Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Pre-Production Kickstarter Now Live!

From now until the 28th of February we’re running a Kickstarter campaign to raise £1500!

This will cover the cost of our 6 new writers (including James T Harding, Debbie Moon, Philip Lawrence, Simon Underwood, Fraser Coull and Laura Anne Anderson), our brand new opening titles, new music for said titles and promotional artwork.

We’ve got lots of perks available and no money will be taken from your account until the end of the campaign.

To find out more please click this link.

Cops and Monsters – Feedspot Top 30 Web Series Youtube Channels

Web Series Youtube Channels

According to the Founder of Feedspot, “Cops and Monsters” has been selected by their panelist as one of the top 30 Web Series YouTube Channels on the web.

If you head over to the blog at this link you’ll learn that we’re 22nd in the list!

Thank you Feedspot for choosing us!

Be sure to click on the video below to subscribe to our channel!

Cops and Monsters Selected for the MystiCon Film Festival!

Cops and Monsters has been selected to be screened for competition at MysticCon Independent Film Festival

The festival will be held at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, VA in February.

Their media guest of honour is Buffy star Amber Benson, so we hope she likes what she sees with Cops and Monsters!

This is our 4th festival in which we have been selected for competition, and hopefully it’ll be our 3rd win!

Cops and Monsters – Series 2 Writers Announcement

Cops and Monsters: Uprising is officially in pre-production!

After holding an open call for writers to send us their spec scripts via the BBC’s Writers Room and our own official website last year, we received over 300 scripts. We eventually shortlisted 10 fantastic writers and asked Philip Lawrence to pen an episode, while Shannon Eden was chosen to be our Assistant Script Editor.

With the selection made, we can now officially announce the writing team for Series 2!

Fraser Coull, Laura A Anderson and James T Harding return from series 1, joining them will be Philip Lawrence, Simon Underwood and Debbie Moon!

Wolfblood” creator and writer Debbie Moon has joined the writers room and will be penning the first episode of “Uprising”.

Debbie’s work includes writing episodes of BBC Wales’ “Hinterland” and horror anthology webseries “Twisted Showcase” as well as over 18 episodes of her own show, “Wolfblood” for CBBC.

Debbie had this to say when we asked her how she felt about joining Cops and Monsters series 2:

British sci-fi and fantasy is among the most imaginative and exciting in the world – yet we make very little original fantasy for the small screen. That’s why shows like Cops and Monsters are so important, and why I’m so excited to be writing an episode for season two. It’s a show with so much potential, combining genre stories and familiar monsters with exciting characters and moral dilemmas. And the urban Scottish setting sets it apart from London-centric dramas, and even rural fantasy like Wolfblood or In The Flesh. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to work with this passionate, talented team, bringing the world of PITS to life!

James T. Harding was the script editor for series one and wrote the episode ‘Revolution in a Teacup’. His previous writing credits include two episodes of Cupid of the Clyde (Subcity Radio, 2014), The Secret (short film, 2012) and six episodes of Staircase 22 (Cherwell, 2011). He has an MA in Television Writing from Glasgow Caledonian University and is the Features Editor of Broadway Baby.

When we put out the call for writers we were snowed under with scripts. It’s deeply flattering that so many talented people want to work with us, and it was brilliant to connect with people with enthusiasm for genre television from all over the world. I am so looking forward to working with the great writers who are joining the team today, and confidently expect them to produce the best episodes of Cops and Monsters yet.

Philip Lawrence has contributed several stories to Big Finish’s Doctor Who audios range and had several plays performed on the London Fringe. Recently he won the C21 Drama Script competition and has had TV series in development but this marks his first proper screenwriting credit. He’s a big genre fan with Doctor Who, Star Trek, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The X-Files among his favourites.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be delving into the rich tapestry of Cops And Monsters. Series one gave us a glimpse of a unique world of supernatural creatures all struggling to get on. For series two I’m looking forward to digging deeper, exploring the humanity in the monsters and vice versa!”

Laura Anne Anderson is a Scottish writer for the page and screen. She has a Masters in Screenwriting from Screen Academy Scotland. Her screenwriting includes co-writing feature ‘I Am Anna’, episode ‘Fight the Bite’ of Cops and Monsters, the short films ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ and ‘We All Fall Down’, sketches for BAFTA award winning series 3 of CBBC show OOglies, and a feature film currently in development. She won a place on Talent Lab at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 with her feature screenplay ‘The Hen Do’.

Laura is also an actor for the stage and screen, a journalist, and a writer of games and stories. She won a coveted place at Story Shop 2016 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, was selected for Echoes of the City 2017, and is working on her first novel.

After several years of writing spec scripts focusing mainly on genre such as thrillers and sci-fi, Simon Underwood found himself lucky enough to be hired to write an episode for series five of CBBC’s acclaimed series WOLFBLOOD, and still can’t quite believe it. He’s now working on more spec pilots, and new feature work, including the only script you’ll ever see that combines pantomimes with an action movie. Simon is delighted to have been asked to join the Cops And Monsters writing team:
I love contemporary takes on classic horror ideas, and the first series of C&M had a lovely evolving mythology about the new Scotland we find ourselves in, and a down-to-earth, humorous-but-serious style which grew more irresistible as the episodes went on. It was also full of rich characters I’m itching to write for, and brilliantly also had some great LGBTQ rep I’m hoping we’ll be able to add too as well. C&M: Uprising is full of potential for drama and fun, and I can’t wait to get writing.

Fraser Coull is the show’s creator, who wrote several episodes of series 1 while acting as director and one of the producers alongside Lindsay Dowell. Fraser came up with the idea of Cops and Monsters back in 2014 while attending a Comic Con event in Glasgow. Disheartened to once again see that there were no sci-fi or supernatural shows from Scotland being represented, and with a little encouragement from a supporter of Fraser’s previous work, Fraser got to thinking what his next project could be, and so Cops and Monsters came to be.

Scotland is so full of talent, energy and passion that I’m still, to this day, surprised that the likes of BBC Scotland or STV haven’t listened to a large portion of their audience and given us a sci-fi show to be proud of. Wales have given us Doctor Who and Torchwood, BBC 3 have given us In the Flesh, The Fades and Being Human (but to name a few) and in America you’ve got Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightening, DareDevil, The Gifted… just to name a few. We are creating Cops and Monsters from the ground up. Fuelled by our loyal fans on Twitter and Facebook, we managed to raise £15,000 to make our 8 episodes from 2015 to 2017. Now I have set us this near-impossible task of first of all raising £1500 to pay these incredible writers to come up with new incredible stories set in the Cops and Monsters universe, and then the even more impossible task of raising £30,000 so we can afford cast and crew (and locations, makeup, costumes, props, music, visual effects and more!) for 18 days. Let’s see if we can do it!

Also joining us as Assistant Script Editor is Shannon Eden. Shannon is, officially, an editorial associate in legal publishing. She is also a fiction- and screen-writer with a thirst for pop culture references and diverse representation. Her television pilot, Queeries, was shortlisted for the BBC’s Drama Script Room 2015, and she is currently enrolled in Penguin Random House’s WriteNow 2017 mentoring programme with the aim of developing her manuscript, Jellyfish in the Sky, for publication. Shannon lives in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.

My newest creative venture is acting as Assistant Script Editor for Cops and Monsters. Having grown up devouring Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’m excited to dive into the twist-ridden world of the PITS and SPIDERS, vampires and werewolves, zombies and… domesticated zombies? Cops and Monsters is terrific fun in my favourite way: gritty drama underpinned by rich and complex characters, with a healthy dose of political commentary. I loves stories that play with the idea of morality, of good and evil and the blurred line between them, and I’m thrilled to be part of a series that walks that line with astounding precision.

From February 1st 2018 we’ll be running a Kickstarter for £1500 in order to pay our writers, commission brand new opening and closing titles as well as creating concept banners and posters to help us with stage 2 of our pre-production. If you’d like to help us or find out more, please click this link.

In the meantime be sure to head over to Amazon Prime to catch up on series 1!

Cops and Monsters – Series 2 Title Announcement

Cops and Monsters series 2 is officially in pre-production and we can announce that it will be called “Uprising”.

Comprising of 6 new 20 minute episodes, we’ll be launching our Kickstarter campaign to raise £1500 between February 1st and February 28th, offering various perks from £1 to £1000.

This weekend we’ll be announcing who our 6 writers will be, and if we hit our Kickstarter campaign we’ll be able to commission them to write the new series.

For up to date information on series 2, click this link.

In the meantime you can catch up on series 1 on Amazon Prime UK and US.

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018 to all of our brilliant followers, supporters and friends!

As the world returns to work, we’ll very shortly be sending out the remaining Kickstarter perks, while gearing up for pre-production for Cops and Monsters series 2.

We’ll be commissioning our visual effects artist Shervin Shirazian to update our series titles to reflect the upcoming series and we hope to be bringing you an updated version of the theme tune too! We’re also commissioning graphic artists to create a new concept banner and poster for the new series to help give backers and sponsors a feel for what we’re going to try to achieve!

Cops and Monsters series 2 will consist of 6 x 20 minute episodes, which we hope to shoot at some point this year. To achieve this we are going to launch a mini pre-production Kickstarter campaign for £1,500 in order to hire 6 writers to pen the episodes, to have our new opening and closing titles created and our concept artwork too.

If we are successful with this goal, once our scripts are written we will be seeking sponsorship from businesses around the world to contribute to our estimated budget of £30,000 to shoot our new series (series 1 cost £15,000 but our episodes were shorter and we had less time to shoot them). In return for their sponsorship they’ll be featured on our new Sponsorship page on this website, as well as a banner and a link to their website, a credit on IMDb, and their business name featured on an episode of Cops and Monsters, which will be streamed on Amazon Prime UK and US.

As time goes on we’ll be able to announce our 6 writers – all of which have professional TV writing experience – and the title for our second series. All 8 episodes of series 1 are currently available on Amazon Prime and you can watch it here.

For any more information please visit our SERIES 2 FAQ page here.

Cops and Monsters is able to exist because of our fans – because of the people who watch it, share the episodes, review it, donate to us, sponsor us, pledge money in return for perks and who spread the word. Without you, we’d have no show. So thank you so very much from all of us here on the team.

We hope to see you very soon for our brand new series!

Cops and Monsters – Series 2 – What’s Next?

With Cops and Monsters series 1 now on Amazon Prime we are looking ahead at what happens next.

Series 1 was produced for around £15,000, which we raised via several crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. While these were effective and it allowed us to produce 8 episodes, paying our cast and crew, visual effects, sound design, music, editing, locations, props and costumes, it meant that we had to take a more staggered approach to making the show.

In order to shoot an episode we had to run a campaign for that particular episode, as in the past we had tried to raise the full amount for the series, only to fall short of our target. Crowdfunding, while a very competent way to raise our budget, is also a very time restraining exercise, and as our team are working with us on a part-time/episode-by-episode basis, we sometimes struggle to get the word out there to help us raise the money to hit our goals.

This December we will be interviewing the short listed selected writers, of which around 340 people had sent in their spec scripts for consideration to join the writing staff for series 2. We had a total of 2 readers to go through them all, in their own spare time, and eventually short listed the successful writers.

It is our intention to shoot a brand new series, with 6 x 20 minute episodes, sometime in 2018, and at this stage we would release them all on Amazon Prime, and only once they were all edited and ready to go.

At this stage we plan to run a short crowdfunding campaign at the start of 2018 in order to pay the selected writers to pen our 6 episodes, which we will then (hopefully) use to attract backers, investors and sponsors, in order to raise our projected budget and shoot all 6 episodes in a block later in the year. For series 1 we could only shoot the episodes once we had raised the money for that particular episode, hence taking from 2015 to 2017 to complete the 8 episodes.

Beyond that we have no further details. We will be looking into grants and local funding to see if there’s a way to get support from the local government to help us make series 2, but we suspect we’ll need to do it by ourselves again.

If we have any more news, we will share it on our social media pages and of course, on our official website.

In the meantime you can watch all 8 episodes of series 1 on Amazon Prime UK and US!

Cops and Monsters – 2017 Review

2017 was a fantastic year for Cops and Monsters. We shot 2 new episodes, bringing our total up to 9, and completed series 1. We were nominated in the “Best Web Series” selection for the Web Fest New York and we were selected to be streamed on Amazon Prime UK and Amazon Prime US.

First up was “Trapped”, a minisode starring Katrina Bryan (Nina and the Neurons), Joanna Littlefield and Victoria Gibson. Set during a werewolf meeting, a dangerous werewolf assassin, known as The Hunter, tracks down Jenny, in order to exact revenge for a past misdeed. Forcing PITS agent Astrid Bennett to step in to save them both. We rehearsed the fight scene, which was the crux of the episode, the day before, and shot the entire episode in 1 day.

Then we finished off the series by crowdfunding for the finale, “Inhuman Nature”, raising over £3300 in order to shoot over 3 days, hire guest stars James Mackenzie (Raven), Wendy Wason (Sherlock) and Leona Vaughan (Wolfblood, Stella) to fill out the cast.

Having the extra day to film the script allowed the cast to be more creative and allowed us to relax a little bit too, easing the atmosphere on set to be more enjoyable. There was a real sense of “last day of school” for definite.

To celebrate, we filled out a screening at the Grosvenor Cinema in Glasgow’s west end with cast, crew and members of the public, screening all 8 episodes for the first time.

And to top off the year, we struck a deal with MY Productions to have series 1 stream exclusively on Amazon Prime UK and US, where so far we’ve had over 13 reviews, sitting at 4.5 stars out of 5.

And now we look to 2018. We had over 350 writers submit their spec scripts to us when we put up a call looking for people to join the writing team for series 2, which we shortlisted to just 9, who we will be interviewing in December. More profile actors from the UK have contacted us and expressed their interest to work with us on the show, so we can only hope that it comes to fruition.

We’d like to thank you all for being a part of Cops and Monsters, since we started back in 2014 with our pilot episode! We hope you’ll stick with us as we start to pre-production on series 2 next year.

 

Cops and Monsters on Amazon Prime – 27th October 2017

As of October 27th all 8 episodes of Cops and Monsters series 1 will be available to watch EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon Prime.

All of our episodes will be removed from our official YouTube channel on the 26th of October. However cast interviews, trailers, previews and more will still be available.

The remaining perks for our recent campaigns will be posted out by the end of November. Thank you for your patience. We had been waiting for series 1 to be completed, as well as the behind the scenes featurettes for the finale, to include these on all DVD and blu-ray perks.

Series 2 – Script Submission Updates

We received over 300 script submissions for our open-call for series 2 writers. With 194 valid scripts, we whittled them down to a long-list, and then a short list of around 10.

Thank you to everybody who sent in their scripts, we were delighted to read them!

In November we’ll be holding meetings with our short listed writers.

We hope to announce exciting news for series 1 very soon, as we look into finalising crowdfunding perks from our last couple of campaigns, sending them off by the end of November.

In the meantime be sure to catch up on our series 1 finale, which was released a month ago today!