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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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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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.