• About HigletFilms

    Higlet

    HigletFilms was created in 2010 by Mary Higgins (WorldofHiglet) and hubby, Paul, as a showcase for their experimental web video/new media/webseries/web tv work.

    Their new webseries, 'Mind My Brains, Darling!' is now showing on Blip.tv.

  • Mind My Brains, Darling! Season 1

  • Goodnight Princess Omnibus (Acts 1-3)

  • Interview with Felicia Day

“Goodnight Princess”, the Vimeo Awards, and the next steps

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Goodnight Princess vimeo entry

Vimeo launch web video awards and festival!

The Vimeo Awards,”…honors the best in online video….”. The Vimeo Festival will be held in New York City on October 8th and 9th. They were launched in April 2010 and opened for nominations and submissions on June 4th 2010.

Goodnight Princess: slow burn goodness

Even though it’s been weeks since we wrote and uploaded Goodnight Princess, it has often been on my mind. People we’ve never met before contacted us about it and I’m really proud of what we achieved. It intrigued and moved people, and the last scene still makes me tear up. We were looking for a suitable outlet so Goodnight Princess is now submitted to the Vimeo Awards in the ‘Narrative’ category. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the Vimeo submission:

Goodnight Princess from worldofhiglet on Vimeo.

We edited it slightly from the Omnibus on YouTube to remove the credits at the end of Acts 1 and 2. This is the description:

“Goodnight Princess” is a micro-shortform three act Internet Play, exploring love, loss and silly voices.

It uses one-take shots, minimal effects and a proscenium view to best mimic a play-like setting. By not showing the actor’s faces, the story unfolds with only the audience’s interpretation of events.

The final reveal has moved viewers to tears.

Note: This video was originally released act by act over three weeks on EvilWorldofHiglet’s YouTube Account (youtube.com/user/evilworldofhiglet).

We’ve submitted, but you can nominate any eligible video

In order to submit a video yourself you need a Vimeo account. But you don’t need a Vimeo account to nominate a video from any video platform – just read the eligibility guidelines and go ahead. Nominating a video doesn’t submit it, but it does bring it to Vimeo’s attention.

So, for example, if you wanted to nominate Goodnight Princess, you would follow this link:

http://vimeo.com/awards/submit/nominate

and paste this link into the box:

http://www.vimeo.com/13409542

The category is ‘Narrative’, which is the default so you shouldn’t have to change it.

Easy! 🙂

The next steps

It was the success of this video in terms of story telling that convinced us that we needed to look again at the equipment we have. Our camera is 11+ years old, we can’t source a battery for it so it has to be connected to the mains (and it’s from the UK so there is also a plug adaptor on it). We recorded this (and our other recent videos) direct to our little 13″ Macbook for editing in iMovie with audio post-production in GarageBand. It worked, but because we needed to record at night for atmosphere, the light levels meant the finished product is grainy.

Coming soon…

Our new webseries is already in pre-production. The scripts are mostly done, the two teaser trailers are being shot in the next couple of weeks and everything is in place. But we need new equipment. We were lucky enough to receive some funding from an anonymous donor (THANK YOU AGAIN!) that went towards a new camera but with that comes a whole new set of problems. The Macbook’s hard drive is nearly full and iMovie can’t do everything we want to do for the new show. We can now record in HD but can’t edit it properly. We only have one Mac so only one of us can work at a time….

Time to take the plunge

So we are going to do something about it. We can’t fund the next series entirely by ourselves so we will be setting up an Indigogo account and will be launching a fundraising campaign very soon. Jeff Koenig has just completed a wildly successful fundraiser there for his new venture “What is a Webseries?”, a brilliant idea for a site and one that I fully support. He secured his required amount in just days and “What is a Webseries?” will benefit the whole community.

We are just waiting for a costume delivery from the UK so we can complete the teaser and then we are all set to launch the campaign. These are exciting times – we hope you’ll come along for the ride!

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. GrrAargh  •  Jul 18, 2010 @3:13 pm

    I have no idea ifthey would do all you want, but there are several open source video editors etc on Linux. There are ‘distros’ with them all installed that will run from DVD/CD or pendrive so you don’t have to install anything. Might be worth investigating.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_video_editing_software#Open_source_software

    http://ubuntustudio.org/

    http://puredyne.org/

  2. admin  •  Jul 18, 2010 @3:21 pm

    Interesting idea, Philip! We are also looking at blip.tv as a way to distribute the new webseries, but I’ll look into this, too – thanks for the idea!

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