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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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  • Mind My Brains, Darling! Season 1

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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Original Teasers now on our ‘HigletFilms YouTube channel

production log, Webseries

Mind My Brains Darling Teaser 1

Inspector Koenig is his usual charming self in Teaser One

Those with long memories might recall those days before we launched our Indiegogo campaign. We needed to make some teasers that would excite people about the possibilities of BodyLine and ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ but we were constrained by two things. One, the scripts weren’t completed and two, we didn’t any sets built. There was no possibility of us using actual footage so we had to write and shoot two teasers that could be filmed in locations we already had access to.

Mind My Brains Darling Teaser 2

Kids in peril is always a winner. Double points if they are YOUR kids!

We ended up with Teaser One filmed at the police station (our garage before the set was built), and Teaser Two filmed in the Worthington’s garden (our back yard). Before we filmed Teaser One we rehearsed it in the kitchen, getting shots right and making sure the reveal would work ok. We will not be releasing that footage. I think it was tragically chopped up, burned to crisp and then scattered to the four winds :)

How did we do? I think they stand up pretty well, and I’d be interested to hear what you think. We’ve uploaded them to our YouTube channel and you can view them here:

Teaser One

Teaser Two

We have some VERY exciting news to share soon. So stay tuned!

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Interview with guest star Alan Douglas!

cast and crew, production log

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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Interview with guest star Josephine Hoy!

cast and crew, production log
Josephine Hoy, actor. Guest star in "Mind My Brains, Darling!"

Josephine Hoy, actor. Guest star in "Mind My Brains, Darling!"

It is our great pleasure to introduce one of the guest stars of ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ – Josephine Hoy.

Josephine is a hugely talented actor based in Seattle, US. She loves cup cakes and creme brulee and lived on Vancouver Island, near Victoria, when growing up. I have been friends with Josephine for a long time via the internet and she will be coming up to shoot with us in less than two weeks, which is hugely exciting. You can follow Joey on Twitter, on Facebook and her website.

She took time out of her schedule to answer some probing questions:

What are your earliest memories of TV?

Probably drinking tea and watching Murder, She Wrote with my grandmum. I still want to be as cool as Jessica Fletcher when I’m an old lady. And ride about on a Pashley Princess. Oh, and here’s an embarrassing tidbit (Higlet Films Exclusive): I used to watch the Wee Sing Together birthday VHS over and over because the main character, Sally, had the same wallpaper as I did and I thought that made me really, really special.

Who was your hero/heroine when you were 10?

R2D2.

Can you make a good cup of proper English tea?

Absolutely. It’s my number one selling point as a wife. Actually, I’m a bit of a tea fancier. It’s one step down from an expert.

What was your first actorly part?

I believe I played the part of a (secular) Christmas Tree in a school musical about who-knows-what in the first grade. It doesn’t really count as ‘actorly’ but I wore a fantastic costume made from a hula-hoop and how cool is that? It also may not have been my first time on stage. I try not to recall humiliating experiences.

How do you spell colour?

Colour, of course.

Josephine Hoy, actor.

Josephine Hoy, actor.

 

What are your favourite films and/or TV shows?

Far too many, so I’ll just stick with something I said earlier today: I’m a fan of Fellini and Farscape.

Joss Whedon: yes or no?

Watch me dodge fandom bait to hilarious results!

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

Why, to the Worthington house, of course. I’ve heard Petunia makes delicious scones.

FPS or Role Play?

Hi, I’m Josephine and I’m a level 55 Cleric with DPS build.

Was the last question a false dichotomy?

Absolutely.

Thank you for that illuminating interview, Ms Hoy! We can’t wait to see you on the ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!” set. If you have any questions for Josephine, leave a comment below.

Next week we have another guest star interview, a peek behind a mask…

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Competition Time! Do you want a part in ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’?

news, production log, Webseries

Indiegogo.com campaign for 'Mind My Brains, Darling!' a huge success

YAY! We did it! Our Indiegogo campaign for ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ has ended and is a huge success! THANK YOU!!

After the excitement of reaching (and actually exceeding!) the goal we are forging ahead. This weekend we’ve been recording the exclusive, extra video for funders who donated $10 or more – and that’s a lot of you! Hopefully it will be completed and up for you later in the week.

And there’s more….

How about a part in ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’?

We know that many people would love to have a chance to contribute to a webseries if they could and see their names in the credits. So we’re launching a competition that will give you the chance to do just that! And you don’t even need to leave your house….

What we want:

A short (no more than 45 seconds) audio clip of you reading the MOST BORING RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT you can think of. In a POSH BRITISH ACCENT. You DO NOT have to be BRITISH to take part, we want to hear from people from all over the world, because this competition is open to you wherever you are. ANYONE can enter! :)

UPDATE: a FAKE British accent is FINE! Have a go no matter how bad you think it is…but do at least try :)

If you’re not sure what we mean then go and have a listen to Lord Poncenby announce the ‘Turning Left at Albuquerque’ podcast chapters.

You can announce any sort of program you like but you need to start your audio with these words:

“And now British Radioweb Entertainment Worldwide is proud to present…..” then the name of the show and short description. Then fill the remaining seconds (if any) with a portion of the program. Remember…BORING!!

Examples of programs you might announce:

Cooking with offal, Madame Le Croix’s Guide to Etiquette and Manners, This week in your Victory Garden….the possibilities are endless, fire up your imaginations! If you want to reference things from the 70′s that is fine, but please no trademarks, slander or bad language (we have delicate ears).

There will be THREE WINNERS, to be announced two weeks after the competition ends.

CLOSING DATE is MONDAY 13 DECEMBER 2010.

Send your submissions to HigletFilms@gmail.com with the subject line “Mind My Brains Radio Announcement Competition”, or you can click below:

HigletFilms@gmail.com

By sending in a submission you are agreeing:

  • to let us use your clip in any way we want
  • you have not used copyrighted material without the express permission of the owner
  • that we will not pay you (now or in the future)
  • that the judges decision is final

If your clip is chosen we will:

  • edit it to fit the episode
  • give you full credits at the end of the episode

Please ensure the following before you send us an entry:

  • the clip is no more than 45 seconds long
  • mp3 format only
  • there is no music or sound effects (we only want your voice)
  • you have read and understand the submission agreement

We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

ONE LAST THING…..we didn’t want to make following us on Facebook or Twitter a part of the competition because not everyone uses them and we want as many people to enter as possible. BUT…please help us spread the word by tweeting and linking on Facebook if you can. Thanks!

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At Home with The Worthingtons: 24 hours left on Indiegogo campaign!

fundraising, news, production log, Webseries
At home with The Worthingtons from Mind My Brains, Darling! webseries

New picture from the set of Mind My Brains, Darling!

This time tomorrow we’ll know the final score!

The last 60 days have been amazing. No doubt about that.

YOU have been amazing! The support, encouragement and funding help we have received has been phenomenal. Because of the funding the set is built, the props are 90% purchased and we’ve updated our editing machine. This means we’re entering the final stages of pre-production and the shooting schedule is shaping up. The scripts are being polished and everything is in place. Seriously – we are completely stoked about how things are progressing and every day brings new revelations and awesomeness.

What a difference a pic makes…

We’re not going to comment on the picture too much, but it does have a few hints about upcoming episodes in it if you look closely. And the main cast is all there – from left to right it is: The Colonel, Emma, Petunia, Anna, Jeremy. You can find out more about each of them on the ‘Main Characters’ tab. What do you think of the set? Is it 1970′s enough for you? :)

Still accepting donations?

Yes, the campaign is still open for the simple reason that any money we get over our target goes straight into production. While we’ve pared everything down to the barest of bare minimums, stuff costs money. We set up a 60 day campaign not knowing what was going to happen and it finishes at 12 midnight on Friday. If you still want to donate then please do – it will go towards a new microphone.

Questions? Comments? Ideas?

Over to you! We’ve been trying to keep you updated here and on higletfilms.com, Twitter and Facebook. Is it working for you? Do you have any questions about what we’re doing, the webseries or anything else? We’d love to hear from you so please contact us either here or via any of the above sites.

More news soon!

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Welcome to 1979!

fundraising, news, production log, Uncategorized, Webseries

Getting ready for the Big Push!

The trailers for “Mind My Brains, Darling!” are almost complete and we’re busy preparing for a big launch in Indiegogo soon. We’ve been filling this site up with information about “Mind My Brains…”, the world we’ve created and how YOU can get involved.

But first, some words of gratitude…

We have had so much support and encouragement from people over the last two years of making web videos that we’d like to take the opportunity to give a great big THANK YOU to all the people who have watched, commented, liked, favourited, shared, tweeted and Facebooked the videos, webseries and blog posts we’ve done.

Seriously, without you none of this would be possible. If you hadn’t bothered to watch and comment on “The Evil League of Evil Applications Processing Office” webseries then we wouldn’t now be preparing to unleash “Mind My Brains..” onto the world. So really, it’s all down to you. Thank You.

We think you’ll love our new webseries and can’t wait to see what you think of the trailers. Soooon, my precious!

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