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Hal C F Astell in Media

Because I keep losing track of what I've appeared in and on, here's a handy list with links.

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Podcasts

Cult Film in Review

I've been honoured to guest on Cult Film in Review not once but twice. First time out, I got to choose my own film, so naturally picked my favourite movie of all time, Peter Jackson's Bad Taste (1987). I was later asked back to dissect Gymkata (1986).

Listen to Cult Film in Review Episode 13 (Bad Taste) and Episode 44 (Gymkata).

Papago Presents: The Podcast

I was interviewed on Episode 3 of Papago Presents: The Podcast and felt that it was important enough to cover Arizona film that I chose to sponsor the show, so you'll hear me (and others) reading my commercial for Apocalypse Later in various episodes.

Listen to Papago Presents: The Podcast Episode 3.

Cinema Head Cheese

My first book grew out of a set of reviews of 'the worst films of all time' that I covered at Cinema Head Cheese, so they asked me to call in to talk about it on their centennial podcast episode.

Listen to Cinema Head Cheese Episode 100.

Horror Heroes

I had fun selecting my favourite kills from the Friday the 13th series for a special Friday the 13th episode of Horror Heroes.

Listen to Horror Heroes Episode 645.

The John Carpentcast

Chris and Nick at the John Carpentcast are working through every John Carpenter film, one per podcast. They asked a number of folk which titles they'd like to cover. I missed out on They Live but got my backup of Big Trouble in Little China. They also asked me to help out on Someone's Watching Me! which I was very happy to do.

Listen to John Carpentcast Episode 4 (Someone's Watching Me!).

Panels

I've been on many panels at many conventions but most of them haven't been filmed.

However the fantastic Sean Hoade ensured that the H P Lovecraft and the Cthulthu Mythos panel at Phoenix Comicon in 2015 was filmed.

Steampunk Fashion Shows

I'm rarely in fashion shows but I MC a couple a year, at Wild Wild West Con in Tucson in March and Phoenix Comicon a few months later in, well, Phoenix. Here are edited highlights of the Phoenix Comicon 2015 Steampunk Fashion Show I'm Count Chaos, the MC, and I joined in when my lovely wife, the Countess, walked.

Films

Flight Fright

I was an extra in Jim Politano's excellent short film, Flight Fright (2015), which he shot at Air Hollywood in Los Angeles in the plane next to the one they used for Airplane. It's not online yet, but you can briefly see me in the trailer. I'm sitting in one of the seats to the left of the screen and get up to help subdue the crazy passenger. I'm wearing an Apocalypse Later shirt and Jim's wife Karen was reading a copy of one of my books on the plane (though you don't get to see that in the film).

A Familiar Fate

I was two (count 'em) two different extras in Justin Hackert's short steampunk western, A Familiar Fate (2012), which can be watched for free on YouTube. I'm the sleepy drunk at the end of the bar in the first half of the film and the dustered gunman with an oversized weapon (ahem) towards the end.

Mantecoza

I had a great time being a couple of different extras in the marketplace scene of Mantecoza, a steampunk web series turned steampunk movie. I also provided most of the books on the bookstall. You can't see me in the trailer and the film is still forthcoming.

The Prometheus Project

My first job as an extra was in the underground cagefight scene in The Prometheus Project, which was renamed to The Frankenstein Syndrome and back again.


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