Things have been a bit quiet around here lately because I’ve been busy with my film maker’s cap on. The Great Escape are gearing up for another large scale production this summer; Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows, and I’m acting as both producer and special effects supervisor for this one.

We’ve all been rushing arGabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows - web seriesound like mad things trying to get everything ready to start shooting at the beginning of August. A big part of that has been the Kickstarter project we’re currently running to raise extra funds.

I’d like to tell you a bit about the series and how you can support me and my team in making it.

Gabriel Cushing

The world of Gabriel Cushing has become a big part of my life. I’ve spend a lot of time working on effects and production for the first two seasons; Zombie Vampires and Strange Encounters, and for the short film Terror of the Killer Carnivorous Coat. But more so, as a character in the novel I have been working on for nearly four years now, the wider world of Gabriel Cushing is something I am helping to create.

The universe is becoming a truly colaborative scene, with artists and writers beginning to contribute and add their style to the world.

The web series still form the core of the fictional web we are creating, and Carnival of Sorrows is set to be the most ambitious and innovative that we’ve done so far.

Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows

David Curtis (Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires, Terror of the Killer Carnivorous Coat) and Sam Herbert (Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires, Loganwest’s stage production of Fame!) return to battle evil forces in another action packed horror web series from The Great Escape; Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows.

Over eight parts, Gabriel Cushing (David Curtis) and his assistant Melanie (Sam Herbert) work to uncover the dark intentions of a cursed carnival troupe who prey on the souls of the living. Several unexplained disappearances draw them into an investigation, and as they delve deeper they reveal the carnival’s disturbing past and frightening portents of its future. Their every step hounded by demonic clowns, terrifying beasts, freakish living dolls and other twisted creatures, they must hurry to unlock the secret to stopping the troupe forever.

Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows - Concept art for The Porcelain Woman

Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows – Concept art for The Porcelain Woman. By Atlantis Vampire.

Following on from the web series’ Gabriel Cushing vs the Zombie Vampires (October 2012) and Gabriel Cushing: Strange Encounters (Autumn 2013), Carnival of Sorrows will be the third web series from producers The Great Escape. With a bigger cast, bigger budget and more ambitious story than ever before, this series will take the demon hunting duo of Gabriel and Melanie to new heights.

Ways to get involved

1. Kickstarter

The series is currently funding on Kickstarter. Backing us is the easiest way to support the project, and you get rewarded with all sorts of goodies. We have a great series of core rewards, ranging from as little as £1 right up to £1000, where you can get copies of the series in various formats and with various extras.

But the most exciting element is the special edition and limited rewards we’re adding along the way, many of which include unique things offered by individual members of the cast and crew. My contributions feature cool, squishy fake eyeballs (handmade) and an exclusive Gabriel Cushing short story.

2. Audition!

Would you like to be in the series? Casting opens in June 2013 for a number of roles including major parts. Auditions will be held in Portishead, Bristol, or via video link. Actors from anywhere in the UK or farther afield are welcome to audition, and all the information about casting calls will be available from The Great Escape.

We also have need of cast and crew and if you’d like to be involved, why not contact us on Facebook, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email via our contact form.

3. Spread the Word

Even if you aren’t able to back us on Kickstarter or get involved directly, maybe you know someone who does. Do you know someone who loves horror, or creepy clowns? Do you know any actors who are looking for parts? Do you have a blog where you review videos?

If you want to support us then spreading the word is as valuable to us as any cash donation, because it helps get the series notices.

If you have a twitter account, why not follow @thegreatesc or @GabrielCushing

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