Friday, 20 December 2013

The studio's completely dark...

The real Magnificent Seven...
Just wanted to say a quick thank-you to 2013. And to all you lot, obviously.

This year has been a really incredible ride from start to finish. In late 2012, Lesley Manning and I wrapped production on Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains after a very long, but enjoyable shoot. The completed film was released in March, gracing the front page of reddwarf.co.uk on my birthday, no less.

Given its humble beginnings, the response to our film has been truly wonderful - so much so that I decided to finally finish the companion book of the same name, just in time for the 21st Anniversary.

In May, we had our World Premiere at Dimension Jump, and six months later, we all gathered at BFI Southbank to catch up and attend a very rare screening of the original film in an absolutely stunning theatre. Seeing the trailer for Behind the Curtains play up on the big screen was a joy beyond words.

But arguably, the biggest cherry on top of this cherry cake with cherry sauce and extra cherries was hearing that our documentary had been selected for inclusion into the National Archive. If I dwell on this fact any longer, I'm likely to get misty-eyed, so I'll just say that courtesy of the BFI, it should now also be available to view in Mediatheques, nationwide as part of the new Haunted Collection.

So, what's next? Well, believe it or not, the BtC project is still ongoing. There's early talk of maybe attending another convention or two, sometime next year, which is exciting. In November, we were invited to hang out at the Autumn: Horror In The East convention, which was great fun. There may also be some further news incoming regarding the doc sometime soon, so fingers crossed until we hear more on that.

As always, a big thank-you must go out to our cast and crew. There are simply too many to thank and blame, so please take a moment to visit our Links page and give them and their work a look. If I've missed anyone out, let me know and I shall rectify asap.

So, on that note, until next year, fellow Ghostwatchers... sleep tight, have the Merriest of Christmases, the Happiest of New Years... and try not to have sleepless nights.

Friday, 1 November 2013

"Kevin's sandwich! #Ghostwatch #NS13"

Greetings Ghostwatchers! This is just a quick note to say thank-you once again to everyone for making National Séance 2013 so memorable!

The evening kicked off with composer Philip Appleby releasing his brand-spanking new remix of the original Ghostwatch theme, followed by our annual repeat screening, and due to popular demand, even a last-minute Q&A for Behind the Curtains, straight after.


And then came the Tweets. And more Tweets. And more Tweets. And then a few more. All night long. To check out a predictably-wide selection of some of the best, visit the @Ghostwatch Favourites list and scroll down to those dated, 31 October 2013.




The night's discussion went fantastically well, as always, with even one or two new points and theories being put forward. Notably, @TheCultDen argued how Dr. Pascoe stating that Kimmy's description of Pipes had never been disclosed to the public was incorrect, as earlier in the show, the young Ms. Early had presented Sarah with a pencil drawing of the ghost that would undoubtedly have influenced the show's audience. Excellent point!



Soon after, everyone's favourite Ghostbusters site, @ProtonCharging sent a kind message of support, and by the evening's end, we were even offered a complimentary writing implement by @MikeParkerpen. At one point, rather aptly, @Mumoss seemed to sum up the entire event in just one simple Tweet:



...before going on to describe the doc as "Absolutely bloody fantastic". As did @bohaynowell who also said it was "Excellent", and @WertherEffekt who described both the film and recently-released Companion Book as being "Wonderful" and "Great additions to the show". So there.

In fact, lots of contributors were not only requesting a repeat of Ghostwatch on the Beeb (which many of us have been asking now, for years), but also a televised screening of the doc itself, which is very humbling indeed. Hey, Auntie - we're game, if you are! The viewing public has spoken...


Coming next year: National Séance 2014! But then, you've probably already guessed that. Until next time, thanks again, Ghostwatchers, try not to have sleepless nights. :)

(PS: my personal fav message of the night is the very title of this blog - as Tweeted by @Snavenai)

      Wednesday, 23 October 2013

      Now, what I want to talk about now is this book of yours...

      Greetings Ghostwatchers! You've seen the doc, now read the book! (...T-Shirts next, perhaps?)

      The term 'Labour of love' is often bandied about on most projects I seem to work on, these days. This piece actually took longer to make than the doc itself, as, back in the day, I wasn't even sure that we would physically be able to make a film looking back at Ghostwatch, at all - so instead, began documenting the project in paper form, just in case.

      It's 248 pages, it's got new interviews, it's got trivia, it's got a Foreword by Stephen Volk, it features an extensive production diary for the doc, it includes the complete sequel story 31/10, it's in tasteful black and white, and it contains material which some readers may find to be interesting. It is also available to purchase right now for the princely sum of £9.99 (+ p&p). So, pick up a copy on Lulu today before Pipes beats you to it.

      Tuesday, 1 October 2013

      We'll be here with updates right through the... year?

      Update time! And just as we were getting used to seeing "2013" on our calendars, another year has already, all but passed us by. From the release of the doc all the way back in March, though to... well, today, we've been fortunate enough to have some great reviews, wonderful comments and precisely zero hauntings, so thumbs-up, all round.

      So... what's next? Well, National Séance 2013 will kick off on October 31st. Details here and here, as usual. (we all know the drill by now, right?)

      There's recently been quite a bit of talk regarding the doc being made available to purchase and view online, sometime soonish. One particular avenue that our film is currently set to be making an appearance in (from early December) is at BFI Mediatheques nationwide, as part of the new Haunted collection, and the wider Gothic season, possibly alongside Ghostwatch itself and plenty of other goodies. Yes, you read that right, Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains is about to be added to the National Archives for posterity. Yowzers. Hopefully, some DVD copies may also be available to purchase in the BFI shop very soon indeed. Stay tuned for updates!

      There will also be a special free screening of Ghostwatch (1992) in Lowestoft at the Autumn: Horror In The East convention on the 9th of November featuring a Q&A with Rich Lawden - one half of Lawman Productions, and the director/co-producer of Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains (of which you can still pick up a limited DVD copy of here). Another special Ghostwatch alumnus might also be stopping by, depending on their busy schedule...

      You might have noticed the previously-alluded-to PipesCasts have not yet materialised. In fact, they have flat-out been put on hold. You see, despite a few 'shows' already being in the can, for the past several months, their content has been taking on a slightly different form.

      Now, this isn't for 100% certain - it's not a cast iron promise at this stage - but for a good long while now (in fact, longer than work lasted on the doc, itself), a brand-new companion book has been brewing (well, simmering, at any rate) that chronicles the making of our film, and also features some brand-new interviews and rarely-seen Ghostwatch-related material. The first draft is now done and with any luck, it shall be ready (at least!) in time for Hallowe'en 2014... or more realistically, sometime within the next few months, or so.

      So, yeah. Aside from this generally earth-shattering news, not much else to report, really. The hash-tag #BEHINDTHECURTAIN was Twitter Trending (or whatever the kids call it) back in August, but it turned out to be for Lady Gaga, I think. I had a really nice lunch at some point. Two, actually. We're all doing well at GW-HQ. Everything's under control, situation normal. Had a slight wireless malfunction, but everything's perfectly alright, now. We're fine, we're all fine, here, now. Thank you. How are you? Actually, don't say anything until NS13, or we won't have anything to talk about.

      See you then, Ghostwatchers, and thanks as always for the support!

      Thursday, 7 March 2013

      A bit too quiet...

      Happy 2013, Ghostwatchers! Wait, it's March, already?! Well, to be fair, we have been rather busy of late...

      Yes, over the past few months, molten picture and sound has been continually poured into cast-iron disc stampers, before being lovingly encased into hermetically-sealed pockets of retrospective goodness. You know what that means...

      Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains is finally here.

      So, how/what/who/where/when can you pick up a copy? Simply head on over to LawmanProductions.co.uk to find out more info. In terms of content, the disc contains the teaser trailer and the full 90-minute main feature, itself.

      All major news/updates regarding release will be logged on the @Ghostwatch Twitter account, as usual. Interestingly, it seems that no-one caught the sneak peek of the cover published back in 2012... even with a sneaky clue in the article title, no less(!)

      Also this year, more PipesCasts may be coming! Yes, the long-gestating Ghostwatch radio show will hopefully be launching sometime over the next few months. Episodes are set to feature interviews with key contributors to the doc, and maybe even one or two interviews that didn't make the final cut...

      In the meantime, we thought you might like to check out this talk from Stephen Volk for TEDx Bradford on Avon, recorded in 2012 entitled, "The Ghost That Spooked a Nation", in which Stephen recounts his experiences working on the show and beyond. More soon!