.

So thank you Grimmfest. Hope to see you same time next year.

Stephen Gately in CREDO

CREDO screening dedicated to the memory of Stephen Gately

Sad News About The Death of Stephen Gately

•October 11, 2009 • 1 Comment

Just heard the devastating news that Stephen Gately has died whilst on holiday in Majorca.

I am really saddened as Stephen became a friend after he appeared in Credo and I honestly thought he was an amazing, talented and brilliant man who had a wonderful sense of humour.

He’ll be hugely missed.

Interview About Credo on Love Horror

•October 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I recently did an interview for the folks of Love Horror about our horror film CREDO, covering how we came up with the idea, how the film came together, spooky stories about the shoot, what we’re doing next and supposedly some words of wisdom to anyone wanting to make their first feature film!

Check it out and let me know what you think!

http://lovehorror.co.uk/?p=2009

Credo Is A Far Scarier Horror Film When Dubbed in Russian!

•October 1, 2009 • 2 Comments

Just seen one of the best things in my horror film-making life. Our horror film Credo dubbed in Russian.

We sold Credo to a Russian distributor and they’ve just launched it with a new poster!

Credo in Russian

Credo in Russian

I love it – makes Credo look like a sci-fi time-travelling horror all about people holding up skulls setting fire to themselves which is exactly what it is, apart from the sci-fi time-travelling fire skull part!

Apparently the title has been changed to: Sign of Darkness

To me, that’s a better title than The Devil’s Curse which Lionsgate called it.

But the best thing is watching clips of our film dubbed in Russian. It’s fantastic. Makes it much scarier! Loving the accents and the expressions in Russian.

Here’s a link to a clip: video.raid.ru

And to watch more clips, copy and paste this in to Google:

Знак тьмы

Go Russia and the Baltic States!