Friday, September 21, 2012

Alive with Death.

Personally and professionally, 2012 has been an utterly mad roller coaster year - I can't believe it is nearly October to be honest, and more to the point, I have survived with my sanity still intact*.

So here I am, still at Tenacious Towers (even though the physical address has changed, we took the turrets and spooks with us), still working my ass off and still juggling The Kid's social agenda - and it's all good.

The end of this February saw the release of "Deviation" closely followed by "Hard Boiled Sweets" in early March, and due to uncanny stuff, I had the pleasure of having not one but TWO features playing at the same time in London's Leicester Square. That was mighty strange and quite cool, however, I was a bit naffed off as I couldn't get both cinemas in the same photograph. Next time I must ensure these uncanny things to happen next door to each other - makes for a better photo opp, y'know?

The summer of 2012 will always remain the Summer of Readjustment in my mind. Moving house, unpacking, packing, dashing off on partial holiday/partial work related stint in Spain, unpacking again (suitcases and house), six weeks' worth of washing, funky day trips to London with The Kid, making dinosaurs out of paper and wood (with The Kid), attending what seemed to be a continual flow of music festivals and car-related days out (with The Kid), trying to build furniture/garden stuff with one screwdriver and a small hammer (with The Kid) - closely followed by big hissy fits (me), tears (me) and the eventual purchase of B&Q's entire toolkit stock (me). A busy summer. And then 'we' went back to school and my 'real' work sleeves got rolled up.

During the early summer months, a brilliantly funny piece of writing by the delightful Dave Turner, was deposited into my mucky hands. Having asked me for some 'Producer' advice, Dave and I had a little drinkie meeting and by the end of it we had agreed to make the Pilot episode for this exceedingly funny new series. With both of us juggling work commitments, children and their poxy summer holidays, we decided to wait until the little bastards darlings went back to school thus giving us some peace to create.  No sooner had the younger generation started back in education, I dusted down my Director's hat which I placed at a jaunty angle to my Producer's hat, and off we went: the result being "How To Be Dead".  Having just wrapped on the pilot filming, I am still on a high about it all. We had the usual issues of people hearing the word "FILMING" and an onslaught of ££££££ signs popped into their eyes, but other than the odd awkward/greedy/rude/illiterate bastard, everything was bloody marvellous.

The cast and crew couldn't actually have been more talented, happy to be involved and lovely to work with if they had tried, and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the whole Post team turn out to be utterly wonderful too.  Who knew? It is amazeballs.

The Pilot Episode will be streamed from the website on 31st October 2012 (very aptly, that is Halloween, in case you'd forgotten), with the teaser trailer coming out a few weeks before.  It's a bit of a tight turn around for the team but everyone is embracing it with open arms, which is really very lovely and quite touching.

I do hope you will watch the trailer and the Pilot when it comes out - I shall pop back here to remind you closer to the time**.  The "How To Be Dead" Pilot promises to be very silly and a lot of fun and in my estimation totally deserves a series on TV, let alone the web.  But we shall see.  Until then...


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