Spending Time With… Fraser Coull @ecossefilmmaker from @copsandmonsters

Described as “Buffy meets Taggart”, Cops and Monsters follows Maya Hedges (and a whole host of other characters) in the world of working  for the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland, (PITS) who deal with Vampires and Werewolves in a new world.

Welcome to “Cops and Monsters”, an on-going, award winning webseries from Scotland, UK

The creator of Cops and Monsters. Mr. Fraser Coull was born and raised in a little village called Langbank just outside of Glasgow and was told by his primary school teacher that he had an overactive imagination which he always took as a compliment (as well he should)

I have podcasted with Fraser, we have appeared at Comic Cons together and who better to take delivery of the now super popular Spending Time With… questions

Fraser took time out from his current Cops and Monsters Kickstarter campaign to answer the questions to I figured why not share the questions and answers now….no sense in waiting is there.

Enjoy! Then pop over to Twitter and say hi to Fraser ( @ecossefilmmaker ) You can also check out Cops and Monsters at  @copsandmonsters

Is there a book that you have reread more than any other?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Favourite Childhood TV show growing up?

Either Teenage Mutant “Hero” Turtles or Samurai Pizza Cats

What’s the most ‘starstruck’ you have been?

I was about 20 when I held the door open for Baby Spice at the BBC, she said “Thank you sweetheart” and I froze.

What’s your most memorable ‘fan’ encounter?

Meeting Craig Charles at Collectormania Glasgow, it was just before Red Dwarf “Back to Earth” was officially announced. I was getting my photo taken with him and wished him good luck for the shoot; we ended up gabbing for ages and the photographer was MAD.

What was one of the most memorable films you saw as a child?

Ghostbusters. Saw it on my 5th birthday and I watch it every year.

What do you find the hardest part of your creative process?

Raising the funds to make the projects happen, getting the word out there and casting can be a bitch too.

What is one of the best pieces of advice you can remember being given?

Always have 3 ideas ready in case you meet someone important who wants to hear them.

When it comes to watching films? Physical Media or Digital?

I go to the cinema ALL the time, or I’ll watch Netflix at home.

Let’s say the same for music?  Digital or Physical?

I’ve still got all my CDs but I listen to them digitally.

If you could change one thing about the industry you are in, what would it be?

There needs to be more support for people just starting out and people need to be more understanding of those who are trying to find their feet. Everybody acts like you should know it all, when none of us do.

What is one of your favourite current TV shows? (or let’s say in the past 10 years)

Lethal Weapon was surprisingly good, but it’s The Flash all the way. Prior to that it’s Chuck, Angel and Buffy. Those shows rocked.

Are you a video gamer? If so, what’s your console of choice?

PS4 because I was waiting on Mass Effect 4, but the reviews are pretty meh. So I’m replaying GTA 3 haha.

Do you read reviews of shows that you are in?

Nope.

If you had to make a bucket list of people you’d love to work with, tell me one name who would be on it?

David Tennant.

What is one of your most favourite locations you have filmed in?

We filmed in a mausoleum for Night is Day years ago, that was amazing.

What film always makes you laugh?

Bridesmaids. Ghostbusters. Wayne’s World.

What film do you love that you feel most people might not be aware of?

Skeleton Twins. GET IT WATCHED PEOPLE!

How do you prepare for an audition?

I feel this isn’t for me 😛 If I’m auditioning people I make sure we short list those who are the best in their showreels. Very important to have one of those.

In your creative roles? What is the longest day that you’ve ever had?

Filming for our Cops and Monsters episode, “Revolution in a Teacup”. We were trying to film too much in one day and we didn’t wrap til after 11pm. Worth it tho, it’s my favourite episode so far.

Do you have any ‘props or keepsakes from your films?

Yes, for years I had the bottle from my short film “Bottle”, and I’ve got a case of props from everything else. Keepsakes are important.

What excites you most about the film world today?

That it’s still here and original films are still being made. And Marvel. They make good movies.

Is there one person who you feel has made you are today?

Joss Whedon. Obviously.

What is your proudest achievement?

It’ll be when we finish series 1 of Cops and Monsters and we’ll have 9 episodes to show off to the world (and hopefully have enough support to make a 2nd)

What was one of the first music albums you can remember buying?

The Rembrandts’ LP – it had I’ll be there for you on it, from FRIENDS, but all of their other songs are way better. Especially “Coming Home” – check it out.

Have you ever gotten someone’s autograph? Which is the most memorable for you?

All the autographs! Eve Myles autograph is treasured because she’s mad as a bag of cats. But lovely.

How many movies do you think you watch a year?

All of them. I dunno, maybe 50? 100? I don’t count!
If youd like to participate in the ‘Spending Time With…’ series then please get in touch with me via Twitter ( @frompage2screen ) or email at frompage2screen@gmail.com
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