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Debbie Moon Tweet-Along and New Short Story!

Debbie Moon (Wolfblood) will be tweeting along to her episode of Cops and Monsters: Uprising at 7pm GMT on Friday 3rd of April.

To join her, follow her on Twitter at this link and watch the episode below:

Debbie’s opening episode will be followed by FIVE brand new episodes of the show, completing series 2. We have scripts penned by Laura Anne Anderson, James T Harding, Simon Underwood, Philip Lawrence and Fraser Coull.

We have shot scenes from a few of these episodes whilst making Debbie’s episode but we need YOUR help to complete them. We require at least £2000 per episode to hire our cast, crew, locations, makeup, costumes, visual effects, practical effects, fight co-ordinators, props, editing, sound design, mixing, music and grading. For just £5/$5 a month you can join us on Patreon where we will be sharing behind the scenes photos, videos, updates, with access to completed episodes before they are released on Amazon Prime and Google Play, short stories and more. Click HERE to visit our Patreon page and find out more.

And now we have a brand new short story, “The Way Back”, an official prequel to “Remembrance”. We hope you enjoy:

Cops and Monsters:

The Way Back

By Fraser Coull

Alexis sighs. Sitting in the passenger seat of Maya’s car, she starts tapping on the dashboard. 

It’s not long before she finds a rhythm. Tap, tap, tappy-tap. Faster and faster, she moves her head from side to side in time to her own beat.

Then comes a tap on the driver’s side window. A disapproving Maya stares at Alexis and mouths “What do you think you’re doing?” Alexis stops, folding her arms like a scorned child. Maya can’t help but let out a smile. She opens the passenger door. 

“Do you want to get us some snacks?” Maya asks. Alexis looks playful.

“But I’ve ran out of pocket money.” 

Maya lets out a giggle, reaches into her pocket and pulls out a credit card. She throws it to Alexis who catches it skilfully. 

“M&M’s, right?” Alexis asks, knowingly.

“Yes, but no-” 

“Peanut butter, yeah, I remember!” Alexis butts in. 

Maya shakes her head.

“Well, we don’t want another Aberdeen bus stop incident again, do we?” 

Alexis looks embarrassed. She thinks of something witty to say, but loses the train of thought. Something doesn’t feel right. “No, I’m being paranoid… at least, I think I am.” she thinks to herself.

She looks to Maya for guidance, but she’s too busy looking at the price of the petrol run up on the machine. Alexis shakes it off and heads inside the petrol station. 

Once inside Alexis scans the small shop quickly. It’s in her nature to do so. She checks the doors. One. Two. Three… wait, there’s a fourth hiding behind the counter. Alexis sniffs the air. A bad smell shoots up her nose, and she’s desperate to get rid of it. 

There’s only two other people in the shop with her. The sweet old man behind the counter, and a suave looking businessman. Even without her werewolf sense of smell, she almost gags on his cologne. But still, Alexis is sure she’s just being paranoid. Maya and her have had quite the adventures travelling up and down the country liberating vampires, werewolves and the occasional zombie in danger for the last six months. This is their holiday, their well deserved breaks. No fights, no guns, no fangs. Just beautiful scenery in the North of Scotland.

Alexis takes a deep breath. She looks out to the forecourt, seeing Maya still filling up the car. Passed that she sees nothing but green hills, trees, and beyond that the North Sea. The Cult would never let her out this far on her own. Not unless he had someone for her to kill. Some poor defenseless target he deemed a risk to his operation. 

No time to think about him. He’s gone now. She made sure of it. 

Alexis scratches her head and snaps back to focus, picking up crisps and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. God knows how long it would be before they could stop again. 

Walking up to the counter, she waits behind the suave businessman. She’s carrying her weight in snacks, almost struggling to balance them all in her grip. The businessman turns around, looks her up and down, giving her a well-meaning, but unwelcome smile. 

“Another lonely night in is it?” He asks, sarcasm in his voice.

“Actually, it’s for me and my girlfriend…” Alexis turns her head to the window and smiles at Maya, who is getting back into the car. The businessman’s smile quickly disappears. 

“Next please?” a voice whimpers from behind the counter. The businessman turns around quickly, Alexis leans her head to one side to have a closer look. She sees the name “Davis” on the cashier’s nametag. 

The businessman steps forward and starts about his transaction. Alexis still can’t shake a bad feeling. The hair on the back of her head starts to rise. 

“Breaking News!” a voice bellows from above. Alexis can’t help but follow it. On a Holo Screen there is footage of Mr. Clark leaving his office to a barrage of press. Flashes of light go off as photographers grab their shots. 

“Jonathan Clark, former Minister of Justice to Scotland and liaison to the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland has formally announced today that he is throwing his hat into the ring for the upcoming general elections. Clark, 36, from Edinburgh, has always had a strong opinion on the supernatural community and helped usher in the new Supernatural Identification Executive Regiment here in Scotland, shutting down the PITS operation after 5 years in service.” 

Alexis squeezes so hard on a bag of crisps that they pop open. 

“You’ll need to pay for that!” Davis shouts from behind the counter as the businessman almost bumps into Alexis. 

“Woah, sorry about that!” He cries out, stopping himself just in time. He leans down to pick up the stray crisps on the ground, pouring them back into the bag in Alexis’ hand. The businessman follows Alexis’ gaze to the screen.

“Well, well, about time too. Something needs to be done about those animals, right?” He smirks.

Alexis lets out a low lasting growl. The businessman slowly turns his head only to see Alexis’ eyes glowing a bright yellow, her skin transforming slightly. 

“Is that right, is it?” Alexis snarls.

The businessman stops pouring crisps into the bag. He side steps Alexis and gets out of the shop as quickly as he can. Alexis continues to growl for a second until he leaves the shop, her eyes stop glowing and her skin returns to normal.

“Pay no attention to him my dear. He’s a prick. Now, what can I do for you?” Davis gestures for her to step forward, which she quickly does, trying to compose herself. Davis starts to scan the snacks, as the bad feeling comes over Alexis again.

“Any petrol today miss?” Davis asks sweetly, but Alexis doesn’t hear him. She’s too focused on the hidden door. It’s covered by shelves filled with bottles of water. But Alexis can sense it.

“Miss?” Davis asks again, just as sweetly. Alexis focuses. She turns to Davis.

“What’s behind that door?” Alexis asks, sternly. Davis looks taken aback, shaking his head.

“What door, dear?” 

Alexis raises her hand, pointing to the door behind the shelves. Davis doesn’t look.

“Oh, that’s just an old storage cupboard, hasn’t been used in YEARS.” Davis insists. Alexis’ eyes start to glow again. Davis backs off, his hands held up.

“Now, now, there’s no need to go all…” 

Alexis lets out a snarl, jumping on the counter. She reaches forward, grabbing Davis by the shirt and pulling him up off his feet. 

“Don’t lie to me old man, what’s down there?” Alexis demands. Davis’ feet dangle in midair. 

“It’s nothing… I swear… It’s just a little…” Davis’ eyes turn a dark yellow, his skin starts to transform. Alexis looks alarmed. 

“You’re not the only one that can transform without the moon!” Davis snarls and slashes for Alexis, but he’s stopped by a tranq blast to his chest, sending him to the floor. 

Alexis turns around, relieved to see Maya standing behind her, her gun held out in front of her.

“I thought we said no guns this weekend!” Alexis shouts. 

“And I thought we said no fangs either… I guess we both went back on our word.” Maya smiles, holstering her weapon. Alexis lands on the other side of the counter, pushing the shelves to the side with ease as Maya walks open the door to join her. They approach the now fully revealed door and Maya opens it, hesitating slightly.

“You good?” Alexis asks. Maya nods her head, assuringly. “Good.” 

Alexis heads in front of her, almost running down the stairs, Maya not too far behind. It’s dark and damp, the clanking of metal beneath their feet with every hurried step as they make their way down.

Alexis can’t help but sniff ahead of her. She looks concerned. Maya takes her gun again.

“What is it?” Maya asks, not sure if she wants to know the answer.

“Something… different.” Alexis replies as they reach the end of the stops, and another door. This one a dark, blood red. Claw marks protruding from the other side.

“Are you ready?” Alexis asks, with her hand on the door handle.

“I’ve got you, right?” Maya smiles. 

The two kick the door with force, causing it to swing open and slam against the wall on the other side. 

In the dimly lit room in front of them are cages, cages big enough to hold a human, or a werewolf each. 

Alexis and Maya scan the room. They look horrified. They take a side each, examining the cages. Inside them there are young children, no older than 11 years old, in each cage. Each of them displaying werewolf features. 

“What is… going on here?” Maya can barely get the words out. 

Alexis places her hand on one of the cages, fighting back the tears.

“They’re pups…” she says. 

“They are MY boys!” Davis cries out from the doorway. Maya whips round, pointing the gun at him. Davis is leaning heavily against the door frame.

“This is illegal!” Maya proclaims.

“It’s sick is what it is, it’s torture!” Alexis cries. 

“It’s necessary!” Davis retorts. “They are my boys. Made from ME! They keep this godforsaken village safe from the fangs… those bloodsuckers that have taken up residence in the next town over.” Davis explains.

“You can’t keep them in cages! You need to let them out, now!” Alexis demands. 

“Can’t do that my dear. Young pups like to run free, and if they run free, they might not come back… or worse, those fangs will get them. Can’t risk it. They need to hunt in packs.” 

Maya pushes a button on her gun and it whirs. She keeps a tight aim on Davis, who takes out a black square control with just one red button on it. He waves it in front of him, shaking his head.

“One little push, those cages open and my boys come out to play. And trust me, they’re hungry. I make sure to keep them that way.”

Alexis snarls, her eyes glowing yellow, her skin turning grey. She steps forward, ready to attack but Davis raises his finger, wagging it back and forth. 

“Just walk away, pretend you never saw it, and we’ll leave it like that, okay?” Davis asks. Alexis looks to Maya, pleading with her. 

“Maya… please.” 

Maya looks to the cages, then to Davis. She lowers her gun.

“Fine.” Maya relents.

“Maya!” Alexis growls. Maya slowly shakes her head. 

“Good choice. I’ll see you out.” Davis smiles, stepping back from the door, pointing up to the stairs. Alexis is furious at them both. Maya shakes her head again.

“Come on Alexis… you know this is our only play here.” Maya tries to explain. She gestures for Alexis to walk out first, which she reluctantly does. Maya follows behind her and heads for the door.

As Alexis reaches Davis she looks back at the cages one last time, taking a deep breath.

“Now Alexis!” Maya commands. Alexis grabs Davis quickly and before he can push the button, she grabs it and then she throws him into the middle of the room with force. Maya draws her gun and shoots Davis in the leg. Davis lets out a scream of pain, waking up the children in the cages.

“What did you do that for? I was going to let you leave!” Davis cries. 

Maya steps back to Alexis, carefully. Alexis holds up the remote control.

“You said you kept them hungry, yeah?” Alexis smirks, pushing the button. The cage doors slam open and the children start to crawl out. They snarl, growl and howl a little as they start to circle Davis.

Davis tries to drag himself to the door, reaching out to them, but Alexis and Maya just walk away.

The wolves pounce, letting out snarls and growls. Davis screams in agony as Maya and Alexis walk away. 

Back upstairs, Maya and Alexis re-enter the shop, closing the door behind them. 

“What do you want to do with them?” Maya asks. 

“I’ve got some contacts not too far from here… they can take them, raise them properly.” Alexis smiles.

“Right, come on then.” Maya enthusiastically calls out. “We’ll wait outside for your contact, then off to the campsite. The holiday continues!”  

Maya makes her way back through the door and out of the counter area. Alexis doesn’t move. 

“We need to go back.” Alexis tells her. 

“Are you sure?” Maya turns, a serious look on her face. 

“PITS did all they could to look after us, our kind… the SPIDERS won’t. They’ll just let werewolves rot in cages. Unless we do something about it.” Alexis explains.

“You’re wanted for murder… it won’t be easy for you.” Maya warns her.

“Yeah, but you’re not… and Clark did say if you ever needed a job, he’d put in a good word for you, right?” Alexis reminds her. 

Maya folds her arms. “Are you seriously suggesting I go undercover in the SPIDERS?” 

Alexis nods her head, with a big smile on her face.

“Together. We’ll work together. You be the brains and I’ll be the claws.” 

End.

Where To Watch All Episodes So Far & Help Us Finish The Show

There are currently 9 episodes of Cops and Monsters out there for you to watch and enjoy.
These episodes can be viewed on Amazon Prime in over 60 countries and on Google Play in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

 

So far we’ve produced the opening episode of series 2 but we have 5 scripts left – written by Laura Anne Anderson, James T Harding, Simon Underwood and Fraser Coull. These episodes would wrap up the series but we need a total of £10,000 to shoot these episodes and deliver them to Amazon Prime in 60 countries and Google Play in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

 

We successfully crowdfunded and shot “Remembrance”, the opening episode of series 2. Written by Debbie Moon, BAFTA winner and creator of Wolfblood, the episode so Stephen Purdon (River City) and Helen Cuinn join our cast of regulars while Barbara Rafferty (Rab C Nesbitt, Hamish Macbeth) and Bill McBain signed on as our guest stars. You can watch the episode below:

 

 

We’ve setup a GoFundMe campaign which will run indefinitely at gf.me/u/xr8fqm – if we reach £2000 we can produce a new episode. Alternatively you can support us monthly on our Patreon at this link.

 

Alternatively we will raise as much as we can and produce a one-off 60 minute feature story of “Cops and Monsters” to celebrate the characters, cast, crew and fans of the show and give the series a proper ending.

 

If you donate to our show we’ll credit you on any future episodes we produce and give you a shout out on our social media.

 

These are uncertain times and we believe that storytelling and entertainment are crucial to provide us with some comfort and distraction.

 

Thank you to all of you who have supported the show and to those who are about to join the Cops and Monsters Omniverse.

 

How To Watch All Available Episodes So Far!

So far we have NINE episodes of Cops and Monsters available for you to watch, all thanks to YOU and your amazing help on our previous crowdfunding campaigns.

Episodes 1 to 8 of series 1 can be watched right now on Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Video. These episodes are available in the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Click here to watch them now.

“Remembrance”, the opening episode of series 2, written by Wolfblood creator Debbie Moon, can be watched for free below:

And the making of here:

As it’s now Christmas time here is the one off Christmas special, “Astrid’s Secret”, written by Roland Moore:

We’ve got 5 more scripts in place for series 2 and with YOUR help we can fund and shoot them.

Head over to our Patreon page at this link to find out more!

Happy 2019 – Looking to the Year Ahead!

Happy 2019 from all of us here at Cops and Monsters! We can’t wait to get back into the swing of things.

2018 was a wonderful year as we crowdfunded the funds needed to hire our 6 writers for “Uprising” – including Debbie Moon, Laura Anne Anderson, James T Harding, Simon Underwood and Philip Lawrence. Series creator Fraser Coull will also be returning to pen the series finale.

We also successfully crowdfunded our first episode, “Remembrance”, written by Wolfblood creator and BAFTA winner Debbie Moon. Ellen Patterson, Innes Anderson, Billy Kirkwood and Chris Bain all returned from series 1 and were joined by River City stars Stephen Purdon and Barbara Rafferty. Stephen joined us new series regular, playing Private Colin Jack Bissett, while his co-star, Louise McMenemy, will be joining us as werewolf activist Ava McIntyre from episode 2 onwards. Scottish actresses Helen Cuinn also joined as as SPIDERS commander Frances Stone. Bill McBain also joined us as loving husband turned zombie, Connor, in episode 1.

Due to our crowdfunding success early last year, we were able to fund a 3 day shoot – meaning that all SPIDERS office scenes and Alexis’ hideout scenes throughout the six episodes, could be filmed over two days. With the 3rd day left to film the rest of Debbie’s opening episode. Additional scenes from episodes 2, 3, 4 and 6 were shot over the first block of filming.

We are in the early stages of planning our next crowdfunding campaign, which will be to raise the £5,000 necessary for a 2 day shoot to finish episode 2, “Bad Moon Rising”, by Laura Anne Anderson. Ideally we’ll be launching in the middle of February, running for a month, allowing us to shoot the episode in April. The closer we get to £25,000 then the more of our remaining 5 episodes can be filmed this year. The money we raise goes to paying our cast and crew, locations, makeup, special effects, music, editing, sound design and editing, costumes, travel, accommodation and most importantly… food for the team!

On the 15th, 16th and 17th of February we will be in Scotland’s capital for Capital Sci-Fi Con 2019 to promote the series and screen some of our episodes, where we will hopefully find more supporters and more of an audience to get behind us.

“Bad Moon Rising”, our 2nd episode by Laura Anne Anderson, will be our 10th episode in total:

A Monster roams a supernatural zone, mutilating and eating anyone it finds. Alexis is tormented by a vision of The Cult of Many Faces, and worries that her confinement is driving her to madness. Maya battles hostile SPIDERS colleagues and a bigoted new directive from sleazy Minister Clark in her mission to uphold the law. When an old acquaintance ambushes Maya outside SPIDERS HQ, desperately seeking her help, things go from bad to worse.

Werewolf therapist Jenny Connor is badly shaken – she was part of a programme aimed at helping supernaturals, and something has gone terribly wrong. A Monster has been unleashed – THE Monster.

Distrusting SPIDERS and with nobody else to turn to, Jenny enlists Maya and Alexis to help her find the Monster and put an end to the violence. The group travel to Zone 3, the Werewolf ghetto, to investigate.

Between the full moon, Maya’s split loyalties, The Cult’s hounding of Alexis, and a dark secret kept by Jenny, it’ll be a wonder if they make it out of Zone 3 alive.

Louise McMenemy will make her debut in our show, and we hope that Katrina Bryan will also return to her role of Jenny Connor – which will be her 3rd time in the role. You can see Katrina in action as Jenny in our minisode, “Trapped”, below:

Prior to our Kickstarter launch you can of course help us in other ways – either via Patreon, Drip on Kickstarter, Sponsorship or private funding. To find out more click on this link.

Here’s to a successful 2019 and hopefully even more Cops and Monsters for you all to enjoy!

Cops and Monsters Series 2 Screening – Tickets on Sale Now

We’ll be premiering the series 2 opening episode, “Remembrance”, on the 24th of October 7.30pm in Glasgow’s city centre.

Cast, crew and special guests will be in attendance as we screen the new 20 minute episode, followed by drinks with the team.

If you’d like to join us we have a very limited number of tickets available at this link.

Sonja Blietschau took photos of the team at MCM Comic Con Scotland this September as we hosted two panels to promote the show over the weekend. Here are some of the pictures:

Series 2 Update!

Series 2 is officially in production and this update will let you know what’s happening!

If you’ve not caught up on series 1 yet, head over to Amazon Prime/Amazon Instant Video to watch the first 8 episodes of our show, or visit our YouTube Channel to watch previews, behind the scenes, trailers and more!

What’s Series 2 About?

Cops and Monsters: Uprising follows on a year after the events of series 1. Maya Hedges (Ellen Patterson) has returned from her journey of self discovery with wanted werewolf and assassin Alexis Smith (Innes Anderson), who is MIA after being linked to multiple murders and the assassination of Vampire Leader, Lady Audrey MacDairmid (Sophie Aldred). The Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland has been shut down by Minister of Justice Jonathan Clark (Chris Bain) and has been replaced by the SPIDERS (SuPernatural IDentification Executive Regiment Scotland), a much more militant police force in charge of policing the supernatural community.

Maya is assigned to a SPIDERS “buddy”, Private Colin Jack Bissett (Stephen Purdon) by Major Frances Stone (Helen Cuinn), who hopes that with the help of former PITS officers they can quickly get to grips with dealing with the supernatural community on a day-to-day basis.

Meanwhile a supernatural rights group, The Uprising, lead by werewolf Ava McIntyre (Louise McMenemy) is planning an attack on those who oppose the supernatural way of life, and she knows just the werewolf to spearhead their cause.

What’s Happening With Series 2?

We’ve hired 6 writers to pen 6 x 20 minute episodes, each with it’s own story acting as a “case of the week” with an series long arc running through the episodes. To find out more about each of our writers, click this link. Joining us for series 2 are Debbie Moon, Laura Anne Anderson, James T Harding, Simon Underwood, Philip Lawrence and series creator Fraser Coull. Shannon Eden joins us as assistant script editor.

Debbie’s opening episode, “Remembrance”, has been funded successfully and we shot it over 3 days – as well as scenes from other episodes where possible.

The episode is currently in post-production and we hope to release it on Amazon Prime by October 2018.

A prequel minisode, “Day One”, has been released to set up our new series:

We are now trying to raise funds to shoot episodes 2-6, which you can help us do so by clicking on this link. Until we reach at least £4000 we are unable to make any more episodes.

Who Is In Series 2?

Returning from series 1 is Ellen Patterson, Innes Anderson, Billy Kirkwood and Chris Bain.

Joining them as series regulars are Stephen Purdon (River City), Louise McMenemy (River City) and Helen Cuinn.

We are also planning on bringing back guest stars Katrina Bryan, Sophie Aldred, Leona Kate Vaughan, Rachel Teate, Victoria Gibson and some new faces. This is all funding dependent!

River City/Rab C Nesbitt/Hamish MacBeth legend Barbara Rafferty guest stars as Heather Tulloch alongside Bill McBain as her zombie husband Connor Tulloch, in our opening episode, “Remembrance.”

The more money we raise, the bigger the guest stars we can approach for the remaining 5 episodes of series 2!

When Will You Finish Making Series 2?

It’s all down to when we can raise the funds. Ideally we need around £25,000 to produce the remaining 5 episodes. This will pay for our actors, crew, expenses, equipment, catering, makeup, special effects makeup, locations, props, costumes, petrol/travel, hotels when necessary, editing, visual effects, sound design and music.

At the moment you can click on this link which will take you to our IndieGoGo campaign which is running until the 26th of September.

You can also click on this link to find out about donating to our show via PayPal or becoming a sponsor.

Finally you can become a Patreon of Cops and Monsters and help us make our brand new episode. Click here to find out more.

Great! How Can I Be Kept Up to Date?

You can follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and even follow us on Instagram!

Thanks! Do You Have Any More Series 2 Photos?

Yes, we we do…

 

Cops and Monsters: Uprising Episode 1 Teaser

Check out the teaser for our brand new upcoming episode “Remembrance”, written by BAFTA winner and Wolfblood creator Debbie Moon.

Starring Ellen Patterson, Billy Kirkwood, Innes Anderson, Chris Bain and Stephen Purdon. Guest starring Helen Cuinn, Barbara Rafferty and Billy McBain.

We hope to premiere the episode at MCM Comic Con Scotland in late September.

The Kickstarter to fund episode 2 will officially launch on August 1st but you can get early access to it now at this link.