Actor and comedian Daniel O’Reilly AKA Dapper Laughs sets the record straight about his controversial past, how he made his name on social media and how he wrote and starred in his first feature film Fanged Up.
He talks about his love for musicals, his first performance in fishnet tights and being a family entertainer before he became his famous alter ego Dapper Laughs.
He talks about the controversy that surrounded him and tells the story of what happened with the media and how he rose up again and wrote Fanged Up and helped get the indie film made.
He discusses acting, working with director CJ, emotional scenes and gives great advice to inspiring up and comers.
Chatting screenwriting and acting in vampire comedy horror indie film Fanged Up with screenwriter and actor Dan Palmer and actress Danielle Harold
With director Christian James and Giles Alderson on hosting duties.
We delve into making the film, what happened on set and how the film came to CJ and Dan Palmer, how he re-wrote the script in a week! How Danielle got used to being on an indie film set, the difference between TV and indie films and creating a character.
Danielle Harold starred in TV drama Eastenders and recent feature films Two Graves, Fanged Up and the soon to be released Innocent Candy
Dan Palmer has written and starred in numerous films including Freak Out, Stalled, Night Feed, Small Town Folk and Fanged Up as well as staring in Jake West’s Evil Aliens.
Stu Bennett had his first acting role in the 2013 crime thriller film Dead Man Down, which starred Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrance Howard & Dominic Cooper In April 2015, it was announced that he would star as “Europe’s most dangerous assassin” in a WWE Studios–Richwater Filmsaction thriller film titled Eliminators starring friend of the show and soon guest Scott Adkins & directed by James Nunn
He then took his first lead role in Ross Boyask’s brilliant action film Vengeance
Director and writer Ross Boyask is on the podcast on Ep 27 with John Adams chatting about making Vengeance and other indie films too.
And most recently in our very own host Christian James’ latest film Fanged Up. A vampire comedy. Written by Dan Palmer, Dan O’Reilly and Nick Nevern and starring Daniel O’Reilly, Danielle Harold, Stu Bennett, Vas Blackwood and Stephen Berkoff.
This is Part 1 of a 2 part Fanged Up special. Join actress Danielle Harold and writer and actor Dan Palmer on Friday
Or how to go from being a Assistant Director to directing your own feature film. Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Christian James (Fanged Up) chat with director Daniel Jerome Gill about going from an AD on many big movies to turning his award winning rom-com short of Modern Life is Rubbish into a feature film.
After University and his gap year Daniel made a pact to make it in the film industry and sent 100s of emails our to productions companies asking for a job. He got a few responses but that is all he needed to start work as a runner
To get a AD job with need perseverance. First job taking rushes at end of night. Making Teas. Doing a few unpaid short films you will eventually meet somebody who can take your career to the next level.
First paid job on the worst film ‘Sex Lives of the Potato Men’ then that team brought him in on Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake.
Standing by monitor on Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and he learnt loads. And then started make short films from the crew he had met. He made Modern Life is Rubbish as a short film with no intention of making a feature, He got camera kit for free, begged borrowed and stole. Amazing how many people will help you.
He tells us how he got actor Rafe Spall into that short film. “Fortune favours the bold and you have to brave and ask”.
Learning while working as an AD from successful directors. The main lesson he learnt was planning. Plan your shots. But be able to adapt.
How to turn to short film into a feature.
After getting into the Cannes short film corner. Mapped it out with the writer Phillip Gawthorne. Then after the success of the short he got an agent (42 Management) who sent the feature off and Universal liked it. Eventually he attached producer Dom Norris who raised the remaining funding to match Universal. How having a sales agent on board helps your investor to think it is real.
He tells us while working as crowd AD on The Crown he got the call saying his feature was happening and he had to leave.
How he shot the feature in 55 locations in 5 weeks
How it is important to trim down scenes in the edit. If they didn’t move the story forward you have to loose it. Lost 20 mins.
Getting the incredible music/score and how he cast the names who are in his film.
This film has opened loads of doors. Signed with CAA in America.
Advice: Bang on people’s doors and make a movie or short.
Modern Life is Rubbish is on at Picture House cinema now and can be purchased on line.
Short Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60DZBoK1QhU
Buy the feature: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Life-Rubbish-Freya-Mavor/dp/B07BF5TH63