Can you believe it’s been three years since Mind My Brains, Darling! was released? How time flies! What were you doing three years ago (apart from watching MMBD, of course), and what are you up to now?
Over the next few weeks we’ll be updating you on what the MMBD crew and friends have been doing and running features on new projects, including Paul Best’s new TV production, Aqua Sports Expeditions, a new SCUBA TV show. Today Paul and the Wolf’s Head production crew are filming in a flooded Titan 1 missile silo in Pasco, WA, which is probably a little drier than it is here in the Fraser Valley today!
To help take you back, here are some more of our favourite BTS photos from that wacky, crazy time:
We’ve been friends with the Standard Action crew for quite a while and meet up several times a year at various events. Last year Rob Hunt joined us for Celebrate The Web 6 and was fantastic as Director of Photography and Assistant Director. Rob really raised our game and it was a pleasure working with him. We also had the opportunity to return the favour, working as background (extras) on episode 3 of Season 2:
The team are very friendly and professional (as you would expect) and we had an excellent day. Knowing how hard it is to keep everything going, we tried to stay well away from the shooting until our debut, just in case we interfered with any shots. We hung out, enjoying the ambiance and the fact we were not the ones worried about lights, cameras and action for once. And not having to worry about BodyLine for our shots. In fact, we were almost inverse BodyLine, with only our heads showing
The attention to detail and thought behind every shot, costume and line is obvious in the finished product. What you don’t see (but which is probably equally obvious) is that Standard Action is a well-oiled machine. A well-oiled machine that has great craft service and a crew that genuinely enjoys working with each other.
Make sure you check out the Standard Action website to catch all the other episodes and find out where the team will be appearing this year.
It’s hard to believe it has been a year since we were last at VCON! What a blast we had for two weeks when Paul Best, Laura Olson and Angela Aro came up for a VCON and Girl Geek Con. We did several panels and screenings and meet some amazing people.
We were sorry to miss VCON in 2012 but from all accounts it was another fun and successful event. Hopefully we’ll be back in 2013.
Paul B has edited some of the footage from last year and released it on Vimeo – enjoy!
Dr Horrible has been back in the news recently. EW reported that Dr Horrible is going to be aired on TV on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. on The CW channel and the @drhorrible Twitter account has started tweeting again. It was widely reported during SD Comic Con that Dr Horrible 2 is going to happen, but there was no dates given because of timetabling the main stars.
“The International Academy of Web Television™ (IAWTV), an nonprofit organization founded to promote and recognize excellence in original online programming, has announced the newest members of its Board of Directors.
April Grant, Executive Producer, Indie Intertube
Paul Kontonis,Chief Media Evangelist, Outrigger Media
J. Sibley Law, Founder & President, Saxon Mills
Susan Miller, Writer/Producer, “Anyone But Me”
Jenni Powell,Content & VIP/Speaker Coordinator, Bryan Allen Events
Tim Street, Writer/Producer/Director, Ape Digital Inc.”
Not everyone I voted for got a place on the Board, but I am happy with the result. There is a good mix of new and old members, and an International member of the Board, at last! Although April Grant is from the US, she is living in Victoria, BC at the moment, where she co-hosts the weekly ‘Indie Intertube‘ shows with Amanda Shockley. I have seen all those elected taking active roles in promoting the IAWTV and new media in general, across various platforms, so I know these people have the experience, passion and drive to make things happen.
If you are a member of the IAWTV and you voted in the elections – thank you! This organisation needs members to be active and engaged to drive forward. It’s not just the Board members and all those who help on the various committees that make the organisation – it is every single member doing whatever they can to promote, encourage and shape the future.
I was very touched to have been nominated to the Board a second time, but chose to decline because I have some huge projects on the go at the moment and I knew I couldn’t devote the necessary time to the post. Our new and standing Board members have committed to a huge amount of work on our behalf, and I would like to publicly state that I really appreciate it. I might not agree with every decision but I do support the Board and I am really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the IAWTV.
*Update: added Avalon Recovery Society to funding recipients*
It’s that time of year again – time to don your Jayne Hat, count up your pennies and head into Vancouver to the Macmillan Space Centre for Can’t Stop The Serenity! By my calculations this will be the 5th year we’ve attended and it is THE ONE event we really look forward to. Great people, awesome entertainment and a fantastic day out for everyone. How many Jayne Hats will we see this year?
The whole idea behind CSTS is to raise money for charity by screening Joss Whedon’s film ‘Serenity’, holding auctions of really cool items and giving everyone a darned good shindig to look forward to. The main charity is ‘Equality Now‘ and CSTS Vancouver also gives some of the proceeds to BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation and this year they have added the Avalon Recovery Society, which runs drop-in centres in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland area.. This is why it is important:
This is what is in store for us tomorrow:
You’ve asked for it and here it is (always subject to change, of course):
10:30am Doors open
11:00 Brief introduction, then singing along to Dr. Horrible
11:55 Evil Laugh contest
12:15 An episode of Mind My Brains, Darling
12:25 Reaver Dance
1:00 Firefly Trivia Bingo
1:40 Episode 12 of Standard Action
2:00 Live Auction
2:35 Costume Contest parade and awarding of prizes
3:00 Close silent auction
Draw for Fan Expo ticket prize
Joss’s Equality Now speech
5:30 Announcement of winning bidders in the silent auction
There are still tickets left. Ticket sales at La Fontana will end at noon on Friday and on the blog at midnight. Any tickets left will be available at the door.
It was another fun show with April and Amanda on Indie Intertube last night. Special guests were Jenni, Stuart and Logan, organisers of Celebrate The Web 6: Levelling Up. With some great prizes on offer and a wide assortment of videos in the mix, it was not clear which of the videos would win the prizes. In the end, the robots won the day, with the Judges Prize going to ‘The Belle and the Bot’ and the Audience Choice going to ‘Political Machine’. Full details on celebratetheweb.com.
Our Team BREW entry for Celebrate The Web 6: Levelling Up was ‘This Human Body‘. It was written, filmed, and edited in 7 days. After leaving it for a couple of weeks it is interesting to go back and watch it again. Working with Rob was a great experience and on the whole I’m really pleased with how it turned out. A few people have commented on the editing, and this interests me. I can see where it could be tightened here and there, but I’m not sure I’m seeing what other people are seeing. We’d love to hear from you about that.
But why this story?
The story itself was literally written in 4 hours, start to finish. It was one of those times when it really does write itself. Once I saw the quote, I knew what I wanted to write about, and that was that. I shut down every tab and app on my computer apart from Scrivener, and set to it. We knew we had wanted to do a drama, and we wanted it to be meaningful. Following David as he navigates the first few hours after he gets a terminal diagnosis was a way to explore his character, relationships and choices. We also wanted to set up the potential for a series while making the pilot a satisfying video as a standalone.
Who is David, and why should we care?
David is successful, seemingly rich and possibly not a nice guy. He is separated from his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Jessica, for reasons we don’t find out in the first episode. We get the impression that the split was not without acrimony. Wendy is first dismissive, then hostile, angry, and finally speechless. Jessica simply loves her dad. Is he going to go through any treatment? Will he be reunited with his family? Does it work out? Will he die alone? Will he eventually realise that the iPad can be held in landscape mode?
What did we cut out?
There was a whole thread we had to abandon due to time and filming constraints. In it David speaks to his geek friend, Josh, who is more concerned about an upcoming Con than anything else. Until David breaks the news. We also cut some dialogue between David and Jessica because it didn’t work in reality as well as it did on paper. If you are interested you can read the original script here.
Why did we enter Celebrate The Web 6?
When Kim and Jenni first talked about doing something after the 2010 Streamy Awards, I was 100% behind them, and offered to help. I was upset about the whole thing and really wanted to show my support for the community. Since then, Celebrate the Web has grown into a very inclusive, exciting competition that is open to everyone. We’ve thought about entering before, but the time has never really worked, especially as ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!‘ took up more than a year of production. This year, funding being what it is, we will probably not do a major production under the HigletFilms banner but we wanted to do something. CTW6 was perfect – it would all be done and dusted in a week, and we had Rob as Director of Photography and AD, huge jobs that we didn’t have to worry about. Megan Lynch helped with input about the music and the one page, too. Having people to help makes a HUGE difference!
We watched every entry and enjoyed nearly all of them on one level or other. We were clearly not the demographic for many of them. There has been quite a lot of discussion around about whether some entries were really up to standard. I understand where people are coming from, but I absolutely, 100% think that CTW should stay like it is and allow EVERYONE and ANYONE to participate. Yes, there were some entries that were very rough around the edges, but I know there were people trying this for the first time. I wouldn’t want anyone to be put off because they weren’t ‘good enough’. It’s a competition. The ones that aren’t ‘good enough’ won’t win. Hopefully everyone who took part learned a lot from it, had fun doing it, and made some new connection. And that brings me on to a very important point:
But what about those that don’t win? I would like to think that everyone learned a great deal, for a start. I know we did. Just completing a project like this is an achievement. You only really learn about things by doing them, and this is especially true for making video. I’d also like to offer some constructive feedback to any of the entries (winners or not) who want it. Just email me or leave a comment here, and I’ll send you a little overview that you can do what you like with.
To the CTW team for organising CTW6 – Jenni, Stuart and Logan – a huge THANK YOU!
Team BREW after shooting 'This Human Body' for #CTW6
On Tubefilter yesterday it was announced that the Audience Choice and Judges’s Choice winning pilots of the Celebrate The Web 6: Level Up will be announced LIVE during the Indie Intertube podcast on June 6th. I try to tune in to April and Amanda every week because they always have the very latest information about what’s going on in the webseries world, and their shows are informative as well as very entertaining.
Voting for the Audience Choice is open now, and you can vote once a day until May 31st by visiting celebratetheweb.com. Cleverly, the voting page updates with the pilots in a different order each time, so scroll down if you don’t see the one you want straight away:
'This Human Body' from Team BREW on celebratetheweb.com
We teamed up with Rob Hunt from Phase Fire Films to form Team BREW, and our pilot ‘This Human Body’ is a moving drama about David facing up to his mortality and his past. Megan Lynch was our production assistant and Rebecca also starred in the pilot. You can watch it on YouTube:
If you enjoy it please vote for us! It only takes a second and you don’t even have to register.