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Sunday, 19 July 2015



As you may have gathered, we shot a music video last Saturday!

If you follow most of my silly ramblings on social meeedjah you'll have got all kinds of teaser photos - pre-production, production, and post-production.  All of if very intriguing without giving the whole game away.

As for the shoot itself?  Couldn't have gone any smoother to be fair. From planning and casting to the actual shoot - everything went like a dream.  I'd like to put it down to my meticulous eye for detail...or maybe it was down to knowing what I could/couldn't do and what I could get my hands on. Either way, let me bask in my producer-director glory for a change you judgemental creatures.

Go check out more updates over at the FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM page.  Maybe give them a like too.

It could also be down to the talented cast and crew who seem to feel "safe" working with me in the full understanding that what we're shooting isn't an episode of Rasta Mouse (although I could easily do a nutty version of that).

So I'd just like to say thanks to all involved. Sarah Walker, Jayne Hyman, Cheryl Fowler, Chris Earl, and Rachelle Shaw.   Go give em some love below by following or liking their pages if you'd be so kind.

Rachelle Shaw -

Jayne Hyman -

Sarah Walker -

Cheryl Fowler -

Chris Earl -

On top of this, not only did we finish a shoot earlier than expected, I happened to dive-bomb on a little get together with some top UK Horror movie-makers who had just hit Sheffield's Horrorcon this year (something I was unable to make due to said video shoot).

Ended up being a great night.  I finally got a chance to sup a few ales with ANDY STEWART, the director of the awesome body horror trilogy - Dysmorphia, Split, and INK.  As you may know, I threw INK in my top films I saw last year HERE - so it was cool to just chat the shit with him and have a bit of a chuckle. Go check out his flicks HERE or on Eli Roth's CRYPT TV pretty soon.

On top of THAT, there was a young buck named LIAM REGAN who also got a severe ear-bashing from yours truly. He's got a new flick on way called BANJO - a UK indie horror flick which is a cross between Troma (and is endorsed by Lloyd Kaufman BTW) and Frank "Basket Case/Frankenhooker" Henenlotter.  Really enjoyed talking to him as we threw our favourite Toxic Avenger 4 quotes at each other.

Check out the TRAILER and show it some love!  It's also good to see Dan Palmer pop up in a few things as I really dug his first movie "Freak Out" years ago!

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for updates!

See ya on the flip side...Danny

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Something out there...and it ain't no man

Howdy, been a few weeks since the last update.

Reason for that? Pre-Production on the new BLACK NEON KNIGHTS music video.

It's gonna be very cool. I'm looking forward to it.

Keep your eyes open for further updates in the next few weeks - pre-production/production shots etc.

Check out the blog for more ramblings here - http://dereksdontrunfilms.blogspot.co.uk/
Check out our previous videos here - http://www.dereksdontrunfilms.com/

Please share and keep sharing!

Meanwhile, check out our previous video for the band below!

See ya on the flip side...Danny

Saturday, 23 May 2015


Hello neighbourinos, new bit of work popped up.

I've decided to spruce up the Derek's Don't Run Films bandwagon, give it a lick of paint, and smacked it on the arse.

So, up and running is new website for my little music video venture.  I present to you......

Feel free to spread the word and throw some feedback at me (which isn't just "that's a bit shit").

In other news, the screening last week mentioned HERE for the band Black Neon nights went very well.  Piccies below

Got a great reception and was good to see it with a crowd.

See ya on the flip side....Danny

Sunday, 10 May 2015


Howdy peeps.

May kicking in so it must mean SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER time. So far, so average, but plenty of the year left movie-flick wise.

Anyway, back on song. By now you should've already checked out NECROMANCER by BLACK NEON KNIGHTS. If not, why not? Get clicking and share the mofo as much as!

If you're unable to do that because you'd prefer to see it live and with an audience, well then...we've got something lined up just for you.

The good Rob Speranza and the SYFN are screening the video at SHOWROOM SHORTS this Tuesday, 12th May at 8:45PM. More deets HERE.

Should be good as it's their Documentary night, which is usually full of interesting mini-docs made by local filmmakers and around the country. It's free, based in the Showroom bar, kinda a second home now. Come down if you can.

Also, you can now check out Black Neon Knights EP on all ya streaming platforms below:

It's been a busy two weeks doing the meet and greet thing. Had the chance to sit down for a Directors talk with Marco Van Belle who has just finished the rather impressive ARTHUR AND MERLIN. It's a fantasy epic that I miss out being one of the Assistant Directors on (yeah, pissed me off).

The film was shot for £200,000 which is mind-blowing to me. All involved just knocked it well out of the park with some bollocks to pull off what they did (it's basically as well made as an episode of Game of Thrones). Anyway, was a great talk. Really told you the home-truths of low budget filmmaking on that scale. Probably one of the best talks I've been too.

Along with that I got to see the new film by Duane Hopkins called BYPASS and met the films producer Samm Haillay. I chewed his ear off after the screening over a beer. Great feller with lots in the pipeline and gave some great advice to keep ploughing on. You may get that luck.

So...get to the screening. If you can't watch below and share people. Share. It.


 See ya on the flip side...Danny.

Friday, 3 April 2015


Well, well, well.   I've been busy. And below is the reason why.

Thanks to Rob Harris, Alice Harris, Dove and Rainbow, the band (Paul, Gareth, Matt, Geoff) and above all my wife Reem.

Give the band some love here -

I hope you watch, share, and above all enjoy. It's been a breeze to work on really.



 See ya on the flip side...Danny.

Thursday, 26 March 2015


Okey dokey pig in a pokey, first post of 2015.

So what's kickin' off?  Couple o' things.

Starting straight off with basing out a new music video for the Liverpool based rock band BLACK NEON KNIGHTS

Massive fan of these just as they're starting out.  Very much a hard-rock, metal band in the mould of Alice in Chains and Black Sabbath with some belting songs.

They were doing a gig nearby so I offered up some services to knock up a music video and work some magic.  With the help of my trusted DoP Rob Harris and his lovely wife Alice, we did my first live gig shoot.

We went all out and had a surprisingly good time.  3 camera set-up, plenty of coverage, complete freedom.  Footage looks great especially when you're not in complete control of these types of shoots.
It's gonna keep me busy for the next few months.

Meanwhile, go check out some of the Black Neon Knights TUNES and give 'em some love on FACEBOOK.

And speaking about the next few months....A new website should be up and running to pimp out my music video wares.  Hopin' it will generate some work and more adventures down the line.

In other news, I directed a music video for the band BRAVER THAN FICTION last year. This weekend I was told that the awesome lead singer Mel Lampro was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-cell lymphoma. This is a cancer that attacks the immune system.

Mel is currently recovering well at home and I hope she makes a full recovery.  Go here to find out more information about it HERE.

See ya on the flip side....Danny.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014


Films of the year 2014. (Part One in review is HERE)

I have to say, this year has been an absolute stunner.  Compared to last years HERE, the quality, variety, and balls of some mainstream and indie movies has been outstanding (complete with some guilty pleasures).  Every week something came along and sucker punched me in the chops.

Again no real order.  If you ain't checked them out...what are you waiting for?

The Raid 2 - Gareth Evans
How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Dean DeBlois
Under The Skin - Jonathan Glazer
Nightcrawler - Dan Gilroy
The Babadook - Jennifer Kent
Gone Girl - David Fincher
Snowpiercer - Bong Joon-Ho
Interstellar - Christopher Nolan
Housebound - Gerard Johnstone
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Jonathan Liebesman
Dawn of the Planet of The Apes - Matt Reeves
Maps to The Stars - David Cronenberg
The Guest - Adam Wingard
Guardians of The Galaxy - James Gunn
Cold in July - Jim Mickle
Edge of Tomorrow - Doug Liman
Joe - David Gordon Green
Godzilla - Gareth Edwards

Honourable mentions -
The Machine - Caradog W. James (someone to watch out for)
Dom Hemingway - Richard Shepard (Jude Law turned into a real man's man actor)

Adding to this was Celluloid Screams Horror Festival 2014.  Which I have to say had more variety, surprises, and quality than previous years.  Here's what went off -

The Canadian Troma-esque troop Astron 6 ('Manborg', 'Fathers Day') were there with their new flick 'The Editor' - a Giallo (Italian slasher/horror films from the 70's and 80's) piss take. Fair play to them, they were at every screening over the entire weekend.  I would've buggered off after the film, but no, they stayed and met with lots of fans.  Good guys.

They also brought Lawrence Harvey who pops up in the 'The Editor'.  Really nice bloke.  However, seeing him just standing there after you've left the toilet did make me have a sleepless night.  If you don't know who he is, go see The Human Centipede 2.

Yeah, he's that guy.

Anyway - the biggy was meeting the big man below - Brian Yuzna.  Director of 'Society' and 'Return of The Living Dead III', as well as writer of 'Re-Animator', 'From Beyond', and...'Honey I Shrunk The Kids'.

The man is an absolute legend and also the nicest bloke you'll ever meet.  All he wanted to do was talk movies.  Had the pleasure of a brief chat with him after the QnA over ran - could easily have spent hours talking over his films.

Another fanboy moment was getting to meet Graham Humphrey.  "Who the fuck?"  You ask.  Here the fuck...

Go re-educate yourself when you see the art the man has created HERE.  When you've created iconic posters like the one above, you'll pay respect where its due.

As for the movies?  Well apart from seeing an all time fave 'Society' in a 35mm print, only two really stood out that I saw.

The first was 'Housebound'.  A New Zealand effort from director Gerard Johnstone.  Apart from thinking that the only thing New Zealand churned out were films about sheep and Hobbits, this little gem pops up.  Like a laid back version of 'The Burbs' meets 'People Under the Stairs' the film was funny, clever, witty, and had enough invention to set it above the usual horror fodder.

The 2nd impressive movie was actually a short film called 'Ink' which had its première.  While I find 98% of short films nowadays either a drawn out scene or FX reel, the short by Glasgow filmmaker Andy Stewart gave everyone a slap across the arse and made people take notice.

The short is a final film in a body-horror trilogy he's made, each with a similar theme but with noticeably bigger budgets.  However, its the overall craft of tension building coupled with the what-to-show-and-what-not-to-show-nature of each film stays constant and what makes it stand out.  It's one of the best shorts I've seen.

Go check out his first flick HERE.  His website HERE.  And follow the chunt on twatter HERE.  He's gained a fan from moi and you should like it too.

So that's that.  A list of great flicks, fun flicks, and ones to make you say "you liked that shite?".
See ya on the flip side in 2015, Danny.