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  • 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

Celebrate The Web 6: Team BREW! #CTW6

Awards, Celebrate The Web, videos, webseries

 

Celebrate The Web 6 graphic element from Steam Powered Giraffe

CTW 6 graphic element from Steam Powered Giraffe

It’s been all systems go here in Team BREW headquarters as we race to complete the Celebrate The Web 6 challenge of producing a new webseries pilot in seven days using three elements. We are one of twenty five teams that have entered CTW6 (full list of teams here). The three elements were announced via live feed on Thursday by Jenni Powell, Alexis Boozer and Logan Rapp:

The elements were then put on the CelebrateTheWeb.com website and emailed to all the teams:

The livestream has announced it! The elements have been announced:

THE QUOTE

I Give Thanks For This World As A Place To Learn And For This Human Body That I’m Glad To Have Earned –MCA, Adam Yauch

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THE GRAPHIC (Courtesy of Steam Powered Giraffe!)

Download assets HERE.

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THE NUMBER


1863

 

As soon as I had all the elements and had a chat on Twitter, I shut everything down and wrote the first draft of ‘Project Y’. Earlier in the week we had been talking to Rob Hunt from PhaseFire Films and he said he would like to be involved in CTW6. We met Rob at VCON last year. He came to the rescue during the ‘Webseries’ Panel and helped us sort out the projector so we could all preview our shows. Rob is Director/Editor/Director of Photography/Special Effects for the fantasy webseries ‘Standard Action‘, which is filmed in Vancouver. ‘Standard Action’ is fun, exciting and full of twists – and it looks amazing. This is the final episode from Season 1:

Between VCON and Geek Girl Con we met up with the Standard Action people a lot last summer, and they are a great, crazy-in-a-good-way bunch of folks. Rob also has an impressive portfolio of other projects, which does makes you wonder if he ever sleeps…

Having Rob on board meant we could really push the boat out in terms of style (he actually understands what F-stops are and everything!) so we didn’t limit our ambitions in the script. Since the first draft we have actually pared it down quite a bit, but the overall story is intact, and we are really excited to start filming today! Rob is filming a for Season 2 of Standard Action today, but will be braving Highway 1 tomorrow. We will be filming the main pieces with him and we’re really looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

The deadline is 10 AM on Thursday, so we are against the clock, but everything seems to be going to plan so far. Let’s see what the weekend brings…!

You can follow our progress on Twitter (and you see how all the teams are doing by searching for the #CTW6 tag):

@WorldofHiglet

@HigletFilms

@Phasefirefilms

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Celebrate The Web 6: We’re doing it, are you?

Awards, news, videos, webseries

 

Celebrate The Web has an impressive pedigree. It was set up by Kim Evey and Jenni Powell in the wake of the 2010 Streamy Awards as a way to honour the community. Since then it has grown in every iteration and CTW6 is no exception. Teams have 7 days to create a webseries pilot that incorporate 3 elements that will be revealed live online on May 10th. And this time the all the pilots produced and submitted will be screened at VIDCON, with the winners being screened on Industry Day:

We are happy to announce that Celebrate The Web is partnering up with VidCon to provide our Judge’s and Audience Choice prizes a fantastic opportunity: To be screened on Industry Day at VidCon in the Anaheim Convention Center! When in the past one would receive access to a single sponsoring production company, this time around we will bring your pilots to many industry professionals all at once!

In addition to screening, each winning team will receive:

  • Two passes to VidCon
  • One hotel room near the Anaheim Convention Center
  • $250 toward travel costs

All completed pilots will get a chance to be seen in a special IAWTV Screening Room being hosted during the Community Days of the conference. Times to be determined.

(From celebratetheweb.com)

The list of partners is impressive:

  • Audiosocket are offering free access to their library of music AND will pay the artists, too.
  • SAG-AFTRA NewMedia have an Expedited Signatory process (more information here about how to use the SAG agreement)
  • Machinima are going to on the judging panel and will be offering a pitch meeting to two winners.

The judging panel also includes:

I have always loved the idea of CTW. In fact, I created the first CTW website because I believed in it so much. I’ve never entered it before – but this time, it’s personal! Yes, we will be fielding a team for CTW6 and I would encourage EVERYONE who has thought about trying to do web video to have a go. This is a great way to dip your toes into the wonderful world of web video for many reasons, but this are what I think make it the ideal opportunity:

  • Everyone has to produce their webseries pilot in only 7 days, so everyone is in the same boat
  • You will get to connect with other teams during the exciting and painful week of creating – and friendships forged during adversity usually last 🙂
  • If you complete and submit in time your pilot will be screened at VidCon, a bone fide video festival that has a huge following
  • You don’t have enough time to worry about whether you should be doing it, so all the doubts that have stopped you creating so far will be silenced
  • You will hopefully get feedback from people about your pilot. This is a huge thing for budding creators. It might be a scary proposition (anyone who has read the comments in YouTube knows how horrible commenters can be) but there is no reason to be afraid. The feedback you get is likely to be constructive and thoughtful. People in this community want to bring new talent on, and that includes you!
  • The only way you will really know if you want to create videos is to make them. When I interviewed Sean Becker he said he learned at least as much by creating his own videos as he did in film school – you only really learn how by actually doing it.

Have I convinced you yet? If so, submit your entry now and follow the instructions. You have until MAY 9TH TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN, so hurry! I can’t wait to see what happens next week.

Let me know if you are taking part and what your team name is!

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Geek and Sundry Launch with a marathon, new videos – and a panda…

videos, webseries
Geek and Sundry Hangout with Felicia Day, Vince Caso, Robin Thorsen and Jeff Lewis

Geek and Sundry Hangout with Felicia Day, Vince Caso, Robin Thorsen and Jeff Lewis

Yesterday Felicia Day hosted an epic 12 HOUR Google+ HangOutathon as a subscription drive for her new ‘Geek and Sundry’ Channel on YouTube. Over the course of the day there was a non-stop line up of guests, competitions, teasers and panels covering a huge range of topics. The new channel has an impressive line up of shows, with something for everyone.

I couldn’t watch the whole 12 hours, but every time I tuned in I was sucked into watching far longer than I meant to. Felicia is a great host and has a superb team that really work together to create a quality product. I just wish we could have seen more of Kim Evey 🙂

There was an IRC chat going on over on the geekandsundry.com community site, and this held up incredibly well all the time I was online. I took some screengrabs when I remembered, which you can see on Flickr:

Today they launched the first of many shows, including Felicia’s new vlog, The Flog, and a all-new music video from The Guild:


 
Felicia is one of the reasons I got into making web videos in the first place. It might be hard to believe now, but four years ago Felicia didn’t know she would now be a huge star. Nothing has been given to her on a plate. She has worked incredibly hard to get where she is and she has done it with grace, determination and an inclusiveness that makes people feel like they are part of her success. She has continually strived to push boundaries and bring people forward with her, and to do things her way. I think we have only just seen the start of what she will achieve.

Could anyone else be as successful as Felicia? Who knows? If you are asking that question then you might want to consider something else. If you pursue your passion, work at your craft and produce the very best work that you can, will your soul be satisfied? If you can honestly answer yes, then carry on striving because you will get your reward. It might not be your own branded channel and suite of shows on YouTube, but it will be worth it in ways you might not even realise yet.

Now, please excuse me while I go and finish editing this novel* 🙂

Bonus: A panda!

Spot the geek and sundry panda

Spot the geek and sundry panda

* Not a turn of phrase, I really am editing a novel that I hope to have out by the summer. More on that soon!

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Hanging out with Friends – Tonight!

videos, webseries

Efehan Elbi and Nathan FillionEfehan Elbi and some other guy

I’m not sure when I first met Efehan. It was Felicia Day’s fault, I do know that. We met on The Flog and early Guild forums, which spilled over to Twitter and everywhere else. Efehan is an amazing artist/animator/musician/creator and when I first saw his animation ‘So Then, Don’t Wait‘ I was transported. His recent work includes the cerebral webseries ‘Family Contact‘  and this video for Jed Whedon’s ‘Ancestors’:

After all this time we have never spoken, but tonight at 9 PM PST we are going to try a Hangout on Google+. You are very welcome to join in the fun! You can find me on Google+ here and Efehan is on Google+ here. Hope to see you!

In the meantime you might enjoy this video from Efehan – a different version of the ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ animated intro:

 

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