Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Series 2 Episode 1 is Officially Wrapped!

Debbie Moon’s fantastic opening episode of series 2, “Remembrance” is now officially wrapped.

Filmed over 3 days, the opening episode sees Maya Hedges (Ellen Patterson) in a brand new world as she joins the S.P.I.D.E.R.S (SuPernatural IDentification Executive Regiment Scotland), working under cover with wanted werewolf Alexis Smith (Innes Anderson) to ensure the S.P.I.D.E.R.S don’t start an war with the supernatural community. However could Maya feel out of her depth when paired with her “buddy” Private Colin Bissett (Stephen Purdon) on their first case to a reported zombie sighting in human only zone 1?

The edit will begin shortly and we’ll share behind the scenes photos from the day, cast interviews, behind the scenes footage and a brand new teaser to whet your appetites for series 2.

The Kickstarter campaign to shoot episode 2 will officially launch on the 1st of August at this link or you can join us on Patreon as we attempt to raise all funds needed to shoot episodes 2-6 this year.

Day 1 Photos

Sonja Bleitschau has sent her the photos she took while filming scenes for Cops and Monsters: Uprising on Sunday.

We’ve made a selection available on our Patreon page for you to own as 6 x 4 prints, and in return will help us raise funds to shoot episodes 2-6 this year.

We’re back on set this weekend and so more photos will be made available 🙂

Cops and Monsters: Series 2 Begins Filming

Yesterday we officially started filming Cops and Monsters: Uprising!

Billy Kirkwood, Ellen Patterson and Innes Anderson were joined by newcomer Louise McMenemy as we filmed scenes from episodes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 in one location to get filming underway!

The crew were joined by some new faces and we even managed to wrap early!

Our official on set photography, Sonja Blietschau will be sending us her on set photos and we’ll be sharing them here, on our Kickstarter campaigns and on our Patreon account!

Filming resumes this weekend with episode 1 being wrapped and sent off to be edited, while we begin the fundraising to shoot episode 2, and hopefully more!

If you’d like to be a part of the Cops and Monsters Omniverse then you can join us as an Official Patreon, pledging any amount each month, with all the funds going to shoot the last 5 episodes of series 2. Head to this link to find out more.

San Diego and Patreon

One day we hope to be able to attend the San Diego Comic Con in some capacity in order to promote the show to the hundreds of thousands of people who attend yearly, but alas, it will not be this year.

Instead we’ll be on location filming Debbie Moon’s opening episode of series 2, “Remembrance”, and some scenes from the other 5 scripts.

We do however intend to publish some new promotional stills, behind the scenes interviews… and perhaps a clip or two!

The majority of these will appear on this website, our Twitter and Facebook page.

Some of the material will be saved and shared on our new Patreon page. Patreon is a sort of crowdfunding site, where fans of your product, in our case, our webseries, can become a patron and donate a chosen amount of money each month. These funds go towards a goal – again in our case we’ve set it for $5,000 per episode – which will allow us to hopefully fund the remaining episodes of series 2. And maybe beyond…

To find out more about Patreon and how you can join us there, click this link.

Casting Announcement – William McBain

We are delighted to announce that Scottish actor William McBain has joined the cast of our brand new episode.

William MacBain has appeared in many productions at The Royal National Theatre:- The Good Hope, The Nativity, The Passion, Doomsday, Goldern Boy and Don Quixote. He was a member of Bill Bryden’s Company in The Ship and The Big Picnic. He has appeared in all of Peter McDougall’s highly acclaimed plays:- The Father’s Suit, The Brother’s Suit, The Shedding of the Suit, The Brother’s Keeper, “But That Was Then”, The Vampire Clinic. Most recently *”The Greatest” by Alan Muir. Television credits:- Taggart, Casualty, Holy City, The Young Ones and This is Your Life. Film credits:- Cat Run, Man to Man, The Summer Solstice, Complicity, Ill Fares The Land, Who Dares Wins and Confessions of a Window Cleaner.

William joins episode 1 and will be playing Connor Tulloch, opposite River City legend Barbara Rafferty.

Filming starts on the 15th of July!

Our Kickstarter for episode 1 ends today so if you’d like to grab a perk, you can do so by clicking this link.

Casting Announcement – River City’s Louise McMenemy Joins The Cast

We are delighted to announce that we’ve cast the role of Ava McIntyre in Cops and Monsters: Uprising!

Louise McMenemy who is currently playing Frankie Roth in Scottish soap drama River City, has joined our cast and will be playing Ava in our upcoming episodes. Ava will first appear in episode 2.

Louise’s theatre credits also include: Diary of a Madman (Edinburgh Traverse Theatre/Gate Theatre); Agamenon (The Iphigenia Quartet) (The Gate Theatre); SEE BOB RUN (New Blue Road/ The Bread and Roses);The GIRL WITH THE IMAGINATION (Vertical Line/ Greenwich Theatre) and BORIS GODUNOV (Brockley Jack Theatre).

As a River City series regular, Louise is excited to now be able to sink her teeth in to some fun Sci-Fi!

Louise is joining other River City veterans Stephen Purdon and Barbara Rafferty!

We should even more casting soon news before our campaign ends.

We hope to film Louise’s first scenes on the 15th of July but we can only do so if we raise a further £1043 before our campaign ends on the 9th of July so if you can help us get there then the entire team would be incredibly grateful.

Thank you to all of our amazing backers so far, we really do appreciate everything that you do and that you keep our show going!

Head to our Kickstarter Campaign to help us reach our stretch goal in time and be a part of the Cops and Monsters Omniverse!!

Series 2 Production Art – SPIDERS Logo

Thank you to Stuart Manning we now have the official logo for the SPIDERS in Cops and Monsters: Uprising.

The SPIDERS (SuPernatural IDentification Executive Regiment (Scotland) replaced the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland in the closing moments of series 1. 

Initially a military force, the S.P.I.D.E.R.S  were put into place, preferring a more direct approach to dealing with the supernaturals. After being considered to be too forceful and brutal with the supernaturals, the S.P.I.D.E.R.S were officially retired by the First Minister, with the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland (PITS), a department within the police, put in their place. However due to a series of failures and mounting pressure from the press, the PITS were also put on ice, forced into transition with the S.P.I.D.E.R.S with the promise that a compromise between their methods and tactics could be reached. However, with the vampire and werewolf community now leaderless, both sides threatening war on humanity and with each other, now more than ever a common ground must be found in order for peace to prevail.

Series 2 will be written by Debbie Moon, Laura Anne Anderson, James T Harding, Simon Underwood, Philip Lawrence and Fraser Coull. Shannon Eden joins the team as assistant script editor. The 20 minute scripts are currently being written after a successful pre-production Kickstarter campaign.

We will be running a Kickstarter campaign from the 20th of March until the 14th of May to raise at least £5000 – these funds will be used to produce episode 1 – whilst a total of £30,000 is required to shoot all 6 episodes. We will be offering IMDb producer credits, series 1 on DVD and blu-ray, signed cast photos, walk on roles, signed scripts, posters, soundtracks and more in return for pledges and support.

To help us raise our funds we will be seeking further sponsorship such as with Prophecy Girl which we hope will bring us the funds necessary to shoot our 2nd series. You can find out more about our Sponsorship offers by clicking this link.

Series 1 is currently available on Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video and our first episode is free to watch below:

Cops and Monsters: Uprising – Pre-Production Kickstarter Goal Reached!

We launched our Cops and Monsters: Uprising Pre-Production Kickstarter Campaign on January 30th, and within around 5 days we hit our goal of £1500. This means we can now:

  • Pay our 6 writers including Debbie Moon (BAFTA winning Wolfblood creator), Simon Underwood (Wolfblood series 5), Philip Lawrence (Big Finish’s Doctor Who), James T Harding (Broadway Baby) Laura Anne Anderson (BAFTA winning CBeebies’ OOglies) and Fraser Coull (Cops and Monsters Showrunner, One Year Later)
  • Pay for our brand new opening title sequence (draft version below)
  • Pay for new opening title music
  • Pay for our concept banner by Sophie Cowdrey

The campaign will end on the 28th of February and we’ve still got perks available. The more we raise past £1500 will go towards the production fund to shoot our 6 new episodes this year. If you’d like to get involved you can do so at this link.

Concept Banner by Sophie Cowdrey

Cops and Monsters Uprising Concept Titles by Shervin Shirazian

We should be featured in the March 28th issue of SFX Magazine with information on the show and an interview from showrunner Fraser Coull. Prior to this we may run a Kickstarter campaign for the first episode of series 2. If we raise the funds to shoot the first new 20 minute episode (penned by Debbie Moon), then we hopefully will raise enough to shoot the following 5 episodes.

From March we will be contacting further businesses to sponsor the show. So far we are delighted that Geek clothing store Prophecy Girl have sponsored series 2.

In return for their sponsorship we will be featuring their clothes throughout series 2 and they will be credited as sponsors on the end of the first episode on Amazon Prime UK and US. If you’re interested in sponsoring us, please click this link. We are aiming to raise £30,000 to produce 6 x 20 minute episodes this year.

Our first episode, “The New Recruit” will be screening on the 25th of February at 3pm at MysticCon in America, with a trailer to preview the rest of series 1 which is currently on Amazon Prime.

All other Series 2 information will be found and updated at this link.