Bringing the book to life

Posted: February 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film, The Game is Altered | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

QR codes can be read by your phone.

When I was writing The Game is Altered I imagined a hybrid novel-slash-interactive game. At least I wanted to introduce some transmedia elements into the text – embed the game sections with QR codes so that readers could use their mobiles to access additional content (avatar profiles, gameplay snippets, backstories, stills from CoreQuest). I also wanted to create a book trailer.

My wishlist was too expensive. Consequently the book is simply a book and this blog is the only additional content available (for the time being). However, I’m lucky enough to teach in the media department at Coventry University and a couple of my wonderful ex-students (interns) offered to make a book trailer – for free.

I said ‘yes please’ and wrote a quick script, which they immediately ditched. Too complicated apparently. Plus it focused mainly on Lionel’s sick cat, Buddha. The students said they didn’t think they should work with children or animals etc. etc. and definitely not cats with neurological disorders.

They rewrote the script, cast the actors, filmed it all against a green screen, added after effects, edited it – basically they did everything. This is what they came up with. I love it.

Special thanks to Emily Turvey, Luke Jones and Suzii Globe for bringing a little part of the book to life. Thanks also to Brian Mansi for the voice-over work.


Extraordinary Cycles

Posted: June 29th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: events, Film | Tags: , , | No Comments »

My good friends at Hybrid:Arts are doing it again – organising amazing events for everyone in Leamington Spa. Here’s the publicity blurb:

Hybrid Arts are closing Leamington’s Parade for the launch of Extraordinary Cycles on Sunday 26th July from 12-3pm. The day will be a celebration of cycling and cyclists, as part of the London 2012 Open Up Weekend celebrations. The event will include a flatland jam, cycle races for all ages, an interactive screen with film and a leisure ride
from Coventry-Leamington-Coventry organised by cycling legend, Mick Ives.

Extraordinary Cycles is a ground-breaking partnership project between Hybrid Arts and Coventry Transport Museum which celebrates the marriage of sport and art through exploring and developing the art form of dancing on bikes.

Join us in this event. Everyone is welcome.

If you plan to attend, please register for Extraordinary Cycles – either as a cyclist or volunteer – check out the Hybrid:Arts website. Those who register will be eligible for a free limited edition t shirt, which can be collected on your arrival. The deadline for pre-registrations is Monday 13th July.


Space4 Shorts

Posted: June 29th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Film | Tags: , , | No Comments »
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My colleague, Clifton Stewart, is curating the Space 4 Shorts Film Festival in Peterborough this week.

Clifton has written a number of short films and has worked on dozens of projects, including the BBC’s Doctors series. His short film, Moth, was staged at the Cannes Film Festival. As a photographer, Clifton’s work has been selected for a prestigious national touring exhibition, along with other artists from around the world.

Peterborough Today


The Rippl effect

Posted: June 29th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Film | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

A lovely guy, Dom Rippl, came to visit me at the weekend to talk about turning Among Thieves into a movie. It’s was exciting to have someone talk about the novel in terms of their own creative vision – and to have inspired another artist to want to produce something of their own.

Dom has worked in the industry for many years and has his own website, Splitting Peas, showcasing some of his work. Take a look.