MØ23: DROWNING

 
Photo on 17-09-2017 at 07.45 #2.jpg

MORNING ØUTPUT #23

Hi.

I'll be honest. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the minute.

There are three big projects I'm working on -- Keith, They Ruin, and El Marvo #2

I feel like I'm lagging behind on all three and I really need to get a move on. I need to let some other stuff fade away and just get down to business. Sometimes the only way to get over that drowning feeling is to start paddling.

It's go time...


Horror Enthusiasm

Last night Cat asked me why I like horror movies so much.

I said I don't really know. Maybe it has something to do with those first horror films I watched as a kid. The ones that had such a visceral impact on me that I couldn't sleep -- couldn't stop thinking about the thing in the shadows.

I like stories that are so powerful they move you physically and emotionally.

A good example is Chuck Palahniuk's short story, Guts. That was maybe the first short story I read that I had to stop because I was about to faint. The story, and the way Chuck writes it is so powerful that it nearly had me dropping like a gassed fly.

I've never felt that way before.

What does that say to the power of the mind that with a little suggestion you can alter the physical world so radically?

And so I've always been a horror fan. Definitely. But since we started the Horror Hangout podcast and I've been delving deeper and deeper into the world of horror cinema, watching classics, learning the timeline of influence, and who the key people were in the medium. I think I'm turning from a simple horror fan, to ... an enthusiast.

Seriously. I find myself watching horror documentaries, listening to horror podcasts, making lists of horror films to watch all the time. It's become a bit of a passion.


My latest episode of The Other Stories is OUT!


INTERESTING BITS

  • Our interview with growth hacking storyteller, Monica Leonelle, is up on The Story Studio podcast.
  • Our Horror Hangout all about It is here.
  • As mentioned above, here's a great Youtube video on the history of horror cinema.
  • Have you seen my new short story project? #PROJECT12. (new short story going up soon.)
  • My running has taken a nice leap forward. I don't what it was but last week I was running stronger and faster than I have in months. I'm on Strava, if you're into that kind of thing.

21576941_828702417289869_6014151299094806528_n.jpg

INPUT

READ

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman - 

I f*cking loved this book. 

It was the kind of book I didn't know that I desperately needed to read.

How would I even describe it? A dark, children's fantasy, told for adults. Made me think of a mix between Nanny McPhee and Spirited Away with some Grimm Fairy Tale stuff sprinkled in there. It's very odd, and very lovely, and the prose work is something of an ocean in itself. 

I will definitely read this book again

WATCHED

mother! -  It's pretty much Aronofky's "Synechdoche, New York".

A director's absolutely mad swing for the fences, leaning into every quirk, interest, habit, etc, and taking it as far as it will go. More here.

The Beyond - Gooey, funky, eyeball horror. I don't even know where to hang my hat on this one. There were some genuinely creepy moments but then I couldn't help but chuckle at the funk music. The final act is bonkers in a fun way.

Favourite moments:

That piano riff when they're walking through the hotel.
The dog attack.
The acid blood puddle.
Spider funky bite time.

American Gods - Lovely visual stuff. A really nice translation of the book. Only a little way in so far.

Arrested Development - Rewatching with Cat. This show is one of the greats.

LISTENED

John Carpenter's Lost Themes, Synecdoche, New York OST, & Regina Specktor.


Right then...

Like I said, I'm drowning, man, I'm flippin' drowning. I need to get to the paddling, yeah? 

Until next time,

Luke & Family.

 

MØ22: A Week In The Life

 
21480029_136831106928418_962488873814851584_n.jpg

MORNING ØUTPUT #22

Hi.

So this week's Morning Øutput is gonna be a little different. I've been reading Kevin Smith's My Boring-Ass Life for a little while and I'm really kinda digging it. I thought I'd give his format a go. A daily somewhat detailed journal.

It's unedited, messy, and pretty truthful.


Tuesday 5th September 2017

Okay so here we go.

Another day.

Feeling a little bit sluggish today.

After the phone call with Matt the script guy, I've been thinking a lot about Keith and ways to focus the film more on the protagonist's journey. At the minute we've got a bit of a scattershot thing happening which is one of my writer's ticks. I tend to introduce a ton of disparate elements and then boil them down through the story, which I think CAN work quite well sometimes, but I've overplayed it a bit here. I need to reign it in a little.

So yeah that's what I want to focus on this week. I really want to get a fresh outline to hand to Ben so he can work his magic.

We recorded an episode of Horror Hangout last night all about 28 Days Later. Man, what a great film. Still just as terrifying every time I watch it and the scenes of him walking through the deserted London have an added resonance now that I know the locations so well.

"That's the place I used to grab a Tesco meal deal!"

"That's around the corner from that place where I used to write and drink coffee!"

Got to get my run on today and I'm already feeling a little nervous. It's pissing it down outside and I really don't want to get soaked.


21435320_103718477006505_5557171932761161728_n.jpg

Wednesday 6th September 2017

Okay so here we go.

Got a nice lie in this morning and got up at 6:30. As always I woke to a mix of my snoozed alarm and Alaska's downstairs barking.

Straight up and dressed this morning and feeling pretty refreshed.

Yesterday was a super busy day and the kind of day that makes you think you got a lot done.

Got up in the morning to Alaska's morning barking, journaled, and then headed to work, did some meditating on the bus and read some more of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations. This last part is really starting to go over my head. Not much more to get through before I can finish the book off and start the next non-fiction -- Kevin Smith's Boring-Ass Life -- which I've already been sneak-reading.

Work was busy as me and Edd tried to get on top of everything for an upcoming inspection.

'nuff said.

And then after work I headed to a café to drink coffee and work on the new outline for Keith. It's getting there. I know where it needs to be fixed and I'm ploughing away at it.

Then on the way home I got on a call with Dan to talk all things H&C. He's had a great opportunity come up so he may be super busy for the next few months. We also talked about his upcoming KS project, a H&C live-event, and general publishing stuff. All the while he was bathing Bailey and the conversation was occasionally broken up giddy laughs and cries of a bathing baby.

And then home, a quick kiss and a cuddle of Cat, Alaska, and Oscar, before putting my (my smelly) running gear on and heading out for a 2.5 mile run. I listened to Joe Rogan as I really pumped away but didn't manage to beat last week's easy-going 2.5 mile run. Weird that. Sometimes you huff and puff and it makes no difference.

Then home, shower, and to eat Cat's amazing chicken and sweet potato hash whilst watching It's Always Sunny and the Great British Bake Off.

Oh yeah, and we walked Alaska again and we bumped into this giant German Shepherd pup called Harley and the two of them had a good play.

And then we were in bed with a cup of tea and conked out by 10:30.

Gotta say, Alaska is growing into a really sweet and lovely dog. Earlier on she sat on Cat's lap and just chilled whilst we gave her a good cuddle.


Thursday 7th September 2017

Okay so here we go.

Thursday morning. Cranking right through this week.

Got woke at 5:30ish by Oscar as he jumped on me. I went to get him some food but he already had a ton. I showed it to him and he seemed happy with that. Sometimes he just needs a reminder that the food is in the bowl.

Back in bed and then woke again by Alaska at 6:15 yapping because she needed a wee. Downstairs to let her out and then I put the coffee on and to start journalling.

So what happened yesterday?

I read more of Kevin Smith's Boring-Ass Life (which has go me jazzed about journalling again) on the tram to MediaCity and headed into work.

Busy day with one of our boss's down.

Much work done. At lunch I wolfed down a Huel. Although you can't really wolf down a Huel. I guess it was more of a baby goating than anything, bleating as they guzzle at the teats.

And then I quickly edited and published this week's episode of Horror Hangout before going back to work.

Once the dayjob work was done I chilled for a little bit before opening up my Keith outline and spending a pom on it. I really feel like it's getting a lot stronger now. I've been playing with some new ideas and I think it's boiling down the waffle to a really great and solid story.

And then after all that I answered some emails before jumping on the tram. I was just about to stick on an episode of the Joe Rogan show I've been listening to all week (they're like 3 hours long and he publishes 3 episodes a week!) and then I got a call from Cat.

She was in town with her mum eating McFlurries.

So I went to meet them there and surprise, they had haircuts! Cat looked good and fresh. We drove back home, I took Alaska out to the field for a runaround.

Then back home to eat dinner and watch an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm before heading out to the shop for a last-minute catfood pickup. We maybe could've waited till tomorrow but you have no idea how angry Oscar gets if he has no food.

And then home, a quick haircut, and then into bed where we stuck on an episode of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle before falling asleep.


Friday 8th September 2017

06:30am

Okay so here we go.

So I climbed out of bed at 4am again to sort Oscar some food, then straight back in bed to catch another couple of hours sleep. As I got in Cat was fidgeting in her sleep and I was getting a little annoyed with it and then a second later she sleep-punched me in the face. I'd like to say it isn't a common occurrence but Cat isn't one for sleeping still.

6am on the dot and Alaska barks until I'm up and out and putting the coffee on.

So yesterday was a busy one again. Got the bus to work, meditated, and read some Kevin Smith's book and listened to Joe Rogan's interview with James Damure. Didn't get any breakfast at home so I picked up one of those cheesy croissants from Pret and headed into work.

Not overly busy but busy enough to not find much chance to do my own stuff. We listened to the Machinarium OST as we worked.

At lunch I nipped out for a 2-mile run which I was NOT looking forward to but didn't mind too much when I was actually out there. Running around the quays used to be such a fun visual thing for me and I seem to have lost some of that. Maybe I need to try some new routes or something. Not too sure.

Then back to work where I crash at around half 4 and feel too tired to do much. I bummed around on emails before finishing at half five. I spend a pom working on the Keith outline which I think is really getting there now.

And then bus home whilst reading and listening to more of the same.

When I got back I took Alaska out and got attacked by either a bat or a tiny bird. Not too sure. It was too dark. Either way, I freaked out and (I'm still not completely sure why) I barked at it before running away with Alaska.

Then back home for this lovely soup Cat made and we chatted and then went to bed, watched Suits and American Horror Story and I fell asleep.


21434049_977940869012235_3478583468609241088_n.jpg

Saturday 9th September 2017

7am

Okay so here we go.

I woke up grumpy this morning. Oscar got me up at 5am to show him where his food was and then Alaska started barking at 6am demanding I let her out for piss-time.

I came downstairs and saw she'd somehow gotten a hold of one of my headphone jack cables and had shredded it to pieces during the night.

Not one for telling her off AFTER the fact, I let her out for a wiz without a fuss or a kiss. Yes, I get passive aggressive with my dog.

Then I put the coffee on, sat and stared at the wall for about fifteen minutes before drinking some morning liberation and bumming around on Youtube and watching a video of a guy saying Millenials are anti-rebellion and actively campaign against free speech, vote in favour of the middle class, and are pro-authoritarianism. He also mentioned a very real inequality within the class system which gets overlooked now.

Better get working on that Bug-Out-Bag. Just in case the millennials come for me.

So yesterday as I said goodbye to Cat (whose new hair was looking particularly pretty) and the animals, I climbed on the bus to the city, meditated/snoozed, and read more of Kevin Smith's book.

I got to MediaCity and opened up the office, decided to have my Huel for breakfast and then cracked on with work.

Let me just say... the day-job is killing me right now. I did my best to plough through but there's still a ton to do and by 4pm I was knackered.

After work, I spent a pom working on the Keith outline and it's really crackling now. Everytime I go over it, it gets tighter and that final act is really ramping up. Though I've come to a bit of a sticky widget with the ending. I've got an ending, but I'm not so sure it's the right one.

And then I put my Derry baseball top on like a good little King fan and headed back into the city to get ready for It.

So I've been VERY excited to see this film. I read the book in June, I now consider myself a Constant Reader, and have been loving all the promo I've seen for it.

And I'll deep dive into the film for the next Horror Hangout recording but here are some quick thoughts (spoilers):

- The kids are fricking great. Richie Tozier was bang on and all the while I was thinking these kids are so funny. Especially Eddie Kaspbrak shouting that his pills are gazebos.

- The film moves so SO fast and although I can see how it would work for It newbies, I kinda missed the slower pace of the novel. The book really develops the relationship with these kids before the hauntings whereas the film pretty much jumps into the hauntings within the first ten minutes.

- Some very creative choices to translate the book to the film. They really did a good job.

- The slideshow scene got me good when Pennywise went all Giant Man.

- That kid who played Georgie almost brought me out in tears... especially in the reunion at the end of the film.

- It wasn't as scary as I would've liked. It was a little too Goosebumps in places.

- I don't quite understand how you can separate out the adult part and make it into a sequel. I totally get that the kids' section works as a standalone story, but the adult part is almost an extra meta-level narrative that in my mind only works when winding down towards the ending simultaneously with the kids' story. Difficult to explain but I need to think this through a little more.

- By the end of the film, I think everyone loved the Losers Club.

- The book is better. I'm sorry but it just is. The book has an added literary meta quality that, understandably, doesn't really translate to film.

- I can't believe I only paid £5 to watch the film. Film tickets are so cheap at that Vue in the Printworks.

- I can't believe I went on my own. That's the problem with moving to a city where you know almost nobody. You get lonely.

After the film was done I grabbed a four-pack of Brewdogs for the weekend (I don't drink much) and got the bus back to Droylsden, walked back home and caught up with Cat as we ate some food.

She then went and did some online gaming guild stuff and I snuggled up to Oscar and fell asleep to the Bon Iver NRP live performance.


Sunday 10th September 2017

Got woken this morning at 5:45am by the two-part harmony of Oscar and Alaska. "Get up!" they sang, "get up you sunna'bitch!"

And how could I refuse?

So I fed Oscar, let Alaska out for a pee, and then sat down at the kitchen table and did my best to zone out and catch another ten minutes of sleep.

And now here I am, a little more coffee'd up, writing this.

Yesterday was a Saturday. One of two of my favourite days of the week. Cat got up pretty early and before doing anything we had a real good tidy up and a clean of the downstairs -- sweeping, mopping, the works. We then drank tea and chilled for a bit before I headed upstairs for a nice warm bath. The heating's not working at the minute and it's getting colder every day.

As I ran it I popped on a new true crime show on Netflix called The Confession Tapes. It's really good and incredibly frustrating how little evidence they have to convict these people to a life in prison. Imagine being put in a cage for the rest of your life because you were pressured into a false confession.

And then I bathed and read and got out and it was STILL raining like hell.

Next up I popped on a Distraction Pieces podcast and took Alaska out for a good long walk where I got soaked in the rain and muddied up to hell.

Came home and sat down to do some company admin stuff for H&C -- Currently compiling a big list of TOS episodes with accompanying story blurbs and wrote some answers for a comic-con Q&A we're doing.

Then onto the Keith outline. I've got what I think is the crux of the story but I'm not convinced by the ending, or the choice the MC makes to end the film. Today's the last day I've budgeted to work on it too.

I'll be honest, as I was reading through some of the outline I started to get a little scared. I don't have a clue how I'm going to film some of these scenes. But I guess that's the next step. I just gotta have faith that I'll figure it out later on. For now I just gotta get the best story I can on the page.

And then I felt super tired so I put Alaska in her crate and went upstairs for a quick snuggle, more Confession Tapes, and a nap that turned into an hour long snooze.

I woke groggy and grumpy. The stairs are completely covered in cat and dog hair and our hoover is a piece of shit. Just something else to put on the to-buy list.

So then me and Cat had a walk up to the shop to grab some butter and milk before heading home to chill. We ordered in some pizza, stuck on Dogma (been in a bit of a Kevin Smith mood), and then fell asleep. At least I did. Cat got up and went to play some of her Mabinogi game and then Oscar climbed up on the bed for a snuggle and we fell asleep.


21577223_1212588278847904_8891592251394752512_n.jpg

Monday 11th September 2017

Okay so here we go.

Oscar woke me around the 3:45am mark. I gave him some food, checked the time, and rejoiced as I slipped back into covers, snuggling into the warmth-cocoon. I closed my eyes and the two hours passed in a blink as Alaska woke me with her barking at 5:45am.

I climbed out of bed, let her out for a pee, and put the coffee on. I also noticed the heating hadn't come on. Our boiler is an intermittent piece of shit only wants to work when it feels like it. (Bloody millennials! ;p)

So now I'm up, slurping coffee to warm up.

Anyway, yesterday was crammed. After getting out of bed, I wrote my journal, spent a pom on Keith outlining, before going out for a 3.5 mile run. I listened to a Distraction Pieces episode as I ran. It was an interview with Aisling Bea, talking about grittiness, and emotional health for men.

Once home, Cat was up. We drank tea and played with Alaska for a bit before I hopped on a bus and headed into the city.

First stop was the comic shop to pick up Ryan's Beautiful Canvas and Fabian's Blood Brothers, and then I picked up a guilty McDonalds, and then into Primark for cheap pants and socks and some Harry Potter slippers for Cat.

And then I holed myself up in a book café that I can't remember the name of. Book Café is as good a guess as any.

There I read some of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean At The End Of The Lane and John Lees's Quilte, worked on the outline to Keith (and I think I've gotten it to about as good as I'm going to get it), before writing a letter to a friend I've lost touch with, which was quite difficult to do.

Then the bus home to let Cat try on her HP slippers. They've got little gold snitch's on the heels of them and Alaska was going crazy trying to get them. I guess she just really wanted to win the game.

More tea and a quick snuggle and a nap in bed before I headed downstairs for more Keith work, some podcast work, and then the storms began outside. Full on lightning, thunder, etc, that got me thinking about Hurricane Irma (the bitch!) and how bad it must be over there.

Realising I was pretty out of it by then, I cracked open a Brewdog ale, stuck on episode 13 of Twin Peaks and chilled.

Afterwards, I went upstairs, popped on In The Mouth Of Madness until the sleep came.


And that brings us back to today. 

I might do this journal-style of MØ every now and again but will probably be going back to the regular format next week. I don't want to be boring the crap out of you every week! Well, no more than usual anyway.

Until next time,

Luke & Family.

 

MØ21: Podcasts Took Over My life

 
21148036_113685729313711_1425076956335964160_n.jpg

MORNING ØUTPUT #21

Hi.

This week I gots to thinking about podcasting. It was somewhere along the third recording session of the week that I realised, "Damn... I do this a LOT."

I mean I'm currently doing an indie publishing show, a horror movie fun-times show, and a self-reflective personal (Patreon-exclusive) show. 

Oh, and I'm writing stories and on upload duty for The Other Stories.

And if you consider the fact that I used to produce other peoples' podcasts for money and the fact that I've been doing it for coming on four years, it's a big part of my life.

I remember the first time I spoke into the microphone and how awkward and self-conscious I felt doing it.

My god! I thought to myself. You're a real piece of shit, Luke. Nobody wants to listen to this!

And maybe that's true. 

But here's how I've benefitted from podcasting and what might make you want to give it a go.

Since podcasting...

I'm a better talker, better conversationalist, I speak clearer, can manage my pre-interview nerves a lot better, understand audio editing, can manage projects, have built a big network, talked to people who I'd never get the opportunity to talk to, have used podcasts to force myself to make stuff -- stories, films, and even a business, and have learned to go with the flow.

The go with the flow thing is super important for podcasting. Sometimes you just have to throw your pants to the wind and hit record.

So would I recommend it to someone else? 

Sure... why not?


21433785_1446654122038883_1669412362995630080_n.jpg

Speaking of podcasting, we're now 25 episodes into Horror Hangout. That weekly show where we watch the 50 greatest horror movies ever and talk about them.

Fancy a gander?


INTERESTING BITS


21296189_1827080127603638_1760723930349305856_n.jpg

INPUT

READ

Gerald's Game by Stephen King -  My god. This book took such a nauseating turn I had to stop off to top up my blood sugar. Although very little actually happens in this book, it still takes you through a whirlwind of skin-ripping tension. There was one scene that had me making actual 'ew' noises as I squirmed in my seat. There's a bit of a twist at the end that left me a little cold but definitely a great (and dark) book.

WATCHED

The Others - One for the Horror Hangout. A well-accomplished film if a little too vanilla for my tastes.

28 Days Later - Stone cold classic! That music... the empty London... the thumbs in the eyes, oh lord, the thumbs in the eyes! The only downfall to this film is the weird colour artefacts on the digital video but I suppose it gives it a certain aesthetic. 

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - This is the show me and Cat will go to as a default thing to watch. Even Guilemero Del Toro loves it (so much so he's been in it).

LISTENED

Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins, Twin Peaks OST, and this song my friend Thom made for a certain project


Right then...

Time is money and money is food and central heating is council tax and council tax is... well, I really don't know what council tax is anymore. But what I'm trying to say is... goodbye... so...

Until next time,

Luke & Family.

 

MØ20: McGregor, Huel, & Tobe Hooper

 
21108016_1905840213002786_4513776324745101312_n.jpg

MORNING ØUTPUT #20

Sunrise walk with Alaska

Hi.

I can't believe I've been doing this thing for twenty weeks already.

How was it for you? Rough? Pointless?

But still... that's what this has been all about for me. Doing something that doesn't have to be perfect. Doesn't have to be considered or thought-out. Doesn't have the sheen of a blog-post or the polish of a short story.

I was looking for a way to let loose, keep an online journal of sorts, try stuff out, win some, fail more.

So a quick thanks if you've been reading this every week. There's something very special about you. Very special indeed.


The Big Fight

On Sunday morning I slimed out of my duvet-cocoon at 3am to watch the big fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

I was rooting for Conor. I knew he didn't really stand a chance but I can't help but admire the guy who's able to bend the universe again and again with his infectious madness.

Frankie Boyle hit the nail on the head on Twitter:

Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 09.47.59.png

21041320_930772683736906_2728568366389264384_n.jpg

Here are two things you might not know about me. 

1. I'm a creature of habit.

2. I hate choosing what to eat at lunch time.

Enter, Huel.

"Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food that contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need, plus at least 100% of the... blah blah blah..."

It's essentially a meal-replacement powder that is way healthier than the tuna and kidney bean mix I've been making myself every day for the past few months. 

When it comes to the middle of the day, I just want someone to hook me up to an IV drip and pump me with all the stuff I need to stay sane, healthy, and not-dead. Huel is the next best thing.


INTERESTING BITS


20987282_836476376529084_468815213869662208_n.jpg

INPUT

READ

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury - Rockets, Mars, spacemen, time travel. All told in that vivacious lovely prose that I expect from Bradbury.

Some amazing stories and a few average ones. Here are my favourites:

  • The Veldt
  • Kaleidoscope
  • The Last Night of the World (actually an amazingly sweet story that I plan to go back and re-read)
  • The Fox and the Forest (time travelling cat and mouse story)
  • The City (surprisingly gory)
  • Zero Hour

WATCHED

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - We recorded an episode of Horror Hangout all about this film a few days before hearing of Tobe Hooper's death. Incredibly sad to hear that. This film really is a classic for so many reasons.

A quick aside, check out this art by Tristan Jones:

 
DIRGYGRUIAAKoWl.jpg
 

Defenders - It was okay. It was kinda awesome to see the four guys coming together to kick some ass but I feel like we've completely left the bone-breaking grittiness of the original season of Daredevil. That was the very thing that made it work so well. Now all we're getting is kung fu campiness that just leaves me feeling icky.

Ozark SE1EP1 - Only caught the first episode and thought it was incredible. Jason Bateman directing too. I think he's going to do quite well in this film business.

LISTENED

The Keith Playlist!


Right then...

If Conor McGregor can pull Mayweather out of retirement, jump to a completely different sport, and make enough money to make a small country melt with envy, then I can damn well get my writing done.

Until next time,

Luke & Family.

P.S. Huel stands for Human Fuel but it sounds so much like the noise of someone vomiting.

 

MØ19: 'ah Keith in Liverpool

 
20968475_1450834045005154_8099938914413838336_n.jpg

MORNING ØUTPUT #19

Hi.

How's it going?

Me?

I'm feeling a little rough after a Saturday night spent at my friends in Liverpool playing Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2, drinking Brewdog ales, and pretending that I don't get hangovers that ruin my mind and soul for days afterwards.

But onwards anyway. Too many stories to write to worry about muzzy heads and gut-rot.


PROJECT KEITH 

... is underway. 

I've spent some time sketching out ideas for the film, trying to work out just what a feature film told in this medium would look like.

You might think a whole 90-minutes told on a screen would be limiting but I gotta say, I kinda love limitations. It's in the limitations that you get to flex your creativity, experiment a little, fail some.

Moving forward, I made a Patreon post detailing the proposed timeline of the project but here's what I'm hoping to get done in the first quarter.

What I want to have in 90 days:

A shooting draft of the screenplay - nice and polished and ready to go.

The first 10-minutes of the film - finished and ready to put online.

All main parts cast. 

Some promo images.

A lottery win - one can hope.

If you fancy supporting the project, why not become a Patron?


INTERESTING BITS

  • This week's episode of TOS is one of mine -- Cat Litter & A Few Drops Of Blood. Brought to life by the amazing Ian McEuen. Definitely not inspired by my own need to have a clean house.
  • We interviewed Joanna Penn of TheCreativePenn.com over on The Story Studio podcast about building a publishing empire.
  • Joe Rogan podcast hit episode 1000... that's crazy!? I wonder if we'll reach 1000 with one of our shows.
  • I'm writing the new Keith screenplay on Highland. Screenwriting software that uses simple markdown syntax. Nice.

INPUT

WATCHED

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - One for the Horror Hangout. 'tis okay. It doesn't have the same hold on me like it seems to have on other horror fans.

Game Of Thrones S7 - This show has some serious bite. Episode 6 managed to break my heart a little bit. 

LISTENED

Piano is Evil by Amanda Palmer - I think Amanda's best when she's singing her heart out behind a piano.

The Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 Soundtrack - Pretty much the soundtrack of my 13th year on the planet. 

The KEITH inspiration playlist.

READ

The Great & Secret Show by Clive Barker - This book is a weird one. I never quite knew what I was reading until a couple of hundred pages in. More fantasy than horror but still with the odd bit of Barker gore thrown in there. Also, the epic ending and the moments in Quiddity are kind of amazing.


Okay guys, have a great week. I need a paracetemol and a glass of water.

Until next time,

Luke & Family.

 

MØ18: Onwards, dear boy.

 

MORNING ØUTPUT #18

Hello.

So I'm going to keep this newsletter short and sweet because there's so much happening right now and my to-do list is growing like the amorphous goo in that film The Blob.

I fear it will first consume me... and then the world.


The Internet of Keith

So if you've been reading this newsletter for any length of time you know that I've been getting itchy fingers for filmmaking. I held off for about 18 months but I can't stop myself now. And after some friendly nudges from some great creative friends, I'm making a Keith feature film.

And I'll be using Patreon to fund it.

Weird, right?

Check out my Keith Manifesto.

On top of that, there's some more film stuff bubbling away, but not quite ready to talk about just yet.


INTERESTING BITS


INPUT

WATCHED

Prince of Darkness - John Carpenter getting gooey and metaphysical. The second of his Apocalypse trilogy.

The Blob - I used to have a rip of this on VHS that I'd watch over and over as a kid. I really don't remember it being quite as gory. No wonder I turned out how I did.

Top Of The Lake S1 - I think we've got a real talent for shitbags with Peter Mullan. Serious.

LISTENED

Way too many podcasts. Joe Rogan Experience, Shock Waves, and Post-Mortem, are currently my bag.


Right then...

I'm off to work on Keith.

Until next time,

Luke & Family.

 

MØ17: Donkey & Dog Biscuits

 
mo.jpg

MORNING ØUTPUT #17

getting our vintage pixel On

Good morning.

I’ve been a little bit of a donkey this week. Let me explain.

I didn’t get nearly enough actual work done. Like words on the page sort-of-thing. I’ve been getting so excited by various prospects that I’ve been doing bits of everything but nothing in particular. 

I’ve been donkeying. You know the donkey?

The donkey is equidistant from the water and the food. And damn is he hungry and thirsty. So he looks at the water, then looks back to the food, and he keeps doing this until days go by and the poor guy lies down and dies of thirst and starvation and probably a little bit of exposure too.

I’ve been a donkey. 

I need to pick something and do it. There’s usually time to do the other thing afterwards anyway.


LONDON

On Tuesday I got the 6-hour bus ride down to the big smoke. I caught up with some friends, drank Japanese tea, caught Stand By Me on the big screen, and then went to Rich Flix Film Club in Shoreditch. 

It was kinda great. Lots of great filmmakers there. Got to screen Keith and do a whole Q&A and everything. Also free cocktails and pizza.

I always get nervous when I have to introduce a film or do any kind of public speaking but it always works out fine (mostly).

My palms sweat, my stomach churns, and sometimes my hands shake, and I put it down to nerves, whereas I think it’s actually my body preparing for battle. At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself.


Dan put together this epic book giveaway over at the H&C site. 12 books... free! 


INTERESTING BITS


INPUT

WATCHED

Fargo S2 - Finally finished it. Top notch TV.

Twin Peaks S3E9 - Catching up and still loving it. This could be turning into my favourite David Lynch piece. 

Stand By Me - First time. I saw it on the big screen too. So, so great. I don't think anyone captures that youth and young manhood like King.

Unfriended - As someone who is in an incredibly unique place to appreciate this film, I think the critics are being way too harsh. The way this film has been edited to look like one continuous online session takes some real brainpower.

Baby Driver - Edgar Wright's films are a must-see-at-theatre for me. I don't understand the manic pixie dream girl argument. It's a fantasy of a young male. All the characters are stereotypes, no, I mean avatars of stereotypes. What do you think Kevin Spacey's character is? I think the argument shouldn't be that we need less manic pixie dream girl characters, but more films told from the young female perspective.

Night Of The Living Dead - Next up for a Horror Hangout discussion. I love the ending to this film. 

READ

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius - Slow progress for me.

The Great & Secret Show by Clive Barker - Slow progress for me.

LISTENED

My new HØRRØR Playlist on Spotify. 

Jamie Lenman's new track!


Right then...

I'm off to set some solid non-donkey goals for the week.

Until next time,

Luke & Family.

 

MØ16: Londonbound

 

MORNING ØUTPUT #16

Good morning!

Not got much øutput this week. I’m currently heading down to London for a screening of Keith. They’ll be an introduction by me, Q&A, and they’ll also be screening Stephen King’s Stand By Me.

It should be fun but I totally get the butterflies when I have to get up and do a bit of public speaking.

How do you get over that? I’m nearly thirty and I still get squirmy at the idea of standing up and talking about my own work.

So if you’re in London, come say hey, give me a pep-talk.

I’ll also be staying overnight, catching up with some friends, and will try to take a photo or two.


Filmmaking

I mentioned a while back that I’ve been getting itchy fingers for film. It’s been 18 months since I made something and I’ve got a burning desire to do something new. I think it might’ve been this John Carpenter interview I watched recently (I’ll link at the bottom), but it’s got me super fired up.

We’re looking at our bank of stories used in our The Other Stories podcasts as starting points and are already talking to several directors and producers about what our options are.

On top of that I’ve been talking to Ben about using the techniques I used to make Keith (no budget, phone cameras, screen capture, etc), to make something, because sometimes you just gotta get your fingers dirty.


More Duties

More personal philosophies that might be just a little too cryptic for you guys.

Plant your magick in your briefcase

Don't ride that swipe-to-refresh feature

Do your work and be proud of it — whatever happens outside of that isn't your business

 


INPUT

I watched a LOT of films this week. You can tell I’ve got filmmaking on the brain.

WATCHED

The Belko Experiment - Good but missed a little something for me.

Show Pieces - Alan Moore's recent Northampton nightmare. 

Creepshow - How fun to see Mr King and son acting. "Where's my cake!?"

The Guest - Tonally a little weird but I kinda liked it.

Twin Peaks S3E9 - Catching up. Feels like there's an actual story coming together now.

READ

Clive Barker's The Next Testament - A pretty great comic book run with an iconic villain called Wick.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius - Slow progress for me.

The Great & Secret Show by Clive Barker - Slow progress for me.

LISTENED

My new HØRRØR Playlist on Spotify. 

Also a lot of the Shock Waves podcast. The episode with Mike Flanagan was great.


Right then...

I'm about half an hour into my five-hour bus ride. Wish me luck for tonight!

Anyway...

Until next time,

Luke & Family.

P.S. I almost forgot. Here's that John Carpenter interview -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vSZyIr6fk4