As if 2020 hasn’t been nightmare enough, this week sees us descend into the world of Halloween and being robbed by children of our comforting snacks (from a responsible distance).
The Actors Gym‘s motion capture and physical performance coach, Robin Berry, has come to the rescue though with a free tutorial of how to blend into the Zombie crowd which is available from free on the Actor’s Gym website from today.
Robin Berry has been in the business as an actor for 16 years. His credits include One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre), Silent Witness (BBC) and Mowgli (Netflix). He is also an experienced motion capture performer, working with Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium company. Robin has been mocap and physical performance coach with The Reel Scene for 3 years.
About The Actors Gym
The Actors Gym, an online acting school launched by agent and CEO of The Reel Scene, Alex Fidelski, has exploded in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Actors Gym, launched in February this year, is an online branch of Fidelski’s Fulham based acting school The Reel Scene.
The Actors Gym are masters at connecting and supporting members with their online community, offering self-tape feedback, Q&A sessions with special guests, exclusive training and zoom workshops with key industry experts from a variety of fields.
Actors are encouraged to send off two self tapes a month, from which they receive a page of written feedback. Self-taping is the process of recording an audition for a film or television role from home and then sending the resulting video to an agent to be submitted for a role, rather than attending an audition in person.
Fidelski comments on the importance of practicing this new virtual way of auditioning, “The film and television industry cancelled most in-person auditions and moved to requiring self-tape auditions sent in by actors. Productions ground to a halt but acting is like any other profession. Actors need to keep training, to keep acting, to keep their skills sharp for when productions re-open.”
Director Debbie Howard and casting directors such as Sue Needleman and Andrea Clarke are available to give online feedback to help inspire and shape actor’s art. Celebrated names like Asa Butterfield (Sex Education), William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Royals) and David Schaal (The Inbetweeners) are also involved in coaching on a regular basis. Other talent includes Glen Wallace, Cristian Solimeno, Bill Ward, Shobu Kapoor and Ali Bastian.
The Actors Gym has been a lifeline in lockdown for actors socially as well. Their supportive online community has flourished and they run regular quiz nights and film clubs. This month, mental health professional Chris Allan ran the film club and hosted a Q&A, encouraging actors to look deeper into the psyche of the characters they play. Cristian Solimeno will be hosting the film club in September, showing his film I Made This For You to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
Asa Butterfield says about The Actors Gym and The Reel Scene, “They’re like a family. And I’m not just saying that because I’ve gotten to know them really well. When people come to The Reel Scene, whether it’s for a single session or just for a three-day workshop, you’re part of it, you’re in the family.”
Asa has been busy during lockdown developing his own projects and appearing in a public Instagram live stream Q&A session with The Actors Gym as well as a private session with gym members. He says, “That’s what I’ve been doing most of, especially in ‘Corona time’, pretty much all I’ve been able to do is read scripts and have conversations with directors. So, I haven’t been able to actually act or be a part of any sort of performance.” Asa is already looking forward to his next Masterclass and is working with The Reel Scene to schedule it around the shooting of Sex Education Season 3, which has just begun.
Want to become a Monster or Exec Producer in the second Season of the award-winning Amazon Prime TV show?
SillyWeeFilms have confirmed that they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to secure funding for their second season of Cops and Monsters. Donors to their crowdfunding campaign are set to be rewarded with a number of incentives, which include a role in an episode (as a monster), a credit in the titles and signed scripts and DVDs. The highest donors will even be listed in the credits as Associate or Executive Producer in the credits and on IMDb.
Cops and Monsters is an on-going, award winning supernatural police thriller set in a near-future Scotland. When vampires, werewolves and zombies come out of hiding, the country breaks out into war and riots with both sides fighting for control. Eventually the First Minister and the heads of the vampire and werewolf societies meet and form a treaty that will allow humans and supernaturals to co-exist. As such a police team, the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland, are put into place to police and protect both sides.
In 2017 the team successfully crowdfunded the budget for the 8th and final episode of series 1, raising over £15000 to shoot the episodes over two years, starting in 2015. The episodes were released via their YouTube channel along with behind the scenes videos, cast and crew interviews and more.
Series 1 featured guest stars such as Sophie Aldred (Doctor Who), Rachel Teate (Wolfblood), James Mackenzie (Raven), Leona Kate Vaughan (Wolfblood), James Payton (Harry Potter), Caitlin Blackwood (Doctor Who) and Katrina Bryan (Nina and the Neurons), working alongside upcoming actors including Simon Weir (Trainspotting 2) and Chris Bain (Shooting Clerks).
Moving ahead with series 2 the team have secured Debbie Moon (BAFTA winning Wolfblood creator), Philip Lawrence (Big Finish) and Simon Underwood (Wolfblood) to join James T Harding (Broadway Baby), Laura Anne Anderson (BAFTA winning team member of CBeebie’s OOglies) and series creator Fraser Coull to pen 6 x 20 minute episodes, which will stream directly on Amazon Prime UK, US and Amazon Instant Video.
The team have set up a several crowdfunding accounts to raise funds to shoot the brand new series, which will consist of 6 x 20 minute episodes, focusing on a “story of the week”. Once complete, the episodes will be streamed from Amazon Prime UK, US and Amazon Instant Video.
To support the TV Series, go to Patreon ($) or Drip (£) to make your donation!
People can also donate via PayPal. Details are at https://copsandmonsters.co.uk/support-the-show/.
Crowdfunding Packages include (but not limited to)
£1000 – Be an Executive Producers!
As well as being credited as an Executive Producer for series 2 on the episodes, you’ll also be given an IMDb credit for the series, listed on the end credits on Amazon Prime UK and US. You’ll receive a blu-ray and DVD copy of Volume 1 and 2, signed script from volume 2, a signed A3 poster, a Cops and Monsters t-shirt, personalised PITS badge and a digital copy of the soundtrack.
£300 – Be a Producer!
We’ll credit you as a producer on the IMDB entry for Cops and Monsters series 2, along with a signed copy of a series 2 script and a copy of series 1 on DVD! We’ll also give you a DVD copy of episode 1 and 2 of series 2.
£150 – Be Our Sponsor!
In return for buying this perk we will feature your company’s logo and website on our official website, plus a credit on the end titles of this episode. We can also feature your product or branding in our new episode.
£100 – Be An Associate Producer!
We’ll credit you as an associate producer on the IMDB entry for Cops and Monsters series 2, along with a signed copy of a series 2 script!
£40 – Be a Monster!
Buy this perk and you can be a vampire, werewolf or zombie in an upcoming episode of Cops and Monsters: Uprising. We’ll also take your photo with the cast and crew, providing a digital copy for you. Travel and accommodation is not provided. Dates to be confirmed. Filming will take place in Glasgow, Scotland.
7DM Studios, in association with Oceanstorm Films and Williams Bulldog Management, are excited to announce that their riotous new zombie comedy, Shed of the Dead, will be having its World Premiere at this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival on 18th May at Stratford Picturehouse, and will be available on Digital Download release from 20th May.
Witness the hilarious and grisly journey of Trevor, a 30-something man-child and war-gaming enthusiast, and his best friend, Graham, as they attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse.
The film features a host of British talent including Spencer Brown, Lauren Socha(Misfits), Emily Booth (Doghouse), and Ewen MacIntosh (The Bromley Boys, The Office). In addition, British actor Brian Blessed will be lending his unmistakable booming vocals as the film’s narrator. The film also features US horror icons Kane Hodder (Friday 13th, Hatchet), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), and Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest).
Shed of the Dead producer, Nicholas David Lean, has said “We’re all delighted to finally be able to showcase Shed of the Dead at SFL to fans of independent British comedy horror. We hope you all have as much fun watching it as we did making it!”
An ‘urban fear’ grips the tenants of an inner city allotment when the long-predicted apocalypse finally arrives. Gardeners, of all levels of green-fingered ability and produce-preference, are afraid to venture onto their plots, especially late at night. And even then, when they can summon enough courage to so do, there is no safety in numbers. For the dead have risen from the depths beneath the cabbage patch, and the rows of sweet pea, hell bent on mischief, mayhem and consumption of the living.
Only the nimble fingered “figurine war-gamer” Trevor, aka ‘Casimir the Destroyer’, and his best friend Graham, the knightly “Sir Brandt”, stand between the devilish hordes of undead and the salvation of mankind – well at least in their alter-ego fantasies they do. Until, of course, one dark night as they look beyond the confines of Trevor’s little wooden shed, they discover that the world has truly fallen into the hands of the undead – particularly Trevor’s allotment tenant neighbours. Now Trevor must venture into the unknown to save his wife, Bobbi, and her ‘capricious’ friend Harriet, from a world gone to chaos. And in so doing, become the hero he has always fantasised he was.
Special guests from the cast, Spencer Brown, Emily Booth, Lauren Socha and Ewen MacIntosh will be attending the Q&A at SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival on 18th May. Tickets will be available through sci-fi-london.com
Shed of the Dead will also be available on Digital Download from 20th May
Zed Zombie Survival Events have answered the thrill seekers prayers this Christmas as they announce they will be hosting Original Zombie Survival Experiences from 2nd December-27th January. Due to popular demand, they will be running two shows on Friday and Saturday.
Zed Events, who have terrified over 40,000 victims since their launch 5 years ago will lay on ‘full immersion’ zombie survival events in an 250,000 Sqft abandoned shopping mall for the holiday season. Each event in their Reading facility is an adrenalin and blood soaked survival horror event like no other. From arrival, the thrill seeker will be part of an unfolding story that will play out in real time.
A Zed Events experience is like being in a film, except you are not acting. The fear will be real. This is what is meant by ‘Full Immersion.’ The team use movie quality Special Effects, weapons and props (provided by Hollywood SFX artists) to achieve something that is unrivaled in live survival horror. This will be something that you will never forget. You simply turn up and take part. Everything is taken care and provided for you, you just need to survive. Sounds easy, right?