On Serial Dramatic TV

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The best cinema happening today is on television. 

I know you’ve heard that before, but I can’t help but feel it’s true. Every major TV series there is, I’ve come to late. And each and everyone of them I’ve fallen in love with. I love stuff that’s dark, compelling  and paints it’s characters in a very grey way. Hence, I love Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

Now, I’m falling for True Detective. 

There’s a lot to be said about letting your characters breathe. There’s also a lot that DOESN’T need to be said. All three of these shows never rely on dialogue, and what dialogue there is, is very, very good. Cable television is now being called “creator driven content” and it shows.

There is real heart and soul that gets poured into these projects – and you can sense it in every frame.

There is such a huge divide between Serial Cable drama and Network drama. In fact, it’s kind of embarrassing to finish watching an episode of True Detective and then catch a little of some Network show. Artistically, they just can’t compete. 

The other wonderful thing, is that the millennial generation has grown up on these great shows and it wants them now. Which means it’s our job to cater to the demand.

I’ve been working on two very different IP’s at the moment – both of which are online serialized live action shows. Both of which cater to the audience first and foremost.

All I’ve wanted for years is to direct “My First Movie”.

But now? Man, I want to make the kind of TV that I’m watching. The kind of TV that is better than movies and people want more of.

It’s a new Age of Cinema on your laptop and I couldn’t be more excited.

WKS  

New Directions and 2014

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Whilst this blog doesn’t get a lot of Love, I’ve decided to keep it around. You’ll be seeing different things on it from time to time.

I know I should of done the the “hip” thing by now and moved to tumblr, but this works for me. That, and I find using tumblr really irritating.  As someone who tweets like mad, but really never blogs – I’ll stay with this.

There’s never a lot of news I can really reveal without doing it the kind of justice it deserves – I’m always in development of something fun, but I’ve learned to only talk about it when it’s good and ready. It does sound like a huge tease, but it’s the best way to go.

What I can say is that I’m going to Adschool. I’ve always loved both Advertising and Marketing, and I’ve wanted to marry that love with my films.  I’m obsessed with Branded Entertainment, and I think we’re living in a time where you can make high quality content that sells stuff – which doesn’t have to suck.

Hell, Fallout: Lanius at the end of the day was a 20 minute ad for Fallout: New Vegas. Albeit, a few years late.

This little blog has had over 60000 views, which I really thank you for. If you stick around, I’ll even try to blog on it once and awhile.

WKS

 

Blog re-design. Pre-Production on ‘BARROW’.

In the first time in a long damn time, I’ve changed up the look of the blog.

Not sure if it’s working overall, but it’s nice to have a change. Oh, and the Official page for Barrow is now live on Facebook. So come on by and say ‘hello’.

Pre-Production is pretty insane at the moment. We’d be stuffed if it wasn’t for Pete Gurbiel’s hard work in making the film happen. And he’s not even a Producer, but an incredible Director – and here he is busting his arse to make our film happen.

I have to say ‘BARROW’ is such a different experience for me. It’s elements are all so removed from what I’ve done in the past. I can only hope all those elements come together. We’ve just announced Caris Eves will join the film, and of course we have the incredible Amanda Woodhams playing our lead. They make a striking pair.

Also, the background image for the blog is from The Last of Us. It’s by the amazing artists at Shaddy Saffadi. If you haven’t played the game – just do it. It’s incredible.

I am really, really going to try and put down more thoughts here. Provided anyone wants to read them, that is.

 

 

 

 

 

A Long Overdue Update (The Owl, Fallout: Lanius and BARROW)

God, I am terrible at this. For real updates, follow me on Twitter: I use that all the time.

So, what’s happened? Well, our film ‘The Owl’ Won Best Film and People’s Choice at the WA Screen Awards. It also picked up amazing reviews from both Xpress Magazine and FilmInk. Now, we’re off to the Festival Circuit. Check out the Trailer below.

http://vimeo.com/72860202

We released Fallout: Lanius and it went Viral. We had a huge amount of press and it’s opened so many doors it’s not even funny. We had stories all over the world (inclusive of Forbes, MTV, Collider and Joblo). The response was insane. To see the film in full, see below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCrM1_7wnDU

I’ve been meeting lots of amazing people, and I can’t wait to get started on the next film: BARROW. We’ve been in development on this forever, and it’s finally coming together. We’ve got an amazing Cast and Crew – all we have to do is shoot it. Easy, right? I can’t say much about the film, except that it’s really different from either ‘The Owl’ or ‘Fallout: Lanius’.

It’s a horror/thriller/procedural with…bugs. Lots and lots of nasty bugs.

More soon.

WKS

‘The Owl’ nearing completion

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Myself and Peter Gurbiel’s new film ‘The Owl’ is nearly done. It deals with some really heavy material, but I’m so proud of the way we’ve executed our narrative. For a short film, it’s kind of long at 22 minutes – but that’s deliberate. The film has a very particular filmic pace, something that Editor Lawrie Silvestrin played closed attention to. The film has amazing performances. This was one of the first times I was able to really focus on performance, whilst Pete did an incredible job putting the production together. We should be screening the film sometime this year, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what people think of it.

By the way, it should be noted that Pete’s new company HOMETOWN PICTURES is no live. As is our Official Facebook page for the film. Photo by Arun Thongjaj (http://www.schmickphotography.com/)

Barrow picks up $32,000 Production Funding

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Well, Happy New Year everyone. 

2012 was an incredible year, exhausting and difficult – but incredible. One of the bigger things to happen at the end of it was myself and Producer/Writer Peter Gurbiel picking up $32,000 Production Funding from the Film and Television Institute’s Link Initiative. We’d worked really hard to put together a beautiful film in ‘The Owl’ and we wanted to follow it up with something as cool. 

‘Barrow’ is a thriller than explores time and trauma. It’s primarily about a young forensic entomologist recounting the night her Father murdered her Mother. But, let’s just say there is a lot more to it than that. Unlike ‘The Owl’ (which was primarily all of Pete’s writing) I co-wrote ‘Barrow’ which makes me happy I had a hand in it’s script. It’s got a really amazing story hook, which I really look forward to exploring.

That means over 2012, my new little company raised over $50,000 in Production budget and we produced (or greenlit) three short form works. Not bad for our first year. This year, it’s all about Post Production and Development. Oh, and shooting ‘Barrow’.

Let’s get cracking, shall we?  

 

Fallout: Lanius raises over $19,000

Fallout: Lanius has finally finished it’s crowd funding. To say it has been one of the biggest undertakings of my very short career is a massive understatement. We all poured ourselves into the campaign, because we understood we had the opportunity to make something cinematic and beautiful in the Fallout Universe. We aimed to raise $10,000 and we raised over $19,000. People having that kind of faith in us is really incredible.

At the same time as our campaign we were shooting bits and pieces for the film. I would say that I have never been so overjoyed and exhausted as I was last week. The thing is, Fallout: Lanius isn’t some kind of career thing for me. It’s a work of pure passion. I’m happy that people are excited about it, but in the end what I need to do is produce a great film first – no matter what. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished – especially so as we’re a little indie company from Perth, Western Australia.

At the same time this was all happening, we released a very rough teaser of our film- it did over 80,000 views in less than a week.

It’s been a huge learning curve wading into the YouTube community (no pun intended). 2012 has been a ridiculous year in terms of personal projects, and I feel that I’ve done everything I could to produce the best possible work of my career.  I am so excited to push on with Fallout: Lanius – and I can’t wait for you all to see it!

Fallout: Lanius Update

We’ve had some huge things happen for us lately!

We’ve released our First Video Update:

We’ve raised $7000, and still need to raise $3000 in the next 32 days! We begin our 3rd Day of Fight training this weekend, and we are currently locking off the Armour design for both Lanius and the Legion Soldiers.

We’ve started our Pre Production process in regards to CGI and VFX Plates (but to be honest, we don’t want to shoot much CGI as we want the film to look as realistic as possible).

We’ve started construction on elements of the Tridebark Village, as well a huge amount of new weapons and props.

The Special FX Makeup Team behind Fallout: Lanius has just official Launched their new Company – The Makeup FX Workshop. Designers Naomi D. Lynch and Kate Anderson have been creating some amazing props for Fallout: Lanius.

To check out their work, hit the link to their Official Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/TheMakeupFxWorkshop

To support our Film, be sure to hit our Funding Page! http://www.indiegogo.com/FalloutLaniusFanFilm

 

Fallout: Lanius raises $5000

We’ve raised over $5000 for Fallout: Lanius! But, we’ve still got a long way to go! We really need your help spreading the word and getting people excited about our project.

Over the weekend we had our first fight rehearsal and we’ve been madly getting our costumes together. There are a tremendous amount of things happening and I can’t wait to show you guys what we’ve created!

We will be revealing a very special thank you soon – so be sure to keep up the great support you’ve shown us so far!

For the most up to date news, be sure to like Fallout: Lanius on Facebook.

Win a Set Visit or Exclusive Skype Session!

WIN A DAY ON SET or EXCLUSIVE SKYPE SESSION!

We are offering the chance to win a VIP Set Visit for Western Australian Fans and an Exclusive Skype Session for International Fans with the Cast and Crew.

All you have to do is SHARE our Facebook Page and Indiegogo Campaign page with as many people as possible as well as getting as many of your friends and family to pledge and support Fallout: Lanius. We can track who has helped raise the most money – the two fans that raise the most WIN!
http://www.indiegogo.com/FalloutLaniusFanFilm