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  • Mind My Brains, Darling! (poster by Jeremy Hodges)

    Set in Britain in 1979, Mind My Brains, Darling! follows the ups and downs of family life with the Worthingtons – a typical family with a mum, dad, two kids and a grandfather. Typical that is, for a peri-apocalyptic society ravaged by war and zombies for the past 4 years. Oh, and the dad is a Zombie.

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New MMBD interview on Video Free Skaro – Dr Who/Sci-fi news for the discerning viewer

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Freyburg.com media logo

A new video interview this week, this time with Warren Freyburg from Video Free Skaro. I’ve known Warren for a while and I was really happy to meet up with him at VCON last year. In this interview I talked a little bit about the setting for ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ and some of the shows that influenced it. Watch it here:

There is also a catchup on the latest Dr Who news – double prizes!

Thanks for a fun interview, Warren – hope to meet up with you again soon.

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New video: Why we developed BodyLine filming technique

Awards, cast and crew, production log, Webseries

Indie Intertube 2nd Annual Awards logo

After winning an Indie Intertube Innovation Award this year we decided to release this video showing some of the reasons why we developed the BodyLine filming technique. In our early series we had a cast and crew of two – just Paul and me. We were playing with the technique of not showing faces, and after the feedback we had from ‘Goodnight Princess‘ we wanted to see how far we could take it.

We knew it would be impossible to create ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!‘ with only two people, even if we did play multiple roles. So we were delighted that our family, and Alan Douglas and Josephine Hoy were willing and able to be part of the cast. Filming was hard work, but having such a wonderful crew really helped. BodyLine is probably not going to change the world, but is certainly an arrested technique and makes the videos stand out. Of course, some people hate it with a passion, but you can’t please everyone :)

Here we outline four of the advantages of BodyLine for small indie productions:

What are your thoughts on BodyLine?

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Mind My Brains, Darling! up for three Indie Intertube Awards – watch live on Sunday!

Awards, cast and crew, Indie Intertube, Season 1, Webseries

Indie Intertube 2nd Annual Awards logo

2nd Annual Indie Intertube Awards

Indie Intertube recently unveiled the nominees for their 2nd Annual Awards, and we were thrilled to receive three nominations! In addition to getting through to the final round of the Audience Choice Awards thanks to the amazingly dedicated voting by some wonderful people, we also received the following nominations:

Best Sidekick: Paul Higgins and Edward Higgins as Jeremy Worthington

This is a great award category, and it is fantastic to see that Jeremy really made an impression. We used the BodyLine filming technique so both Paul and Edward could play the part of Jeremy, depending on what was needed for the scene. They also both shared the part of The Colonel/Granddad, something many people were surprised to find out :) Congratulations to both of you!

Best Set Design

After all the work we put into the set design – and the fact that so many people thought that the set was, in fact, our house! –  it is a real thrill to be nominated in this category. We are up against some really tough competition, so fingers crossed.

It was also our great pleasure to help with the Nominations video by announcing the Best Drama category nominees, and you can watch the whole video here:

 

 

Congratulations to all the nominees, including fellow VCONers Border Guardians of Ackernon and Standard Action for their multiple nominations. We can’t wait to watch April and Amanda host the Award show live this Sunday (March 11th) on Mingle Media TV.

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New Behind The Scenes video posted: ‘Robot Arms’

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Dr Feyrer name badge from Mind My Brains, Darling!

Josephine Hoy starred as Dr Feyrer in two episodes of ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’

We posted Behind The Scenes Part 2 video on our YouTube Channel last night which features Josephine Hoy as Dr Feyrer, and also her moonlighting with some robot arms…. And it also stars the unstoppable Becky, who was absolutely amazing as Scrubber. What a trooper!

We are trying to engage more over on YouTube so if you comment and subscribe we’ll be sure to reply and add you back. So please rate, comment and share!

It’s the last day to vote in the Indie Intertube Audience Choice Awards, and polls shut at 12 MIDNIGHT PST, so please remember to vote! We are so thrilled to be in the last 10 – can’t wait to see the results :)

Not quite Wonderflonium with Dr Feyrer

Not Quite Wonderflonium – Dr Feyrer holds the special vaccine used in Episode 6!

We’ll be releasing another BTS video next week, so stay tuned for that!

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Hanging out on Google+

cast and crew, Webseries

when Higlet met Efehan

Last night we did a Hang Out on Google+ and it was full of fun, laughter and good times. Efehan had suggested we meet up since we had never spoken directly before and he wanted to try out the Hang Out capabilities of Google+. Even though we have known each other for years and he very graciously and magnificently created the animated intro to ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’, we had never talked to each other. Welcome to the brave new world :)

After a few technical hitches (for some reason the Hanging Out using Chrome just didn’t work) we were soon in business. I think the strangest thing about it was how strange it wasn’t. We were old friends catching up with the added bonus of being able to see each other. Awesome. Once we made the Hang Out public we were soon joined by Josephine Hoy (the magnificent Dr Feyrer), Louis Gray* and Megan Lynch (musician and creator of the wonderful ‘Songs The Brothers Warner Taught Me‘).

Efehan Joey Louis Higlet and Megan Hang Out

It was brilliant to talk to people, and when more people joined in it turned into an online party with people talking on camera and chatting in the group chat, too.

Aaron Chris Doug Efehan Joey Majid Higlet Rob Hanging Out

Many of the people, like Aaron Trahan (who was one of our wonderful voiceover winners) and Doug Luberts (who is behind the exciting new GeektasticNebula.com) I knew from The Guild, and others like Chris A Kim, David Hillman and Rob Michael I knew from Friendfeed (where I also first met Josephine, Megan and Louis). Some people popped in just to say hi, others stayed most of the time we were talking. It was good times.

Aaron Chris Doug Efehan Joey Higlet and Rob Hangout

You can even see who was there afterwards because Google+ gives you a summary :) If you’ve never tried a Hang Out I’d recommend it – and make sure you invite me!

Awesome Hangout People:

* Louis Gray is hard to describe but ‘international man of social media‘ is one of those ways. He is also a pretty good singer. And apparently he works for Google now. #SUWGOMH

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Ackernon and VCON and Geek Girl Con – oh my! Part 2

cast and crew, Conventions, interviews, news, Webseries

Mary Higgins as Petunia WorthingtonPicture is unrelated?

Read Part 1 here!

Thursday 6th October After a hectic day on Vancouver Island, there was no rest for the wicked. There were interviews to be done for the Webseries Documentary, and then some Super Sekrit Stuff in the afternoon. We rounded off the night by taking our American visitors to our favourite Abbotsford Indian restaurant, Zaika, Tastes of India.

Friday 7th October Up bright and early to get the kids to school and pack the car for the road trip down to Seattle. Having a large family means we have a Dodge Caravan which was very useful as it held three Border Guardians and three Mind My Brainers plus luggage. Going through the border, the guard wanted to know who we all were and how we knew each other. Paul blithely told him we all met on the Internet. He blinked slightly and asked where we were going together, to which Paul replied a convention. The guard wanted to know more so Paul told him was a geek convention – like a comic book convention. If only we could have taken a photograph of his face. It was obvious we wouldn’t make something like that up…

The Reading Room in Seattle with Glynis and Paul B in backgroundThe Reading Room in Seattle, after noms!

The journey down to Seattle was pretty smooth going and we checked into the Warwick hotel in the afternoon. There were emails flying around about the ‘Women in Webseries’ panel members meeting up in the evening and the following morning for brunch, so we headed over to The Reading Room. There we had some very tasty food and met Glynis Mitchell, writer and actor in Causality. We spent some time down there and then interviewed Glynis for the documentary and were joined by director/producer Ralph Fontaine. We had already met, and sat on a panel with, Ralph the previous week at VCON, and it was great to meet up with him again. After a tiring day it was then back to the hotel to prepare for the main event – Geek Girl Con!

This is the fountain you are looking forThis is the fountain you are looking for

Saturday 8th October Brunch plans fell through so after a hasty breakfast we set towards the Space Needle hoping to catch up with the rest of the panel to go over a few things before the afternoon. Turns out there are TWO fountains in the Seattle Centre, but we did meet up after a chance but welcome encounter with The One True b!X sent us in the right direction to pick up our passes (thanks, b!X, wish I had had time to introduce myself properly!). After a quick meeting with the rest of the panel at the correct fountain to confirm timings and say hello, we picked up our passes and got on with the business of nabbing some people for interviews for the Webseries Documentary.

filming interviews at Geek Girl ConWatching us filming you interviewing us – Angela Aro takes some questions.

Our panel was 4:00 – 5:30 in the EMP: JBL Theater, and we’ll tell you more about that next time!

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Rock Star Interview with Efehan Elbi

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Efehan Elbi and Nathan FillionEfehan Elbi and Nathan Fillion.

This week’s Rock Star Interview is with the amazingly talented artist Efehan Elbi. I first met Efe a long time ago through our shared love of The Guild. I followed him on Twitter and through that saw his outstanding animation work, like ‘So Then, Don’t Wait’ and ‘Rainfall‘, which features the voice talents of Molly Quinn. He has a graphic novel series about Genevieve, available on Lulu.com.

Efehan is also a filmmaker and webseries creator. His latest work with Zac Tatham and Aaron Manczyk as part of the ‘Family Contact‘ collective, explores relationships, family, time and work in a unique, refreshing and hilarious way. Think you know what’s going to happen next in ‘Living with Friends’? I sincerely doubt it – you’ll have to watch to find out! There’s a great review of the team on the Toronto Film Scene magazine.

When we announced ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’, Efehan was very supportive. Once he heard about the opening credits we were hoping to have he very generously offered to do them. He has created a wonderful sequence for us that we can’t share with you!

What are your earliest memories of TV?

Sesame Street! I have glowing memories of watching an episode before school if my parents would let me, and just adoring everything happening in front of my eyes.

Who was your hero/heroine when you were 10?

Han Solo or Luke Skywalker, I bet. Or maybe Han’s children, Jacen and Jaina, thanks to the Young Jedi Knights book series.

Can you make a good cup of proper English tea?

Guaranteed I can’t, but I can make a cup of semi-decent Turkish tea, which isn’t too far off maybe?

Efehan Elbi, warrior artistEfehan Elbi, Warrior Artist

What was your first actorly part?

My breakthrough role: I played the major villain in my friend Justin’s 50 minute (fifty whole minutes!!) action-thriller “Quick Punch” for English class. It was a high school masterpiece.

How do you spell colour?

Theu riught wauy.

What are your favourite films and/or TV shows?

SO MANY! But with my childhood obsessions taken out of the list … I can narrow it to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Firefly, and Princess Mononoke. And of course, Castle, to which I feel bonded quite closely.

Special mention to Babylon 5 for the epic arc and, of course, Bruce Boxleitner. Him and Patrick Stewart are my surrogate fathers, and Nathan Fillion and Edward James Olmos are my captains. I’m sure I’m not alone, there.

Joss Whedon: yes or no?

Mhmm. Every Buffy and Angel fan knows which episodes make me want to hug the man for ever existing. The Whedons are absurdly talented folks.

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, where would you head?

A guy who worked at a shooting range in Los Angeles once told me to head there in case of zombie apocalypse, specifically. That being my most legitimate apocalypse invite to-date, how could I turn him down?

FPS or Role Play?

FPS can relieve stress, but Role Play is for all of the day!
(Currently playing the Atlus title “Radiant Historia” on my DS and more or less living in heaven while doing so).

Was the last question a false dichotomy?

Nah.

Thanks for everything, Efehan – hope we’ll meet up soon!

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Rock Star Interview with Jeremy Hodges

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Jeremy HodgesGraphic Designer Jeremy Hodges. Is he on a boat?

Recently Mind My Brains, Darling! was among those webseries selected by Blip.tv to be featured in their new website redesign. Blip.tv have done an amazing job with their new site and we are proud to be part that. Congratulations to the whole team. 

It meant, though, that we needed to have some spanky new artwork. Now, I can manipulate an image as well as the next person, but create new stuff? On demand? That had to look really good? It wasn’t going to happen, no matter how hard I jabbed at stuff in Gimp.

I was bemoaning my lack of eptitude in this department on Friendfeed when Megan suggested I ask one of the graphic designers. Lucky for me, Jeremy Hodges from Rampart Design Studios was on hand and jumped straight in to offer his services.

Within two days he had produced some amazing work, completely in keeping with what we wanted. If you want to see Jeremy’s artwork go over to our new Blip.tv page to see them – you will love them! We have already had enquiries about teeshirts and we will be announcing more on that soon. You can follow Jeremy on Twitter and his design website is http://www.rampartdesign.com/

Bio:

Jeremy was born a poor black child. Actually, not quite black. More like white, but definitely poor. Then the aliens came, but let’s skip to the happy part. Jeremy grew up in the backwoods area around Houston, Texas and didn’t do anything constructive besides watching movies his parents taped off of the television and then quoting them incessantly. He moved to California and found a career in graphic design as well as a wife. Now he and his wife work together running a small graphic design studio (back in Houston – this time doing constructive things … and quoting movies).

What are your earliest memories of TV?

I remember that television told me what time it was. When I was young, we lived near my cousin for a short time and I can still remember that After Tom and Jerry was over, I would have to endure that horrid Andy Griffith show until my cousin came home.
I remember that I could never figure out where they hid the audience that laughed at the Scooby-Doo episodes. Or where the players had the scripts hidden to remember their lines.
Cartoons were always a huge influence on my life. In fact without my love for cartoons, my wife and I might never have hit it off like we did. We talked about Animaniacs for 2 hours straight in a lettering class.

Who was your hero/heroine when you were 10?

Conan the Barbarian. I’m not talking about the sleek, Frank Frazetta comic Conan, but the Germanic, brooding, gap-toothed, Schwarzenegger Conan from the John Milius movie. I was also partial to Mad Max, but that might have come a little later. I think one definitely led to the other.

Can you make a good cup of proper English tea?

No. All I can make is hot-leaf-juice. But I can make a righteous cup of coffee.

What was your first actorly/creative role?

I was involved with teaching a summer acting class in Houston at a junior college (but for high-school kids). I really liked the improv theater and teaching kids to get out of “themselves” for a while, but it wasn’t really for me in the long run.
I wasn’t doing anything creative again until I found that I could do graphic design.

Jeremy Hodges Graphic Designer

How do you spell colour?

With a zed.

What are your favourite films and/or TV shows?

That’s a tough one. You can peruse my flickchart. But really, I’ll just tell you that I’m a sci-fi/fantasy geek that appreciates quality humor. I like M*A*S*H as much as I like Doctor Who.

Joss Whedon: yes or no?

Actually, no. While most geeks I know are browncoat-wearing, spittle-dribbling fanboys/girls – I never developed a taste for his over-the-top, wink-at-the-camera, try-too-hard one-liners. (I’ll apologize in advance for all the hatemail you will receive because of this.)

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, where would you head?

I live in Texas. I can drive 20 minutes in any direction and find a compound more heavily armed than Ted Nugent’s hunting lodge on November 5th, 2008. (How’s that for a try-too-hard one-liner?)

FPS or Role Play?

RPG. With the exception of Quake, no FPS has ever been as fun as some of the great RPG games of our time. See: Zelda, Planescape: Torment, Vagrant Story.

Was the last question a false dichotomy?

No way. Everything in life can fall into the camp of FPS or RPG. For example: “Mom, what kind of applesauce did you buy?” “First person.” See? Works great.

Thanks for a great interview, Jeremy – and for stepping in a literally saving my Mac from being thrown out of the window.

And as for the Whedon thing – that’s ok, we can still all be friends. Drool notwithstanding :P

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Rock Star Interview with Megan Lynch

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Megan Lynch, picture by Paula Wirth

Megan Lynch is a singer and so much more. Her album, ‘Songs the Brothers Warner Taught Me’ has been a favourite of mine since I bought it. When we started to develop the idea for ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ it was the obvious choice for the soundtrack, and Megan graciously allowed us to use her music. And it fits beautifully, the songs ranging from upbeat to sultry, all delivered with passion by Megan.

Megan is an independent artist who recorded and produced her album herself, which is no mean feat. She is also an accomplished musician and Voice Over actor who is generous with her time and expertise. You can follow Megan on her websiteTwitter, Facebook, and Flickr.

What are your earliest memories of TV?

Our black & white TV in the corner of the living room…watching LA’s Channel 52, which played Little Rascals (Our Gang), The Three Stooges, and old cartoons. Plus the old Indian test pattern and color test pattern (which didn’t matter because we didn’t have a color TV).

Who was your hero/heroine when you were 10?

The Wonder Woman TV series was still 3 years away so I was probably into WW via Superfriends. I was big into Greek mythology when I was 10, so that aspect of WW’s background appealed. I was also a feminist starting very early in my life (don’t know where it came from. It’s not like I was learning it explicitly from anyone in my family) and Wonder Woman, in her ideal state, is a powerful role model for girls & women.

Can you make a good cup of proper English tea?

Probably not. I picked up the habit of drinking Earl Grey tea when I was an exchange student in Denmark, where I was introduced to daily tea time. I still don’t put milk in my tea, though.

Megan Lynch with the Cheap SuitsMegan Lynch with the Cheap Suits, picture by Paula Wirth

What was your first actorly part?

I played the Nurse in scenes from Romeo & Juliet in HS.

How do you spell colour?

color. But I spell “gray” as “grey”.  And I often use the British pronunciation of “leisure”.

What are your favourite films and/or TV shows?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Wonder Woman (first season), The West Wing, Sports Night, The Black Adder, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Wonderfalls, Bab 5, Xena

Blazing Saddles, most Frank Capra films, many Woody Allen films, Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies, Betty Boop (esp the ones with classic jazz), Raiders of the Lost Ark…. I could go on and on…

Joss Whedon: yes or no?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, where would you head?

Maybe a cemetery. Perhaps they wouldn’t be expecting much good live meat there.

FPS or Role Play?

I don’t do either because computer games are really hard on my hands. However, I’m more likely to do role playing. I like social things.

Was the last question a false dichotomy?

I’m not a qualified MD.

Thank you so much, Megan! you can buy the album, ‘Songs the Brother’s Warner taught Me’ from Megan’s Bandcamp page. You’ll be glad you did!

[Note: I have been trying to embed the album but WordPress doesn’t like iframes, so please follow the link and listen to/buy the album there!]

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Interview with guest star Alan Douglas!

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Alan Douglas and Felicia DayAlan Douglas and Felicia Day

This week we have another Guest Star Interview, this time with Alan Douglas. Alan is no stranger to webseries, having created his own, ‘The Masked Roger‘. He is a fellow BC Browncoat and has been known to watch The Guild. A lot. Alan has a wonderful role in ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ and we can’t wait for him to reveal himself to us on set.

You can find Alan on Twitter, The Guild community and on YouTube.

Alan took time out of planning world domination to answer a few questions

What are your earliest memories of TV?

Watching Saturday morning cartoons on the weekend at my dad’s place. I particularly remember one Saturday when there were no cartoons, and for some reason they showed classic comedies, like Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Laurel and Hardy. That was great fun. Other memories include the first moon landing (dating myself a bit there), as well watching the Marlo Thomas sitcom That Girl in the mistaken belief that it was called Bat Girl. I kept waiting for her to put on her bat suit and go fight criminals. Obviously this was before I could read.

Who was your hero/heroine when you were 10?

German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss. He was a child prodigy and I was impressed by the stories of his displays of genius as a young boy.

Can you make a good cup of proper English tea?

How many minutes in the microwave is that?

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Alan relaxing before the Marian Call gig in Vancouver

What was your first actorly part?

In grade four, I wrote, directed, and starred in a short comedy play about Atlantis. No copies of the script survive, but I remember one or two of the gags, and they weren’t bad. Tragically, when it came time to perform the play, we were nervous and spoke so quickly and quietly that nobody could actually hear my brilliant dialogue.

How do you spell colour?

You should not honour those who put no “u” in honour.

What are your favourite films and/or TV shows?

Favourite films include the Matrix, Serenity, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Shawshank Redemption, Jesus of Montreal, the Gerard Depardieu version of Cyrano de Bergerac, the 1921 silent classic Orphans of the Storm, the Blues Brothers, and Legally Blond.

TV shows would include Firefly, Slings and Arrows, Made in Canada, Buffy, Republic of Doyle, Rockford Files, News Radio, Corner Gas, South Park, and the Amy Pond Show – um, I mean Dr Who.

Joss Whedon: yes or no?

Yeah, I’d do him.

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, where would you head?

The top of Grouse Mountain. It’s close, has its own power supply, a good restaurant, a great view, and it would be tough for zombies to get up there as they probably can’t afford the skyride.

FPS or Role Play?

Used to be FPS, but lately it’s been RP. I tend to find a game I like, then play it for a decade.

Was the last question a false dichotomy?

Yes. Turn-based strategy. Duh.

Thank you for agreeing to do this, Alan! As promised, I made no mention of cat videos or penguins, so you owe me a beer. Next week we have another interview – who will be next??

 

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