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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

Announcing a new Trailer AND YouTube channel!

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With just over two weeks to go until Season 1, Episode 1 will be released on June 21st, things are hotting up! We have just released a new trailer for you:

We also unveiled our new HigletFilms YouTube channel:


HigletFilms new YouTube channel

We don’t have many subscribers over on YouTube at the moment, so why don’t you come on over to our channel, tell us if you like the trailer, and add us!

And there’s more….

Over the next few days we will be announcing some new prizes and lots more, so stay tuned 🙂

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Season 1 is GO! Mark your calendars for JUNE 21ST!

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Alan Douglas and Josephine HoyIntroducing 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:

Listen to internet radio with Destini on Blog Talk Radio

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!

 

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Funding update: THANK YOU!!!

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rom the set of Mind My Brains, Darling!

From the set of 'Mind My Brains, Darling!'...

A GLORIOUS DAY!!!!

It’s been a busy week, getting the set ready and doing admin-y things necessary so we can get the shooting schedule set up. We were creeping towards the Indiegogo Campaign deadline, too, so I tweeted this morning and then went out for the day, prop buying….

worldofhiglet tweet about indiegogo fundingA few hours later….

…I came back to some seriously amazing news. I checked out my emails and – we had reached our total!!! It took a little while to sink in…we were there! With two weeks to spare! Words can’t describe how I felt- still feel. It’s amazing…and it’s all down to YOU – the people who donated and everyone who spread the word!

THANK YOU!

This has been such a wonderful experience so far. Your generosity, support and help has been fantastic. We are the little webseries that could! We’ve recorded a little video for you tonight as a thank you and I’ll post that tomorrow when I’ve edited it. We filmed it on the set of ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ – the set that the money you donated helped pay for. It’s full steam ahead – more news soon!

🙂

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‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ now Featured on Indiegogo front page

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Mind My Brains Darling now featured on indiegogo front pageIt’s been a wild ride so far!

Nine days after launch and “Mind My Brains, Darling!” is now one of the ‘Featured’ projects on the Indiegogo home page, which is great news! We’ve been bowled over by all the support and encouragement we’ve received from so many people – thank you all! As it stands now we’re just a whisker away from 70% of our total  (wow – while I was writing this we had another donation that took us over 70%!).

VCON 35 in Vancouver next week

We’re deep into preparations for VCON 35, and more of that soon. We’re looking at flyers and promo materials and thinking about what else we can do on a limited budget. If you have any ideas, please let us know. We’ll be posting a couple of flyer designs tomorrow for you to critique since we know you have good taste 🙂 – we want to make sure that if we’re printing up X copies they are the best they can be. And how many copies should we make/take, anyway….? Questions, questions….

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Project X Revealed: Welcome to Mind My Brains, Darling!

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Mind My Brains, Darling! Indiegogo logoAnd now for something completely different…

Today we launch the first teaser for our brand new webseries, Mind My Brains, Darling, the much-hyped Project X that we’ve been preparing for for the last few weeks. It’s been hard to keep it all quiet and a relief to get it all out in the open (TWSS)! We’re also launching a funding campaign on Indiegogo.

Freshen your boots, Gov’nor?

Making webseries is a cost-effective way to tell your story, but it isn’t free. Even for a budget-conscious pair like us there are inevitable costs. We need a little help to build the sets, finish the props and costuming and upgrade our editing machine. We don’t want to get owt for nowt, though, and there are some rather nifty perks available to anyone who donates $1 or more.

Money isn’t everything

We’d still like your help even if it’s not the folding green stuff. Posting links or widgets on Twitter, Facebook, your blog and other social networks is invaluable, too. The more we can spread the word the better. We know not everyone can donate, but we’d still love to have you on board.

Comments? Questions?

We’d love to hear from you about what we’re doing with the webseries and the funding, so please let us know. Ask away and if you have any suggestions, you comment here or email us: higletfilms at gmail.com.

And now….the pitch!

If you want to know more, go to Indiegogo.com/mindmybrains and see what’s in store. And while you’re there, you might want to  make a quick donation…. 🙂

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How to Get A Head in Webseries – Bodyline.

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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

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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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“ProjectX” Production Log: Dolly Dilemmas

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Project X prologue screenshot

Inspector Koenig lays down the law. And paperwork.

So then, how are you?

We’ve been keeping tremendously busy preparing for our new webseries and working out how everything will, er, work. Who knew there was so much to do?? It’s all good, though, and things are racing along. Which brings us to this Production Log. I know lots of people are interested in webseries production: what goes on behind the scenes, what sort of decisions are made and why, how things are actually filmed.

Webseries production is relatively new and constantly evolving. We have limited personnel, funding and time, but I suspect that many others are in similar positions. This is bare-bones production, and all the more exciting for that. But the main things to know are:

  • we have an amazing script
  • a teaser prologue and a teaser trailer are under production at the moment
  • sets for the main series are under construction
  • costuming is 95% complete
  • Funding launch for Indiegogo.com is poised once the trailers are complete.

What’s going to be in this Production Log, then?

We will be using this blog as a Production Log, giving details of how we’re progressing in the production cycle, what challenges come up and how we’ve overcome the inevitable problems. Today we’re going to talk dollies. No, not Barbie and her friends.

From Wikipedia:

“In motion picture terminology, a tracking shot (also known as a dolly shot or trucking shot) is a segment in which the camera is mounted on a wheeled platform that is pushed on rails while the picture is being taken. One may dolly in on a stationary subject for emphasis, or dolly out, or dolly beside a moving subject (an action known as “dollying with”).

So how do you achieve a decent looking tracking shot without a steadicam or a dolly/truck?

If you can’t beg, borrow or steal one of the above, we have another suggestion. Try a cycle, a pushchair, a scooter or anything else with wheels to mount the camera on and take it from there. Here’s our solution from today’s shoot:

Bratz are dollies too

The Boy Wonder demonstrates his biking skillz. Yes, it’s his bike.

This gave us the height we needed for a sweet shot. It took a few passes to get it right but the results make it worth it. Don’t worry if your dolly doesn’t have sparkly streamers. You can easily pick them up at the Dollar Store/ Poundland. Customisation FTW.

Back to the fun!

P.S. – don’t forget you can connect with us on Twitter and Facebook!

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“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!

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Breaking News! Funding for our new webseries!

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Higlet relaxes, Codex-style (thanks, Micah!)

W00t!

Wow, after a not-inconsiderable time spent creating and promoting webseries and new media content I am VERY PROUD to announce that we have secured some funding for our new, original series! A person we have known for a while has stepped forward with some cold, hard cash so we can get the new project off the ground.

Money? Why do you need that?

Chickie-pie, in an ideal world we would live off the land and create an unending stream of wonderfulness just for you. Unfortunately that isn’t going to happen any time soon (the living off the land bit – the stream of wonderfulness is secure) so we need cash, dough, the green stuff, spondulicks, a wedge, moola, etc to pay bills and buy a new camera and stuff. And that.

More news soon!

We’re finessing the scripts at the moment. I won’t say too much about what this new webseries is about yet but it is an original comedy in the British tradition. A Britcom, if you like. Yeah, I know you want more…. 🙂

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PS

If anyone else is interested in donating to this new series in return for an acknowledgment then please get in touch. We might put up a PayPal button or something else if there is enough interest.

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