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:
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.
Voting opens TODAY for the Celebrate The Web. You can vote once per day and voting ends on May 31st. Out of 25 teams who entered, there are 15 pilots to watch. We watched a few last night and there are some very imaginative takes on the three elements!
Our Team BREW entry, ‘This Human Body‘, is on the page so please scroll down and vote for us! It’s a powerful drama about a man facing up to his mortality and his past. You can see the pilot here, too:
Here’s some Behind The Scenes shots from our Sunday shoot with Rob Hunt – hope you enjoy them!
Don’t forget you can vote every day until May 31st. Thanks for your support!
UPDATE: Hang Out rearranged for 6:00 PM PST Saturday 15th October with WorldofHiglet on Google
And now. The End is near. And so we face. The final….
…countdown! [cue The Scorpions…] After almost a year exactly, the set of ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ Season 1 is scheduled for demolition this Saturday, October 15th – and you can watch it live. We did a Google Hangout a while ago and had a great time chatting to people. This time we intend to make it a little more interactive as we take you – literally – behind the scenes of Season 1.
If so, leave us a comment and a time that’s best for you. We are pencilling in 7 PM PST on Saturday (because basically we have no lives and are never out at the weekend. Apart from the last two weekends when we were out. All the time.)
Why now? Can’t we all be friends??
Obviously, if you are asking that you have not seen the Season 1 Finale – so do that RIGHT NOW:
This is a good death. There is no shame in this.
We have LOVED having a set in our garage. Seriously, not much compares to escorting unsuspecting tradespeople into the depths of your house only to reveal – another house! Within a house! Awesome! The laughs we’ve had. But all good things must come to an end and the time is right to get ready for the Next Big Thing. And nothing will be lost. The set will be stored against the wall, ready for it’s new incarnation as…Well. That would be telling 🙂
Oh – Happy Times!
I wasn’t going to say this, but I think I should. We were FLOORED to find out at VCON and elsewhere that people didn’t realise we had filmed on a set. So you think our house looks like that? REALLY?!? 😀 It made us happy that we did our job right (even while wondering what people think about our taste in colour schemes/furnishings…..).
Behind the Scenes of Mind My Brains, Darling! - Robot Arms lovingly modelled by Josephine Hoy
Thank you for all the RTing, sharing and wonderful comments about Episode 5! It’s great to be back on schedule and it’s nice to know that people are still sticking with us. Apart from the person (who will remain anonymous) who complained on YouTube about seeing Sgt Fido’s head 😛
What is more experimental than BodyLine?
When we first thought about doing a whole series using BodyLine, we were keen to see just how far we could go. No heads? Check!* Characters that say no intelligible words? Double check! Sight gags involving headgear? Check, check, check! But what if we could go further? What if we could do more – or less…?
Episode 6 out next week
We have been saving this one until last because it is, in the words of Dr Feyrer, “…very potent, very experimental, and very dangerous.” And yes, Dr Feyrer makes another guest appearance (more Josephine Hoy – always a good thing!). The original concept was simple, but the execution was not. And while the robot in episode 3 took the longest to make, and the choreography of episode 5 took the most rehearsing and planning, the post-production on ep 6 took probably the longest to do. We think you’ll agree it was worth it.
Hard to wait until next Tuesday?
We are here to help. We’re your friends and have been thinking about how to get you through the next few days and have come up with a foolproof plan. The best way to pass the time is to do the following:
1) Rewatch Season 1 so far on Blip.tv and on then YouTube, leaving comments, likes and favourites for each episode.
2) Send each episode to a different friend, or perhaps multiple friends. They will thank you for it (and so will we!).
3) Tell us which is your favourite episode, and why, on our Facebook page or sent to @HigletFilms on Twitter.
4) Send us your own BodyLined response video – on YouTube or anywhere else – and we’ll share it with everyone.
5) Then sit down and have a nice cup of tea.
Repeat every day and the time will fly by!
* This doesn’t include animals, OBVIOUSLY! In case a certain person is reading. Although we didn’t have any complaints about the gerbil or goldfish, so maybe the person in question has something against dogs…?
Firstly, some thanks
It has been a difficult few weeks since Paul’s dad died, and we would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive. It means a lot to us that so many people have taken the time to send messages and check in with us.
Episode 5 out next week!
We are now back into production of ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ and episode 5 will be out next Tuesday, 20th September. In the meantime you have a few days to catch up on Season 1 so far – and to make it easy you can watch them all here:
We have some special guests appearing at the panels and we’ll be revealing more about them very shortly – stay tuned!
More news – a new webseries documentary
We announced today that we will be filming a new documentary in conjunction with Wolf’s Head Productions (creators of ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’ webseries). This is incredibly exciting and we will be talking to webseries creators, viewers and fans. If you would like to take part, please let me know (mary at higletfilms dot com). We will be filming at VCON and Geek Girl Con, so if you are going to be there make sure you come and find us 🙂
Introducing Josephine Hoy and Alan Douglas as Dr Feyrer and Fr Aloysius Rambo
Season 1, Episode 1 of ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ will be released on JUNE 21st 2011!
Holy waiting forever, Batman! Yes, it’s been a long hard haul but we are on the final stretch now. After months of preparation, set building, prop making, rewriting and filming we are getting SO CLOSE to releasing (or unleashing!) our brand new webseries.
As revealed on Indie Intertube this week…
We are huge fans of Indie Intertube, the live weekly podcast devoted to all that’s hot and streaming in world of webseries. I’m usually in the chat room soaking up the vibe as the hosts Destini and Shadhavar give the lowdown on all the news and shows but this week, in a flush of excitement, I rang in to talk with those lovely ladies. They we funny, charming and so disarming that I announced live on air that ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ would premiere on June 21st. You can listen to the whole show on their BlogTalk Radio channel or here:
We’d also like to extend our congratulations to Indie Intertube and Mingle Media TV on the announcement that they will be hosting a new LIVE VIDEO show! The first show is June 19th and you will definitely want to tune into that – we certainly will!
Guest stars are also go!
We have been very fortunate to work with some amazingly talented people, including our special guest stars. You can see interviews with Josephine Hoy and Alan Douglas over on MindMyBrains.com, and we will be adding character information very soon. I don’t want to say any more about how or why they appear in the series, but you are going to love it!
The last few weeks have been a blur of prepping, filming, prop-making and fun. After all that work we have come to the final weekend of shooting! We have a packed schedule but are on track to finish it all by the end of Sunday, which will be a huge achievement. We will try to tweet from the set during the weekend so you know how we are getting on – and if you want to send us some encouragement make sure to tag your tweets #mindmybrains.
Guests stars and more…
We have been working with some amazing people who have generously donated their time and skills. We are profiling them in a series of interviews over on mindmybrains.com, and our guest star interviews with Josephine Hoy and Alan Douglas are already up. They are both coming up for filming this weekend and we can’t wait for that! In the coming weeks we will be adding interviews with:
Efehan Elbi – Amazing animator who has created a stunning sequence for us
Miles Moss – Word maestro and comic genius who has been script advisor and
Jeremy Hodges – Graphic designer extraordinaire who stepped in a created amazing graphics for out Blip.tv profile (soon to be revealed)
Louis Srygley – Executive producer and invaluable sounding post for the whole enterprise.
Today we are also celebrating the launch of a new initiative. Mary has opened a consultancy and one of her first clients is the new fantasy webseries, ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon‘. ‘..Ackernon’ is in production now and over the next few weeks Mary will guiding the online publicity and social media campaign. You can follow @MaryHConsult and @Ackernon on Twitter, and there is a Q&A with the cast live on Ustream this Sunday 15h May, so tune in and find out more then.
"Mind my Brains, Darling!" - Behind the, Behind The Scenes
In our stride
Filming is coming on apace, with all the intro and outros filmed. Episode 1 will wrap this weekend!
It is so exciting to see the sequences stack up. It looks amazing – and we can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been doing. We’ve been taking BTS footage and pics but I can’t really post them without spoiling things. And you don’t want to get spoiled, now, do you? Oh – you do? Well then, don’t say I didn’t warn you! Here’s our homage to John Hughes:
"Mind My Brains, Darling!" Behind The Scenes: The Breakfast Club
Behind the Behind The Scenes
Apart from filming, there is a multitude of other preparations going on, too. In the run-up to the launch episode we have a few little surprises up our sleeves. We want them to be fun for you, so we’d like some feedback on what you would like to see. We’ve launched a new poll – it’s over there on the right-hand column just under ‘About HigletFilms’. If you have any other suggestions please let us know by commenting here (or on other posts). This is the first time trying this polling plugin, so if you have any problems please let us know.