A New Dawn for BTB Film

I’ve just finished revamping the Films section of the website so from now on it should be much easier for you dear people to find all of our short films and sketches. Click on the link at the top of the page or CLICK HERE to have a look.

Jim and I finished editing the latest flick the other night, we’re just waiting on a effects shot from Paul and it will be ready to unleash on the world or at least dropped off in a lay-by with a map and a bag of sandwiches.

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Hope you’re all having a rather merry Saturday. Steve and I were a little concerned that you may still be a little traumatised from yesterday’s Friday Film so as a special treat we thought we’d bring you this innocent(ish) little gem from a very good friend of the Bunker’s. Paul Sweeney is a brilliant comedian who is currently in the process of taking over the world and everything in it. This is the video for his latest song, the storyboards for which were produced by our very own Steve Penfold. It’s a fab song and a fab video produced by a fab comedian with a fab moustache – and frankly that’s more fab than even the Thunderbirds had so you better bloody well like it!

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Friday Film – Cock

Every Friday we descend into the vaults here at Bunker HQ and dig out one of the many fine (and occasionally not so fine) films that we have produced over the years. Come join us for another instalment of cinematic silliness.

In 2008 we took Ragnarok Dawn to the 2 Days Later Film Competition in Margate. In hindsight – and when the competition came around again – I had nothing but wanted to enter. Something had bothered me about the year before – that while it was loaded with very well put together hand-crafted original films there wasn’t a judder or a shock or an audible noise from the audience. From that idea, and the list of things that had to be involved in the film (a puppet, a line of dialogue ‘I heard about that last night on the radio’ and an aphrodisiac) this grotesque monster of a short film formed. The day before I discovered there’d be no Boom mike so apologies for the sound.

For our trouble a Special Effects award for the incredibly talented William Fitzgerald and a thanks from me to Luke Ireland (for surviving), Sarah Jolly (for stepping in at the last minute to play the ‘love’ interest), William for the ‘Cock’, Mark Hung for the original score and Laura Kressley for trying to help me keep it together as well as everyone else who was about to help put this madness together.

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BTB Film – Edd The Duck: Ducking The Past

In his youth, Edd The Duck was one of the biggest stars on the BBC. In this frank and mercifully short documentary, we attempt to find out what happened next. With the help of some never before seen interviews with other performers of that era, we set out to answer the question: Just how far does a duck have to migrate to escape his past?

Produced for the 2 Days Laughter Festival 2009. Winner of the audience Choice Award and recipient of several other nominations. This is one of my favourite shorts from the BTB vault. Sadly cut from the final version and lost to the ages is a scene where Edd re-enacts the famous “I’m a bright, shining star” moment from the closing scene of Boogie Nights. Given what we’re posting up next week, that’s probably for the best.

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Friday Film – [Box] Fresh Outtakes

Every Friday we descend into the vaults here at Bunker HQ and dig out one of the many fine (and occasionally not so fine) films that we have produced over the years. Come join us for another instalment of cinematic silliness.

Last week we gave you our teen culture parody, [Box] Fresh. Well, as with any film that’s made in a day and semi improvised, there were a fair number of gags that didn’t go into the final film (some because I’m an actor of questionable talent and some because Paul doesn’t know how to make fake blood that doesn’t look like melted chocolate). Here they are in all their glory.

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Friday Film – [Box] Fresh

Every Friday we descend into the vaults here at Bunker HQ and dig out one of the many fine (and occasionally not so fine) films that we have produced over the years. Come join us for another instalment of cinematic silliness.

This week we have a film that brings back some fond memories for me as it’s the first proper short I ever did. It’s also the first film that I made for the 2 Days Laughter/Later festival, an event which has become a major fixture in my film making calender.

[Box] Fresh was a response to the endless stream of trendy, teen culture programming that was spilling onto our screens back in 08. It went on to be nominated for several awards and to win the Best Editor prize, as well as inspiring a wonderfully vitriolic letter and a minor local controversy after a few people misunderstood the blind freerunners joke. The following year we were billed as “Controversial film makers” which pleased me more than I care to admit.

Out takes next week!

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Friday Film – Ragnarok Dawn Part 2

Every Friday we descend into the vaults here at Bunker HQ and dig out one of the many fine (and occasionally not so fine) films that we have produced over the years. Come join us for another instalment of cinematic silliness.

First came the trailer, then part 1 and now at last we come to the end of our little zombie adventure…and there’s actually zombies this week! The second half our our ambitious short film comes complete with some really cool fight choreography from Mr Paul O’Shea, some rather dodgy hair acting from me and a bit of religious imagery that is about as subtle as David Bowie’s trousers. The things we do when we are young! Enjoy!

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Friday Film – Ragnarok Dawn Part 1

Every Friday we descend into the vaults here at Bunker HQ and dig out one of the many fine (and occasionally not so fine) films that we have produced over the years. Come join us for another instalment of cinematic silliness.

Click here for part 2

Last week we brought you the trailer to our Vikings vs Zombies short, Ragnarok Dawn. This we we have part 1 of the finished film. It was produced a few years ago for the 2 Days Later film competition and, as per the rules, was written, shot and edited in just 48 hours. As you’d imagine, it’s pretty rough around the edges (the heavens saw fit to furnish us with the only day of glorious sunshine all autumn in order to shoot our dark horror story) and the script could probably do with a little bit a tweaking, but all things considered we’re still pretty proud of it. The amount of goodwill from the massive cast and crew, all of which gave up their time, talent and patience at extremely short notice and for no money whatsoever. It’s people like that who make this very stressful projects worth doing.

Next week, part 2!

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Friday Film – Ragnarok Dawn Trailer

Every Friday we descend into the vaults here at Bunker HQ and dig out one of the many fine (and occasionally not so fine) films that we have produced over the years. Come join us for another instalment of cinematic silliness.

This week we have part 1 of a triple helping of Zombie chopping action. Produced for the 2008 Two Days Later festival, this was the first project that Steve and I worked on. The result was conceptually fabulous and logistically terrible.

The film itself is the age of tale of Viking meets Zombie and considering it was made for no money whatsoever, it’s not all that bad. The trailer you see here remains inexplicably popular on youtube (infuriatingly so given how quick it was to put together) and returning to the project tentatively remains close to the top of our ‘to do’ list.

Part 1 of the film itself will be up next week.but for now we invite you to simply enjoy the original in all its Norwegian murdering glory.

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BTB Film – Dan Thompson vs 2 Days Laughter

This week we’ve got another little bit of stand up for you to help round off the year in style. This is a collection of material, recorded during previews for my 2009 Edinburgh show. This particular compilation was created for the 2 Days Laughter film festival, where it won the “Best Stand Up” category. The camera work is a little dodgy in places due to the nature of filming at clubs but the overall result is rather nice.

Happy New Year y’all.

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