Baby Steps playing in X Fest South Africa

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While production on Fred’s Shed steps up a gear, my zombie short Baby Steps continues to shamble around, hunting for brains. Its latest stop is the X Flix strand of South Africa’s horror-themed X Fest – where it’ll be playing at the Labia Theatre (no sniggering at the back, it’s named after this family). Screening times are as follows:

Check out the festival’s Facebook page and website.

Baby Steps in Killer Film Festival 2012

Baby Steps continues its relentless march around the globe like… well, like an unstoppable zombie. It’s playing in the Killer Film Fest 2012 at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, Massachusetts on November 2nd at 4pm, as part of Block 4.

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Baby Steps in Macabro Film Festival

As I mentioned a couple of weeks back, my zombie short film Baby Steps has been picked up for the Macabro Film Festival in Mexico City. Now, while it’s unlikely that many of this blog’s readers are based in Mexico City, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pop the screening times up. So here they are! It’s appearing in the “Psychopaths, Cannibals and Zombies” strand, at the following places and times:

Tuesday 21st August:
Cinematógrafo del Chopo at 12pm

Wednesday 22nd August:
Biblioteca Vasconcelos at 5pm

Thursday 23rd August:
C. C. Carranza at 6pm

Friday 24th August:
CCU en sala C. Monsivais at 4:30pm

For full details of the screenings, check the Macabro Film Festival official site.

Baby Steps in the East End Film Festival 2012

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I’m pleased to announce that my zombie short film, Baby Steps, will be appearing in the East End Film Festival 2012 as part of the Paranormal Activities strand. It’s showing at the Rio Cinema on July 7th (map below), with the programme kicking off at 23:30.

Tickets are priced £8.50 and can be bought here.

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Editorialising

Well, we have a new editor for Baby Steps - meeting up with my producer to discuss the new cut and then handing the raw footage over to the editor.

It’s weird doing this; I’ve always sat in throughout all the editing sessions for my other films, but it’ll be interesting to see what a fresh pair of eyes brings to the material.
Meanwhile, work progresses apace on entering A Stitch in Time into the festivals. We’re torn over whether or not to upload the film to YouTube; on the one hand it means that you have an easily-accessible copy kicking around to show to people with one handy URL, but it does rather bugger up the chances of it finding a distributor.
Sticking it on YouTube and marking it “Private” is a bit limiting, as only 25 people can be invited to it, and you have to tit around finding out the recipient’s YouTube ID.
Vimeo would seem to be a better option; its privacy settings are much more accessible, enabling you to stick a password on your video and send that to people. Plus you can block people from downloading it, though I’m sure that some clever person has worked out a way round that.
So, Vimeo it is, then. Only problem is that Stitch is 4GB, and you need to pony up $59.95 for the privilege of uploading more than 500MB. You get nothing for free in this world…

Deadlines

Oh, blog, how I’ve neglected you.

With Baby Steps entered into the Zone Horror Cut! competition in its two-minute form, it’s time to look ahead to what happens next. I’m reasonably happy with the two-minute version, but there are some shonky cuts in there, it could do with a proper spit-and-polish grade, and the music we used was cannibalised from A Stitch In Time (and thank heavens we decided to use spooky electronic music for that one, and not the jaunty acoustic stuff I’d originally had in mind…).


So we’re going to completely recut Baby Steps from the ground up, ignoring the two-minute time constraint, and create a more polished version to send out on the festival circuit.

It’s easy to let things like this slip, so we’ve decided, my producer and I, to impose some deadlines on ourselves. Deadlines are good, they force you to Get Things Done. So we’re looking to have the Extended Special Edition version of Baby Steps finished by the end of October/first week of November - and get the promotional work on Stitch properly underway in the same timeframe. Busy, busy!