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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

What We Did Next

industry, news, Production Log, webseries
Cheeky MMBD cast member

Cheeky MMBD cast member

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:

Robot arms in action

Robot arms in action, featuring Josephine Hoy!

Dr Feyrer on the case

Dr Feyrer on the case

Is that a 1970s prop?

Is that a 1970s prop?

Jeremy and GrrAargh

Jeremy and GrrAargh

Prop gathering is a gas

Prop gathering is a gas

More soon!

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How to Get A Head in Webseries – Bodyline.

news, webseries
Sgt Chuck Kowalski from Mind My Brains Darling

Sgt Chuck Kowalski from Z Force

Can you name one way HigletFilms are different?

Before you start throwing around words like “hilarious”, “awesome”, “groundbreaking” and “who are HigletFilms?”, let’s cut to the chase. One thing that is immediately noticeable is that no faces are fully shown. Most of the time the only parts visible are from the neck down. Despite what you might think, this is done deliberately and not just because we forgot.

Why Bodyline?

Bodyline is the term we use for this technique, mainly ‘cos it sounds cool (it’s also been used in Cricket, but let’s not bother with that). There are several advantages this method of filming offers to the small, independent filmmaking outfit.

  • It allows the story to unfold without looking for someone you recognise.
  • The body language and the dialogue of the actors drives the story.
  • One actor can play many parts (good for low budget productions!) and prevents miscasting of actors in roles.
  • Negates the need for make up and hair to be fussed over
  • Simplifies lighting considerations
  • Allows for more imagination from the viewer
  • Dialogue can be recorded at a later date and overdubbed in or recorded during filming

And last, but not least – it makes your film stand out from the crowd. It’s different. Maybe it’ll be baffling for some people, but at least they’ll remember it, and in the end isn’t that what its all about?

Over to you

So, what do you think? Is bodyline a step forward or does it drive you mad? Answers on a postcard please (or a sealed down envelope)…or in the comments if you can’t find a stamp.

Project X

The trailers are nearly done and we’re looking to launch on Indiegogo in the next few days – exciting times! Keep up to date with all the news by following us on Twitter and if you could – please like us on Facebook. If we get to 25 ‘likes’ we can get a proper URL on Facebook which will help people to find us. Thanks 🙂

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Production Log: Mala-Prop-ism

Production Log, webseries
Inspector Koenig shows off his Z-force privates

Inspector Koenig shows off his Z-force privates

Weekend shootings

Principle shooting for the trailers is DONE! We’ll be doing a couple of reshoots today and then it’s hunkering down in the editing suite (read: desk in bedroom) to Becker* them to perfection. We’ve had an intense couple of days and have some more production tips to pass along. Today: ALWAYS HAVE A SPARE!

Dollarstore doings

In our last production log we referenced pound and dollar stores as a source of dolly accessories. Of course, they are not just for sparkly streamers, you can buy a whole load of awesome and inexpensive props there. We needed some guns for Z Force and Koenig, the charming Inspector. The larger ones, like the one pictured above, are repurposed from items we had in the house already using black spray paint.

For Keonig, though, we needed a smaller kind of weapon. Enter the dollar store. Which we did, and purchased a variety of hand guns to see which would fit in the rather spanky shoulder holster he sports. We found the very piece and duly sprayed it. Job done.

Expect the unexpected

We were shooting a tightly choreographed (ahem) action sequence yesterday where Koenig has to pull his weapon (TWSS). It worked great in rehearsals and looked The Business. It looked great for first four times we shot it, too, while we captured all the angles we wanted for editing. Fifth time out – tragedy struck! The barrel caught in the holster and Keonig pulled out a truncated stump (TWS also S). Hilarious? Yes! Helpful? No!

For the sake of $1

Unfortunately we didn’t have a backup of the gun that fitted the holster and production halted while we worked out how to work around it. Luckily we managed just fine, but it would have been much more helpful to have a backup. So, kids, that’s the tip of the day. If you are using cheap plastic shinies expect them to break and plan accordingly.

The Happy Couple

And now, to reward you for reading this far, here’s a picture of the happy couple, Jeremy and Petunia. Ain’t love grand!

The happy couple, Jeremy and Petunia

dulce et decorum est pro Petunia zombie

* Becker, verb: to be confined to a small room/chair for extended periods while editing top-notch comedy webseries gold.

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