An Alternative World Cup Anthem by The Free Kicks

I’d be lying if I said that football was exactly my sport, none of the participants have wheels and there’s nary a V6 in sight. However, once every 4 years I join thousands of others just like me by watching a couple of preview shows, pretending I now understand every aspect of the game and picking a team to support post quarter finals (a decision usually based largely on shirt colour).

One thing that I remain an unabashed fan of is a good world cup anthem and Cambridge band The Free Kicks have put together a cracker that I thought I’d share here. The Free Kicks are made up of members of several Cambridge artists including our old friends Fred’s House and Josh Broadstone, star of some of Jim and I’s short films. As you might imagine with that combo it’s very silly and stupidly catchy. Enjoy!

Thanks to everyone who has bought Moon in recent weeks. Stay tuned for updates on Moon 3.

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BTB Film – The Devil’s Fork

Another film by Jim Eaton and me this week. The Devil’s fork is a comedy horror, produced for the 2 Days Later horror competition 2010. It stars Joshua Broadstone and Jack Gavin as a pair of regular guys who are menaced by a sinister toasting fork and its ghostly owner. It also features some lovely camera work by Steve.

Devil’s Fork was Jim and I’s first proper film project together and it remains one of my favourites. The film went on to win Best Screenplay and Best Popular Film at the competition, which was a nice bonus!

Hope you dig it.

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Oh and if you’re so inclined, you can watch the outtakes too.

BTB Film – A Comedy of Edits

A Comedy of Edits is the story of William Shakespeare’s meeting with his play’s financial backers and stars Joshua Broadstone and Jack Gavin (of Devil’s Fork fame) as well as Ryan Brannon (one half of comedy duo, Cold Callers). They’re all good friends and it was lovely to get a chance to work with them all again. It was written and directed by Jim Eaton and myself and expertly shot by Paul Wade (who also did the post production and very cool titles).

It’s the most recent film we’ve done (depending on when you read this) and was produced back in April of this year for the 2 Days Laughter Competition. The sketch won both best film and best screenplay and has led to several exciting projects for Jim and I, so we’re pretty happy with it.

Enjoy!

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A Comedy Of Edits Wins Best Film Award

If you follow me on twitter then you’ll already know some of this, but I wanted to wait until the official press release was out before talking about it too much. Last weekend Jim Eaton and I took our new film “A Comedy of Edits” to the 2 Days Laughter Short Film Competition in Kent. We liked the sketch but it was a really strong field this year so we weren’t really expecting to walk away with any awards, turns out we were a little wrong about that.

Me (left) and Jim Eaton (right) with our awards.

The film ended up winning Best Screenplay and Best Film as well as picking up a nomination for Best Director. It’s our second Best Screenplay prize (our script for The Devil’s Fork won in 2010) but we have never managed to bag the coveted Best Film prize until now. The judging panel includes BAFTA award winning actress Brenda Bleythn, BBC Television and Radio comedy writer/presenter Jon Holmes, and Time Out comedy editor Ben Wilson, so it’s a really nice bunch of people to be given the nod by.

The night was tinged with sadness however as we learned that this could be the very last 2 Days Competition. Creative England (the body that replaced the UK Film Council) has withdrawn funding from the project (as well as pretty much all film projects in Kent) and unless the Council agree to pick up the slack, this week will mark the final time that 2 Days Laughter and its sister festival 2 Days Later run. It’s a very sad end for a competition that has has generated over 650 films and worked with over 3000 film makers since 2003. I honestly can’t express how much of our current work (possibly even Moon itself) owes its existence to 2DL and to see it become a casualty of the current war on arts is pretty infuriating. We can only hope that Beeping Bush are able to find a way to continue their great work in some fashion going forwards.

The good news is that while this may be the end of 2DL, it is most certainly not the end of mine and Jim’s film making partnership. We’re meeting up in a week or so to look into new festivals and places to create work for and I have a feeling that the best stuff is yet to come.

So, I guess the only other thing to do is to introduce you (or reintroduce you) to the “award winning” sketch: A Comedy of Edits. Hope you enjoy and as always, thanks for the support!

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A Comedy of Edits – Dan’s New Film

 

This is the final cut of the new film that James Eaton, Paul Wade and I have been working on, it’s also our entry for this year’s 2 Days Laughter Competition. Those of you who’ve followed us for a while will already have heard of 2DL as we do it pretty much every year but for the uninitiated, 2DL is a film making competition which challenges people to produce a 5 minute comedy film with a total production time of no more than 48 hours.

Previous efforts on our part have included youth TV spoof [Box] Fresh, Edd The Duck biopic Ducking The Past and our take on the BBC’s Springwatch as well as several other films produced for 2DL’s horror based sister competition, 2 Day’s Later. We’ve managed to score a shortlisting on every film we’ve put in so far as well as one or two awards, fingers shall remain crossed that our new baby fairs equally well.

A Comedy of Edits is the story of William Shakespeare’s meeting with his play’s financial backers and stars Joshua Broadstone and Jack Gavin (of Devil’s Fork fame) as well as Ryan Brannon (one half of comedy duo, Cold Callers). They’re all good friends and it was lovely to get a chance to work with them all again. It was written and directed by James and myself and expertly shot by Paul (who also did the post production and very cool titles).

I shall keep you updated on how the competition goes, but for now I hope you enjoy the film.

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Moon – Official Trailer!!!

Moon – the comic about one astral body’s quest for revenge, justice and shandy – is finally here! To be one of the first to pick up a copy of the book you’ll need to get your pony loving backside to the BEYOND THE BUNKER LAUNCH PARTY this very month.

Please get this trailer circulating as much as possible. The book may be in print, but we need your help to get it into the hands of the masses. A book like this is only as good as its fans, which is why this comic is so badass.

Onwards and upwards, Bunkerites!

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NOTE: THE ARTWORK IS FROM MOON 1, HOWEVER THE LIVE FOOTAGE IS FROM THE VERY FIRST MOON PROJECT ‘THE DAY THE MOON GOT TOO CLOSE‘ BY DAN THOMPSON AND PAUL WADE AND ITS SEQUEL BY DAN THOMPSON AND STEVE PENFOLD (WHICH MOST LIKELY WILL NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY) AND HAS BECOME THE COMIC AVAILABLE AT THE BTB LAUNCH PARTY. AH THANKYOU. SP.

Friday Film – The Devil’s Fork 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.

Got a little bit of fun for you this week. I was editing together the DVD of Devil’s Fork for the cast & crew and I thought I’d take a moment to share with you some of the outtakes. I know that you are all labouring under the impression that Steve and I are entirely infallible and that we nail everything on the first take, but allow me to set your minds at rest. As this video proves we are, at times, an utter shambles.

And no, I won’t explain that fucking “What did Councillor Troy say to her boyfriend?” joke again.

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Friday Film: The Devil’s Fork

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.

When two friends discover an antique fork in their garden they think they’re in for a big payday. But when the fork’s ghostly owner comes calling they discover that all they’re in for is three prongs of terror!

(Warning: contains scenes of mild cutlery)

Fresh from its excellent showing at  the 2 Days Later Festival, here is The Devil’s Fork in all its glory. It’s a a collaboration with the wonderful chaps at Roughlee Films so please do have a look at their other stuff. I’m really happy with the end result of this one, I think it’s one of the tighter scripts I’ve done (albeit with a tonne of help from the fantastic J.T. Eaton). Please do watch it and pass it around to as many people as possible. It would be lovely to see its popularity to continue to grow at the rate it has been.

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Awards

2 Days Later Finalist Winner - Best Popular FilmWinner - Best ScreenplayBest Actor Nomination - Jack GavinNominated (Joshua Broadstone) - Best ActorNominated - Best Editor

The Devil’s Fork Wins at 2 Days Later!

Well, I was hoping to keep a bit of a lid on this until I post the film up on Friday, but Steve’s all excited so I shan’t keep him waiting.

The Devil’s Fork put in a rather good showing at the 2 Days Later Film Festival, winning Best Screenplay and The Audience Choice Award. It also picked up a nomination for Best Editor and Jack & Josh BOTH nabbed Best Actor nominations. Perhaps the most exciting part is that the Best Screenplay award was voted for by a panel including Kim Newman (Empire Film Critic and Author) and James Moran (writer – Severance, Doctor Who, Torchwood)!

Suffice it to say that we’re rather blown away by the whole thing. We’d like to offer a massive thank you to everyone involved in the project especially to my co-writer/director J.T. Eaton. Jim is an amazing talent so a lot of this is down to him…and Steve did a great job too (just don’t tell him I said that).

Award winners (Top from left) Joshua Broadstone and his lovely wife Ania, Steve, (Bottom) J.T. Eaton, Dan, Jack Gavin

Picking up the Audience Choice Award

The full film will be going up on Friday and we very much hope you enjoy it. In the meantime you can read the full report of the night’s fun here.

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