So, we thought we’d track the pre-production process of Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead with an online diary!

The global pandemic has caused a few changes of plan, but we’re going to keep on putting the project together.

Stay home and stay safe, everyone.

Oh, it’s been a LONG time. Did you miss us?

We’ve been horribly neglecting jinx.co.uk whilst we’ve been going about other projects. From live shows about screenwriting to writing books, the team at Jinx have been stupidly busy doing THINGS, but just not THESE THINGS.

But we’re back. In a big, bad way.

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This year we’ll be shooting POWERTOOL CHEERLEADERS VS THE BOYBAND OF THE SCREECHING DEAD (our sixth feature film) AND a secret project that we can’t announce yet.

We’ll be keeping you posted about all these developments whenever Pat remembers to update the site. In the meantime, drag yourself out onto Twitter and make sure to follow both Jinx Media and Pat Higgins

It’s going to be a brilliant year (Coronavirus willing) and we hope you’ll be along for the ride.

 

 

The last date for FEAR & FILM is now available!

 

Tuesday 13th November at the Railway Hotel in Southend. Tickets available by clicking the poster below. Hope to see some of you there.

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The new, soon-to-be-revealed show premieres at Horror-on-Sea in January, and tickets will be onsale soon.

 

Pat’s 2018 live show FEAR & FILM, fresh from the wonderful Horror-on-Sea festival, has announced its next date.

You can catch the full show at THREE WISE MONKEYS in Colchester on Thursday 12th April. Tickets are limited, but they’re on sale RIGHT NOW so grab one from the link below.

The show is an interactive romp through fear, horror, screenwriting and loads more. Prepare to meet the Scissors Man, and to find out why Pat still has a deep-seated fear of Ronnie Corbett.

Grab your tickets!

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We’ve been looking at testing out live streaming for years, actually. One of our most treasured schemes way back in the day would have involved live streaming the entirety of principal photography for one of our movies, with four cameras set up in different areas that you could skip between. Always thought that would be fascinating. That was in 2009 or so, when the technology was in its infancy; the idea presented massive of technical challenges, but we were paired up with another brilliant company who had the tech and needed to test it. Unfortunately, that other company folded and the idea fell apart.

Nowadays, of course, live streaming is much less of a novelty and also presents much less of a technical challenge. So, with that in mind, our first tiny toe-dip into the live streaming waters will take place next Tuesday (6th Feb 2018) at 2.30pm GMT. It will consist of me (Pat) answering any questions that people can chuck at me about horror, screenwriting, filmmaking or the live shows. Or, alternatively, if not a single human being connects to the feed it will consist of me rapping in a Batman costume. Either way, expect loads of technical glitches and nothing slick whatsoever. It’s a bloody test.

Anyway, it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. I’ll be here, anyway. Be lovely if you felt like joining me.

EDIT: Well, there were some technical issues which led to a jump to Facebook, but it happened anyway ūüôā

If you haven’t yet checked out Jinx Media’s new podcast HorrorMaker, what the hell are you waiting for? We’re up to Episode 3, which just dropped this morning.

The podcast features indie horror filmmakers in discussion with Jinx Media’s own Pat Higgins. This episode features the amazing MJ Dixon, CEO of Mycho Pictures, telling the story of how he built an entire shared horror universe.

Click the images below to check out the podcast, and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes!

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Get the artwork for your indie horror movie onto a playing card in a very special deck!

Jinx Media is involved in a fledgling promotional project called The Deck. The idea runs like this: a promotional deck of playing cards is produced to promote INDEPENDENT UK HORROR MOVIES, ideally ones that are complete and available to the public. Each of the 52 cards will have face artwork promoting a different movie. Litho printed, retail quality.

For example, we’ve bagged the Queen of Clubs for our poster for our film The Devil’s Music. If you wish for your movie to feature on a card, it’ll cost either ¬£75 (number cards) or ¬£95 (court cards). For that cash, you’ll get your movie poster on a card and 30 packs of the final produced deck of cards (featuring, obviously, 51 other independent horrors along with yours). You can do with these decks of cards as you choose, of course, either selling the decks or giving them away as promotional items. Of course, everyone who nabs a card will ALSO have decks of these cards, promoting YOUR movie along with theirs, meaning that 1500 or so decks will be produced with your artwork on one of the playing cards.

In an age when print ads are dying, and digital ads are fleeting, this kind of placement could put your movie artwork into the hands of fans, in a context where they’ll see the image again and again.

After all, wouldn’t YOU rather play cards with cool artwork from a bunch of indie horror movies? I suspect that others would too.

We’re really excited about this project. If you’re interested in being a card in the deck, just email your enquiry through to cards@jinx.co.uk and we’ll take it from there.

Couple of disclaimers: there is no intention to produce The Deck with multiple images of the same movies. A different movie for each card. First come first served with specific card requests. We won’t take anyone’s money until all 52 cards have been allocated; if there isn’t sufficient interest, we won’t go ahead with production and you won’t have lost anything. But that would be a massive shame and make us really sad, because it’s going to be awesome.

Email through to bag your card, and spread the word to other filmmakers or producers who you think might be interested!

When Amazon Video Direct launched last year, I was hopeful that it might finally provide a workable and user-friendly platform for people who make movies to get those movies into the homes of people who watch movies.

Check this out: I was actively moaning that the industry as it previously existed was broken back in 2008. Back when I wrote that article, Blockbuster was still a high-street fixture (albeit a fading one). I considered the biggest threat to the indies to be Bittorrent, mainly because file-sharing had sunk more than one distribution deal for me and my company, and knew full-well that the days of DVD/Blu-Ray releases bringing in decent coin for the people who made the movies were behind us.

What didn’t exist at that point was a viable alternative.

Nowadays, there are quite a few. We’ve tried more than a couple. We dabbled with Distrify, but never really got any results. We’ve set up a Vimeo page, enabling us to sell versions of our movies with the kinds of special features that we’d previously have produced for the DVD releases. The Vimeo set-up has worked well enough for us to continue¬†with for at least another year, but it lacks the straight-to-your-TV integration needed to reach¬†the casual movie fan.

This is why Amazon Video Direct looked like such a winner when it was first announced, and I’m happy to confirm that all four of our early movies (TrashHouse, Hellbride, KillerKiller and The Devil’s Music) are now, finally, available on the platform.

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It hasn’t always been the easiest route to get them there, and Amazon’s T&Cs do seem to change by the day. Whereas last autumn they were blocking any content that was ‘self-rated’ any higher than 13+ from the Prime streaming service, (meaning that we had to go and get a BBFC rating for The Devil’s Music before putting it on the service) they now seem to allow content providers to self-rate as 18+ but still have their movies included in the Prime package. They do seem to be pulling more extreme content, and we’ll have to see where that particular line gets drawn as the years go by. ¬†And whether it moves around, which is the most frustrating situation of all.

We did experience a blip after Christmas, when two of our titles got pulled from the service due to ‘issues with the artwork’. We were never quite able to work out what those issues were, so it became a bit of a ‘make a change and hope for the best’ situation. We got rid of the partially visible buttocks from The Devil’s Music artwork and deleted some of the smaller text from the¬†Hellbride¬†image and that seemed to do the trick, but it did serve as a reminder that the service does leave you somewhat at the whims of a massive company from whom it’s not always easy to get answers.

That said, the pluses seem to massively outweigh the minuses, and it’s great to have a platform that takes the movies (via Amazon Fire TV, PS4, Xbox and many more platforms) directly to the living rooms of potentially millions of customers. So, go and watch our movies. Support independent filmmaking. Spread the word, and tell us what you think.

And when you’ve watched all ours, go and watch the awesome output of our friends at Mycho Pictures, who have also just got their back catalogue up online.

So much awesome, fiercely independent horror, so little time.

 

Embrace your Failures

Posted: March 17, 2017 in Failure
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Embrace your failures, for they are your friends.

Your failures show you that you’re trying to achieve more than you’re currently capable of, (or, at least, more than you were capable of at the exact moment you screwed up). Your failures are there to let you know that you’re still testing the limits of what you can do, and still pushing onwards.

You people who haven’t screwed up good and proper lately? Go and take a good hard look at yourself. What are you people doing?¬†How have you let yourselves reach this cringeworthy¬†point where you haven’t properly ballsed something up lately? How have you let yourself drift into such a state of complacency that you haven’t royally and publicly screwed the proverbial pooch in recent memory?

If you think¬†that your frankly embarrassing failure to adequately fail at things is due to ‘knowing your limits’, you’re kidding yourself. How can you know your limits unless you’re comprehensively stress-testing the bastards at every opportunity? It’s the equivalent of living like a pauper when you might potentially have millions in the bank.

Now, look. I realise that there are some professions and some situations that won’t give you as much leeway as others. If you’re an air traffic controller or a brain surgeon, it’s more prudent to keep your spectacular failures for other areas of your life. But don’t kid yourself that you don’t need them. If your day job means that you can never take a risk for fear of endangering lives, then you need to make pretty damn sure that you get all the really big, enormous failing done in other areas.

So, do me a favour. Go and chat up that person who is way, way out of your league. Try and write a song on an instrument you can’t play, and upload the results to YouTube. Go out today and really fail at something.

Do it often and spectacularly, until you’re thoroughly innoculated against the imagined sense of shame and all that other stuff you’re worried is associated with it. Because no matter how successful you think you are, think how much more successful you could be if you screwed up more often.

My name is Pat Higgins, and my conscience is clear.

 

 

 

Ok, so when last we chatted I was floating my idea for Hellbride II.

It’s clearly not the only potential property that we’ve got sitting in the Jinx Media vault, however. We could revisit the KillerKiller¬†universe, for ¬†example. I’ve got a treatment for that knocking around somewhere, too. We could, if the other guys were willing, potentially resurrect the ever-popular Death Tales franchise with a third installment. We could revisit Lucy Sweet for another retro bloodbath.

And I’ve ever toyed with the idea of combining movies.

So, just for fun (but so we’ve got an idea what our small but enthusiastic audience are looking for, too), let’s have a poll.

This poll will be open for two weeks. Just to make it interesting: whichever movie wins, we’ll release something¬†(previously unseen) connected with that flick. Maybe a behind-the-scenes clip, a couple of photos, a deleted scene. Something like that.

So, which sequel should we spend our time on? What does the world want to see?

Click below and let us know!