BTB Film – [Box] Fresh

[Box] Fresh is a parody of youth TV and is pretty much the first short film I ever made. A few friends and I (including Paul Wade and my then-girlfriend-now-wife)  got together in Canterbury and decided to shoot a few sketches that we’d been kicking around. This was the final result and I’m still pretty proud of it. It comes from that awkward time before I realised I needed to keep my own daft face behind the camera rather than in front of it but the blind freerunning skit is still a joke that I’m very pleased to have written.

The movie won us a Best Editor award and led to us going on to make loads of other things, so Box will always hold a special place in my heart.

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BTB Film – The Original Moon Film

To kick it off we have the sketch that started it all. Produced back in 2008 by me, my now wife and my good friend (and great film maker in his own right) Paul Wade, “The Day The Moon Got Too Close” is the answer to the much asked question “where did you come up with a guy with a Moon for a head.” Basically the brief of the competition we were doing was to create a film based on the aforementioned title and whilst many people went for After Effects powered shots of giant Moons in the sky, we went with something a little…different.

It looks really dated now (especially the quality of the video) but it remains one of the most enjoyable films I’ve ever made. From hanging out of a speeding Vauxhall Corsa with a camera to having papier mache dripping on my face (yes that’s me under the Moon head), it was zero budget film making at it’s most fun. I still have the chipped tooth I gained from the headbutt shot.

Enjoy.

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58 Team Wins Big At 2 Days Later

Those of you who’ve followed us for a long while will know that we’re big fans of the 2 Days Later Horror competition and so it’s lovely to be able to report that a collective of good friends of ours have stormed this year’s competition, walking away with 8 nominations and 3 awards! The Rozie Owen helmed Zombie film “58” scored wins in the Best Actress and Best SFX categories before bagging the main event prize of Best Film, it’s a powerhouse of a performance that’s not been seen since…well the last time the guys entered a film.

The movie’s not on vimeo just yet but you can watch on the 2DL site by clicking HERE. I’ll throw up an embedded version here on the site as soon as it’s out.

Congratulations to Rozie, Ben, Paul, Al, Alan, Joe and everyone else who worked on the project.

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Friday Film Special! – Wild Watch

Spring is here, so it’s time for the BBC to invade your television and hose you down with nature! Chris and Kate are reporting in from Kent with a bevy of treats from Mother Natures sodden loins, including a sad update on Robbie The Robin and a report of the perils of Dill.

This is the latest film from J.T. Eaton and myself. It’s for the 2 Days Laughter Festival this year and as such is a 5 min comedy film that was produced in 48 hours. It stars the wonderfully funny, rubber faced stylings of Paul Teeling and Rozi Owen who were, as ever, a total joy to work with. Camera work and special effects were done by Paul Wade and he deserves a lot of the overall credit for being the one that badgered Jim and I into doing the film when we really had a lot of other work we should have been doing.

The plan is to take the film to the festival next month and see if we can repeat some of the success that we had with Devil’s Fork. We shall keep you posted on how it goes.

One last thing, if the thought of Mr Eaton in a toga disturbs you, you may want to look away at some points.

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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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BTB Film – Bush Fucker Smile

Our theme of dredging up dodgy stuff from our university days continues this week. In 2005 I performed my first solo stand up show subtly titled “Bush Fucker Smile”. It was all about how a nice middle class boy learns to be an activist and why the Iraq War was a really silly idea. The show itself was kinda hit and miss (hey, it was my first try) but the opening video was actually pretty good in a silly, low-fi kinda way. You’ll recognise Al Crow and Andy Cherry from The Day The Moon Got Too Close and this is as good a chance as any to once again plug their band Silvers as they have a gig next week in Brick Lane.

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Friday Film: The Day The Moon Got Too Close

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.

We have a fair few old film projects to get through over the next few weeks, so I thought it made sense to start with the one responsible for this whole daft endeavour. This is the origin of our beloved Moon. A 90 second film, produced several years ago for some Motorolla competition. The brief was to make a film based on the tagline “The Day The Moon Got Too Close” and after a quick brain storming session with Paul, the cop with a Moon for a head was thrust upon the world. The guy playing this early version of Shades is a buddy of ours from a band called Silvers who are rather wonderful. Apologies for the image quality, it was uploaded back in the days when youtube only liked very small files, there’s a better quality one over on the (infuriatingly hard to embed) vimeo page if you prefer.

It is now my birthday and there is fudge to consume.

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-edit- Steve worked out Vimeo embedding so I’ve replaced the Youtube link for the vimeo one. If you’re particularly fond of Youtube then you can find that version of the vid here.