The following was deemed ‘blatant advertising’ and got me banned at an online encyclopedia where I submitted this as my ‘username’ info. Not sure what they thought I was selling, but I’m offering this potted history here as an explanation of where Flashfilms came from:

‘Flashfilms’ is the name I adopted for my production company in 2004, when I started dabbling in digital media. ‘Flash’ was my dog, a daffy dobie/shepherd mix. Before Flashfilms, I worked under the name ‘Dangerous Visions’ borrowed from a collection of speculative fiction short stories edited by the writer Harlan Ellison working on Super 8 and 16mm film in England in the 1980s. My Super 8s won awards with the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers[1], and my first 16mm film, Board Game, won top prize in Showreel 86, The Radio Times Film and Video Awards, presented by film director Alan Parker on BBC Television in 1986[2]. That led to Dogplant, a short film starring Richard Hope and Georgina Hale, which I wrote and directed for Picture Palace Productions’ Four Minutes series[3], and first aired on Channel 4 Television in 1988.

My career has included editing, animation, miniatures, visual effects, special effects and creature effects in London and Los Angeles[4]. In 1998, I began writing for Cinefantastique and other magazines in print and online. And then, in 2001, I embarked on two decades with Cinefex, where I covered the making of diverse film and television productions[5]. I have continued to pursue my own filmmaking and creative writing. My short The Glitch was opening film and ‘best science fiction’ runner-up at the 2008 Dragon Con Independent Film Festival[6], and was a Saturday Shorts pick at Ain’t It Cool News[7]. In 2014, I co-authored my first Titan Books publication[8], and I provided commentaries for Blu-ray releases including Jaws[9], When the Wind Blows[10] and Zardoz[11]. My short, 4EVR, was ‘best of fest’ at Hollywood Horrorfest[12]. My screenplay The Dodo Man was finalist in the Imagine Impact development program[13]. I currently have three new books in release and/or upcoming from Titan, two on Star Trek and one on the Alien movies [14].

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