The Sandy Bottom stories are now being published by A.H.Stockwell The published date is around mid summer, in soft back at about £4.00p
We are in the process of my a full length film about the island of Lundy in the Bristol Channel, see news page for more details.
We are in the process of making a film about the underwater forest that surrounds our coasts. We follow the Victorian ladies as they lead the way in identifying the thousand of seaweeds in our seas.
The film of Tales from Sandy Bottom
After the long winter we have finally started filming the series. A couple of days at Babbacombe has found some good characters, over in west Wales there was a lot of small dogfish that were quite accessible, and a loads of spider crabs that will fit into the story board. Also found a nice small canyon ½ meter wide 5 meters deep that will fit into the quest.
Down in Cornwall for a few days after west Wales, on the Manacles and the Halford river produced some good footage, especially on Vase Rock, some beautiful Jewel anemones and Plumose anemone.
We are still looking for some good rock pools for the start of the series, they need to be near to Bristol.
The script for the first one “ Who stole the jewels from the Jewel Anemones” is quite fluid changing with the animals that we are filming
Almost on weekly visit down to Babbacombe in June, start to record the characters voices soon, Some nice clips for Dermit the Hermit Crab character.
Oct has seen a big push on the Jewel Anemone film, near all the the voice overs have been done and the time line is growing 5.5mins at the moment. We think the second film will be about a Dog Fish.
Editing on the film is going great, a few changes to the script. The software from Edius is really speeding up the editing.Hoping to have the Jewel Anemone finished by the end of the year.
Starting on the next film in the series about a Dog-
Showed the finished film over Christmas to some children, had some good comments back, rewriting the story to make it a bit more complexes.
Starting to re-
Finished writing the “Tale of Donald the Spotty Dogfish”. Going to record all of the voice overs for both the story in one go with the narrators. Looking at the rock pool footage that I have it looks like I am going to need a bit more for the changes to the beginning
The trips down at Babbacombe gave me some useable footage, particularly the rubbish clips.
Have a rethink over the music , I am using a music program to write and play the music so I can vary the speed of the music in the films. Have got some good footage of Dogfish from West Wales. About ¾ of the way though Julie Jewels, hope to finish it by the beginning of June. Miranda Krestovnikoff has told me of a Children’s Film Festival in Bristol that I could Show Case Sandy Bottom.
To take you up to date , We finished the Film but haven’t had much luck with the TV channels, it still needs a bit of wwork doing to it although I have sold a few copies. So with the book coming out in the Autumn and some good reviews from the children who have bought the film I add it to the DVD list.