Gabriel Cushing: A Fright At The Opera
By Mark Adams & Amrit Birdi
Gabriel and Melanie investigate the supernatural goings on at a local theatre, whilst equally trying to avoid getting everyone killed!
Great Escapes, Volume 1
By Various Authors
An illustrated anthology of escapist fiction featuring content from the Great Escape website and brand new contributions.
The Star Coin Prophecy
By Chrissey Harrison
Shy reporter Ruth finds herself transported through space and time by an alien device. NOW FREE! Available from Amazon (£0.99) Kobo & Smashwords
Faith Healers: The Flesh Angel (Part 11)
25th March 2015
Faith Healers: The Flesh Angel (Part 10)
6th October 2014
Faith Healers: The Flesh Angel (Part 9)
1st September 2014
Faith Healers: The Flesh Angel (Part 8)
4th August 2014
Faith Healers: The Flesh Angel (Part 7)
7th July 2014
Faith Healers: The Flesh Angel (Part 6)
5th March 2014
27th October 2013
Faith Healers: The Flesh Angel (Part 5)
23rd September 2013
Faith Healers: The Flesh Angel (part 4)
11th September 2013
Follow Friday – Microfiction Monday Magazine
Posted by Chrissey - 27th March 2015
Short fiction that packs a punch! Microfiction Monday Magazine publishes a selection of snappy fiction of 100 words or less on the first Monday of each month. You can find a great selection of stories to enjoy in their archive stretching back through more than 30 editions.
They accept submissions in any genre, on any subject, so long as the piece tells a story. You can find out more about their submission guidelines here.
Editor Gayle Towell is a fiction writer, drummer, and college instructor from Oregon and has her own website at gayletowell.com.
Follow Friday is our weekly featurette where we highlight people and sites we think are worth following. Take a look at our past suggestions here.
Are you ready for Camp?
Posted by Chrissey - 23rd March 2015
The first session of Camp NaNoWriMo 2015 is just 10 days away! Writers, are you ready for camp?
Camp NaNoWriMo is run a little differently from the November challenge. Writers are invited to bring any kind of writing project they like, not just novels, and not just new projects but existing ones. If you’ve got a manuscript at the first draft stage, you work on revising and editing it; they even provide a handy conversion rate to equate editing time into a word count (1hr = 1000 words). Or maybe you fancy working on that script idea you’ve been toying with. How about a collection of poems?
Explore new writing territory this April. Get lost. Write.
Three reasons why going to camp is awesome
1. Share everything with friends in your cabin
You can choose to be assigned to a cabin with strangers or create a private one with people you already know. Either way, you get to share the whole adventure with people who share your passion and love for writing. What could be better than that?
2. Special offers and discounts for participants
Camp NaNo’s sponsors are offering up a whole bunch of cool deals you can take advantage of. For starters, you can get 20% off Scrivener which, if you don’t already use it, will change your writing life!
3. Anything you achieve is awesome!
You can set your own target from 10,000 to 999,999 words, so you can choose a realistic goal. But even if you do you fall behind on reaching your target, just keep writing and loving what you are writing. Camp is all about having fun.
What will you write?
TGE’s Chrissey Harrison will be taking part with a lofty 60,000 word goal spread across 50hrs of revision/editing , 3 short stories and 30 pieces of micro fiction. You can follow her progress on her blog Chrissey’s Great Escape.
What project will you be taking to camp? Tell us in a comment below!
Follow Friday – CineMe
Posted by Chrissey - 20th March 2015
Film makers in Bristol and the South West should definitely check out CineMe. CineMe provides a platform for short and independent filmmakers to showcase their work both on-line and at regular screening events in the area.
Since they began back in 2008, founder James Ewen and his team have been slowly expanding CineMe to include film making workshops and interview/Q&A sessions with media professionals.
This April 2nd and 14th they have two special screenings of feature film Eliminate: Archie Cookson, which was shot locally in Bristol. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Rob Holder and his team. Find out more.
Follow Friday is our weekly featurette where we highlight people and sites we think are worth following. Take a look at our past suggestions here.
A Rundown of UK Zombie Experiences
Posted by Chrissey - 18th March 2015
|Have you ever been up close and personal with a bunch of zombies? You might be surprised at how many opportunities there are! We’ve pulled together a few events from across the UK where you can run, scream and generally scare yourself witless.|
2.8 hours later (Various dates in 2015) – Sling Shot
The original Zombie chase game is now in more cities, with more dates than ever. This month the undead will be terrorising Cardiff. What’s more, there’s new story elements and objectives, so even if you’ve run it before, there’s more to discover.
Are you more into chasing than being chased? You can also volunteer to be a zombie and receive full training at Zombie School.
Zombie Chase – (April 2015) – Backyard Cinema
This April in Weston-Super-Mare there’s a new Zombie chase game with a twist; an outdoor screening of Shaun of the Dead once you reach the safe zone at the end! Last we checked there were only 33 tickets left! Full details are available at zombie-chase.co.uk.
We’ll be keeping an eye on Weston’s Backyard Cinema to see what other events they come up with for 2015. Find their latest updates on their Facebook page.
Resident Terror – 5k Zombie Run (October 2015) – The Milk Run
This one is more hard-core. A 5k chase, complete with obstacles and mud, and of course, Zombies. Survivors have one chance to make their way to the safety of the base before they are caught and devoured.
The Mud Run, (part of The Milk Run), runs events throughout the year with different themes and challenges. All take place in and around the Arena Essex raceway in Purfleet. Check out full details on their website or Facebook page.
The Mall – (Various dates in 2015) – Zed Events
Are you a traditionalist? In true Dawn of the Dead style, Zed Events run a zombie survival experience in a disused mall near Reading! “The first part is a 2 and a half hour ‘movie experience’ in which you and your friends star in real-time, while the second sees you and your group pitted against the horde in a series of missions in a full-on ‘run and gun’ gore fest.”
They also run a survival weekend in the great outdoors, for those who prefer more room to spread out, and a Manor House experience for those who like the Resident Evil vibe – check out the teaser trailer below.
Prison Break – (Various dates in 2015) – Zombie Earth
A Zombie prison break? 60-90 minutes to break out of disused HMP Ashwell, hounded by the undead. Pretty cool.
But wait, there’s more. Zombie Earth also run an overnight experience in the prison. This intense 13 hour survival experience will see you attempt to survive a night in the cells of the prison as a zombie apocalypse is raging around you. In order to stay alive you will need to work in a team to retrieve things for your survival. This has got to be one of the ultimate zombie experiences out there!
Zombie Earth run two other experiences. In Apocalypse you have to make your way across a city in chaos to the relative safety of your base, while in Origin you’re part of a team investigating the virus behind the outbreak in a post-apocalyptic aftermath.
Zombie Experience, Wolverhampton (Various dates in 2015) – Events2Scare
Events2Scare is a zombie and scare actor rental service which also runs some truly exciting horror attractions. Based in Wolverhampton, their Zombie Experience is a 3 hour immersive experience where survivors delve into infected zones to carry out objectives.
Although it’s not zombie themed, we couldn’t resist mentioning that they also run a horror themed camping experience in Shropshire – Woodland of Terror – set among medieval ruins and spooky caves.
Monthly Mention #1 – March 2015
Posted by Chrissey - 16th March 2015
Monthly Mention is our new monthly featurette where we give a shout out to a bunch of great stuff and projects in the world of indie films, fiction and comics. It might be new, it might have been around for a while, but it is all cool.
Here’s some stuff we’ve come across recently that we think you should check out:
Run & Cold Calller
Two films currently funding on Kickstarter from film makers based in our local area; Joshua O’Connor and Philip Cook. Both look really good and are well worth checking out. Run has already blasted past it’s £600 target but Cold Caller is struggling a little.
|Run – In a dissipated Britain terrorised by mysterious creatures, one survivor must reach the coast and make it out alive.|
Cold Caller – An elderly lady reluctantly welcomes a door-step cold caller into her home with unexpected consequences.
Congratulations to Andrew Harmer, James Heath and the rest of the team at Dresden Films! The Fitzroy title sequence has been selected as a finalist for the South by Southwest (SXSW) ‘Excellence in Title Design Award’. Good Luck!
Out Now – North By Southwest
Newly released from North Bristol Writing group is North By Southwest, an anthology of 15 stories by 10 Writers from the Bristol area.
The stories are original, never-before published, inventive, and have a great variety. Here lies the strength of the book, showcasing as it does the work of the writers after a year or so of collaboration.
Join us for an eclectic and unlikely series of journeys through landscape and story.
Spark and Carousel cover revealed
On a related note, Bristol based writer Joanne Hall revealed the cover of her latest novel recently. Check out the amazing cover art from Kristell Ink!
The book is due for release later this year, so we’ll be watching out for it!
We crossed paths with comic writer and illustrator Rachael Smith at True Believers, Melksham last month and picked up a copy of Ask Flimsy, wherein a blue kitten who likes red wine answers questions about love and romance.
You can ask Flimsy a question too, on Racheal’s Ask Flimsy tumblr.
The Princess Who Saved Herself
The Princess Who Saved Herself is a children’s book written by comics writer Greg Pak, based on the beloved song by internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton, and illustrated by artist Takeshi Miyazawa. A digital version was originally created as a stretch reward for Coulton’s and Pak’s Code Monkey Save World graphic novel Kickstarter, and the creators are now funding a wider release.
It tells the story of an awesome kid who lives with her pet snake and plays rock ‘n’ roll all day to the huge annoyance of the classical guitarist witch who lives down the road. Hijinks, conflicts, and a fun reconciliation ensue, all showcasing determination, bravery, and understanding.
There’s just over a week left to grab yourself a copy – The Princess Who Saved Herself
I’ll Be Right Back takes “Faustus” to London Horror Fest 2014
Posted by Chrissey - 20th September 2014
The Great Escape recently joined forces with new and upcoming theatre company I’ll Be Right Back to produce a trailer for their forthcoming stage production, Faustus.
Here at TGE we’re really excited about I’ll Be Right Back. The new theatre company features several amazingly talented actors we’ve worked with on productions of Gabriel Cushing: David Curtis, who plays Gabriel himself, and Serena Chloe Gardener and Kate Danbury who both feature in our most recent production, Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows (Coming 2015).
Faustus is a dark, brooding re-imagining of Christopher Marlowe’s classic tale of demons and sin. Set in a corporate office, rife with ambition and back stabbing, the play takes a new look at the meaning of repentance.
I’ll be right back are currently raising funds for the performance which will début at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden on 29th, 30th and 31st October as part of the London Horror Festival 2014. You can support them on Kickstarter and choose from rewards including a download or DVD of the performance video and tickets to a special, intimate, dedicated performance, complete with goodie bag and a chance to meet the cast and crew.
Tickets to the main festival performances are available from the London Horror Festival website.
Carnival of Sorrows update: Preliminary filming is done!
Posted by Rich - 21st July 2014
Our apologies for the lack of updates on the film shoot and the campaign – it turned out the strain of filming left no-one to write updates on what’s been happening! So, here’s the summary:
- We have officially wrapped the main shoot of the film – over 6 weeks of constant shoots, late nights, early mornings and frayed nerves.
- In total, there were over two-and-a-half thousand takes, over 25 hours of footage and over 240 hours of on-set time logged!
- Already, the first draft of the film is coming together, and last weekend the team sat down and watched the first rough edits of core moments from the shoot. Suffice to say, the hard work is certainly paying off, as even in this truly rough form, the film feels tighter and more refined than many of our prior films!
Over the course of the next few weeks, we hope to bring you regular news on our progress, behind-the-scenes updates from the shoot, and much more – many of these will be exclusive to our Kickstarter backers so, if you backed us, make sure you check out our Kickstarter page as well!
Once again, thanks to everyone who supported this production. We hope to make you proud.
Mark, Felek, Rich, Chrissey, Ben, and the rest of the team.
The Carnival has come to town!
Posted by Rich - 27th March 2014
Hello again, especially you wonderful people who supported us on Kickstarter. We may have been quiet for a while, but rest assured that since we’ve last posted a huge amount of work has gone on about our latest production, Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows – so much so that we are actually now through pre-production and are now filming! So let’s recap what’s happened since we last spoke…
Casting – done!
Between September and March, we ran three full casting calls, one recall session and a few one-on-one casting sessions. Thanks to everyone who applied for a role, but in the end we only had a certain number of roles to fill – so congratulations to all! (If you are a Kickstarter backer, check out the updates on the Carnival of Sorrows page for more details about the castings!)
Script – locked!
There have been several rewrites to the script since the Kickstarter began all those months ago, including a beautiful day in August where the entire script was taken to pieces, inspected and rebuilt to make sure we had a script better than anything we’ve ever had before. Honestly, everyone loves it and we hope we can do a good job to convert this passion to the screen.
Planning – done!
A huge amount of planning has been happening behind the scenes, with shot lists, breakdowns, storyboards contracts, insurance paperwork, receipts and endless department plans raining down on us like the British weather.
To say this is the most complex production we’ve ever done is an understatement – this really is the biggest shoot we have ever done!
We’ve also acquired several new crew members (including several new faces to our make-up, sound, and production departments)! Sadly, some previously engaged people have found themselves unavailable, but luckily we’ve managed to work around the issues faced and come out the other side bright and smiling!
Locations – secured!
We’ve scouted, located, locked-in and bolted shut many of the locations required for the shoot, with a small number of locations for later in the shoot still to get.
The future – certain!
As we said at the start, we actually began filming this week! Last Monday provided 2 and a half scenes completed – strangely, due to the way production has panned out, the first scene filmed was actually the last scene in the film.
We hope to be bringing you regular updates from the set along with behind-the-scenes photos (avoiding spoilers, of course!), inside news, cast and crew updates, and much more … but only for backers! Everyone else – you’ll get less frequent updates, but we’ll keep you updated on exciting news too big to hide!
So stay tuned for more from the Carnival of Sorrows!
Casting Call for Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows
Posted by Chrissey - 10th June 2013
This July/August The Great Escape will be filming the next big Gabriel Cushing adventure: Carnival of Sorrows. We recently raised a large portion of our funding through our successful Kickstarter project. Now that the Kickstarter is over, there is much work to be done and there are lots of ways to get involved with the production. Not least of those ways is casting!
Here you can find a detailed list of all the
available roles and information on how to apply.
There are also crew openings including the following:
- Dance / Movement choreographer
- Lighting assistants
- Assistant boom operator
- Hair Stylists
- Make up artists
- Costume makers / alterers
And, of course, general volunteers. You don’t need any experience to come along and help out.
An Interview with Elisar Cabrera at MCM London
Posted by Chrissey - 3rd June 2013
If you recall, we were at MCM London Comic Con last weekend, where we met plenty of amazing people including other web series creators, actors, special effects artists, press people, and best of all, fans of ours!
One person who was in constant movement around the convention was Elisar Cabrera of Capital City Entertainment. Elisar is the Programmer for VidFestUK, responsible for arranging the YouTubers and Web Series creators at MCM. He is also a coordinator of the Raindance Film Festival’s London Web Fest, producer on the web series 3some, one of the driving forces behind BritishWebSeries.com and on top of that, he produces several blogging series and podcasts including ThoseVideoGuys and Raindance’s Short Film Show.
We managed to stop him long enough to interview him about VidFestUK, the amazing people at the event, and how the stars of YouTube and the web are more popular than US television stars! (*)
(*) well, in the eyes of MCM atendees, at least!