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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Saturday, July 18, 2009

"MUTINY ON THE BATTLESHIP POTEMPKIN"? "CITIZEN KANE"? "BAMBI"? The CFZ are making a cinematographic masterpiece..

...But why is Jon wearing a Red Army Faction T-Shirt c. 1978? Bloody hippy!
Eisenstein never behaved like this!

However, don't say we didn't warn you. The afternoon's big shoot, involving a budget of nearly fifteen quid, and a cast of, ummm nine, a crew of five, three cars, and a small boy on a unicycle went off reasonably without a hitch.

Well it didn't in fact; there were lots of hitches. Traffic was terrible so we were late, the leading lady's hair got wet and went all curly.
Our stunt driver, who shall not be named, forgot to look in the mirror before braking, nearly causing an accident.
Various inhabitants of the village looked a little bemused, but we basically got away with shooting a cast (mostly underage) on the Queen's Highway with no insurance, an unlicensed crew, and no permission.

Now Jon's T-Shirt begins to make sense. You all knew he was fat, but did you know that F.A.T stood for `Fortean Art Terrorist`?

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

I don't know whether Eisenstein made any films about cryptozoology, but he did make a film about hordes of Medieval German religious fanatics who wore strange things on their heads fighting another horde of Russians on a frozen lake. Not a bad film. Prokofiev wrote the score. Not a bad film.

If only Eisenstein had thought of doing one on alien big cats...

Then it would be "Aleksandr Nevsky and the Big cats."