So our website is back after the DDos attacks, we just want to share our experience after past few days, we were sent a eMail from our hosting company about the service being suspended, so we quickly checked our site stats and found out the CPU was being overloaded and the memory was bottlenecking! the bandwidth report show there was 58+mbps of incoming request, which was very too much for the server to manage.
A few hours later a second eMail turned up from our hosting provider to tell us that they were removing us from the server, most of you visiting our site would have found a blank or holding page, what was because we paid our host for the full year and were 3 months into the 12, and were unable to recover the hosting funds to buy new server space.
I will be trying posting once a week if i have the time, maybe with videos and photos from filming, i also have some new trailers that i never posted before which i will be uploading in the next few weeks.
The Graveyard of Death Part II will be released before march, the final cut of the movie was ready last year, but i never had time to remaster the audio into 5.1, and edit a few extras for the DVD.
Seeing as this is my first post of 2010 i will like to update everyone on the progression of our next post apocalyptic zombie movie Defcon, after receiving a injunction order from a former actor, we will have to reshoot about 30 minutes of extra footage.
Find actors has been a real problem, infact finding anyone who can act would help, apart from that a 2/3 of our budget for DefCon has been used up buying the military uniforms and gas masks, FX and make-up.
The story is about a group of soldiers cryogenic frozen, who awake after a Nuclear War, who wake to find the world has been taking over by the living dead and they battle it out amidst the zombies to find the last Nuclear warhead to return a attack on Russia.
One reason I haven’t been updating the blog is that I just haven’t had the free time, I’ve been trying to keep up with comment moderation on the blog, and updates some stuff, that was about an hour of my life wasted with comment spam moderation.
With the website design looking a bit old now (we been using the same design since 2002) we are going to re-design most of the site, as many people may know from reading our forum pages i hate the web2.0 style, what is the point of making your pages look web2.0 if users can’t interact with the site, anyhow that was so 2005.
We are rewriting the script for The Woods again, filming the script that we had would have sent the shoot over budget, and cost twice what the graveyard of death part 2 cost to make, which we hope to release on dvd in the next few months.
For the last few months we have been archiving all our VHS, VIDEO8 and VHS-C tapes to MINI DV as a way to preserve our old master tapes, which we have found out that some of them no-longer work, with some tapes full of drop out, the master tape for our first zombie film Ripped Apart was one of them, we did manage to recover a one and half minutes of footage from the tape but even that is unwatchable, the original master tapes have been recoded over when we film the Nightmare of the Living Dead (AKA: Bishop Rock Zombie – Filming title) so the only master tape of the original edit is gone and unrecoverable, but the film did have a video release in 1997 on the Home Production video label, we have been unable to contact the owner of Home Productions via his address or via the Internet as they may have closed down or running under a new name, the videos supplied by Home Production had been sold via mail order and magazine ads so it may be impossible to find a copy to reproduce.
Just a quick blog update, in a few weeks time we are about to film a new short THE WOODS, a slasher as you can guess from the films title, the film is set in the woods and with a mad man killing off campers near a campsite, tho this short is more about acting than gore and blood, we looking hard at group of actors from which to pick the main cast, so we will be posting more about this soon.