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.
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:
To celebrate this festive season we have re-released our Holiday Special, and it’s now live on the HigletFilms YouTube channel. Join the Worthingtons as they gather for a traditional Christmas feast with the King’s Speech, crackers, and a slapup dinner…
Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy and fun 2012!
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After some debate about whether to enter, we decided we definitely would submit “Mind My Brains, Darling!” to the awards, and the post we did about it generated a lot of great discussion. We would have LOVED to include Megan Lynch’s album ‘Songs The Brothers Warner Taught Me‘ in the ‘Best Original Music’ category, but because the album was not written for the show we couldn’t. Here are the categories we chose along with the information:
Best Comedy Series: Episodic British romantic zombie comedy period piece set in the 1970’s. Filmed in a brand new experimental style called BodyLine where no faces are shown. Funded by crowd sourcing. With it’s own soundtrack. Packed full of nods to geek culture and more.
Best Writing (Comedy): Paul Higgins, Mary Higgins
Ep 2: How’s Your Father. The whole series is a tribute to the heritage and style of traditional British farce. In this episode we have vicars, housewives, retired colonels, tea, cucumber sandwiches and slapstick comedy. All innocently delivered in 6 minutes.
Best Directing (Comedy): Paul Higgins, Mary Higgins Season finale: Gone With The Wind. The final two thirds of the episode is essentially a silent movie. The action and characters’ interaction takes place with no dialogue at all. Nods to Star Wars, Dr Who, Buffy, Le Petomane.
Best Design (Art Direction/Production): Paul Higgins, Mary Higgins
Episode 4: Ai! Ai! Ai! Robot! Completely recreates the 1970’s era of British comedy and sci fi. Specially built set mimicking a 1970’s British bedroom, entire living and dining room and police station. Plus – a working robot!
Best Supplemental Content:http://mindmybrains.com
Accompanying website expands the universe in which ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ is set. Contains biographies of characters plus interviews with cast, crew and creators. Competition winners are actually featured in every episode. Behind the scenes posts about all aspects of production and beyond including the successful fundraising on IndieGoGo for Season 1.
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, 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 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.
Watching 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!
Josephine Hoy and Angela Aro relax after a hectic day at VCON 36
It’s been a whirlwind here for the two weeks as we prepped for Paul Best and Angela Aro from ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon‘ arriving from California, VCON, Geek Girl Con and a whistle-stop trip over to Victoria to guest on Indie Intertube. Along the way we interviewed many people for our upcoming webseries documentary and met a whole host of wonderful folk.
Thursday Sept 29th Travelled down to Bellingham to collect Paul Best and Angela Aro from ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’ from the Amtrak station. We met Paul at VCON 35 in 2010 and had kept in touch. We are currently filming a webseries documentary with Paul’s Wolf’s Head Productions. We then went straight to Richmond, Vancouver to prep for VCON 36.
Friday Sept 30th After catching up with old and new friends we got our table all set up for VCON. Last year we didn’t really know any other local webseries productions but we had connected to so many since then that we decided to use our table as an ‘Independent Westcoast Webseries’ table so we could promote other webseries along with ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’. We had a screening in the evening which was followed by ‘Standard Action’, which was great fun. Then we interviewed the cast and crew of ‘Standard Action’ for the webseries documentary.
Saturday Oct 1st We spent the day filming interviews and promoting webseries at the table. We also had a ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ screening and panel with guest stars Josephine Hoy and Alan Douglas and executive producer, Louis Srygley. Angela was cosplaying Petrina from ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’ and was asked to enter the Masquerade. We all went for a meal that night and had a rare old time – and Angela even won 1st prize in the Masquerade!
Sunday Oct 2nd We did more interviews, starting early with a very illuminating talk with Robert Luis Rabello, a Vancouver-based author who has some very interesting things to say about the digital landscape. We also interviewed/were interviewed by Warren Freyburg, who also posted this video of the ‘Webseries’ panel we did:
The 4 Villains collective were very welcoming and we had an interesting interview with them in their amazing lair. This new, interactive webseries is certainly worth checking out – you could even be in it!
A quick dash over to Indie Intertube and we got there just as the show started. April (Destini) and Amanda (Shadhavar) were so welcoming to us as their first in-studio guests, and we spent a very enjoyable 2 hours in their company. You can hear the show here:
Dr Feyrer has developed an improved vaccine which could revolutionise treatment of The Affected. The Worthingtons are happy to be included in the trial, but not so happy about the vaccine’s unfortunate side-effect: infectious flatus. Season 1 ends on a high note!
Please share with all your friends on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and beyond to help spread the word! And special thanks to our Guest Star this week, Jospehine Hoy, who returns as Dr Feyrer – and will be joining us at VCON and Geek Girl Con!
Thank you for all the support you have given us during production and beyond, and hope we meet some of you in Vancouver at VCON and in Seattle at Geek Girl Con.
Season 1 NEWS!
We finally wrapped all filming for ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!‘ Season 1 today, and episode is 5 all ready for release on Tuesday 20th September. This means we are on track for the Season finale on September 27th, just three days before we have a Season 1 screening at VCON in Vancouver. Watch episodes 1-4 now and get in the mood for Tuesday!
All set for VCON and Geek Girl Con
We went to VCON last year just before we launched our IndieGoGo funding campaign and had a great time. This time, not only do we have a table, we also have a screening an two panels. If you live anywhere near Vancouver, BC we would LOVE to meet you. The details are:
Geek Girl Con
We haven’t got a table at GGC, but I will be on the ‘Women in Webseries‘ panel which is in the EMP JBL Theater on SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER, 4:00 – 5:30 (90 minute panel). If you live in or near Seattle I hope we see you there because it promises to be an amazing event. And straight after our panel is the ‘Whedonistas‘ panel moderated by my friend Teresa Jusino, which you also won’t want to miss!
New Webseries documentary
We announced last week that we are in pre-production for a new documentary about webseries. We have teamed up with Wolf’s Head Productions, creators of ‘Border Guardians of Ackernon’ and we will be filming at VCON and Geek Girl Con, and conducting other interviews via Skype. DO YOU WANT TO TAKE PART? We are looking for webseries creators and enthusiasts – and people who don’t like/are indifferent to webseries for interviews and comments. If you are interested please email me: mary at higletfilms dot com