Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Friday, April 17, 2009


Finally, after six months of faffing about, production has started on the new CFZ movie, tentatively entitled Emily and the Big Cats. It tells the story of a fifteen year old girl called Emily who's family see a big cat in the North Devon woods, and her own quest to find out about it.

It is a true story, and we are filming Emily's quest as it happens, and we hope that it will be completed later in the year.

Here we see the filming of the opening sequences, as Emily walks through Huddisford Woods telling the story of her Uncle and Aunt's sighting that first sparked her interest in the subject.

Back in February, Jon Hare described Jon as looking more like a cross between Dumbledore and Hagrid every day, although we would say that he looks increasingly like an unholy melange between his `real` father, and his adopted one, the quondam Wizard of the Western World. However, it is undeniable that his greying beard makes him look either wise or massively eccentric (or perhaps both.

He is driving the Daihatsu, while Graham (forgetting his advancing years) squats, filming in the open back, filming.

Emily Taylor (15) seems to be taking working with such a bunch of middle aged weirdos (we are not counting Max as middle aged, but during the session he was certainly a weirdo who spent most of his time climbing up trees and chuntering happily to himself, he took all these pictures by the way).

This film is a technical challenge for Jon who, as Director, is finally in the position of being able to `direct`. Usually he just has fifteen or twenty hours of raw footage from an expedition plonked on his desk, and is left to get on with it. Working in such a conventional manner is somewhat strange for him

1 comment:

Neil A said...

Where's my starring role ha!