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Introducing Steve Best – Our New Guest Blogger

A warm welcome to our new Guest Blogger Steve Best from Monumental Games and aPint Film Productions, the film production company behind the short horror film ‘Ay Up Me Duck of the Dead’. Steve will be joining us for the next two weeks, we asked him 10 questions to get to know him a little bit better.

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Steve Best, a community developer for Monumental Games who are based in the Lace Market area of Nottingham. Although the computer games business takes up most of my working day, my main interest is film making.

What brought you to Nottingham?

I relocated to Nottingham, originally coming from London, just over a year ago after accepting an offer of employment from Monumental Games.

What keeps you in Nottingham?

Although work is important, I guess my main reason for staying in Nottingham is the creative ambience I get from the City. There is an abundance of support from the local community for indie film projects, which leaves more time to be creative and less time spent on the administration side of creating films.

What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?

I’ve always felt that everyone should get a chance to try something they’ve always wanted to do. By making films in Nottingham, I’m bringing together local talent of varying experience levels, giving them the chance to get involved in whatever area of the production they would like to try. The only criteria is, you have to be local, enthusiastic and want to be involved in making films. By sharing creativity, we all get to learn something new and hopefully can be proud of the finished product!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Within the next 5 years, I would hope to have made at least 2 feature length films in Nottingham. I’ve never had a shortage of film ideas, so the only thing stopping me is time and possibly money. While it would be great to make films as a full time profession, I’m doing it for the love of it, rather than looking for monetary rewards.

What do you wish you had more time for?

I would love to find the time to learn everything there is to know about film editing software, including some of the great effect packages that are out there. Unfortunately, most of my spare time is spent on scripts so I have to leave the technical stuff to people who actually know what they’re doing.

What keeps you awake at night?

I often find myself going over film scripts in my head before finally dropping off to sleep. I’ll come up with a whole scene, right down to the storyboarding, before I eventually go to sleep. The problem is, trying to remember it all the following day!

What do you think is Nottingham’s best kept secret?

Nottingham’s best kept secret is the amount of female zombie fans within the city! When we first asked for zombie extras for our last film, 75% of the applicants were females of all ages and walks of life.

What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?

For me, Nottingham doesn’t really lack in anything as there always seems to be something happening. However I would like to see more quirky events, like zombie walks and flash mobbing!

What Big thing are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a number of projects with a new 3D facebook game, Little Horrors, currently taking up much of my working day at Monumental Games.

The evenings and weekends are taken up with work on a short film called ‘The Raining Man’, due for completion by the end of June 2010. The film features 2 unknown local actors and is based in the 19th century, revolving around the true story of the barges that used to deliver the dead on the Trent.

I’m also pretty tied up trying to complete the script for ‘Zombie Hood’, a feature length horror film which is due to start filming around August 2010. Once we’ve finalized the script, we’ll be casting and putting the production team together. We’ve already had a lot of interest, especially from local colleges and even a local band, who will be writing and performing some of the music in the film. Yes, it’s all about local talent and there’s tons of it…

Thanks to Steve for joining us as a guest blogger, we look forward to his upcoming blogs! The trailer for Ay Up Me Duck of the Dead (below) is not for the squeamish or zombie-phobic! You have been warned!