September 20th, 2005


Filming pics - Dudes of Doom Pt 2

These pics are from my second night on set. There's a lot of them below the cut, so be prepared.

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At around 2:30 in the morning, we were finished. But not the crew. They had to hang back for goodness knows how long to clean up the blood, since the venue was being used for a wedding the next day. Special big thanks to Christian for bringing us all together. Laura, James, and the rest of the crew, who all looked after us, and a special big thank you to Angela's Mum, for her very kind words to me at the end of the shoot.

Even if she did make me go all shy, the bugger!

This film was a little different. There were more problems than with the others, simply because of its size and complexity, but I came away from this one with a bunch of people that I want to catch up with socially.

David who played the Devil, I only saw him during rehearsals, but he's a dude. Jane, who did my make-up, was a real sweetheart, the sort of person I have to stop myself from spontaneously hugging. Angela was great too, as were the rest of the make-up team. I'd be really happy to work with any of them again. Colin and Peter are both dudes! Alan is one of those guys you can't help but like. Nadine was great to work with, she and I hit it off right from the start and only stopped chatting when tiredness overcame us both.

I want to hear from all of you, ok?


Sold Out Reviews

Well, the latest Doctor Who Magazine turned up yesterday, with a review of Short Trips - A Day in the Life. After Matt Michael gives Andy Russell a bit of a kicking, he has this to say about my story -

Sold Out by Danny Oz is slightly feistier, and features the Sixth Doctor attending a murderous rock concert in cyberspace. Its brevity is its strong point - there are as many ideas in the story as in some on the recent novels and CDs - but it's not very interesting.

I ouched a little over the not very interesting but hey, he liked my ideas, so there's some give and take there. But then, he just names a run of stories and says that they're "just OK," before moving on to some of the stories that he thought were good. So all up, I came away pretty well.

As a side note though, I was rapt that on the review page they had a small pic of Colin Baker with the legend "The Sixth Doctor is off to a gig in Sold Out..." - I love Colin's Doctor and was really happy to have finally gotten to write a story for him, so this can't help but make me smile.

Looking around online, I could only find one other review that mentioned my story. Richard McGinlay had this to say -

I also enjoyed Danny Oz’s Sold Out, which depicts a logical extension of today’s hi-tech, high-spectacle rock concerts;

Glad you liked it, dude.

There aren't that many reviews of the collection around at the moment, hopefully more will follow. I feel sorry for Mondy though, his was one of the grouped OK stories mentioned in the monthly. He sweated blood over that story and I have to say, I think he did an excellent job. Fortunately the folks on Outpost Gallifrey have been kind regarding his story (even if the bastards haven't mentioned mine!) so that makes up for the review in DWM a bit.

For the record, Mr. McGinlay said this about Mondy's story, "the surprising and rewarding The Heroine, the Hero and the Megalomaniac, by Ian Mond, which tells its story from three separate points of view..."

This is nice, specially after he thought that Mondy and my last joint effort wasn't terribly readable. And he totally failed to even mention us in his review of the collection before that!

So Richard, consider the fatwa on hold for the time being.


Filming pics - The Snuff Machine

A dark, nasty little script by David Jackson, who worked as Assistant Director to Tom Kinsman on Burley. Apparently he thought I'd be good in the role of the bartender in The Snuff Machine but had already cast somebody else. Fortunately for me, winged blue monkeys kidnapped the other guy and David asked me if I'd like to do it. So I turned up to The Soak on Tuesday for filming. Collapse )