It appears that there has been a pause in productions - but it is only temporary. I mean to continue work with the cartoons - and also maybe start some comedy sketches - but for the last few months, since October, my time has been consumed by Dr Tom's shop if madness, and my real job of course... I work awkward shifts and that eats up a lot of my time and energy, sadly.
So it's slow going.
I started filming Dr T in July, abandoned the movie because I didn't think it could be done - then I returned to it in October determined to finish the project and it was done come January. As soon as I had finished Dr T I moved onto my next project.
I had come up with the idea for Hated Guests back in 1997 for our drama class. I wanted it to write about a murder mystery and turn it into an exciting play where each actor would portray one of the guests staying the night at a creepy mansion house.
A friend of mine owned one of these old VHS camera recorders, a great bulky thing, how lucky we are to have it all digital these days! We had already made on short movie together, and I said the next thing we were going to make was my new play, Hated Guests - though back then it was called "The Game."
My friend let me down in the end and the play never became anything more than a script, floating around inside my locker.
For a great deal of time nothing happened - but I never forgot Hated Guests. I always wanted to write that story about a mysterious haunted mansion...
So the idea swam around in my mind, for all those years. The story changed quite a bit. It was always going to be about a mansion, some guests, and murder - a type of cluedo as it were. That idea never changed.
It wasn't until recently, 2016 I think, when I had finally written a decent story line for my murder mystery and I felt the time had come for Hated Guests to be brought to life. I changed the title by that time, because I had used the original title "The Game" for another video I had created at the same time.
We were going to shoot all the scenes for Hated Guests in a 'real' house, but sadly that fell through, and Hated Guests was put on hiatus once more - and then at the turn of 2017 "bingo!" One bright and crisp winter day a new idea for the story struck me like lightning!
We could make the whole film against a green screen and use a digital 3D mansion as a setting for all the action!
All the scenes have been shot for Hated Guests. I am very passionate about this new movie. I will describe my reasons in another post - but I want to make the movie first. I am in the process of editing the thing right now - I just need to film a few "filler" scenes. I have worked really hard to bring this particular piece of work to life. I will place some pictures below to show the guests and the mansion. Hopeful the work will be finished before the month is out - fingers crossed and all that. This project has been with me for a very long time and I need to get it done.
I would just like to give a very big THANK YOU to my actors - Clive Wadley and John Langley for taking part in my project and helping me bring my vision to life!