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Title: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on October 12, 2012, 11:21:50 pm

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This is the thread dedicated to our brand new web series that launches tomorrow with Episode 1 of an eight-part horror-adventure which sees the titular hero, Gabriel Cushing, battling the undead in the sleepy village of Little Easton.

Please let us know what you think here!



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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on November 01, 2012, 12:39:19 am


"Episode 2: Into the Woods" is now online"! Check it out!



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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on November 07, 2012, 11:40:46 pm
Hi.
What country was episode 2 set in? The grass and the trees are a lush green, but the sky is blue! If it is set in England shouldn't it be raining, or that it has just rained, or that it is about to rain? At the very least there should be a grey cloud in the sky.

I have watched the episode a few times now, on a small screen it appears ok, but when it is displayed on a larger screen errors can be seen.

The cameramans curse. Doing a pan shot. Early in the ep there is a pan of the green field to a cottage, on a full screen the movement of the pan shot appears juttery.
Also some of the make up appears lacking, of the three girl vampires. There is a close up of a hand on a face, the hand didn't seem to have any make up on it.
A close up of a vampire girl (looking at them, the one on the right) her facial colouring seems to stop at her chin.

The series may be for normal consumers to watch, but there will be industry executives watching for up and coming talent. And it may well be those little things that they see.

Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Rich on November 11, 2012, 03:03:39 pm
What country was episode 2 set in? The grass and the trees are a lush green, but the sky is blue! If it is set in England shouldn't it be raining, or that it has just rained, or that it is about to rain? At the very least there should be a grey cloud in the sky.

I don't know, the opening scene of episode 1 was pretty grey and overcast! :P In our defence, I think there was some rather freak weather happening over the summer - blue skies and glorious sunshine in England? Madness!

The cameramans curse. Doing a pan shot. Early in the ep there is a pan of the green field to a cottage, on a full screen the movement of the pan shot appears juttery.

Actually, I think that might be an issue with how YouTube handled the shot. On the original video, it was a really smooth pan... but strangely enough YouTube seems to judder as it pans across. Something to be aware of in future, I think!

Thanks for your comments though, they are much appreciated.
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on November 20, 2012, 12:25:05 pm



"Episode 3: Night Terrors" is now online"! Check it out!



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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on November 20, 2012, 09:16:47 pm
One of my pet hates in vampire films is the angle of the teeth marks on the victims neck. The girl said about it trying to bite her, then we see the two red lines on her neck. Is that where the thing tried to bite her, I hope not 'cos it'd be physically impossible at that angle.
Most vampire films try to add new stuff, like the sparkly skin in Twilight. Do yours have the ability of getting into a house uninvited, Lucinda did and of her causing reflections? But I did have a bit of a giggle at burying a zombie vampire at a crossroads.
Of the vampire films I've watched (DVD's) a lot of them have how the film was made, and some tips and tricks. One I noted was how to stop a reflection, Lucinda's reflection in the window when she was in the corner of the room, by having an outside light her reflection would have been cancelled out.
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: mysticjim on November 21, 2012, 09:54:34 pm
Liking episode three, although still want Ben to be torn limb from limb for being a complete dork. 

In response to Maidenscombe's comment, Gabriel didn't so much invite Lucinda in, as order her to get in the house, mistakenly taking her at face value as a victim, it was blatantly part of the deception. 

So, what next - good cliff-hanger ending, but while a I'm completely hoping that Lucinda shoves one of those books so far down his throat, that he'd need to stick his head up his own arse to ever read them again, I'm willing to bet either he is carrying something that will repel her at the vital moment, or worse still, dozy Ben will reappear and ward her off with an overpowering dose of camp dialogue!  :D
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Rich on November 22, 2012, 12:40:10 am
One of my pet hates in vampire films is the angle of the teeth marks on the victims neck. The girl said about it trying to bite her, then we see the two red lines on her neck. Is that where the thing tried to bite her, I hope not 'cos it'd be physically impossible at that angle.

It's meant to be more of a scratch than a bite mark.

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Most vampire films try to add new stuff, like the sparkly skin in Twilight. Do yours have the ability of getting into a house uninvited, Lucinda did and of her causing reflections?

Gabriel sort of invited her in in the form of a demand, which was a bit of a mistake wasn't it? :P

As for reflections, we're trying to aim for a different take on vampires (hence the 'Zombie' in the name; they are rotten and ragged rather than neat and dapper, are visible in reflections, etc.) and follow more traditional legends of vampirism rather than them all being two-fang, Dracula-esque goths.

Again, thanks for your questions and queries - they are much appreciated!
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Felek on November 22, 2012, 05:56:15 pm
The cameramans curse. Doing a pan shot. Early in the ep there is a pan of the green field to a cottage, on a full screen the movement of the pan shot appears juttery.

Not trying to use it as an excuse, but unfortunately its inherent to the frame rate of film/drama (24 or 25 fps). Pans are notoriously difficult to pull off well, and its an issue that both indie filmmakers, like ourselves, and hollywood productions share. As Rich says, YouTube's processing doesn't help either.
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on November 23, 2012, 01:02:18 am
Rich, mysticjim,
you both say about Lucinda being told to go into the house, but that wasn't my point. It was mentioned earlier in that episode that it wasn't his house to invite her into.

And Rich, about the dress code of zombie vampires as opposed to vampires. I hadn't thought of it in that sense, so when you are preparing the clothes for filming, do you dig up a few rocks and chuck them into the washer with the clothes? As compared to, oh I don't know, washing powder?
So is Lucinda a zombie vampire? Cos her clothes are nice, and her skin colour is vampiresc.

Oh, and mysticjim,
about Lucinda shoving a book down Gabby Cushings throat, so far he'd have to shove his head up his arse to read it. Sorry! But he wouldn't need to shove his head up his own poop hole. You see he doesn't read the books as-such, it is more that he (tee hee) internalises the words on the page.
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on November 30, 2012, 05:51:44 pm
Rich, mysticjim,
you both say about Lucinda being told to go into the house, but that wasn't my point. It was mentioned earlier in that episode that it wasn't his house to invite her into.

Well, leaving aside that some vampire myths do not use the invite thing at all, there's nothing inherent that suggests it *has* to be the owner of the property. Besides I think gabriel tends to take over places where he turns up!

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And Rich, about the dress code of zombie vampires as opposed to vampires. I hadn't thought of it in that sense, so when you are preparing the clothes for filming, do you dig up a few rocks and chuck them into the washer with the clothes? As compared to, oh I don't know, washing powder?
So is Lucinda a zombie vampire? Cos her clothes are nice, and her skin colour is vampiresc.

Some of the costumes were certainly distressed but using more specific methods. Lucinda, being rather fresh, is less decayed than the Ancient Vampire who debuted proper in this episode. Lucinda's white make-up also helps conceal some of her less than fresh nature. ;)


Let's hope mysticjim is irritated by Melanie as we'll start to see more of her!


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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on December 01, 2012, 12:01:33 am
About what vampires can and can't do was mainly included so that the church people of the time wouldn't be offended.
The invite people in originally (I believe) referred to the owners house being their private church. So if the owner is an atheist, it's an open house type situation.
With religious related way to kill a vampire, that created a beneficial side for the vampire stories, as there are several ways to kill one, the individual stands a chance. IE, don't invite them in, stand inside the door and make fun of them until the sun comes up. Anyone for a comedy? 
One of the reasons why zombies aren't as big a drawcard, killing them is just a case of lop their heads off and she'll be alright mate.

'Lucinda's white make up helps conceal some of her less than fresh nature'.
Good Grief! What a horrible thought! Are you saying she doesn't clean her teeth? Ye Gods!
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on December 01, 2012, 09:41:54 pm

"Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires - Episode IV: Myths & Legends" has been released! Check it out!


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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: mysticjim on December 04, 2012, 09:23:43 pm
See, enter Ben and his camp acting and Gabriel is saved.  At least he got a vampire knee in the happy sacks for it!  ;D 

So, finally we see some vampires doing some vampiring, although the joggers deserved it for those matching tracksuits, and the hikers deserved it for just being hikers!  Are we sure these vampires are evil or are they just ridding the village of dodgy extras!

And dammit, Lucinda, with the power of telekinesis, you choose to beat down Cushing with a book - you're in a kitchen for goodness sake, a place deemed to be statistically the most dangerous in any house, full of knives, pots, pans and all manner of sharp or heavy but generally potentially more offensive weaponry than a sodding book!  In truth, judging by the size of that fry-up that Gabriel was cooking in the morning, Lucinda doesn't really need to kill them herself, at that rate they'll both die from coronary heart disease due to high cholesterol levels! 
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on December 04, 2012, 09:33:56 pm
See, enter Ben and his camp acting and Gabriel is saved.  At least he got a vampire knee in the happy sacks for it!  ;D 

So, finally we see some vampires doing some vampiring, although the joggers deserved it for those matching tracksuits, and the hikers deserved it for just being hikers!  Are we sure these vampires are evil or are they just ridding the village of dodgy extras!

The joggers might just be cameos froma  pair of the great escape production team. ;)  But certainly, they do seem to potentially doing a public service!

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And dammit, Lucinda, with the power of telekinesis, you choose to beat down Cushing with a book

Now, to be fair it *is* a copy of one of the Twilight sequels. Seriously. Behind the scenes secrets! ;) 

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- you're in a kitchen for goodness sake, a place deemed to be statistically the most dangerous in any house, full of knives, pots, pans and all manner of sharp or heavy but generally potentially more offensive weaponry than a sodding book!  In truth, judging by the size of that fry-up that Gabriel was cooking in the morning, Lucinda doesn't really need to kill them herself, at that rate they'll both die from coronary heart disease die high cholesterol levels!

I like to think of it as the "morning after the night before" scene. Gabriel's even got the jacket off! :p 



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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on December 05, 2012, 12:38:51 am
Who will make it to the end of the series without getting bit?
My bets are on Ben, I mean what self respecting creature of the night is gonna want to get close to someone who does up the top button on a T shirt?
Why was Melanie worried when she woke up in a strange place?
Answer... guy with the top button on his T shirt done up is facing her. (with a silly grin on his face)
What was she thinking at that point? Was it, beam me up Scotty, please?
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: mysticjim on December 16, 2012, 08:36:50 pm
Okay, another new episode, and Gabriel and Ben again push the envelope for camp, ineffectual vampire slaying.  Seriously, you could peg a tent with those little wooden stakes, its no wonder it took at least two go's for them to work.  But typically, they've come up against terminally inept vampires, again, it appears to be a legion of vampire village idiots! I'm afraid I'm still having trouble suspending my disbelief during the 'action' scenes - both Gabriel and Ben react with the speed of an arthritic sloth.

From a shameless male point of view, did the person in charge of wardrobe and costumes decide on the subtle nod to the tradition of Hammer Horror, where the female leads absolutely have to be sporting low cut tops?  :P

Whilst on the subject, am slightly disturbed that Melanie only seems to own one outfit - within which she has now had to sprint for prolonged periods of time whilst being chased by vampire zombies, been knocked to ground in, then slept in it, worn it for a second day, and been chased - AGAIN, and then knocked to the floor, AGAIN, and then brutally murdered a vampire zombie in it.  Frankly, after all that you'd expect her to smell riper than Mo Farah's trainers! 

And while I'm definately taken by the buxom Lucinda, I'm slightly disturbed by the relevation that she eats sheep!  :o  And I'm somewhat put off after Gabriel and Ben suggested in the previous episode that she smelt a bit fishy - dammit, must every attractive female in this series be cursed with poor personal hygiene issues?  :o

Changing the subject completely, I really wish that the vampire staking scenes had included a bit of blood gushing or spraying, rather than just oozing.  Nothing says 'horror' better than a bit of splatter! 
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on December 16, 2012, 10:42:54 pm
Okay, another new episode, and Gabriel and Ben again push the envelope for camp, ineffectual vampire slaying.  Seriously, you could peg a tent with those little wooden stakes, its no wonder it took at least two go's for them to work.  But typically, they've come up against terminally inept vampires, again, it appears to be a legion of vampire village idiots! I'm afraid I'm still having trouble suspending my disbelief during the 'action' scenes - both Gabriel and Ben react with the speed of an arthritic sloth.

Well, they're certainly not the quickest to the punch, that's for sure. But damn it, they're trying. And isn't that the British way? ;)  Plus, you know, Gabriel was right with the garlic! :p

And to be fair, these Ramblers haven't been vampires very long at all! But certainly, I'd agree, the average zombie vampire intelligence level isn't *that* high!

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From a shameless male point of view, did the person in charge of wardrobe and costumes decide on the subtle nod to the tradition of Hammer Horror, where the female leads absolutely have to be sporting low cut tops?  :P

Sam chose her own outfit, honest!

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Whilst on the subject, am slightly disturbed that Melanie only seems to own one outfit - within which she has now had to sprint for prolonged periods of time whilst being chased by vampire zombies, been knocked to ground in, then slept in it, worn it for a second day, and been chased - AGAIN, and then knocked to the floor, AGAIN, and then brutally murdered a vampire zombie in it.  Frankly, after all that you'd expect her to smell riper than Mo Farah's trainers! 

hah! Now this is an odd one. She does have two tops! Same style, but ones a blue and ones a green and they looked very different... until they got on camera! You can *just* about tell, Episode 5 onwards is the green top so she has changed. But yeah, had we the chance, we'd likely have made the two colours much more clearly distinct! Live and learn!

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And while I'm definately taken by the buxom Lucinda, I'm slightly disturbed by the relevation that she eats sheep!  :o  And I'm somewhat put off after Gabriel and Ben suggested in the previous episode that she smelt a bit fishy - dammit, must every attractive female in this series be cursed with poor personal hygiene issues?  :o

Well, was thinking more a decomposing smell but whatever... :p

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Changing the subject completely, I really wish that the vampire staking scenes had included a bit of blood gushing or spraying, rather than just oozing.  Nothing says 'horror' better than a bit of splatter!

Ah, I love blood, I do. But I also love ooze, and don't think we see enough of it these days! But yeah, again, one of those live and learn things, I'd certainly go with a bit more blood in general I think. Next time... ;)


Thanks again for your honest, and entertaining, thoughts!


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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on December 17, 2012, 11:40:49 pm
I haven't been able to see the whole episode yet. Each time it cuts out half to three quarters the way through, or there abouts.
I'm glad that there isn't a spray of blood when a person is cut/ stabbed. Even when an artery is cut the pressure will only cause a small spurt, not like the Hollywood style of half way across the room; ooze is much better.
When Gabriel and Ben fall to the ground during a vamp attack, their efforts at getting up are dumb. Reminiscent maybe of the early 'Carry On' films. Or how to spoil a film with bad directing, as in The Blair Witch Project and Solstice.
But Lucindas revelation of eating sheep, I had hysterics at that point. My brain went into overdrive when she said that.... I imagined her sat underneath an apple tree watching the sheep fall (thinking of gravity) and the words of the Monty Python sketch  .......  these sheep don't fly, more like plummet. 

I disagree with the comment about the zombie vampires seeming like village idiots, mainly due to them not doing up the top button on a T shirt like Ben.
Imagine if Ben and Sam became a dual personality of one person in a Dr. Frankenstein type experiment, he'd still do up the top button, but Sam would leave several lower buttons undone so that the top of her buzzumka's could be seen.
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on January 08, 2013, 11:09:17 am


"Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires - Episode VI: Hunted" has been released! The first upload had an error, now fixed. Enjoy!


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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on January 08, 2013, 11:23:11 am
I've just watched episode six.
I cheered for Gabriel, the lucky bloke had never heard of The Blair Witch Project. It is in my top five for the worst films ever made.
I booed Ben, that top button is still done up and no zombie vamp has got him yet (does the swamp thing get him? Please say yes)
Melanie threw some kind of water at a zombie vamp. Er hello, has she never heard of Mountain Dew?
Then poor Lucinda comes in at the end, but I couldn't hear what she said as the music drowned out her voice.

Overall verdict: Given that Gabriel hadn't heard of the blair witch. 10 out of 10.... Yipee!
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: mysticjim on January 09, 2013, 09:30:50 pm
Bit of a mixed bag, this one. 

Gabriel and Ben mince their way through some very corny horror clichés - seriously, 'I've got a bad feeling about this.'   Ben deserves to die for that alone, and with his growing list of character felonies, if he doesn't die in this then I might personally hunt down and murder the script writer.  If any of the characters say, 'It's showtime,' at any point in this series that will be the point I stop watching, for sure!

Slightly un-PC, but I once heard Roger Corman declare that to make a decent horror film you must utilise the 'Holy Trinity of Horror' - Tits, Ass and Gory Death.  By that yardstick, Melanie is holding up the series almost single handed.  Thought the impaling was pretty good, the oozing blood seems to be a lot more visually effective when the victim is impaled upright, gravity works in its advantage, I guess?

Thought the episode was slightly let down by the ending - as previously mentioned, Lucinda was almost completely drowned out at one point, and I thought the ancient vampire rising up through the ground aped Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters a bit too much.  Personally, I think the scene of him rising from the ground was a bit overdone and over long.  And from a cinematic point of view, having risen, the camera revealed him looking down upon him, I think a hero shot - filmed from a low angle to make him look bigger - more imposing, would have been better.  As a cliffhanger, I was actually expecting a whole load more zombie vampires to spring out and surround Ben and Gabriel, giving them what looked like an impossible situation to somehow overcome.  As it is, I'd back Ben and Gabriel to just leg it in the opposite direction, doubt Lucinda can sprint in that outfit, and if the ancient vampire takes nearly a minute to get to his feet, you wouldn't bet your house on the fact that he could run very fast!

Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on January 09, 2013, 10:00:04 pm
About the broken bit of a tree's branch (tee hee, was that broken bit of the tree branch named Vlad?) the one that impaled the zombie vampire. Thing is to what degree is the zombie vampire, a zombie or a vampire?
As a bit of wood through the chest of a zombie won't harm it, but it would kill a vampire IF it gets the heart.
If the head is zombie, the teeth aren't vampire. That might suggest that below the head is vampire, so the wood has it. However, if Lucinda is a Zompire (ZOMbie vamPIRE) her head being vampire and her body being zombie, then Gabriel staking her won't do any good.
What is Gabriel's favourite stake called? Mr. Pointy? Vlad? anyone got any more ideas 
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on January 09, 2013, 10:02:25 pm
Thought the episode was slightly let down by the ending - as previously mentioned, Lucinda was almost completely drowned out at one point, and I thought the ancient vampire rising up through the ground aped Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters a bit too much.  Personally, I think the scene of him rising from the ground was a bit overdone and over long.  And from a cinematic point of view, having risen, the camera revealed him looking down upon him, I think a hero shot - filmed from a low angle to make him look bigger - more imposing, would have been better.  As a cliffhanger, I was actually expecting a whole load more zombie vampires to spring out and surround Ben and Gabriel, giving them what looked like an impossible situation to somehow overcome.  As it is, I'd back Ben and Gabriel to just leg it in the opposite direction, doubt Lucinda can sprint in that outfit, and if the ancient vampire takes nearly a minute to get to his feet, you wouldn't bet your house on the fact that he could run very fast!


The Fulci homage is 100% deliberate, but that's fair enough if it was too on the nose. itw as also inspired by the Blind Dead series.

What I really wanted to note was that that's exactly what was originally scripted for the cliffhanger! Unfortunately, time, cost and other technical issues and the like meant the final result was greatly reduced. I hope it was just about got away with!


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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on January 19, 2013, 11:11:59 pm

"Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires - Episode VII: Satan's Grove" has been released! Enjoy!


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Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on January 20, 2013, 05:09:26 am
I just watched ep 7, and I'm sorry, but I have to say this, they got Ben! Hooray!
I wasn't overly impressed with the sound effects of the shotgun.
What happened to the ancients make-up? Stopping at his face? A turtle neck sweater would've done the job.
I take it (tee hee) that Lucinda sticking her finger into the ancients face was the implied sex content?
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: mysticjim on January 20, 2013, 02:30:04 pm
Episode 7

Thank you, Lucinda, Ben's reign of tyranny by crap dialogue is hopefully over! I don't care if she does smell like a rotting corpse, I love this woman!

Alas, I'm less impressed with the fact that a dozen Zombie Vampires could do nothing more threatening than shoving Gabriel and Ben around a bit, allowing both to deliver yet more corny dialogue.  Viewer satisfaction would definitely have been raised by a merciless slaughter of both of them.  I come to the conclusion that Melanie, having had a stranglehold on the tits and ass front, is also the only good protagonist with balls as well.

The ancient vampires teeth and face makeup do look great, but I agree, alas you can see the joins at the neck, such a shame is its done ever so well on the face.  And mental note, never let Lucinda squeeze your zits, she just takes things way too far!

So, approaching the grand finale, could go either way.  Am encouraged by some of the shots in the teaser at the end - possibly a bit of rough girl on Zombie-Vampire-girl action with Melanie and Lucinda, spot on.  However, Gabriel delivering a line like, 'This ends now!'  I'm afraid unless he gets fatally impaled with something very sharp then there is no chance for redemption from a corny line like that! 

And I have a this nagging feeling, its bloody Ben, there are a few scenarios here;


My personal wishlist;

Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on January 20, 2013, 11:20:29 pm
mysticjim,
did you notice Gabriels stake? The 'pointy end', it looks like he was knocking on the table while reading the script.
And about the relationship between Lucinda and the Ancient, does Lucinda see him as finger food?
Or, does this term apply, He tastes like chicken!
As supported by the scene where she puts her finger in her mouth, obviously a reference to 'finger licking good!'
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on February 09, 2013, 09:57:11 pm


The time has come, you guys, to make the final call. Yup, the final episode is here!

"Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires - Episode VIII: The Last Stand" has now been released, and can already be found on our youtube channel. The other updates I imagine will be seen soon.


We await your feedback in both excitement and terror! ;) 


 - Scarecrow
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on February 10, 2013, 01:15:20 am
Good grief! How could you end it like that? With Ben, the top button on my T shirt is still done up.
That could have been good, but the poor make-up on the zombies, their face paint only going down to the chin kinda ruins it.

So what's next?
Sike the lesbian vampire slayer meets 'Twinkle Toes' Alice as they battle the lesbian vampires in Pornithian manor? After Sike has gone into the bushes for a p.
Did you know that term for a group of lesbian vampires is a bed?
Which makes for a colourful synopsis. Sike and Alice go to Porn manor for a bed of lesbian vampires.

Now that your actors are on the way to being famous, will they use a stage names?
Like Tom FKN Cruuse.

About Lucinda licking Sam's neck, you do know why vamps don't lick mens necks don't you?
They don't want to get that damned stubble rash on their tongues.
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: mysticjim on February 10, 2013, 11:36:05 pm
Hey,

Thought the final episode, certainly the montage of zombie kills at the beginning at least, was probably the most cinematic bit of the whole series, so nice work there, and that scene also contained what I thought was the best bit music used in the whole sereies too.

I liked the zombie vampire Ben at the end, although it was pretty telegraphed by the fact that it wasn't revealed exactly what happened to him and there were no other living zombie vampires left, it had to be him.

His makeup aside, as thats already been discussed, I was a bit disappointed by the ancient vampire - I feel he turned out to be simply too easy to kill - maybe Gabriel's speeches finally wore him down?

Melanie and Lucinda did get to have a bit of a ruck, nice, but I felt Lucinda deserved a better finale - on her backside in a bath really wasn't very dignified and a bit of a let down - I was hoping for a long distance airborne staking, you know, a one in a million shot thrown from a nearly impossible angle (reckon that would have been Melanie, definitely not Gabriel!)

So, pros and cons;

Pros;

Some of the atmospheric camera work was good

The majority of the make up effects

Lucinda, she was totally over the top and bonkers, in a good way

Both Melanie and Lucinda's outfits - I've already perved over them far too much in previous posts so I'll leave it at that!


Cons;

Gabriel - I'm sorry, he was so inept I couldn't believe that he'd be able to pull off wiping out all the zombie vampires.

Ben - as a character he simply just got on my tits every nanosecond he was on screen.

The Ancient Vampire - went out with a whimper instead of a bang.

Inconsistency - early on these zombie vampires are taking people down, ripping out vital organs and generally being bad ass and not taking their time about.  Why would they not be like that with Gabriel and Ben, the most inept zombie vampire hunters ever?  Having made the zombie vampires fairly bad ass at the beginning, I think the script should have compensated and made Gabriel and Ben less inept - you'd have to convey the fact to the viewer that they are a much tougher proposition than the unsuspecting locals that the vampire zombies had previously dealt with so easily.  Unfortunately that doesn't happen and I feel Gabriel and Ben had no right to survive any of their skirmishes with the vampire zombies based on how it portrays their characters.

The sound - sadly, lots of dialogue in the more dramatic scenes towards the end of the series was inaudible.

So, overall, it was ambitious - I have to compliment the make up and special effects - considering the budget they are effective.  But I have issues with the characterisation and especially the dialogue.  I would really love to read the shooting script (from a filmmakers perspective I'd be very interested in seeing how it translated to what was on screen - if anyones got a version of it in PDF?) 

All in all, I think the positives outweigh the negatives, it is a step in the right direction and I look forward to what you produce next.
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on February 11, 2013, 12:05:50 am


Certainly, would be possible to get the script up eventually. I think maybe it will be a future extra on the great escape site. We'll discuss it as a group, and hopefully something good shall come of it!

In terms of the group in Satan's Grove, certainly the idea was that they were 'playing' with Gabriel and Ben and toying with them before the kill. The fact that Melanie came at that point was just lucky for them!

One aspect I think was a shame we just lost for time was a few more traps in the montage. That is, we had a plan for them to dig a pit filled with stakes for a Zombie Vampire to fall into. Doing this material was a huge learning experience really, we now know how long that kind of effects heavy group work takes!

Shame Gabriel never won you round, perhaps it's just a personal taste? I also think Gabriel and Melanie both, following the loss of Ben, get a bit more grimly determined in their fighting back. On the other hand, maybe it's just Melanie's influence? I'd hoped Gabriel had learnt enough to know what to do and how to survive but it's fair if you personally never got that.

Certainly comments are not on deaf ears and are being taken into account when considering future stories, scripts and projects of all kinds. :) 


 - Scarecrow
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Maidenscombe on February 11, 2013, 10:53:55 am
If you can post the script at some point, would you be able to get a copy of the original script, and a copy of the script as it went to air.
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on March 17, 2013, 04:04:34 pm


A portion of the script...

EXT. OLD WISP WOODS – WOODLAND INTERIOR – LATER – SCENE 5-6
The trio walk in single file. Suddenly Gabriel pauses, in the lead.

GABRIEL:
Quiet!

Everyone freezes, speaking in hush voices.

MELANIE:
What is it?

GABRIEL:
I thought I heard something.

They listen a moment.

Silence.

Gabriel nods.

GABRIEL:
Let's continue...

As he steps forwards a ZOMBIE VAMPIRE RAMBLER (ZVR#1) leaps out from the tree in front of him, a bloody fanged mess!

Gabriel staggers back, into Ben, knocking them both down. Another ZVR#2 jumps behind the group and the third appears, rushing towards Melanie. It grabs her and swings her round and to the ground some distance away. Gabriel and Ben stagger up to see Melanie run past them as ZVR#3 gives chase after her.

MELANIE:
Come on, run!

The other two stagger up, going to follow when ZVR#2 grabs Ben and goes to bite him. Gabriel hesitates back, grabbing a stake. He rushes up behind the creature and jams the stake in its back. There's a wet squishy sound.

GABRIEL:
Soft bodies! I was right!

ZVR#1 suddenly crashes into him, knocking him out of shot!

EXT. OLD WISP WOODS – WOODLAND GROVE – SCENE 5-7
Melanie has run some distance, and darts behind a tree. ZVR#3 isn't expecting her to suddenly lunge out again with a stake however! It strikes the shoulder however, missing the heart. Snarling, he grabs Melanie and shoves her back hard, to the ground.

As she hits the ground we see her box of matches fly up through the air.

ZVR#3 runs towards her... and then stops suddenly as matches rain down in front of him. He stops and glances down. And then goes as if to make a run at her, then seems frustrated. He glances from Melanie to the floor and then back again. And with a frustrating, bends down and starts picking up the matches, one by one, rummaging in the undergrowth.

Melanie stares at this a moment.

MELANIE:
You have got to be kidding me.

EXT. OLD WISP WOODS – WOODLAND INTERIOR – SCENE 5-8
Elsewhere ZVR#1 is uncertain whether to attack Ben or Gabriel. It hesitates at both. Running after one then the other.

EXT. OLD WISP WOODS – WOODLAND GROVE – SCENE 5-9
Returning to Melanie she holds her stake a she sidles round ZVR#3, trying to get behind him. She slowly edges forward as it picks up a few others, placing them into its hands. She raises the stake, as the creature suddenly turns.

This time she doesn't miss and plunges the stake into its heart. It cries out, collapsing back to the ground writhing. Melanie steps back, disgusted.

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Also, for your guys, I am sure barely contained excitement, this is not the end of Gabriel Cushing's adventures...


 - Scarecrow
Title: Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
Post by: Scarecrow on April 24, 2013, 10:40:29 am


Not exactly video, but you may have noticed, we have a special preview of the upcoming Gabriel Cushing graphic novella on the site! :) 


 - Scarecrow