AcChat – Stephen Chambers of The Corridor

Hello everyone and welcome to another AcChat, This time we are joined by Stephen Chambers from The Corridor. Stephen plays the character, Tyler Crawley. Please enjoy!. MG: Hi There, Thanks for taking the Time to fill out this Q and A
SC: No problem.

MG: First of All, can you tell us your name and who you play in The Corridor?
SC: Stephen Chambers.  I play Tyler Crawley.

MG: So how did it come to be that you would appear in The Corridor?
SC: Simple.  I got a call to audition for this horror film, my agent thought I fit the bill and so I went in and the rest is history.

MG: Can you tell us how long you were on set as characters?
SC:Well, we had a week of rehearsals in Halifax and then filmed for 4 weeks after that. I think I was around everyday but I did like that the schedule wasn’t too nuts.  The days weren’t brutally long or anything.

MG: Is there one part of the character that reminds you of yourself?
SC: At the time, a lot of Tyler reminded me of myself.  I suppose I was a bit fragile and feeling outted anyway and that seemed to suit the character once his friends turn against him.

MG: Can you tell us about the production of the film and what moment really stood out for you?
SC: The production didn’t seem too bananas as I recall.  I did like that we were in the middle of snowy nowhere at a hotel that reminded me of the one from The Shining.  We were isolated which helped the characters.  We kinda shot in sequence which was nice so we got to build up the bonding and stuff before everything hit the fan.  A moment that stood out for me?  I suppose that first day, shooting the opening which had me walking up snowy roads.  It was a nice, silent chance for me to get to know the crew a bit and it was also a moment that made the fact that I was in this film a firm reality.  I wasn’t just thrown to the wolves.  It was tranquil which was great because I knew the tranquility would soon end and I certainly didn’t want to start on a heavy note.  It was a simple, dreamlike moment that I always remember quite well, walking in a winter wonderland.

MG: What was it like to work with the cast and crew on set?
SC: I loved the crew.  Very mellow.  I remember finding our DP, Christopher Ball, a wonderful guy.  He and his camera were in my face a lot but never did he infringe on my space.  He artfully kept close enough to somehow make me feel safe and secure but kept out of my way enough to keep the tension of the situation very real for me.  As far as the cast, I hadn’t known any of them at all but during rehearsal I got to hang out with them a fair bit and found them exactly as you see them in the film.  I felt close with yet removed from all of them which was both a reality in the film and in life.  But certainly, they were all great to work with and great guys.

MG: After you’re experiences on The Corridor , what is next for you?
SC: Therapy.  No, I’ve since done guest roles on TV and have appeared on stage in a few plays.  I’ve also teamed up with a few members of The Corridor on various projects which is always great.

Thanks to Stephen for joining us on AcChat, Join us again soon for another post in the series…


Big Guy

I Found this through Freshly Pressed, had a read and wanted to share it with you all… – Jamie


Really excitingly (and unexpectedly) a 22-minute film which I wrote in 2010 has just been released on iTunes.

It’s called Big Guy, stars a quite amazing cast including Alfred Molina, Kate Mara and Josh Gad, and costs £1.99 (or £1.49 in Standard def). It was directed by the brilliant and now ridiculously successful David Oyelowo. I’ll give you a bit more of the background (if you’re interested) below, but if you’d like to watch a great (IMHO) little film about love, self-esteem and brothels (sort of), then you can find it on  iTunes by clicking here.

If you’re interested, this film is probably the pinnacle (so far) of my screenwriting career. I got to spend a significant amount of time through 2009-10 working with David both on this short, and on a couple of feature-length projects which I hope will someday see the light of day. It’s been rather…

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The Movie Guide Blog talks to Greg Day – Co-director, Film4 FrightFest

The Movie Guide Blog had the amazing opportunity to chat to Greg Day, co-director to Film 4 FrightFest. I’m really excited for this interview, The previous weekend was this year’s Film4 FrightFest. Hopefully The Movie Guide Blog will be at next year’s Film4 FrightFest.

MG:In your own words, what is Film4 FrightFest?
GD: Quite simply the biggest and baddest genre film festival in the UK.   Guillermo Del Toro summed it up nicely when he called it “the Woodstock of Gore”. 26,000 people obviously think so too.

MG: Can you give us a little history about Film4 FrightFest? 
GD:FrightFest was created in 2000 by film producer Paul McEvoy, journalist and broadcaster Alan Jones and film distributor/booker Ian Rattray. I became a joint director in 2007. From its cult roots at the Prince Charles Cinema it has grown to become one of the genre’s most vibrant, credible and recognisable brands and it’s helped launch the careers of directors such as Simon Rumley, Christopher Smith, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall and Simon Hunter. Apart from the annual 5-day event in London, we have an ever-growing strand at the Glasgow Film Festival and host a Halloween all-night horrorthon, which in 2012, will be screened across a number of regional cinemas.

MG: Can you tell us where the event is held and for how long?
GD: The event has been held at the Empire, Leicester Sq for the past 4 years.

MG:Can you tell us what kinds of events usually happen at Film4  FrightFest?
GD: Apart from screening over 50 films in three screens we have lots of directors and actors attending, Q & As, signings, surprise iconic guests, an International short film showcase, Andy Nyman’s Quiz from Hell,  glamorous media walls and lots of giveaways.

MG: As mentioned to readers, Film4 FrightFest has been held this week; can you talk to us about it and what happened at this year’s event? 
GD: Wow, so  much happened. We had Dario Argento here as the Total Film Magazine Icon, Simon Pegg presented Greg Nicotero with the inaugural Variety FrightFest Recognition award. We had the Soska Sisters here with their fantastic film American Mary, we had an Italian invasion with the entire cast and crew of new Gialllo Tulpa, including the gorgeous Claudia Gerini. Gosh- too much to mention here.

MG: Can you tell us about the films which appeared at this year’s festival?
GD:Well, my top ten were: American Mary, Chained, directed by Jennifer Lynch (who was an amazing guest), Berberian Sound Studio, Sleep Tight, Before Dawn, Sinister, We are The Night, Tower Block, The Seasoning House and Tulpa.

MG:Can you also tell which guests had attended the event?
GD: This year we had over a hundred guests. I’ve already mentioned some, but others include: Michelle Ryan & Harry Treadaway (for Cockneys Vs Zombies), Sheridan Smith (Rower Block), Berberian Sound studio director Peter Strickland, Paco Plaza, director of Rec 3, Paul Hyett, director of The Seasoning House, The Manetti Brothers – who has two films in the festival: Paura 3D and Arrival of Wang. I could go on and on….

MG:Can you give us one moment that you’ve experienced doing FrightFest that has stood out to you?
GD: Well, the one that sticks out for me, was when, in 2006, after having done the PR for the fest since 2003, the others guys invited me on stage with them to open the festival and  got a massive round of applause. It was very moving and I realised I was ‘officially’ part of the FrightFest family…

AcChat – Linnea Quigley of Girls Gone Dead

Hello everyone and welcome to the second AcChat for the day, this time we’re joined by Linnea Quigley who plays Willie in Girls Gone Dead. You may recognise  Linnea from such films as “Return of the Living Dead”, “Silent Night Deadly Night” and “Night of the Demons” which have made her an icon in the horror genre. Enjoy….

MG: Linnea, please tell us a little about your character in Girls Gone Dead.
LG: I love my character. She is a feisty bartender who owns Wyld Willie’s in the middle of no where. It has karaoke and I’m giving the girls drinks and need to make the money so new people are great to have. I perform karaoke myself in it – hahaha. I talk kinda funny too (don’t want to give it away now).

MG:  So how did it come to be that you would appear in the film?
LQ: I had worked with Mike on “Spring Break Massacre” and played a deputy who met a bad ending. Reggie Bannister was also in it as a chain smoking sheriff who has this small town stuff to deal with.

MG: Can you tell us how many days you were on set?
LQ: I  was on the set I believe 2 nights with rats crawling around (which I’m afraid of) and it was VERY cold for Florida nights-  but it was a blast and it looked amazing! I’mm so proud of Mike – and the other producers were really cool people.

MG: Is there any part of the character that reminds you of yourself?
LQ: I think some of the character is myself like really trying to get some business going and very revved up about it (and i love the strange voice – hahaha no i wont tell). I also love my hair; its like i used to wear it when i was 13 or so.

MG: What was it like to Work with the Cast and Crew on Set?
LQ: The cast and crew were so cool. One let me go in her Winnebago to get warm and comfy and the owner of the property we shot at had wolves which I got to see. Loved the DP; First AD and the rest – even sound. Everyone was cool. I didn’t have time to meet everyone but Shawn C. Phillips, who faced me, cracked me up. He could see the rats dangling down and would go “Look…No don’t look…” and i was doing a dance in back of the bar trying to remember lines and not have a rat step on my line. The people who all did this (and I’mm sorry if I’ve forgotten people) were so cool and I love the movie. I was so shocked how amazing it was since I’ve done some movies where you go “Oh well” but this one is really really great. Good job mate!!!

Love and screams — And be kind to animals or ill get ya’ with my chainsaw while you drink monkey margaritas!

Thanks to Linnea for taking the time out to speak to us.. Thanks readers for reading the latest AcChat, join us again soon.

Reviews by Tyson: Love (2011)

After losing contact with Earth, astronaut Lee Miller becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity – and simply stay alive. His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship.

Love is a 2011 science fiction film produced and scored by the rock band Angels & Airwaves. The film is the directorial debut of filmmaker William Eubank and stars Gunner Wright as the astronaut Lee Miller. It took over 4 years to complete and the actual space station was built in the directors parents back yard to cut down on costs. Please don’t let the low-budget approach put you off, Love is visually incredible to look at as I hope some of the pictures throughout this review show.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a huge Angels & Airwaves fan. If you have never heard of them (most of you probably) they are led by frontman Tom Delonge (Blink 182) and he was really the driving force behind getting this movie made. They released two albums ‘Love’ & ‘Love: Part 2′ to coincide with the movie release and the songs appear throughout the film. The band financed the whole movie and Delonge was with the director at the festivals whist promoting it. This is not just a rock star using his money to get any old piece of crap movie made – Love is clearly a passion project for Delonge and he went to great lengths to make a serious movie.

To use the directors quote in his summary for the film:

Love portrays the personal-psychological effects of isolation and loneliness when an astronaut becomes stranded in space and through this, emphasizes the importance of human connection and love. Additionally, it touches on the fragility of humankind’s existence (explored through a dying Earth-apocalyptic doomsday scenario) inspired by the cautions of Carl Sagan in Pale Blue Dot and considers the importance of memories and stories as humanity’s legacy.

Some pretty heavy stuff I’m sure you will agree. My science fiction film knowledge is average at best, and whilst many critics stated that Love was reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moon, and Solaris to name just a few, I’m ashamed to admit I have never seen any of them. If Angels & Airwaves didn’t create this film, chances are I would never have seen it. Now all I want to do is go and see these other sci-fi classics as I really feel I have missed out. Love has honestly opened my eyes to the genre and I’m sure I will be very grateful.

Love starts during an 1864 battle of the American Civil War. We are introduced to a lone Union soldier, Captain Lee Briggs (Bradley Horne), who is dispatched on a mission to investigate a mysterious object which has been reported to Union forces. We then cut to 175 years later, in the year 2039, and we meet United States astronaut Lee Miller (Gunner Wright) who has been sent to the International Space Station (or the ISS) as a one-man skeleton crew. His mission is to examine whether or not it is safe for use and to perform the necessary modifications after it had been abandoned two decades earlier. His cause is not helped by the manual being in russian (we’ve all been there!). Shortly after arriving on-board, something happens on Earth, which eventually results in Miller losing all human contact back home. Miller struggles to maintain his sanity while in isolation by interacting with Polaroid pictures of former ISS crew members left aboard the ship. When the station has some power glitches, Miller journeys into a different module of the space station to perform repairs and discovers the 1864 journal of Briggs (the Union soldier). Miller reads Brigg’s account of the war and becomes enthralled by the mysterious object he is searching for, not realizing he will soon become more familiar with the very same object, and not by accident. The astronaut begins to feel the connection to the civil war soldier, and this is where the objective of the whole narrative as a circular storytelling mechanism comes into full view.

Every now and then we get videos of people back home, just seemingly random people talking about life in general, and love being a constant theme. There are also snippets of clues and information littered throughout. War is a constant theme, an Ark (Noah’s, or Aliens?) is mentioned as the object that links the stories, and all the way through the film I was trying to work out what was real and what wasn’t. The ending was very open for interpretation and offers more clues and theories than answers, and whilst some times that frustrates me, in this case it just worked. Even with my limited knowledge of sci-fi, I know that existential science fiction is meant to be mostly questions. That being said I still went back and watched it again to try and catch bits I missed or look for more solutions. There aren’t many films I can watch back to back.

Visually as I mentioned earlier, Love is aesthetically beautiful. The war scenes look very realistic, the space station looks great and you couldn’t tell it was made for next to nothing. The highlights for me were awe-inspiring views of the mountains and the final slow-mo shot of Earth. It genuinely gave me goosebumps at times, looking at something so spectacular and the music was perfectly done. The director has truly made an epic film.

Love won a whole host of awards throughout the festival circuit, for best director and best soundtrack so I’m hoping some of these facts help appease those who think I’m being too biased!

After the film finished (2nd time round!) I went to research Carl Sagan and The Pale Blue Dot. I know I’m massively running the risk of boring people (if anyone has read this far) but I just briefly wanted to add the photo and explanation that served as an inspiration for the film. I found it fascinating and I hope some one else as uneducated as me on these aspects will too.

Seen from about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles), Earth appears as a tiny dot (the blueish-white speck approximately halfway down the brown band to the right) within the darkness of deep space.

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. – Carl Sagan

Please see Love if you ever get the chance. It truly is a work of art and a brilliant piece of cinema. I’m not claiming it is perfect but films like this that are made on a budget with unique stories are criminally overlooked in favour of remakes and sequels. This is my way of attempting to make a minuscule contribution to change that if even one person goes out of their way to see this. It came out in some parts of Europe in April, and will be on Blu Ray/DVD later this year. It also came free with the album but I’m guessing I might have been one of the only ones who bought that! Thanks for reading.

AcChat – Katie Peterson of Girls Gone Dead

Welcome to another AcChat, This time we are joined by Katie Peterson who plays Rebecca Foster in Girls Gone Dead. I hope you enjoy it!
MG: First of All, can you tell us your name and a little about your character in Girls Gone Dead?

KP: My name is Katie Peterson and I play Rebecca Foster in the film Girls Gone Dead.  Rebecca is a sweet, innocent young woman raised in a very strict household.  She uses her first college spring break to let loose and have some fun against her mother’s will.

MG: So how did it come to be that you would appear in Girls Gone Dead?
KP: I went through three rounds of auditions.  It was my first film audition so I had no idea what to expect, but maybe some of that naive innocence towards auditioning played for my character, Rebecca’s innocence.

MG: Can you tell us how long you were on set?
KP:  We probably filmed a total of 2 months, including reshoots and pick up scenes.  A bunch of us lived in the spring break house while filming, because we would go for such long hours it didn’t make sense to drive home. It was a very motivated group.

 MG: Is there one part of the character that reminds you of yourself?
KP: I would say a lot of the character reminds me of myself.  I’m very quiet and shy in an unfamiliar situation and that was one thing that really made Rebecca the innocent of the girls.

MG: Can you tell us about your schedule during the production and what moment really stood out for you?
KP: Our schedule was crazy.  Being the lead I filmed every day, which usually meant all night.  I definitely felt like a vampire filming until the last moments before the sun came up and then sleeping all day.  It was an awesome adventure for sure.

MG: What was it like to Work with the Cast and Crew on Set?
KP: The cast and crew was great.  I really got along with everyone and made some lifelong friends  that I will definitely keep in touch with.  Caley Hayes and I have become inseparable since filming.  At the end of the day we’re all working towards one goal and you just have to respect everyone for their time and effort.

MG: After you’re experiences on Girls Gone Dead, what is next for you?
KP: Next for me, I am hoping to do more television, comedy if I had my choice.  I’ve been training with coaches and taking this career very seriously.  I’ve appeared in some good roles since Girls Gone Dead and hope to continue following this dream.  I learned a lot and it was a great experience.

I would love to Thank Katie for taking the time to do this Interview, join us again soon for another AcChat…