Wibbell Studios news about HMV and Blockbuster

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While checking the mail today I can across the long overdue newsletter from Wibbell. Their words, not mine. While it was great to see them getting the newsletter out I was saddened to see the state of DVD rentals and sales over in the UK. HMV and Blockbuster are going to be closing due to lost sales due to people buying DVDs and Blu-Rays on the internet. I can see how this would hurt many of the indie film makers and here is what the newsletter had to say on the subject. By the way, the newsletter is here in its entirety by permission from Allin Kempthorne (Pictured to the left) who wrote and directed Vampires Of Bloody Island.

The Long Overdue Newsletter From
THE WEIRD WORLD OF WIBBELL
The plucky little film company behind “The Vampires of Bloody Island”,
“The First Stars of Vaudeville” & “Learning Hebrew: A Gothsploitation Movie”
 
Hi. Remember us?
The small independent film makers (in other words, me and my wife) who made the vampire comedy film ‘The Vampires of Bloody Island’?
Hello again. I know it’s been a while.
 
I’ve just heard the news. OUCH!!
This week both HMV and Blockbuster have gone under (and by that I don’t mean relocated to Australia). Two of the biggest DVD giants in the British high street going belly-up in one swoop! It’s a damned shame but the reasons they’ve closed seem obvious: we the great British public don’t buy all our DVDs in shops anymore. Nowadays we tend to buy online, usually through Amazon, who with their recently publicized tax avoidance appear to have a one-sided monopoly on DVD sales in the UK.
Plus a lot of people now watch films by download (a staggering proportion of which is done illegally) so that knocks physical DVD sales down a whole lot too.
And with Blockbuster and HMV both gone, there’ll now be even less ways for us to get our movies. So unless of course we’re prepared to hunt around a bit we seem to be left with a pretty rotten choice: the tax avoiding Amazon, or often illegal film downloads!
 
Obviously this is bad news for small film makers like us. Since we made ‘The Vampires of Bloody Island’ we’ve got to know several other plucky film makers who like us have fought hard against the system to make and release their own films. But the places we can sell these films are very limited, even more so now HMV and Blockbuster have curled up and died!
 
However, because we at Wibbell are quite clearly mad, we’re actually expanding our own little DVD and film empire! We’re small and adventurous and… well, let’s be honest about it, have nothing to lose! Also we have a real belief that something new is about to happen in the way films are sold and have a sneaky suspicion that we may be part of it! We think there’s hope for upstarts like us to make and sell original and exciting films, the sort of films that always got lost among the shelves of the giant HMV and Blockbusters. Something will rise phoenix-like from the ashes. We’re not entirely sure what it’ll be, but we’re willing to take that risk.
 
Our first film ‘The Vampires of Bloody Island’ which the two of us wrote, produced and star in, has continued to sell around the world. The last count I think was 33 countries! So we’re now expanding into releasing other films too.
Yes indeed, In just a few weeks we’ll be releasing a colourful, exciting and totally mind-bending movie set on the London Goth Scene, ‘Learning Hebrew: A Gothsploitation Movie’. First time director Louis Joon’s film explores such concepts as death, sex and religion in a very, very cool way!
 
VBI UK DVD front 15   Learning Hebrew A Gothsploitation Movie DVD cover   vaudeville
 
We’ve also been working for the last two years on a feature length documentary (which I present, naturally!) looking at ancient original film footage of circus, Vaudeville and side show performers from way over 100 years ago. That’s right, actual vintage film of entertainers from as far back as 1890, when everyone wore bowler hats and the the streets of London were full of horses. ‘The First Stars of Vaudeville’ has been taking a lot longer for us to make than we thought, as we keep uncovering more exciting footage from those very earliest days of film! I’m quite giddy with excitement about it all!
 
We’ll give you a shout later on about ‘Learning Hebrew: A Gothsploitation Movie’ and ‘The First Stars of Vaudeville’. In the meantime, fans of ‘The Vampires of Bloody Island’ might like to know it’s playing this weekend at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival in Southend, Essex. We’ll be there signing DVDs and doing the whole being-the-celebrity thing. It’s a fairly relaxed and low key festival, so If you can get along this Saturday we’ve plenty of time to say hello and have a chat. Details are at http://www.horror-on-sea.com/index.html
We’ll see you there if you can make it.
 
Now back to HMV. They’ve announced they’ll no longer honour their own HMV gift vouchers, leaving their customers with gift vouchers they’ve paid good money for that are now suddenly completely worthless! Grrr!
We empathise. That’s a shitty situation. So if you’re stuck with a useless HMV gift voucher, we’ll make you this rather crazy offer:
Whip out your camera-phone and email us a photo of yourself, sad faced, holding your useless HMV voucher. We’ll then send you a secret web address where we’ll give you ‘The Vampires of Bloody Island’ on DVD for an absolute bargain of only £2.50!!! What’s more, the two of us will even autograph it for you too! (A signed copy usually goes for £11.45 or considerably more). Hopefully this way we can spread a little happiness to those who have been left out of pocket by HMV.
We’ll have to do this for a limited time only though. We may be mad, but we’re not crazy! So send us your photo by the end of Jan 27th. That’s the end of next week. (Oh, and only one per person OK!*)
And if your photo makes us laugh, we’ll also put it up on The Vampires of Bloody Island’s Facebook page! Feel free to spread the word to anyone you know who might be saddled with those pesky useless HMV vouchers. Let’s try and make some good come out of them.
Send us your photos to myphoto@wibbell.co.uk
 
Bye for now,
Pamela_and_Allin
Pamela & Allin
(Those two from The Vampires of Bloody Island!)
 
Find out more about The Weird World of Wibbell at http://www.wibbell.co.uk
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*HMV Vouchers: We’re not connected to HMV in anyway and don’t want your actual vouchers, just photos of you holding them. By sending us your photos you consent to us publishing them on Facebook and using them if we wish for our own publicity purposes. DVDs in this offer will be signed by Allin Kempthorne and Pamela Kempthorne and will cost £2.50 + £1.35 p&p. Offer only valid while we have sufficient stock and ends on Jan 27th 2013. Only one per person please. Send them to myphoto@wibbell.co.uk
 

The above wide directly from the newsletter that was sent out to their mailing list. It is such a shame that so many people are being affected by this.