• 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

Episode 3: The Karate Kid

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It’s school display time so Granddad lends Anna a helping hand and Private Peabody introduces Jeremy to the Affected Special Skills Training.

Meanwhile there’s trouble afoot for Beaver Patrol…

Music by Megan Lynch from her album “Songs The Brothers Warner Taught Me” http://meganlynch.bandcamp.com/

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The Zombie Rights Campaign reviews “Mind My Brains…”

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Zombie Rights Campaign logoThe Zombie Rights Campaign has an eloquent and well-researched website.

I was on Twitter late last night when I saw this tweet from @Zombie_Rights:

Zombie Rights tweet That was enough to pique my interest – there’s another strange British comedy webseries about zombies?!? A quick @reply later and it was revealed that, in fact, he was watching ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’.

I had started to follow @Zombie_Rights on twitter when I saw one of their tweets retweeted on twitter (that sentence is enough to make any sane person weep – enough with the twitters!). Anyway, John Sears, the head activist of Zombie Rights, seemed like a committed and educated fellow and someone well worth following. Zombie Rights are something close to our hearts, and we were impressed with his constant battle to address prejudice.

And now – the review!

After careful consideration, John published his treatise, replete with some very acute observations and interesting conclusions. You can read the whole review here – it is well worth it.

We are proud of our Zombie Friendly rating and hope the rest of the season lives up to the Differently Animated expectations :)

 

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Episode 2: How’s Your Father

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Father Aloysius is coming to visit so it’s cucumber sandwiches at the ready! With Jeremy on shopping duty everything should run smoothly. Back at Z-Force, there’s the little issue of scheduling… ‘Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat’ by Megan Lynch from ‘Songs The Brothers Warner Taught Me’ on http://meganlynch.bandcamp.com/

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Episode 1: ‘An Inspector Calls’ is ALIVE!

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Mind My Brains, Darling! Episode 1

Brains!!!

After months of work we are totally proud to announce that Season 1, Episode 1 of our new webseries, ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ is now live! Watch it here:

We could not have made this webseries without the help of so many people – including all our IndieGoGo donors, our families and all our superstar interviewees. THANK YOU ALL!!!!

To make it easy for you to watch it, here are all the links, but the main one is at Blip.tv:

On Blip: http://blip.tv/mind-my-brains-darling

On the “Mind My Brains, Darling!” website: http://mindmybrains.com/

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HigletFilms

On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/higletfilms (live soon)

On DailyMotion: http://www.dailymotion.com/HigletFilms (live soon)

We would love you all to watch it, and share it with people if you like it.

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The search for a #MindMyBrains hashtag!

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

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

This time next week EPISODE 1 will be OUT!

That’s an amazing thought, eh? After months of work ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ is nearly here! Have you seen the Season 1 trailer yet? Now comes the hard bit – making sure as many people as possible see this amazing new webseries.

Which brings us to Twitter and the quest for the perfect #tag.

For weeks we’ve been using #Mindmybrains #webseries as the #tags on Twitter, and thanks to everyone who has been using them. It really helps if we all the same tags. It makes it easier to see who is talking about the show, and helps us spread the word more easily. So we are reluctant to change it at this stage. But – are there better tags out there? Can you suggest a better one?

How about:

#brains

#brainz

#Worthingtons

#ZForce

#MMBD

What do you think? Keep it as it is or change?

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Rock Star Interview with Louis Srygley

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Felicia Day and Louis Srygley at GenCon 2011

Louis and Felicia Day at GenCon 2010

Louis is another person I met through a shared love of the webseries, The Guild, and we have been co-conspirators on more than one occasion (none of which can be disclosed). Louis has his own webseries and is involved in many others, like‘Corrupting the Classics with Contemporary Crap‘. His sense of fun and genuine interest and concern for people are heartwarming and you can find him on Twitter, on The Guild Forums and the USS Justice.

When we started our fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo Louis was a staunch supporter, and he has continued to help with suggestions, feedback and lots of Twitter support. He is Executive Producer of ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ and he took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us:

What are your earliest memories of TV?

I can remember sitting around in a wood paneled room in College Station, Texas, my father and mother watching the television talking in serious tone, the image is a bunch of people talking, scenes of a hospital entrance and that of a plane.   Really boring, and it’s November 1963 and I just turned three.  I also watched a funeral on TV a few days later.  I thought the horses and the carriage were neat, and I wondered why there were so many people an the sides of the street.

I also remember going to my uncle’s house in Little Rock, Ark during Christmas. He had gotten a TV (in a large wood cabinet) and the whole family was watching the Christmas specials. I remember there was lots of snow, but there was no snow in Arkansas.  It was a little rainy though. I’m pretty sure that was in December 1963.

I know that I always loved to race down to see the cartoons Saturday morning, and I did see the orginal Star Trek, I saw episodes of Hogans Heros, Rat Patrol, Gomer Pyle, Get Smart, Dick Van Dyke and Leave it to Beaver.  And I did see some of The Prisoner when it was first run, including the ending.

Who was your hero/heroine when you were 10?

Boy that’s a hard one. For comics, yes, there was Batman and Superman.  Certainly I watched quite a bit of the Batman TV serial, so he was a hero.  At 10, for real people, that had to be Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and the rest of the astronauts.  The fact that we had gone to the moon was awsome. And Maxwell Smart was both a hero and funny.  After all Kaos would rule if it wasn’t for Control.  What does reality mean to a 10 year old? Then there was Hogan of Hogans Heroes.

Louis the Browncoat

Louis the Browncoat

Can you make a good cup of proper English tea?

Of course, you start with a bag of tea.  You throw it out.

You heat water in a kettle until it is boiling.  When it does so, you get a porcelain tea pot and pour some in. Put the water back on the heat to keep boiling.  Turn the water around in the pot to properly warm it up.  Throw out the water.  Throw in a good measure of loose tea leaves.  Fill with the water.  Turn off heat, put lid on pot and wait.  How long to wait depends, but no shorter than three minutes. Use a strainer to keep leaves out of the tea while pouring into a nice pre-heated cup (using the hot water and dump method).

Serve with a wedge of lemon or a spot of cream.  Do no put in both together.  Make sure to watch the Brownian motion (which as you know is also a finite improbabilty generator).

And then there is the Purist, who throws out whats in the pot, fills it with rum, gin or scotch and to them, that’s the perfect cup of tea.

What was your first actorly/creative role?

Well my first acting role was not very creative.  I was in second grade, and I had the following lines (yes, I still remember them).

“After the fifteenth state, they decided that they could no longer add stripes for each state. So they decided to have one star for each state, and thirteen stripes.  One for each of the original colonies.”

I was with other 2nd graders, all sitting in a line (by last name of course), so I’m near the end.  Each person waited for the person next to them to finish. They stood and spoke, then sat down.  I knew it perfectly.   I sat there looking at the darkness that was the audience.  You could see some people, and I know my mom was in the house.

As it came to my turn, I stood up and..

There was nothing, nothing at all. The Daffy duck crickets come to mind.  I was frozen.

The teacher said:  After the fifteenth state…  I spoke it out hesitantly, and was still blank.  They decided that they..  I said it, went blank, and this continued to the end of my part,  I sat down.. frozen.

That pretty much ended my career acting until my company decided they needed someone to speak a dutch welcome for a multimedia display at our computer center.  I do know it a bit, and someone gave me a script.  I still remember the first paragraph, but I will hold off that for now.

I do feel more comfortable behind the camera, and I worked on a Star Trek Fan series called Tales of the seventh Fleet (www.totsf.com). It’s on www.podship.com.  I got into that when I mentioned that I have a house and make the basement into a blue wall.   We’ve filmed two of them, but are having problems with graphics on the second one.

In the meantime I’ve started to take acting lessions, but I am still nervous in crowds.  Forgetting my lines when needed is a great fear.  I do much better at improv as long as you don’t ask me to rhyme or sing.

Louis Minds His Brains?

Louis Minds His Brains?

How do you spell colour?

Depends where I am and what the context is.  Most emails from the states will be color, but some of them to relatives in Europe, I will spell colour.

What are your favourite films and/or TV shows?

I have to say that one of my favorite films is Blade Runner.  I know Star Wars is loved, but EP 1  hurt it.  Ep 3 of The Matrix series was also a bit off. The first one just revealed more than the second two could do.

For TV Shows, I loved the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, and I do like the Original Star Trek series.  It’s one of the shows I watched all the time when I was 6-11.  Of the Joss Whedon, I did watch Buffy (starting around season 3) and loved the Firefly (when it wasn’t pre-empted by ball games).

Joss Whedon: yes or no?

Yes Please!

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

Downstairs to get my Katana and broadsword.  Never runs out of ammo, and zombies don’t know to protect head.  It’s also more silent.  For long range, I have a compound and normal bow.  Includes some field tips and they will go through the head of zombie fast.  You can easily pull out and reclaim the aluminium arrows.

You don’t want to make too much sound and start shooting guns in the middle of a city and find yourself in a tank with no gas, surrounded by thousands of zombies, while some young punk calls you a dumb-ass. Even if you are one…

FPS or Role Play?

I played far more FPS, especially Unreal Tournament.  That being said, RPGs can be ok, even if they are LARPs, on computer (like WOW RPG sites) and/or D&D.  I do have the original D&D and Version 4.  Nothing really in between, but I did work with several different systems like GURPS and Traveller.

Was the last question a false dichotomy?

You know it was.  Case in point.  Which played better: Portal or Portal 2?  And why didn’t you believe that the cake is not a lie?

In SPAAAAAAAACCCCEEE!

Thanks, Louis! And I’m looking forward to you making us a nice sup of tea one day, preferably using that last method… :)

 

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Mind My Brains, Darling! Season 1 Trailer

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'Mind My Brains, Darling!' poster by Jeremy Hodges
Britain, 1979. Zombies, Z-Force and the Great British Housewife. This is one Rom-Zom-Britcom you will not want to miss…

Episode 1 is released on June 21st but you can get a taste of the action right here, right now.

“Hooray for Hollywood” from “Songs The Brothers Warner Taught Me” by Megan Lynch, with kind permission.

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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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