Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Trailer for Kung Fu Jay

Originally, Kung Fu Jay was going to be a regular outing into Jay's comic book imagination. B ut I have had so much fun with this particular webisode. In particular, my own homage to the era of silent film was an unexpected treat, thanks to a personal request by El Maestro.

However, we are getting back to basics, in particular, the real reason why I wanted to start Caution Wet Paint. I had this image in my head of a pizza delivery guy delivering kung fu with pin pont accuracy - hey man, that's the first thing in the feature script, I am deadly serious about this!

And so, without further ado, the trailer for my homage to Kung Fu Cinema!

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Caution Wet Paint in British FIlm Magazine!

Thanks to the joy of Caution Wet Paint, we have managed to get a mention in British Film Magazine. Hello! This is huge! Come on, we are tiny and yet we are sharing a stage with the greatest in British Film! And this is not some tiny publication, but this is read by some of the most influential people in the Film Industry in Britain. So thank you for mentioning us and read the article HERE!

Monday, 28 April 2008

Radio Blag

I am not scripted whenever I go onto the radio. All I know are the films that I am about to talk about and a rough playlist, but that susually changes throughout the show. Whenever I have guests on air, nothing is scripted and yes, I usually do throw them off balance, but then again, that is the kind of person I am.

Essentially though, I blag the show. From beginning to the end, it is a complete ad lib. There is nothing in the way of preperation, other than watching the films. So yes, the show is subject to my oown whims and ways. Now sometimes that means that I am not in a good mood, but I make sure that me emotions never come into the show. But you can tell by what I am doing or what I am playing what I am feeling at that moment. Or as close as I will reveal in public my true emotional state.

Overall, let me state once again. I am simply winging it.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Grr...radio

I must admit, after two hours sleep, I am not always tip-top, but the show must go on. Luckily, I have built up a surplus of films over the past couple of weeks so I during the hectic madness of last week, I am still able to put out a show this week. But there are times when watching a three hour film does take it out of you. Of course I enjoy the films that I watch, and I do have a knack for picking some good ones. However, three hours is three hours, and for two films a week, well, that is a lot of time.

But do ejoy this week's selection, ony on the Movies and Music show, 5-7pm on 92FM!

Saturday, 26 April 2008

In the News...

It is a weird thing. To be honest, a year ago, I was a nobody in terms of the media spread. No one knew whop the hell I was, or even if I made any films. The nice thing is that now, more people are beginning to take notice of my films and what is being made. Sure, it still takes a lot of work to get noticed, but at least there is a little headway being made.

The Wharf Exclusive

Friday, 25 April 2008

Interview on the BBC!

Wow. They are putting me on the radio today! All because of my two friends, Jay and Kay! Yes, yes, yes!

So you can listen to me from 11am on BBC Southern Counties either

HERE

or at the following frequencies:

104.0 – 104.8 & 95.0 – 95.3 FM

1161, 1368 & 1485 AM

Yeah baby, today the BBC, tomorrow Le Monde...

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Caution Wet Paint - The Out Takes

So the Caution Wet Paint bottle rolls on, filled with the glorious milky fun of kung fu! But before we witness the comic book imagination of Jay, here are a few out takes to enjoy.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

e-mail bankruptcy, procrastination and airports

All right, I despise e-mails. I can sit all day looking at my inbox and yet not reply to the countless e-,ails that I receive. Despite the spam filter, there is just sometimes when I really cannot be bothered to reply to an e-mail. Much less compose one off the top of my head. It is a toughie when trying to reach out people, but such is the need when exposing yourself at Cannes.

Procrastination kicks in. Thankfully, it was actually productive, as I managed to use the phone in order to chat to the media. Thankfully! And also editing more Caution Wet Paint, so all was good.

Lastly, here is that blog which turned into an article.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

A good blog

I was going to write this excellent blog post, but it turned into an article and so, when money calls...

Monday, 21 April 2008

Wood Green Film Festival - The Report

Yesterday was the final day of the 6th Wood Green Festival. It was a spectacular event, praising the efforts of local film makers as well as recognising good quality low budget film making, something often overlooked. Yesterday, the seeds of tomorrow's films were in North London, and having their films shown to a bigger audience.

Radio history was also made yesterday with NuSound Radio as the first live broadcast that took place from a British Film Festival. Yep, that's right, we were live, in and around the festival and although scary, we were using basic technology in order to broadcast over the FM dial. Wow.

What a great three days. Firstly my film was screened, secondly I was hosting the events at Wood Green then thirdly I was there as part of the press. Certainly, the past few months have been interesting. And it is set to get better...

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Wood Green Film Festival '08

After yesterday's fantastic screening of Two Glasses, today, the Wood Green Film Festival has me hosting a discussion panel on film making. Wow. Me? Oh well, and tomorrow (technical difficulties permitting) we should also have a live broadcast from the festival on NuSound Radio. Stay tuned....

Friday, 18 April 2008

Caution Wet Paint - Jay and Kay's Grand Old Fight

Originally, this was meant to be a quick re-intorduction to Jay's comic book mind, but (and this is what I love about Caution Wet Paint) there was some extra mileage in the footage to make a longer 1920's silent movie to this episode. So here is episode one of Jay and Kay having a bit of a fisti-cuff.



Enjoy the Paint!

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Caution Wet Paint - The Process...

I like you...ok.



One of the reasons why I love Caution Wet Paint are the versatility of the characters of Jay and Kay. I can make them do whatever I want, like a couple of cartoons. It brings out the worst in me, both as a director and as a writer. Whatever sick idea I can get into my head, then it is on the screen.

So coming up in the 2008 season of 'the paint' are episodes involving too much chilli, milk and of course gifts for all the family.

Season 2, coming soon...

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Facebook Porn

Ah, that will get people reading. Putting 'facebook' in the title.

No serious, I have noticed how seriously the media world actually takes facebook. Still. Come on, aren't you bored yet?

But one thing you got to ask. Why is facebook so crap for pornography. Or even dating? (oh boy, the blogger puts relationships and porn in the same sentence)

Think about it. You type in random letters into google and odds on that you will get a result that involves some half naked man/woman/animal. But type in, 'I want some free and easy sex' into facebook and nothing will pop out. This is from a social networking site that has a fan club dedicated to the pleasures of mutton rolls.

So what is a guy to do? How does a young single twenty-something living in South London meet up with other creatures of the same inclination. Because, fuck it, isn't that the real reason why everyone joined facebook? It is really bad at serving our needs. For example, if I wanted to meet hot Brazillian chicas (outside a first bus at 4am) where can I go in London to find them? Is there some 'group' that could help me with my addiction? I am sure there are plenty of Brazillian women out there in this fair city who are looking for a good time, hopefully without their well built Brazillian men. For example.

So yeah, my needs are poorly served. If there's nothing for mucking about, than there has to be something for swanking about. And what better place than the internet. Surely, social networking means that your imagination leads less stimulus. Wrong. Fuck it, there's more filth on the oh-so-mature myspace than there is on 'adultbook'. Ay-ya-yai!

So yes, what is the use of facebook, or even keeping the account open, if I am not getting laid through it? Answers, anyone?

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Grrr

Okay, all excited. A brand new 750GB hard drive, but once the package was unwrappped, only 500GB plus a post-it note.

'250GB + 500GB please read descriptions carefully'.

Now, maybe as it is late night, but it is definitely 500GB. But I paid for 750GB! Waaah! I want my hard drive. Bastards!

I have read the descriptions carefully. I paid for 750GB, but my computer states 500GB, thhe box states that too. Only the post-it note and my receipt tell me otherwise.

Waah! I want my 750GB!!!

Monday, 14 April 2008

Crossings of the River Thames 12 - Hammersmith Bridge

We swing a loop in the river and come round to one of London's prettiest crossings, Hammersmith. It has an interesting history, for many reasons. Most recently, it was shut down ten years ago for repairs, causing nearby Putney to be turned into a permanent car park and allowing Barnes to revel in its status as a village. There were also serious calls for the implementation of permanent closure but after repairs were carried out, the bridge reopened to road traffic, albeit a lot less than normal.



And so, we can see how pretty the Victorians were in their design etiquette. The current crossing is the second on this site, rebuilt by Sir Joseph Bazalgette of the London Sewer Network in 1887. Of course, as with many structures in this part of London, it was designed for the horse and cart of a million people, not the modern day city of eight million or the metropolis of fifteen million.



As I have mentioned, there is a history oo this bridge. Three times it has been the subject of terrorist attack. Once thwarted in 1939, once failed in 1996 due to 'technical problems' and finally in 2000 a bomb damaged the bridge. As the first suspension bridge in London, it has always had problems, not just by being a target but also in its design. Pretty, but throughly impractical.



Getting there and away:

Hammersmith (Nearest Tube). Or buses 33, 72 (24 hour), 209, 283, 419 and 485 cross over the bridge without much incident.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

The Duke of Cool?

I need a catchphrase. Something to define me in one soundbite. Also a nickname. Something that expresses me totally in one word. I need a sound bite. Something that can be quoted again and again to show my own wit. I need to sell myself. I need to be cool - now!

Saturday, 12 April 2008

These loose ends...

It has been a while since I last had milk from the pint bottle, but there is nothing as refreshing as a cold pinta of milk whisking its way down your throat first thing in the morning. It DOES taste better out of the glass. Plastic and Carton can just go to hell...



But more loose ends to tie up. I was checking out some of my previous posts. Wow, I missed some things out. And how things have changed in the last year or so.



Yes, I did finish the book on Africa, and that was an entertaining and educational read. Balkanisation, Manipulation and general corruption leaves this continent as the world's basket case. My desk is still a mess, more so as I am getting ready for Cannes and yes, I will be keeping you all updated on this.

And also, my radio show is a bit of a mess at the moment. Musicians and my organisation skills do not mix and coming back from the Seychelles, I feel a bit like T5, all over the place.

However, I am sure everything will work out eventually.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Caution Wet Paint - Poplar Vice

One of my favourite ideas from the Caution Wet Paint Series, here is Poplar Vice, an ode to the people and places in the CWP universe...

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Cannes Checklist so far...

Accreditation - Y
Flights - Y
Press Releases for UK Media - Y

to do:

Accommodation.
Actually releasing info to the press.
Phrase/Guide Book.
New Battery for Laptop.
Clear Hard Drive of crap.
Make publicity Material for Caution Wet Paint.
Find out what I am actually meant to do at Cannes!

Well, one step at a time...

P.S. - Sorry for my poor communication, I am slowly getting round to all my e-mails/phone calls.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

The Itch

The one thing not good about the tropics are the diseases you can pick up. Ever since I came back to the UK, I have been itching my elbows and my knees like crazy.

Damn, fungus!

It always happens. The sweat etc means that no matter how many times a day you shower (usually four) as soon as your skin dres up on returning, the itch develops. At first, you take no notice. But then you notice that three days later, you are still scratching that same point. At the rate I am going, I will have no elbows left.

The problem is that I am fucking embarrassed to go to the doctor's about this. (I know, and I am blogging about it). So I pop down to the chemist and beg for some anti-fungal cream. Same thing, right?

Well, doctor's are useless and they would tell me to do the same thing. I am not that much of a hypochondriac so I will stick with the cream for a few days. And the boil wash too. Otherwise, I will have to brave the surgery...

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Babarouge at da Movies!

There is a reason why I was so busy over the last few months, and that is due to the screenings taking place on the next couple of months. For all those that read this blog, Babarouge is off to the movi0es, and with some style this year!

Firstly, our acclaimed short, Two Glasses has been selected for the Wood Green International Film Festival on April 18th at 9pm. Also, during the festival, I will be hosting a special event for film makers to throw their questions at a panel of industry experts on the 20th of April at 3pm. Included are specialists from production companies, law firms, universities and Film London.

Our second upcoming screening takes place in May at the Cannes Short Film Corner. In other words, yeah baby - CWP is off to Cannes! In fact, I was completely distracted in Seychelles due to this piece of fantastic news. Now you can see, via yesterday's vlog why I was not relaxed in Seychelles.

But baby, it will be a fantastic next couple of months!

Monday, 7 April 2008

Seychelles Vlog

Just a few thoughts while I was in the Seychelles. Basically, I was filming a concert as part of a documentary and while I was vlogging, I was knackered, so I was babbling. The incoherent director...

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Seychelles 2

For me, one of the highlights of Seychelles is visiting my family. Now, a lot of the time family is boring, but the Seychellois are a different type of people. They are more fun, especially for the writer inside of me. I love all my relations, especially fr the ideas that they give me. Each one inspires me to put something different in my stories.

My personal hero however is my Great Great Uncle Louis. Ever since I was a kid, I have been in awe of this man and I have tried to emulate his ways. He is an avid fan of hats, has a wickedly strict side but is also very intelligent. But he does scare the hell out of me, still. Now in his seventies, he still tours the island of Mahe, popping in on people and spouting his wise words. And instead of wagging his finger, a cane now takes his place.

Oh yes, I have a big family to inspire me, but Uncle Louis is my personal favourite.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Seychelles 1

There are two ways I could have written this post. One was too go 'Waaaaaah - I'm back!' or the other was to go 'Zzzzz....still on Seychelles time'. In the end I have decided for the latter, a little bit of jet lag and a sixteen hour journey later. I do not know how many readers are familiar with Seychelles, so I suppose I will do a little 'report' on the pleasures of Mahe sometime this week. Also, no blog would be complete without a word about my crazy family, a huge piece of inspiration behind Caution Wet Paint (they will kill me if they find out) so expect a little of that.

But yeah, it was a really great holiday, albeit only nine days long. Certainly, I packed a fair few bits which included my obtaining of Seychelles Citizenship (so now I can be charged for smuggling in 'comedy') as well as plenty of family. Thankfully, the bulk of them are still well, two years later. The food was fantastic, the highlight of my holiday. Big game fish, everyday for a few quid. A little more mercury, but worth it for the flavour!

One thing, it was great to be offline for nine days. No mobile, no internet. Yes, you can get all those things in Seychelles, it is not some backward set of islands. The Seychellois are as savvy as the rest of this world. But it was nice to personally switch off from the world. I might try that again sometime...