Behind the scenes of the Live Lounge with Robert James Selby

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge, Event|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

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Robert James Selby & Nate Maingard

This week’s Live Lounge was calm and relaxing, totally mellow!

Robert has such soul in his voice and the reasons behind each song was mesmerizing. To make this event a day to remember all Robert brought along was himself, his guitar and his harmonica, and that was all he needed!

Robert James Selby prepped his vocals, whilst finely tuning his guitar and in the meantime Nate Maingard was getting cosy and comfortable on the sofa in his stripy socks. The atmosphere before and even after the event was smooth and down to earth. Robert wasn’t nervous one bit, not a sweat in sight! Although that must explain, how his musical talent also comes across as folksy yet realistic.

Usually, behind the scenes you would find out quirks about the artist, but Robert James Selby presented his true colors behind the scene and on the scene of Live Lounge.

He was one down to earth, talented artist!

If you missed the Live Lounge, watch it here: http://ivo.io/eJWtjNZOs

 

Author: Ayshah Mubeen Butt

Rock Band Vs Vampires: a feature film written and directed by Malcolm Galloway

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013|Event, Film Community, Interviews, Uncategorized|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

Comedy Horror Movie

A great passion for music, past experience as music journalist, and an innate multitasking personality. This explosive mix led to Malcolm Galloway’s comedy horror feature film Rock Band Vs Vampires.

Malcolm, songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, is the driving force behind rock band Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. He has previously made  a few short films and performed in the London 2012 48 Hour Music Video competition runner’s up prize winning While I Still Can. Rock Band Vs Vampire is his first feature movie in which he is the scriptwriter, director, and one of the producers and actors at the same time!

A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet with Malcolm at the Belsize Park Station in Camden to talk about his new project.

 

A. “Hi Malcolm! Tell us about this movie. What’s the storyline of the movie?”

M. “It’s the story of Jeremiah Winterford, an old-school vampire whose mansion has been burned down and most of his clan killed by a rival. After these tragedies he is persuaded to move to Camden, the heart of the music scene in London, to rebuild his entourage. A local unsuccessful rock band, Sorcerer’s Tower is invited to play at the re-opening night of Angelfish, a Camden music venue now under new management…”

A. “Where the idea come from, and where did you get your inspiration?”

M. ”I don’t remember exactly why I picked vampires. In June 2013 I suggested the idea of a comedy-horror story about an unsuccessful rock band caught up in the middle of a vampire feud to some of my colleagues, and the reaction was so encouraging that a couple of weeks later I had a first draft to share. A lot of the story is quite autobiographical. Except the bits with vampires. Edgar Wright’s films are also an inspiration.”

A. “How things are going and what will be next steps?”

M. We’ve just starting filming, and so far it’s going extremely well. We’ve got two scenes filmed on schedule so far, and three more scenes coming up this weekend. We plan to finish principal photography by the end of this year, and it should be out in time for Halloween 2014.

I really would love to have the possibilities to give back to each member of the crew a physical DVD with the movie. You know, digital version is fine; but having it physical, it’s another thing!”

A. “Are there any celebrities among the actors?”

M. There are a lot of people who worked or are working in the movie field, and we were delighted that Gyles Brandreth, writer, broadcaster, and former member of parliament, joined us for a cameo scene! We’ve also got the former model and scream queen Dani Thompson in a major role. We’ve some other surprises to announce soon.”

A. “How are you managing the costs to record and produce the movie?”

M.Rock band Vs Vampires is an extra low-budget comedy-horror feature film produced with the help of over 200 volunteers. it has been inspiring that so many people want to get involved to try to help make the project happen. I’m incredibly grateful to my colleagues, who bring with them such a range of skills, experience and talent. I’m also extremely grateful to the businesses that have supported us by providing their locations for filming (including the Zigfrid Von Underbelly in Hoxton, the Underworld in Camden, The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden, and Curry Manjill in Belsize Park as well as friends offering their homes.) and the Goltic Shop for their support with costumes.

We’re also putting on a fundraiser for the film at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden on Halloween, where there will be featuring performances by Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate (the film will feature music our debut album Invisible) and others involved in the film. We’re also very grateful to those who’ve supported our Indiegogo Campaign.

 

Thanks to Malcolm Galloway for the nice chat while walking on the amazing Hampstead Park!

Don’t miss the fundraising gig for Halloween in Camden Town…it’s gonna be terribly fantastic!!!

 

Author: @AlicePodenzana

 

 

Behind The Scene Experience of Filming Live Lounge

Monday, October 7th, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

 

One would think that behind the scenes of a live lounge is just manic and crazy, irrespective of the size of the event. But this live lounge was far from manic; it was full of laughter and amazing vocals!

Mitch Daniels band came prepared with their equipment to make sure they knocked the performance out the park! And boy did they knock it out! 2 guitarists, 1 bass guitarist, 1 drummer and their mysterious tones started to set the atmosphere and build jazzy vibes in the room.

I was lucky enough to exclusively hear them rehearsing before the live lounge, plus their mind-blowing voices gave me goose-bumps all over! This unique band made their own clique and has created songs which instantaneously become addictive.

Before going live, Mitch Daniels’ band seemed calm and ready to perform. Turned out that our host Nate Maingard knew one of the band members, and the astonishment increased the hype in the room.

A few minutes left and the tech team were running around like headless chickens trying to sort out final details, whilst Mitch Daniels’ band and Nate Maingard were hysterical because it was the perfect time for them to be cracking jokes!

All in all, the experience of being a part of ‘behind the scene’ crew is entertaining.  I got to know the band on a more personal level and it’s interesting to watch the four members express their individual personalities. Likewise, during the performance, tweeting and sharing photos with Elexu’s social community, turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable and very interactive.

Have a listen to Mitch Daniels band rehearsing their vocals before they go live

 

Author: Ayshah Mubeen Butt

Screenwriting 1: “Story” by J. West

Friday, October 4th, 2013|Guest posts|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

 

 

FADE IN:

INT. LOUNGE - DAY
JAC (40s) wannabee screenwriter, hunches over the laptop.
Brains are racked, the computer keys bashed. She ponders on
how to blog about writing.
ALFIE (5) the pet cat and local script consultant, lounges
on the back of the sofa.
                    ALFIE
          So, you want to get into film

     writing?

                    JAC
          Allegedly.


                    ALFIE
          Where do you start with something

     like that?

           JAC
          Books, internet, the B.B.C.
          Writer’s Room have some great
          resources for newbs. Then trial,
          error, practise and a steep
          learning curve.

Alfie nods in agreement.

                    ALFIE
          You make it sound almost easy.
                    JAC
          Sometimes it can be, but like
          anything, it can take work.
                    ALFIE
          Not sure I like that word... work.
                    JAC
          Yeh, sounds intimidating -- but if
          you really want something. And
          other peeps, not including your mum
          or mates, say you have a talent for
          it, then who knows?
                    ALFIE
          So seriously, where do you begin?

Jac thinks on this huge question.

                 JAC


          Story is key. Without a great
          story, you have nothing. Some
          writers plan their script out,
          using plot cards to sequence the
          story points out.
                    ALFIE
          Sounds tedious.
                    JAC
          Maybe, but if you get stuck,
          there’s something to refer back to.
          Kick start the writing mojo again.
                    ALFIE
          Ah. Handy.
                    JAC
          While others, write on a loose idea
          in their heads.
                    ALFIE
          Is that wise, feature films are
          ninety pages, plus?


Jac laughs.


                    JAC
          Silly, talking, cat. Just depends
          on the writer. Writing that way can
          be more organic, unpredictable
          even, creating an exciting journey.
                    ALFIE
          Sounds trippy.
                    JAC
          Well, like anything, there are some
          ace books, and guides that go into
          constructing stories. Help you
          break it down into manageable bits.
                    ALFIE
          I like bits. Especially tuna type

     bits.


                    JAC
          See, you’re digressing. If we had a
          plot outline to this...
                    ALFIE
          We’d have stayed on track?
                    JAC
          Maybe.
                    ALFIE
          So next time?
                    JAC
          The next element to consider, could
          be how to create characters for
          your story.
                    ALFIE
          Cool. Got any end of chat tips?
                    JAC
          Yep. Carry a pen and notepad
	  around. Just incase a bit of
	  dialogue, or story inspiration
	  comes to mind. Then you can
	  scribble it down, and maybe use it
	  later. As mentioned, the web has a
	  wealth of resources. Google is your
	  friend.
                    ALFIE
          No he’s not. I’m a cat.
                    JAC
          Good point.

                                                FADE OUT. 

 

 Author: J. West


NOTE: Unfortunately blogging platforms don’t allow to maintain the typical screenwriting format, and it’s why the page formatting is out of sync. Please, open the following links to see the script as it should be.

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Update from the Summer: Elexu Live Lounge

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013|Elexu Live Lounge, Event|by ElexuCommunity|No Comments

At Elexu office the summer has been busy, and we’ve received a lot of amazing visits!

For who missed the past episodes of the Live Lounge, we hosted some young artists who surprised us for their music, voices, art, well, for their natural talents!

We would like to use this space to say thanks again to everyone for coming and sharing with the Elexu Team and Elexu Community these wonderful talents. So thanks to Lukas Johne, Peppermint Duo, Antiqu’e, Tom Staniford and Sarah Berresford, alias Oh Sister!

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 Lukas Johne

Peppermint Duo

 Peppermint Duo

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Antiqu’e

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Tom Staniford with our host, Nate Maingard

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Oh Sister during the PreView of our new product iVO 

If you want to watch their performance at the Elexu Live lounge, visit the Elexu page on YouTube or on Facebook!

…New artists & Live Lounge are coming soon!

Elexu Team