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.
Joe Bateman is the Director of the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, an incredible 14-year-old festival. All genres of short film including drama, documentary, animation, music video, and broadcast design including online or mobile content, title sequences, have made this festival one of the Internationals Film festival. Joe has over 16 years experience in film festivals, programming and event organizing. He started his career as a stage manager for musical festivals and theater projects in the UK, US and South Africa. He joined City Screen in 1997 and transferred to Curzon Cinemas in 1999 developing the role of Head of Special Programming and Private Events. In 2004, Joe moved to The Hospital Club where he looked after their film and event program, finally settling at Rushes in 2007.
The Rushes Soho Shorts Festival is a competition festival for filmmakers. The annual festival is a huge source to find connections, meet people and have the possibility to do a great work. An incredible opportunity to help new talent to get in to the industry and also give the opportunity for the industry organisations to give back to the creative world.. The work of newcomers and more established filmmakers is promoted by screening their work at cinemas, screening rooms and cafes throughout Soho and London’s West End. From 1999 through to 2012 the annual activities takes place in ten days and the competitive categories were:
The International Award
The Long Form Award
The Documentary Award
The Short Film Award
The Animation Award
The Music Video Award
The Pushing Boundaries Award
The Newcomers Award
At the conclusion of the festival the Rushes Awards are held to announce the most acclaimed production from each category. Judges ranging across the creative industries vote for their favorite films, the 3 finalists from each category being invited to attend to hear the announcement, with all attendees then invited to celebrate and commiserate at a Closing Night Party.
Here is the Interview with Joe Bateman August 2012.
This year there won’t be the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, but the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival have opened their doors for film submissions for their competitions.
Now is your chance to get noticed on an international stage and compete for up to £12,000 in cash prizes.
What is better than having a coffee with three filmmakers on Wednesday afternoon? This what happened on the 16 of January at Elexu. Throwing out ideas, dreams and future collaboration, Cherryl Martin and me spent a lovely afternoon in the company of Adrian Scott, Ilie Zubascu and Karen Bacellar.
Three different backgrounds, three different countries, three different personalities but one common passion.
An English guy with a great energy and believes in his dreams.
He started writing alone in his room when he was just a kid, today Adrian Scott, works with many people within the British Film Industry and hopes to spread his knowledge and indeed to learn from the best in the world.
Experienced scriptwriter, producer and director and Co-founder of Mellow 9 Productions, he has already given seminars on his experiences as a scriptwriter in schools and colleges.
One of his relevant works is Victim. He worked on this project as one of the writers. A powerful urban thriller about justice, society, self-respect and redemption. Is the story of one young man’s attempts to break out of a cycle of violence and is a vibrant and authentic picture of the consequences of crime. In cinemas June 2012
Fresh and kind Romanian.
Ilie is currently MA Video Production and Film Studies student at University of West London.
Ilie passion is in video and film production, especially digital film making. He would like to use the art of film to make an impact through story telling and wants to inspire other to write their own life stories.
Recently he working in the documentary film production of the filmography world . The project that he is currently involved is a documentary based on a Iranian family. The film is shot around the court hearings of the Iranian girl that seeks asylum in the UK. She was already refused once and now is on her second court hearing.
The documentary will be finished around June – July of this year.
One of his recent projects is “Peste toate Isuse esti Tu”
A short film presented for IPhone film festival. Have a watch below.
Lovely and sparkling American.
Karen is currently studying for an MA in Film Studies at University College London. She is currently working on a few writing projects and in pre-production for a short film that she hopes to shoot in March. The short film is entitled, Act Like Me, and is about an aspiring actress, who with the help of an acting coach finds the emotional peace necessary to perform an audition monologue.
Evelyn Victorious is one of the most recent projects. The short film is about an aspiring jazz singer, who makes her rival sick in order to gain the main stage position at a cabaret. Her Video can be found on vimeo here.
Karen has worked on several small film productions and aspires to be a filmmaker. Meanwhile, she writes scripts and muses about life and film on her blog, BlondeScarlett.
Elexu film community is growing up, and competitions are already running in our platform. If you have a dream, you have to stand up for your self, don’t wait for something, but do something. If you are a potential filmmaker, have a look in our platform to get the chance to compete in one of our competition, do the first step and start to live your dream.