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Month: October 2010


British folk horror

I’ve been watching Mark Gatiss’ brilliant History of Horroron BBC iPlayer over the course of the past week (the missus refuses to watch anything slightly associated with horror films, even making me turn off after two minutes of The Amityville Horror remake that was on last week) and have really enjoyed the journey through the development of horror films from the 1920s onwards. Particularly beloved of mine was the look back over the Hammer horror years of the 50s, 60s and 70s and the evolution of what Gatiss best describes as British “folk horror”, that distinctive Continue reading

Fall back

A quick video

Turning back the clocks tonight. I’ve been updating the Eye Films Facebook page here and uploading some short clips and videos. Here’s an early short film I made with James Woodcock for the BAFTA 60 Seconds of Fame competition. Enjoy – back tomorrow with some thoughts on horror movies. Very apt for Halloween, don’t you think?

A new hobby

Photos and pictures

For almost all of the narrative film work I’ve done I’ve been content to hand control of the camera to a cinematographer, director of photography, call them what you will. While knowing what I wanted a particular shot to look like it was a world away to know exactly how to get the brightest and best look from the camera, moreso once a DoF adaptor had been attached adding another dynamic into the picture creation. Liam Sanderson worked with me on The Secret and Georgia’s Angel, making the best use of the Red Rock M35 adaptor; and when I was CEO at Eye Productions we had Fred Higson on the team, who had an incredibly good eye for cinematography and was able to shoot some pretty impressive stuff.
I’ve become more interested in photography in recent months though, probably since Continue reading

Back from the Black Stuff

Boys From The Black Stuff

Boys From The Black Stuff

I managed to catch all of Alan Bleasdale’s Boys From The Black Stuff when it recently showed on BBC4 as part of the Planet North season. The series was a sequel to his play The Black Stuff and is described by the BFI as a “seminal drama series… a warm, humorous but ultimately tragic look at the way economics affect ordinary people… TV’s most complete dramatic response to the Thatcher era and as a lament to the end of a male, working class British culture.”
A dramatic description and one that’s at odds with‘s description of the series as “self-indulgent whingeing”. I have to agree and disagree in equal measure. I think Continue reading

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