Happy 4th of July – America Mega Montage

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A lot of Americans think that 4th of July is a sore subject for us Brits. But we celebrate it to. Our feelings on America getting it’s independence were similar to a parents’ when their unruly son finally goes off to college. There was sense of pride, relief and also trepidation of the damage he might cause. Many, many frat parties later we still love you!

In celebration of all things Red, White and Blue I cut together this pop culture montage. It’s 45 minutes long and is intended to play or be projected to the music of your choice. It contains many US heroes – Hulk Hogan, Kenny Powers, Pamela Anderson… Arnie!

I actually edited it together using Daft Punk as a tempo reference. But it goes equally well with Bruce Springsteen. Enjoy and feel free to share and play at your parties today!

 

 

Aspen Shortsfest 2014 – Awards For Mr. Invisible

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I’ve just come to the end of a fantastic week at Aspen Shortsfest in the company of so many talented and interesting filmmakers. Aspen Film received over 3000 submissions and selected only 70 films for their 2014 festival so it really represented the best of the best of short filmmakers… and me.

The week started, as most British holidays do, with an embarrassing sunburn. I got caught up in an intense nerdy discussion with two other film geeks about such topics as the artistic merits of Gravity, the future of cinema and Kubrick’s drive for perfection. Next thing we knew we’d been in the sun for 2 hours without protection. I waited for the inevitable fallout. Over the next few days my nose blistered (!) turned red and then peeled profusely, providing a source of much amusement for the other filmmakers. Wear sunscreen kids!

A few days into the festival I found out that Mr. Invisible had won the Best World Cinema Short at Phoenix Film Festival, which was playing at the same time as Aspen. That was exciting. The term World Cinema makes me feel more arty.

The short films screening in Aspen were of such high quality. I watched every single one throughout the week and was really inspired by the quality and variety of stories being told. I think I cried at least 4 or 5 times. And that was just at the bar.

One of the great things about Aspen is they encourage connection between the filmmakers and local students. One of the most gratifying moments of the week was sharing my film with a school from Austin and answering their questions about the film and the industry. I explained to them I really didn’t know what I was talking about but just encouraged them to make as many films as they can and keep trying to improve.

My 15 minutes of fame came on Thursday when I found myself on the front page of the Aspen Times. The placement of the sexual assault headline beneath the picture couldn’t have been more perfect:

Hours of Torture at Our Filmmaker Q&A

Hours of Torture at Our Filmmaker Q&A

Time flew by all too fast, and pretty soon it was the Awards on Sunday night. Mr. Invisible was awarded both the Special Jury Recognition and the Audience Special Recognition, which was an incredible way to end the week. I felt humbled to receive that recognition in the presence of so much other great work. I left the festival with

The sun must have been shining on me (and not just my nose) this week because to cap it off I was bumped up on my flight home to 1st Class. Maybe they could sense I was an award-winner. Or maybe they felt sorry for my sunburn. Either way it was the first time I’d experienced that. I had an amazing 3 course meal and got to sleep a fully reclining seat/bed. This was my starter:

Lets Put Another Shrimp On The Barbie!

Lets Put Another Shrimp On The Barbie!

I still feel terrible now though so it’s reassuring to know that no matter what people pay for their tickets we all still feel like shit when we arrive at our destination.

Big thanks to the festival organisers and the City of Aspen for such a memorable week. Can’t wait to come back again soon!

Come On Down To Tony’s Dojo – A Highly Dangerous Martial Arts Dojo Based In A Scout Hut

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We launched our first ever We Like Laughter sketch yesterday. After much hard work in the edit it is now online for your viewing pleasure. It features me in a mullet as legendary/questionable Sensai Tony Best and lots of flawless martial arts demonstrations. I hope that you enjoy it and, if it makes you laugh, that you’ll help us by sharing it around and telling your friends. Thanks for watching!

A Burning Desire

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Greg Ash:

I’ve published a new unerotic story at Fifty Shades of Greg. I hope I am inventing a new form of literature. I’m calling it WoeMance. Check out the story. I hope you enjoy it!

Originally posted on Fifty Shades Of Greg:

I once made a literary joke on a beach in Thailand. I was lying on an Arsenal towel reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s ‘The Master and Margarita’. My progress with the book had been good, interrupted only sporadically by the sounds of a volleyball game happening near by.

‘I’ve literally been shagging every night this week,’ a tanned British lad was shouting to the opposition. ‘It’s actually getting boring now! 7-4!’

Their volleyball had already bounced over to me once, and, in an attempt to prove that I was both arty and sporty, I had jumped up to retrieve it. The volleyball lads had stood flexing their six-packs as I scampered across the hot sand for the ball. I had picked it up and prepared to launch it back to them. In my head, I was going to palm it with such force and accuracy that the lads would then proceed to…

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It’s James Franco Friday!

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Watch (or rewatch for the 100th time) our first episode of Scott’s Lookalikes today and then share it with your friends on Myspace. Lets get this baby viral!

And if you share the video and then lets us know over at the facebook page with a comment then you could get your photo featured in Season 2. Francs A Million!

Mr. Invisible at London Short Film Festival

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Excited that we’re finally getting a public London premiere for ‘Mr. Invisible’. It’s playing at the fantastic London Short Film Festival in January as part of the ‘God’s Lonely Men’ programme. Tickets are available via the LSFF website. Would love to have a packed house as we share the film with the city it was shot in.

We also found out that it has also been selected at Australia’s FlickerFest next month, which take places on Bondi Beach. We’ve been selected in the Best of International category which is quite the honour. I’d love a chance to dust off the speedos and top up my freckle count, but don’t think I can afford the bus ticket. Still, if you live down under, go check out this awesome festival. Screening details here.

Flickerfest will be the 8th international festival that the Mr. Invisible’s screened at since our world premiere at Palm Springs in June. It’s a great feeling to know that it’s playing to new audiences in all these exciting places. Hoping that it continues to be well received throughout 2014.

We Did It! The RevoLOLtion Will Be Televised!

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We Did It!

We hit our target this morning! £5500! This means that we can make 5 new side-splittingly funny sketches in the New Year and it’s all thanks to you – our 130 beautiful backers! The RevoLOLtion will be televised! (or at least streamed soon on a YouTube channel near you).

A heartfelt thank you to all our comrades, donors and supporters who shared the project with friends and family. There’s still a few days to go for the campaign and lots of rewards left and chances to be involved in our upcoming comedy sketches. If you haven’t already check out our Kickstarter page here. Any extra funds raise will go straight to making new comedy. For every extra £1500, we’ll make a whole new sketch for you to enjoy!

The plan is to release a new sketch a month starting in January. Each one will be uploaded to our We Like Laughter YouTube channel. You can subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss anything: http://www.youtube.com/user/WeLikeLaughter.

Also feel free to follow us on Twitter at @welikelaughter.

It will be full steam ahead for production at the start of 2014. We will update all our Members on filming plans and make sure our Producers, Writers, Actors and Crew Members all have lots of opportunities to be involved.

Thank you once again on behalf of Chris and myself. We are very excited about getting this opportunity to make you laugh!

Yours in mirth, Greg

How To Make Better Films Than Me

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As part of our Kickstarter funding for We Like Laughter, I’m doing a one-off Filmmaking Course in London early next year. Drawing upon my 10 years experience making films (and winning some awards), the course is for anyone who’s had a film or sketch idea but not known how to go about getting it made. By the end I hope you’ll be better at making films than me.

I’ll tackle everything from the writing process, to getting a crew together and then how to go about getting it into film festivals. Attending the course also means you get to be member of We Like Laughter, which gives you first priority on helping on our shoots as cast or crew. Oh, and you get a red beret!

Check it out our Kickstarter page here.

I really hope to share my knowledge with as many people as possible so please sign up and forward on to anyone you think might want to come along. For those who can’t make the Seminar I am also offering a 90 minute 1-on-1 Skype conversation as a substitute.

We Like Laughter – The ‘RevoLOLtion’ Starts Here

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Hi guys! Today I launched my most personal passion project to date, We Like Laughter. The aim is to make the world laugh with some new and original online sketches.  We’re aiming to make 5 to kick off with.

But that’s hopefully just the beginning. Via our Kickstarter rewards we are offering people the chance to get involved. We hope to build something of a new comedy collective to take over the world! . We’re offering people the chance to become member of We Like Laughter in return for a £30 donation. This membership means you’ll be part of the team and have a chance to hep out with shoots. Oh and get to wear a red beret! We want to hear from actors, writers, or anyone who wants to help out on set.

But enough talk. Here’s the video. We hope you like it and can get behind our campaign to bring laughter back to the streets:

Please help us by becoming part of it either by donating or by sharing our page with friends!