Jim Eaton and I made this Springwatch parody back in 2011. It’s another 2 Days Laughter Festival entry 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 Rosie 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.
Back in the 17th Century a cabal of fantasists met in a small London pub to discuss the containment of extra terrestrial life that had crash landed in Bermondsey. It hadn’t. They were fantasists. But they were quite drunk. That was not the beginning of the Agency. Nobody knows when the date or way that the Agency was formed but it operates in London and has done for at least the last 30 years.
As for the 17th Century fantasists – is there really no link? No. No, there isn’t.
The Agency stands between the general public and the powers of the ludicrous. With their headquarters at the far end of the runway at City Airport they have access to the rivers, air and streets of London. Far from recession proof – the Agency is struggling to make ends meet. Underpaid and undervalued – the brave men, women and Moon stand against the wave of silly that sweeps Great Britain on an almost weekly basis.
I’m off to the 2 Days Laughter competition in Margate tonight. You may remember that a few weeks ago Paul Wade, Jim Eaton and myself made a parody of top BBC bird-bothering program and national treasure, Springwatch. Well the movie was shortlisted for the festival and so is being screened at the Theatre Royal at about 7pm. I don’t have any photos of the three of us to help advertise this event, so here’s a photo of me, Jim, Steve and my brother Ben failing to look cool on a log flume:
Ben Thompson, J.T. Eaton, Dan Thompson & Steve Penfold attempting to look cool and succeeding at looking wet
If you are in the fine City of Margate tonight and fancy an evening of free comedy films and the chance to support a Bunker project then please do drop by and join in the fun. You can find full details HERE. Otherwise you can just enjoy the film itself without leaving your comfy chair, you lazy devil you!
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.
We spend a lot of time at the Bunker talking about other people’s films so it’s nice that amidst all the hobbits and lanterns there’s actually been a fair bit of interest in our own little film project. That being the case, I figure it’s only fair to give you a quick update on how things are going on that front.
The film is called “Wild Watch” and it’s a five minute short that we’re making for the 2 Days Laughter competition. 2DL is an annual bit of fun that challenges film makers to shoot and edit a 5 minute comedy short in just 48 hours and then submit it to a panel of industry professionals. We’ve been making films for this and its horror based sister competition, 2 Days Later, for a few years now and both dates have become firm fixtures in the diary. Steve and I’s schedules could, at best, be described as chaotic so having two fixed points each year when we know one or both of us is going to make a film is infinitely useful.
I had to sit the competition out last year as I was neck deep in Moon scripting so I’m keen to make a good showing this time around. With that in mind I’m teaming up with two of my very favourite film makers in the shape of J.T. Eaton and Paul Wade. You’ll remember Mr Eaton as the mastermind behind last year’s The Devil’s Fork and if you’re not already familiar with Paul’s work then you’ve probably not been reading this site for very long. P and I have worked on more films than I care to recall and it’s always a lot of fun. Rounding out the team we’ve got Rozi Owen (of [Box] Fresh ‘fame’) and Paul Teeling who you will be able to see pulling a variety of amazing faces in Cock when it’s uploaded to the site tomorrow. Conspicuous by his absence, of course, is Steve himself. Sadly the artistic one is still chained to his desk putting the finishing touches to Moon #1 so we’re having to make do without him on this outing.
Jim and I put the finishing touches to the script last night and you’ll be pleased to know that it contains both a joke about early Roman oratory and the word “Cockhammer”. We’re shooting the whole thing in Greenwich over the weekend and then it’s off to the studio to make Paul cry about just how many effects shots we’ve asked him to do.
Screen grab from our last short: The Devil's Fork
As much as I’d rather like to have my evenings back so I can enjoy my new home, I’m really jazzed about this project. It’s a great team of people and I’m very happy with some of the jokes we’ve come up with. I won’t spoil it for you by telling you any more about it, but hopefully this little gem from Moledmc will give you a little clue of what we’re planning:
Catch you tomorrow for more filmic madness.
P.s. I saw some of the finished lettering for Moon today, it looks like sex on toast…really nice toast.