Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Praise be to Pilchin!

The film team went to Edinburgh yesterday to film some sequences involving Pilchard Price and Merrin shields. Despite some nerves at the start, they did really well, and they created what may be some of the funniest material to end up in the film, so thanks to them.

It took a while for this sequence to get filmed, as Paul and I came up with way back in the first week of having moved into this flat, and we've filmed it just the last week of staying here...

Still, it does mean that all that remains to be filmed is the infamous film noir sequence, which will now be filmed in Perth over the Summer.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Rooster Cogburn, and a spin-off

This past Thursday we went on location at Balloch Castle Country Park to film the remaineder of the Rooster Cogburn documentary in which Rooster, played by Murray, searches for the infamous Manturkey, played by myself.

Additionally, Murray has fallen in love with the character so much, he has started work on a project of his own. Rooster Cogburn: Official Wildlife Expert is a wildlife documentary series in which Rooster Cogburn reports on wildlife both local and around the globe. See the website, Rooster Blogburn.

We hope to shoot "Ode to Merrard" (The scene with Pilchard and Merrin) in the next few weeks, and then the Film Noir in the Summer. Oh, and we'll do some interview segments as well. The in-movie movie review will go on hold for the time being.

I'm sitting on 4hrs of footage already, so we'll easily get something out of this.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Is this a second wind (blowing out of somone's ass)?

It looks like the production on the film is slowly starting to gather steam again. As Murray says, the PMT jazz trio turned out to be a surprisingly big success, and there is now the neccessary enthusiasm for the project. 3hrs and 30mins of footage now exists, and there should be no real problem cutting it down into a mid-length feature once the rest has been completed. I'm particularly looking forward to editing it all together eventually.

Things that remain to be filmed:
  • A film noir scene in which Peter Bell plays a private detective and Paul Brown plays a Mafia Don (this scene is my favourite on paper)
  • A little song performed by Pilchard and Merrin flowing into a special dance backed by a piece of music I call Techno Brain Destroyer
  • The remainder of the Rooster Cogburn/Manturkey sketch
  • Some small sections of filler and credit sequence stuff
  • An interviews featurette
  • The in-movie Movie Review

Wheels are in motion for some of these things, and with Summer just round the corner, there's much more chance for us to get it all done.

PMT Is A Go Go!

In the beginning was the word. Fast forward a little bit to about three billion years ago. This was when I had an idea. Wouldn't the film be great if we had a freeform jazz trio, covering a whole variety of awesome songs, with me doing William Shatner stylee singing? While Paul banged some drums to a ridiculously awesome beat? And someone played a guitar with twanginess?

The answer was surely yes. Paul loved it. Then, of course, I lost enthusiasm. At christmas, Tom got a guitar. It was perfect, so we eventually filmed the first version of the Jazz Trio, now known as PMT. We did New Millenium Cyanide Christ, and Witch Doctor, but our performances were less than stellar, due to a less than appreciative audience.

But hurrah, we refilmed it, with a much larger setlist, and slightly more awesomeness. Described as "the best thing I have ever seen" by at least one person, you're sure to love the PMT scenes when A Hat Made Of Mexico is released.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

A HIGHLY PREDICTABLE DELAY: NO-ONE IS SURPRISED

This film may never be finished, I have recently discovered.

The reasons are thus:
  1. Murray doesn't want to be in the film sometimes, and instead wants to waste a perfectly good day by sitting on his computer complaining he's bored and yet shooting down all ideas for things to do.
  2. Peter and Paul2 (Paul Brown) are constantly scheduling times to film their big scene, and the plans constantly fall apart afterwards, sometimes for perfectly legitimate reasons, sometimes out of laziness.
  3. I have a whole bunch of other stuff to be doing, especially for Uni, and what time I do have to film always seems to go out of the window thanks to Murray's world class impression of a dead or drunk sloth.
  4. The general enthusiasm for this project has been stretched very very thin, and it's sometimes a chore to actually work on it at all.

It is still in production however, and I do have a strong will to finish it. Once it is finally complete I can get on with other things at long last, but most of all I can finally sit down and see what a piece of crap it really is. The whole project was ill-conceived I think, mostly because I neglected to find other people who gave a flying fuck about it even half as much as I do, but also because it simply isn't worth the amount of time it takes up. I don't know why things turn out the way they do, but the always do don't they?...

So, I'd love to set another deadline and say "it'll be done soon", but to be honest, the film will be done when Murray undergoes a personality transplant and I get shot in the ass with adrenaline.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Yuhuh

So, it seems Paul lied about the schedule, only unknowingly. January is nearly over, and we don't seem to have filmed anything in it. Apparently my fault because I go to bed early (though I think it's his, since he doesn't get up early enough)

Anyway, hopefully filming will resume soon. He hopes to get the film finished by his birthday...

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

An update (holy smokes!)

Well, here goes.

  1. The production is currently on hold
  2. Other stuff has been filmed
  3. In January we will hopefully film a few things
  4. In February I will hopefully begin the editing process
  5. In March we will hopefully make the film available. If you would like a DVD we will charge a small fee (a couple of pounds) via paypal for postage and packaging and get a copy to you. There will also be a second disc of assorted extras such as deleted scenes, bloopers and other crap that was too sucky to appear in what will surely be the suckiest film ever made

So, that's the (non) progress of A Hat Made of Mexico. Sorry for the delays and the lack of information, even though I know you don't really care.

Friday, August 19, 2005

No filming today


Murray slept in.

To the right is a visual representation of how that made me feel.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Filming Day 3 (16th August)

Day three's filming was essentially a reshoot of what was filmed last year. We would have used last year's footage, but this year there is a fancy new camera which gives a much higher quality of film than we got last time around. However, it was not an exact reshoot, as the major nice thing about the scene was the ad libbing by me (hooray!). So basically, we did the gist of the previous scene, with different ad libbing, because if I'd just read from a script, the words wouldn't have flowed as well, and I'd have made mistakes such as "Dalais to Cover, no, wait, Cover to Dalais. I think we need to refilm," which was avoided with the ad libbing.

Also today we came up with another possible scene, and had a nice messing about on camera with "Sword vs Foot: The Challenge. Who will win?" Which is a good question. To find out, you'll have to see the film when we release it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Filming day two (18th July 2005)

Today we essentially finished the majority of the end of the western sequence. Highlights from the shoot include a section filmed under the bridge at the end of the North Inch, and Peter running from the distance towards the camera for about a minute.

Having realised that some footage was marred by incontinuity, we decided to work around this in some interesting ways; the MsF hat being the most notable.

Here's a little clip for you to enjoy, with some special effects to make it look old and dusty (just showing off, probably not an indication of how this scene will look in the finished film).
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Once all this material has been finished off, the next scene to be filmed will be 'Rooster Cogburn', which features Murray as a rare animal tracker, hunting down the infamous Manturkey.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Rap video concept

Early on, we had the idea to do a rap song and video in the film. The initial lyrics were so bad, they literally put the 'c' in 'rap'. The new lyrics are very slightly improved.

Murray is going to be the main MC in the song, and I myself shall be the 'beat processor' ie. person who makes the actual 'music' underneath. Neither recording or filming have begun on it yet, but I have at the very least got my costume for the video together, and here's a preview.

Yo, I is supafly, bizhatch! Cuss me and I'll educate yo mind with a blow to yo head...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

More on the first day's filming...

As Mr Ferguson has explained, filming has officially begun on A Hat Made Of Mexico. I have been preparing for my role for at least a month, for when Paul told me that my first character 'Old Man ' Murphy Branes, in our western sketch, required much in the way of stubble I stopped shaving. It still itches.

We arranged to meet at about 1700 at Peter Bell's house, which was succesful, only neither the director or myself actually had the guts to go ring his doorbell and let him know we were there. Eventually I was forced to, and we headed on to the set, a park by the river Neccesarily So.

Filming went surprisingly well, which shows what preparation (a script) will do for you. Improvisation was expected, of course, and it was there in abundance. Hopefully such improv will be in an outtakes section on the DVD. It does leave us needing to find my favourite whore though...

Anyway, despite getting hurt several times in the name of my art, it was an enjoyable evening, with much mirth and merriment. Will report back next time,

Yours, Murray Barnes, fast rising star,

Welcome...

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, otters and walruses, horses and blue ringed octopi, welcome to the production 'blog' for the latest timidelfdesigns film production 'A Hat Made of Mexico'. It's only a working title, but nobody's come up with anything better so far.

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This film is the follow-up to our previous smash hit 'ApoXoqA' though the two are not related in terms of story. 'A Hat Made of Mexico' roughly follows a sketch structure, with multiple short comedic stories intertwined throughout the feature. It will eventually be presented in DVD format with trailers and such for download at the forthcoming timidelfdesigns site (when I finish it (SOON I TELL YOU)).

Production began in August 2004, then collapsed in a heap, and was officially resurrected on the 7th July 2005 with a more successful attempt at the first day of filming using a sparkly new digital camcorder.

The production team is currently as follows (though it will probably expand as more actors are required):

  • Paul Ferguson (me): director/producer/writer/editor/music/camera/etc.
  • Murray Barnes: writer/actor/spontaneous beard growth
  • Peter Bell: actor/accent specialist
  • Cameron Ferguson: actor