Casting Update: Charlie Ross as Jo Darwyn

I am very happy to confirm former Stand Up comedian, Charlie Ross will be attending my read-through on Saturday 2nd December to play the role of ‘Jo Darwyn’, a by the book doctor who has been forced into the role of leader of team D.E.A.D whose mission is to help the undead transition back into normal whilst making sure they don’t reveal their secret. Their secret being, their blood type can bring them back to life.

Working with Charlie has become a regular thing for me having now worked with him on my upcoming fan made Doctor Who project (YouTube | Facebook); time travel short film, Extra Time (Facebook | YouTube) and monologue, Don’t Marry Him, Have Me (YouTube). Having worked with him recently on the Doctor Who project as a Director of Photography, I’ll be reprising my role I had for Extra Time and Don’t Marry Him, as Producer.

D.E.A.D is a 60 minutes radio play series I’ve written the pilot for and currently aiming to do a professional recording for. The show is about a doctor, a nurse and a coroner who help the undead transition back into normal life. I’d love to release episodes on a monthly basis in the way Big Finish are doing their Torchwood releases. If the show moves into a series order, each episode will focus on another one of Team D.E.A.D’s patients who has the rare blood type which brings them back to life.

The character of Jo will be faced with a moral dilemma in series 1 of D.E.A.D as his father, who is currently occupying the same hospital he works in, is suffering with terminal cancer which Jo has a way of curing, only problem is his father would have to die first and be injected with the blood type. While he makes up his decision, he has to watch his Dad come in and out of hospital for treatments from the sidelines because as far as his Dad is concerned, he’s not alive.

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British Airways Armrest Challenge

I made my way back down the aisle of the British Airways plane from London Gatwick to Edinburgh having just waited for the stream of people coming towards me to find their seats. I found myself at the end of the plane because for the first time I was taking a suitcase along with my man bag to Scotland and there wasn’t any space in the overhead lockers above my seat towards the front of the plane in 7a.

The last person to find their seat sat down or so I thought because as I made my way back to the front of the plane a rather large individual blocked my way and I had to stop after working out some simple mathematics resulting in me figuring out I wouldn’t be able to get through. Though surprisingly, the individual in question was quick or quick as can be on making space for me to defy physics and getting through.

My drama wasn’t yet over because when I got to my seat that was in the middle of two passengers, the woman by the window was ready to make me aware of an annoying situation.

“I don’t know if they’re supposed to be like this,” She said gesturing at my arm rests which were terribly narrow.

I had a good look andI definitely agreed they were ridiculously tight and despite having just coming back from America I was up for the challenge of sitting down. With my whole row watching I slotted in and felt the arm rests instantly leaning into me. Oh, well. Challenge complete.

“I’ve just come back from America,” I said to make sure the window lady knew the feat that had just been achieved by me being able to sit down.

Once sat down I put the arm rests up and realised they went up against the actual seat unlike every other armrest I have ever come across which stand up in between one seat to the next. Taking in the situation, I decided I was happy to leave them up like that, even though I would have minimal wiggle room. It wasn’t to be as the woman next to the window made a good point by reminding me the arm rests are meant to be down during take off.

Realising the real crux of the situation I looked up to wave an air hostess for their attention. It didn’t take long as one of them was starting to make her way down the aisle handing out wet towels to customers. Spotting my finger up like I was back at school, I managed to catch her attention and I asked her whether she knew how to move them to the sides whilst demonstrating the issue.

“I didn’t know they did that.”She looked at me cluelessly.

“It’s okay. It’s only an hour and half flight,” I said.

Then an Asian guy stepped in behind me and pointed out that there was a button you pressed down to allow you to push it to the side to side. So I tested it out and my problem was solved. We could now take off! The Air Hostess was impressed and it wasn’t long before she was grabbing her fellow air hostesses to show them the new bit of information she had just learnt and slightly worryingly none of them knew as well.

Slightly perturbed that I had caused such a fuss, I sat back with plenty of wiggle room, so much wiggle room I even had a little dance in my seat just to test it out. I could now look forward to take off care free.

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Doctor Who: Reverence of the Daleks Trailer Press Release

Dalek Fan Made Episode Trailer!

Richard Holliday, Producer and Mark Lever, Director of Photography are very happy to announce the first trailer for our upcoming fan made Doctor Who production, Reverence of the Daleks. Our fan made episode stars Elliot Stammers as The Doctor; Elise Stammers as the new Doctor’s companion, Jennifer; Big Finish Doctor Who audio star and Stand Up Comedian, Charlie Ross; currently on a Shakespeare European tour, Paul Valentine; Top 100 UK DVD Chart, Ripper actor Anthony Styles and musician, Rob Lever.

The trailer is made up of footage shot on the 1st day of filming on Saturday April 29th 2017. We have confirmed the date for filming day 2 and 3. They will be Sunday 23rd July and Saturday 26th August respectively. The fourth and final day is set to be in September. We plan to release a trailer after each filming day. We are filming with the aim of getting it ready for a Doctor Who convention in October. After it premieres, we hope to take it around the convention circuit.

On the third day of filming we will be using a Dalek and a life size TARDIS at Epsom Coaches, Surrey where we filmed Day 1. Details to be announced very soon.

On Saturday June 17th we premiered the Doctor Who trailer at our very own star, Charlie Ross’ Doctor Who convention he ran for his 50th birthday. We were very pleased with how well it went down and it was brilliant to see it up on the big screen with a good PA system.

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Please find the full list of Cast and Crew credits below:

Cast

The Doctor – Elliot Stammers

Jennifer – Elise Stammers

Captain Reynolds – Charlie Ross (IMDB)

Sergeant Turner – Paul Valentine (CastingCall Pro)

Soldier 1 – Anthony Styles (IMDB)

Soldier 2 – Rob Lever (Soundcloud)

Crew

Producer – Richard Holliday (Website | Twitter)

Director – Gary Thomas (Website | Twitter)

Director of Photography – Mark Lever (Website | Twitter | Facebook)

Cameraperson – Thomas Parker (Website)

Sound Recordist – Rene Toussaint (Website)

BTS Photographer – Stephan Burn (Website)

Summer Transfer Window 2017

I thought I’d write an article keeping you updated on the transfers this summer by breaking down it by player and club. Under each club, I’ll be listing who is rumoured to be coming in and who will be going out and mention who is interested in them.

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich

In

Lukaku – Everton (Rumoured)

Dortmund

In

Peter Bosz (Manager) – Ajax (6th June)

Schalke

Out

Klaas Jan Huntelaar – Ajax (Free, 1st June)

Sead Kolanisac – Arsenal (Free, 1st July)

Eredivisie

Ajax

In

Klaas Jan Huntelaar – Schalke 04 (Free, 1st June)

Out

Peter Bosz (Manager) – Dortmund (6th June)

English Premier Division

Arsenal

In

Sead Kolasinac – Schalke (Free, Moving 1st July)

Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon  (Rumoured)

James Rodriguez – Real Madrid (Rumoured, Daily Express)

Out

Sanogo

Brighton

In

Ferland Mendy – Le Havre (£7m, Rumoured, Sky Sports)

Chelsea

In

Lukaku – Everton (Rumoured)

Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Rumoured, Sun)

Out

Diego Costa (Rumoured, BBC Sport)

Crystal Palace

Ferland Mendy – Le Havre (£7m, Rumoured, Sky Sports)

Everton

Out

Lukaku – Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Man Utd (Rumoured)

Liverpool

Resolution

Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton

Man City

In

Ederson Moraes – Benfica (£35m, 1st July)

Mbappe – Monaco (£113m, Rumoured)

Bernardo Silva – Monaco (£43m, 1st July)

Out

Fabian Delph (£12m, Rumoured, Telegraph)

Man Utd

In

Romelu Lukaku – Everton (Rumoured)

Mbappe – Monaco (£113m, Rumoured)

Ivan Perisic – Inter (Rumoured, Daily Express)

Resolutions

Alvaro Morata – Real Madrid (Staying Put)

Newcastle

In

Tammy Abraham – Chelsea (Loan, Rumoured, The Times)

Southampton

Resolution

Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton

Stoke

In

Darren Fletcher – Stoke (Free, 1st June)

Tottenham

Matthias Ginter – Dortmund (£15m, Rumoured, Independent)

West Brom

In

Ferland Mendy – Le Havre (£7m, Rumoured, Sky Sports)

Huddlestone – Hull (£2m, Rumoured, Sun)

Out

Darren Fletcher – Stoke (Free, 1st June)

La Liga

Atletico Madrid

Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon  (Rumoured, ESPN)

Barcelona

Hector Bellerin – Arsenal (£45m, Rumoured, Mirror)

Real Madrid

Out

Pepe – PSG (Rumoured)

Bale (Rumoured, Daily Star)

Resolutions

Alvaro Morata – Real Madrid (Staying Put)

Ligue 1

Le Havre

Out

Ferland Mendy – Crystal Palace, Brighton, WBA (£7m, Rumoured, Sky Sports)

Monaco

Bernardo Silva – Monaco (£43m, 1st July)

Out

Mbappe (£113m, rumoured)

If you have any transfer rumours or confirmations, please contact me by tweeting @markleverfilm or commenting on this post.

Primeira

Benfica

Ederson Moraes – Man City (£35m, 1st July)

3 Days Until Trailer for Time Travel Short Extra Time

Second Trailer for Extra Time Featuring Former Doctor Who Companion Louise Jameson

It is now 3 days until the second official trailer for time travel short film, Extra Time will be released. It will be released on the official YouTube channel for Film on Film Entertainment at 5pm on Friday 7th April 2017.

Extra Time follows gambling addict, Spacey Black who goes back in time to stop his cousin, Kayla Black from killing promising footballer, James Spring.

Extra Time stars Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, Doc Martin, Eastenders) as Kayla Black; Charlie Ross (Big Finish Doctor Who) as Spacey Black; Ben Burman (Emmerdale) as James Spring; John Bagenal (Zayn Malik & Taylor Swift’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’); Gary Chivers (former Chelsea footballer) Graeme Dalling (Early One Summer) as Sam; Denholm Spur (Trouser Bar); Paul Valentine (Rotten), Daniel King (Doctor Who), Rishi Gupta and Jamie Rhodes as a Football Player.

The crew consisted of Mark Lever as Producer/Writer; Gary Thomas as Director/Editor; Pia Storck as DoP; Laimis Bilys as Camera Assistant/Gaffer; Simon Norman and Mark Andrews (Kingsman: Golden Circle) as Sound Recordist; Freddie Roche (Tracey Ulmans Show, Let’s Be Evil, Smoking Guns) as 1st Assistant Sound; Monika Swiatek (Help Point, Drive Thru, Mesopatamia) as Make Up Artist; Francesca Brooke, James Atkins, Lucy Noble (Conjuring 2, Poldark) and Myles Woolford as Script Supervisor; Martin Lejeune as VFX Artist; Anna Haffers as 1st AD; Thomas Greader (WhatCulture), Joanne Gale as Runner; Rene Toussaint and Thomas Parker as BTS Videographer; Stephan Burn as BTS Photographer; Rob Lever as the Music Composer and Riyadh Haque as Colour Grader on the second trailer.

The second Extra Time trailer was edited by Gary Thomas and Mark Lever, Sound Edit was by Simon Norman, Music by Rob Lever, VFX by Martin Lejeune and the grade by Riyadh Haque.

Extra Time is currently very near to reaching picture lock. After completing picture lock, it will go onto the sound edit, then the music and finally the colour grade. We have also very nearly finished every VFX shot, which there is over 20 throughout the film. Once the film is complete we will be going on the festival circuit and holding a premiere in the summer time.

We are currently scouting out locations for the premiere. If you have any recommendations, we’d be very interested in hearing them by sending us an email to mark@marklever.co.uk. At the moment, we are looking at either Clapham Picturehouse and or a central London location.

The filming took two years and four shooting days to finish. It was self-financed by Mark Lever and Gary Thomas. We filmed at Auto Trader, Wimbledon; Epsom Coaches in and the car park at Travis Perkins in Ewell West, Surrey; St Catherine’s Football Ground in Lower Morden, Surrey and in Epsom, Surrey and Raynes Park, London.

Get an insight into the production by going behind the scenes in our series of BTS Videos starring Charlie Ross, Ben Burman, Mark Lever and Gary Thomas

Watch the first official trailer here, which has been praised by modern and classic series Doctor Who Director, Graeme Harper and viewed over 2000 times as of Wednesday 5th April 2017.

Follow the latest news on Extra Time, view behind the scenes pictures, be the first to know about the latest trailers, when the film is released and the premiere by liking us on Facebook 

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Doctor Who (Fan Made) Crew Update: Thomas Parker

BTS VIDEOGRAPHER CONFIRMED

Richard Holliday (Producer), Mark Lever (Director of Photography) and Gary Thomas (Director) are very happy to confirm their latest addition to the crew, Thomas Parker as the Behind the Scenes Videographer on their first day of filming of upcoming fan made Doctor Who project ‘Reverence of the Daleks’.

Thomas Parker is an award winning filmmaker who focuses on cinematography and video editing aspects of production in corporate and entertainment film making. His academic background began with a triple distinction* extended media diploma which then led to obtaining a first class honours in Television and Film production (creative skillset accredited) from the University of Portsmouth. He has a vast amount of experience in viral, corporate and feature filmmaking in order to deliever successful videos to suit clients’ needs and expectations. He’s experienced with cameras such as the Arri Alexa/Amira, Black Magic (4K), Sony Cameras FS700, PMW-F55, EX3, Canon C-300 and a variety of DSLR’s. As a video editor, he’s experienced with a range of well-known editing software such as Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Software and Sony Vegas.

Reverence of the Daleks puts the Doctor at odds with UNIT’s latest experimental plaything – a supposedly ‘docile’ Dalek, but when the experiment goes awry, it is the Doctor alone who must stop the Dalek from escaping a high-tech, secret UNIT compound and wreaking extermination across London.

Thomas Parker will be the Behind the Scenes Videographer on Day 1 of filming ‘Doctor Who: Reverence of the Daleks’. His job will be to provide plenty of material for Richard and Mark to produce plenty of behind the scenes videos for you to get insight into what it took for us to make the episode. There should be plenty of interesting stuff for him to film as we’ll be shooting several shots for VFX to be added, a Dalek and a TARDIS and filming in several locations inside the Epsom Coaches grounds including offices, a yard and a testing room.

Here is an example of a behind the scenes film he shot for short film, Extra Time:

The first day of filming ‘Reverence of the Daleks’ will take place on Saturday April 29th in Ewell West, Surrey. Currently signed up as part of the cast is Elliot Stammers as The Doctor; Elise Stammers as The Doctor’s companion, Jennifer; Charlie Ross as Captain Reynods and Rob Lever as Soldier 1. Crew members already confirmed include Rene Toussaint (Website) as Sound Recordist; Stephan Burn (Facebook | Website) as Behind the Scenes Photographer.

Day 2 & 3 are yet to be confirmed but will likely to take place between May/June.

The fan made Doctor Who episode will hopefully premiere at Charlie Ross’ Doctor Who themed birthday event in June with Matthew Waterhouse (Doctor Who) and Katy Manning (Doctor Who). Richard Holliday and Mark also have plans to feature it at Who’s at the Playhouse in Epsom, Surrey where Louise Jameson, Colin Baker and John Leeson are just some of the stars set to star.

Mark and Gary have worked with Thomas Parker previously on their upcoming time travel short film, Extra Time, which they are in the process of putting the final touches to get it ready for the festival circuit. Thomas Parker filmed the interviews featured in the video below and the technical and cast rehearsals footage.


This blog was written by Mark Lever (Website | Twitter | Facebook)

Doctor Who (Fan Made) Casting News: Charlie Ross

Big Finish Doctor Who Star Cast!

Richard Holliday (Producer), Mark Lever (Director of Photography) and Gary Thomas (Director) are very happy to confirm the casting of ‘Charlie Ross’ as Captain Reynolds in their upcoming fan made Doctor Who project ‘Reverence of the Daleks’.

Reverence of the Daleks puts the Doctor at odds with UNIT’s latest experimental plaything – a supposedly ‘docile’ Dalek, but when the experiment goes awry, it is the Doctor alone who must stop the Dalek from escaping a high-tech, secret UNIT compound and wreaking extermination across London.

Charlie Ross plays Captain John Reynolds, a cocky and complacent UNIT commander determined to impress both the top brass of the military organisation and their fabled scientific adviser, the Doctor, but quickly finds his confidence misplaced when the experiment with the Doctor’s deadliest enemy, a Dalek, gets out of his, and human control, and it is only thanks to the Doctor, and once his military support has been decimated by his recklessness, that the extermination of London is averted.

Production Still of Charlie Ross as Spacey Black in Extra Time

The first day of filming ‘Reverence of the Daleks’ will take place on Saturday April 29th in Ewell West, Surrey. Currently signed up as part of the cast is Elliot Stammers as The Doctor; Elise Stammers as The Doctor’s companion, Jennifer and Rob Lever as Soldier 1. Crew members already confirmed include Rene Toussaint (Website) as Sound Recordist; Thomas Parker (Website) as Behind the Scenes Videographer and Stephan Burn (Facebook | Website) as Behind the Scenes Photographer.

Day 2 & 3 are yet to be confirmed but will likely to take place between May/June.

The fan made Doctor Who episode will hopefully premiere at Charlie Ross’ Doctor Who themed birthday event in June with Matthew Waterhouse (Doctor Who) and Katy Manning (Doctor Who). Richard Holliday and Mark also have plans to feature it at Who’s at the Playhouse in Epsom, Surrey where Louise Jameson, Colin Baker and John Leeson are just some of the stars set to star.

Mark and Gary have worked with Charlie Ross previously on their upcoming time travel short film, Extra Time, which they are in the process of putting the final touches to get it ready for the festival circuit. In Extra Time, Charlie Ross plays the role of ‘Spacey Black’, a selfish gambling addict who travels back in time to stop his cousin, Kayla Black (Louise Jameson) from killing James Spring (Ben Burman).

Charlie Ross is a former stand up comedian come actor who starred in short film, Early One Summer directed by Gary Thomas. As a stand up comedian, Charlie Ross has performed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival multiple times and toured the country. He recently retired making people laugh for a living in 2016. He is now a teacher in North London, hosting panels at Doctor Who conventions and starring in upcoming time travel short, Extra Time (watch a BTS video here).

Charlie Ross on set on Extra Time Day 4 in Ewell West, Surrey.


This blog was written by Mark Lever (Website | Twitter | Facebook)

Europa League: Remaining Teams Domestic Positions

We are now down to the final 16 teams in the Europa League 2016/2017. The remaining teams feature three belgique, two german, two russian, one dutch, one spanish, one cypriot, one turkish, one french, one danish, one italian, one english and one greek – teams from 12 different countries.

Every year, we see how teams who play in Europa League get hit by the added pressures of increased fixture congestion and in effect start taking drops in performances in their respective leagues as they place higher importance towards playing in europe due to the financial significance. Therefore I thought it was worth a look at seeing how europe has effected the remaining teams in the Europa League.

Out of all of the teams left in the Europa League, Apoel Nicosia, FC Copenhagen and Olympiacos are doing the best in their domestic leagues. Where as, Borussia Monchengladbach are doing the worst. Then again, it’s worth taking into consideration the toughness of the leagues they compete in.

Here is the draw to the Round of 16 with their domestic positions taken into consideration:

Apoel Nicoasia (1st) vs RSC Anderlecht (2nd)

FC Copenhagen (1st) vs Ajax (2nd)

FC Rostov (7th) vs Manchester United (6th)

Celta Vigo (9th) vs FK Krasnoadar (5th)

FC Schalke 04 (10th) vs Borussia Monchengladbach (11th)

KAA Gent (7th) vs KRC Genk (8th)

Lyon (4th) vs Roma (2nd)

Olympiakos (1st) vs Besiktas (1st)

Here is a look at how every team left has been doing in their respective leagues

Team Country Position Pts
Ajax Netherlands 2nd 55
Apoel Nicosia Cyprus 1st 59
Anderlecht Belgium 2nd  55
Besiktas Turkey 1st  47
Borussia Monchengladbach Germany 11th 26
Celta Vigo Spain 9th  33
FC Copenhagen Denmark 1st  54
FC Krasnodar Russia 5th  28
FC Rostov Russia 7th 25
Genk Belgium 7th 42
Gent Belgium 8th 41
Lyon France 4th 43
Man United England 6th 48
Olympiakos Greece 1st 51
Roma Italy 2nd  56
Schalke Germany 10th  26

Formatting a USB Drive for Mac

  1. Back up your files from your USB.
  2. Format your USB drive to ExFat.

a) Click on the ‘search bar’.

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b) Search ‘Disk Utility’.

searchdiskutility

c) Select your USB drive.

d) Go to ‘Erase’.

e) Select ExFat under the format options.

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f) Click ‘Erase’.

g) Click ‘Erase’.

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h) Wait for it to erase and format your USB drive.

I) The formatting should now be complete.

3. Transfer your files back to your USB.