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Tickets to the Screenwriting Masterclass in Central London on July 1st 2017 went on sale at 9am this morning.

There are very few of them.

The day will be awesome.

Click on the image above to book your ticket NOW.

 

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!

At last, we’re scheduling a couple of London dates for my Screenwriting Masterclass over the summer.

We’re still confirming dates with the venue, but they should be pretty central providing everything works out. The 2016 dates were hugely successful, with 100% positive feedback from delegates on the exit questionnaires. Phrases like ‘brilliant’ and ‘mind blown’ were bandied around. It was pretty awesome.

Here’s the blurb for the upcoming dates:

Ever wanted to write a movie or a TV show?

In this special one-day event, acclaimed screenwriter and lecturer Pat Higgins will take you through the tricks and techniques of successful screenwriting.

From creating characters to idea generation, from how to get those first words onto the paper through to constructing an emotionally satisfying ending. This is a one-day crash course unlike any other; jam-packed with inside information and ways to make sure that your screenplay doesn’t fall at the final hurdle. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a bit further along with your writing, there’s something here for everyone.

Be sure to bring a notepad (be that a tablet computer or good old-fashioned paper) and a sense of humour, and prepare to turbo-boost your writing career like never before!

Acclaim for previous events:

“Mind still reeling from your amazing workshop. So many ideas, so much info” – @itsMikeElliott on Twitter

“Unrelenting passion… I left Higgins’ masterclass feeling like I’d undergone a minor epiphany” – ShelfAbuse.com

“Brilliant” – MJ Simpson, leading genre critic

And here’s some stuff about me, just in case you’ve ended up here and don’t have a clue who I am:

Pat Higgins is a British scriptwriter and director. After writing and directing three internationally distributed micro-budget horrors, (TrashHouseHellbride and KillerKiller) Pat branched out with award-winning mockumentary The Devil’s Music (which won Best Independent Feature at the Festival of Fantastic Film in 2008). He’s been called the ‘Essex Auteur’ in Empire and ‘the Tarantino of budget gore flicks for style and dialogue’ in SFX.

For the last nine years, Pat has lectured on idea generation and screenwriting at various colleges and universities. His live talks (such as 2015’s acclaimed How Not to Make a Horror Movie) are regularly scheduled at film festivals. He is also very active as a script doctor, providing rewrites for features in the UK and the US.

He is the co-creator of the Death Tales series of films, (Bordello Death TalesNazi Zombie Death Tales) with Jim Eaves and Al Ronald, and was the original writer and creator of international cinema release Strippers vs Werewolves. Although horror remains his own screenwriting preference, rest assured that this masterclass is just as useful whatever your chosen genre!

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Right, so hopefully you’ve got an idea as to why these classes are so much fun, and why you should buy a ticket RIGHT NOW! Except, um, you can’t. Because they’re not on sale yet. Which is where the nifty form below comes in handy. Because, you see, the thing about these classes is that they’re small. The absolute ceiling for each class is 20 people, and I usually keep it closer to 15.

If you drop us a line on the form below, we’ll send you a notification via email of the ticket sale the moment it’s released AND give you a code for 10% off the ticket price. You’re not committing to anything by completing the form, of course, but it does mean that you’ll be more likely to get a place. And a discount.

You’re looking at June. Central London. A Saturday. A day’s screenwriting masterclass (likely to be from 10.30 to 5.30). You’re looking at as much awesomeness as I can cram in.

Look forward to seeing you there.

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!