Final  shot (above):  Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 50mm 1.2 L,  50mm, F11, ISO 100, Aperture Priority, 1/100, 1/640, 1/250, Ev Metering -1 1/3 – + 1 1/3 auto bracketing. Image compiled in Photomatix.   I wanted to find out how easy it was to cheat in HDR photography.  Today […]

25Aug

Goon

Goon
  Labeled an outcast by his family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to hockey glory by fighting everyone that stands in his way.   This will be one of the shortest film reviews I have ever written.  I watched Michael Dowse’s ‘Goon’ […]

Preamble Yesterday I watched Danny Boyle’s £27M opening ceremony for the London Olympics.  I’ve been hooked on Boyle ever since he directed Trainspotting, one of the seminal films of the 1990s; its ever-replicated creative style proving that powerful cinema doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg.  Boyle has […]

The Rites is the crime thriller I am working on at the moment.  I have only written the opening chapter to date, which I have included below.  This is an exciting project which I have spent a considerable amount of time developing using a piece of Mac software called Scrivener. […]

Terminator Salvation demonstrates all that is wrong with the modern Hollywood blockbuster.  It’s a Ford Escort of a movie cleverly disguised as an Aston Martin by a director that sounds like a cheeseburger.   The Terminator universe was marvellously established by James Cameron.  Terminators in those nostalgic days were the […]

22Jul

Predators

Predators
Predators is a cheap franchise cash-in that offers little new and ultimately devalues an already tarnished franchise.   It’s hard to believe the movie-making fraternity, who invest millions of dollars in ‘movie people,’ always seem to reach the end game, the fruit of their collective labours, by fielding unoriginal fag […]

The Last Train was written in 2005.  It’s based on an urban legend that I enjoyed whispering around campfires when I was a kid.  I’ve toned it down since its first incarnation.  Plenty of gross metaphors and language that was a little over the top and added nothing to the […]

This story was written in March 2008, inspired by an urban legend which I’ve used as a starting point for my own ideas.  As a writer, I hope purists familiar with the original story won’t be offended.  My retelling is a tribute to its origins and a springboard for a […]

A team of scientists journey to an alien planet on the spaceship “Prometheus” to investigate Alien life forms that may or may not have been involved in the creation of all life on Earth.  Here they fight for survival as it becomes clear the horrors they experience are not just […]

17Jul

The Grey

The Grey
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of wolves haunts their every step. The Grey is a beautifully shot film set in the Alaskan wilderness.  It is an understated story with two basic threads that are handled […]