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Adventures in Brine: Fetus Pete

Finally edited! Shot, starring and produced by the Videoloft crew for a jaunt, Adventures in Brine will probably be much, much longer eventually. Shot at the weekends whenever we are free, this is the first series of sketches featuring Benji’s favourite character.

By no means a perfect, complete film, view this work in progress and see what you think. We will probably change the opening titles as they are far too much Blue Jam/Lynch (sorry i’ve been on a stint), other than that, listen with headphones or with the volume up!

Finally  huge thanks to Nick for letting us stick him in a jelly bath dressed in liquid latex, Benji’s sister who will now disown him and Greg for some amazing kit!


Smoo Documentary


So what are we up to?

Currently we are working with indie comic artist Simon Moreton on a documentary about mental health in comics. After seeing an inspiring lecture at Bristol Comic-Con last year, Videoloft are working with Simon to explore mental health through comics and the way different art forms can help others through tough times.

Simon’s work is often self reflective, and heady, an intelligent mix of biographical and the fantastical, bringing the mundanity of life to unusual, thought provoking heights.

Taking a close look and recreating parts of Simons work Smoo and The Escapologist , Videoloft are creating a mix media project crossing genres, and formats (along with our animation partners Kayleigh and Tom).

Smoo: The Documentary (title subject to much change!) coming soon!

So if your interested, go an get a headstart on the project and take a look at Simons links below!

smoo.tumblr.com

http://www.betterdrawn.com/

In other news we are still slogging hard away on Adventures in Brine our comedy sketch show and will try to churn out some more of these. Greg will be heading away to Japan to shoot an Earthquake follow up doc for a couple of months (For Uni) and Addy and Sarah will be away travelling for 4 months around the world (Mostly Japan and Australia by the sounds of things…). But while the gang are away Smoo will be completed and i’m sure we will have lots of unusual things popping out.

Keep ‘em peeled.

Foetus Pete
So this weekend was shooting for our upcoming sketch show “Adventures in Brine”. Kitted out to the nines by Greg who did an amazing job lighting and basically runnign everything, the weekend was supported by the whole Videoloft crew. Sarah spent literally hours creating a Boosh-esque foetus character using Nicks face which also had 7 pints of jelly applied, smeared and ditched over. 
Hightlights include…
-Bloodying up an edible umbilical cord
-Shooting from a moving car (thanks boy racer Addy)
-Playing with new camera toys
-Not being able to shoot for the cameraman giggling
-Pregnanting up Sarah with a cushion
-Chocoloate/Bacon breaks
-Watching Nick peeling off his head/face
Stay tuned for some previews!
If anyones interested in getting involved, particularly acting, send us a message!
Will it be funny? 
Not at all.
Zoom Info
Foetus Pete
So this weekend was shooting for our upcoming sketch show “Adventures in Brine”. Kitted out to the nines by Greg who did an amazing job lighting and basically runnign everything, the weekend was supported by the whole Videoloft crew. Sarah spent literally hours creating a Boosh-esque foetus character using Nicks face which also had 7 pints of jelly applied, smeared and ditched over. 
Hightlights include…
-Bloodying up an edible umbilical cord
-Shooting from a moving car (thanks boy racer Addy)
-Playing with new camera toys
-Not being able to shoot for the cameraman giggling
-Pregnanting up Sarah with a cushion
-Chocoloate/Bacon breaks
-Watching Nick peeling off his head/face
Stay tuned for some previews!
If anyones interested in getting involved, particularly acting, send us a message!
Will it be funny? 
Not at all.
Zoom Info
Foetus Pete
So this weekend was shooting for our upcoming sketch show “Adventures in Brine”. Kitted out to the nines by Greg who did an amazing job lighting and basically runnign everything, the weekend was supported by the whole Videoloft crew. Sarah spent literally hours creating a Boosh-esque foetus character using Nicks face which also had 7 pints of jelly applied, smeared and ditched over. 
Hightlights include…
-Bloodying up an edible umbilical cord
-Shooting from a moving car (thanks boy racer Addy)
-Playing with new camera toys
-Not being able to shoot for the cameraman giggling
-Pregnanting up Sarah with a cushion
-Chocoloate/Bacon breaks
-Watching Nick peeling off his head/face
Stay tuned for some previews!
If anyones interested in getting involved, particularly acting, send us a message!
Will it be funny? 
Not at all.
Zoom Info

Foetus Pete


So this weekend was shooting for our upcoming sketch show “Adventures in Brine”. Kitted out to the nines by Greg who did an amazing job lighting and basically runnign everything, the weekend was supported by the whole Videoloft crew. Sarah spent literally hours creating a Boosh-esque foetus character using Nicks face which also had 7 pints of jelly applied, smeared and ditched over. 

Hightlights include…

-Bloodying up an edible umbilical cord

-Shooting from a moving car (thanks boy racer Addy)

-Playing with new camera toys

-Not being able to shoot for the cameraman giggling

-Pregnanting up Sarah with a cushion

-Chocoloate/Bacon breaks

-Watching Nick peeling off his head/face

Stay tuned for some previews!

If anyones interested in getting involved, particularly acting, send us a message!

Will it be funny? 

Not at all.

Making Of…Hush/Shim

Have you seen our recent double bill of films? Well now see our behind the scenes video! The film reveals a little about of filmmaking process behind Hush and Shim, talking a little further about the film adaptations as well as showing how we filmed some of the trickery scenes. Showing all of the talent in front and behind the camera, the ‘Making Of’ video is a must see!

We would love to present our good friend and amazingly talented animator Kayleigh Gibbons’s new work ‘Peace Starts with Me’. Watch the video above created for Puma’s latest video contest. Kayleigh was on of the winners! Congratulations, an incredible piece and great story!

What Comes Next?

After screening our commission at Salisbury Arts Centre the {Videoloft} crew are busy generating new ideas and proposals for the next project. Currently on the go we have the possibility of a collaborative documentary film with a mix of animation, live action and photography. Alongside this idea we are also working on a large selection of short comedy sketches to shoot over weekends in the coming months to create a sort of web sketch show.

{Videoloft} are also in a constant process of script writing for larger future projects as well as on the lookout for film contests, commissions and festivals. So if you have any information on an upcoming event like a 48 hour contest, a script you’d like us to make or even a project you’d like commissioned, just send us an email at videoloftfilms@gmail.com

Creativity is flowing nicely and only time will tell what is created next! So stay tuned to the {Videoloft} pages to see what happens!

Watch Hush  at the link above!

Shim and a Making of  film will be uploaded soon! So keep an eye on our Tumblr and Vimeo page over the next week to see more content!

We would like to give a huge thanks to everyone that made the screening absolutely incredible and we hope you all had a great time. The films screened really well and we hope you didnt manage to guess our adaptation too easily!

Stay tuned!

Hush/Shim Revealed!

Beware film spoilers ahead!

 

So to confirm… You have seen Hush and Shim at Salisbury Arts Centre or have been to http://www.vimeo.com/user3746782 and seen them there? And you’re dying to know what stories they were adapted from? Well continue reading below for spoilers!

Hush

Tells the story of a young woman starting a new life in England with a job at a hotel. Communication with her boss is difficult and Mary later finds a hidden room that brings the coworkers together.

 

Hush is based on the Frances Burnett novel The Secret Garden. Written in 1910, the story tells of  an isolated girl who finds a hidden garden which helps her find meaning in the world.

Our story is filled with references both subtle and clear. In Hush, the secret garden is a laundry room, which coworkers bring objects to, helping to build their rapport with one another. Coworkers bring significant items to help create a cumulative emotional state that reflects the original story’s garden being tended in secrecy.

On closer inspection, Hush uses the original character names (Mary Lennox and Colin) on their work badges as well as referencing Mary’s trip from over seas which in the original story helps cement her isolation. In Hush, the communication is not just a new lifestyle for Mary but also a language barrier.

Finally as Mary get stronger in the original story, she makes friends around the garden including a red breasted robin. The coworkers in Hush act as both the gardener as well as the robin from the original story; working in the hotel, helping in the secret room and wearing bright red tabards.

Colin’s character changes visually trough the adaptation but his core element remains. In the original story, Colin is a small boy who the residents treat as a though he is about to die but who we later discover, is physically able. In Hush, we meet Colin as an incapable boss who is somewhat socially handicapped. Through his awkwardness the hotel workers find Colin difficult but later discover that he is not incapable at all, he merely needs the olive branch of communication that the secret room provides.

 

Shim

Tells the story of a young man desperate for attention who gets his dream fulfilled and becomes an escapologist’s apprentice. He tries to change his attention seeking ways but his mentor cannot stop his cries for help and thus, teaches him a lesson.

 

Based on the popular Aesop fable, the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Shim draws its inspiration from classical roots. The story was popularly translated into German and in many versions the Shepard is a young Germanic boy. In Shim, Ralf Shepard doesn’t have a flock of sheep to look after, instead he oversees his masters stage performance; the Great Hammel – German for a male sheep.

 

Names aside, Shepard struggles in a far more modern approach in the adaptation. In the original story, the boy seeks attention and calls to the villagers who learn not to trust him. In Shim, Shepard is uncontrollable but walks a grey area; his role is to imply danger to the audience but his delivery always leads others too far and becomes lies.

 

Aesop made sure to concrete his morals in his tales, killing the boys flock. In a modern spin, Shim has Hammel teach Shepard his lesson directly, after humiliating him but proves that in a modern environment people lie all the time, truth is important but also circumstantial.

 

For further information watch our behind the scenes video on the link above.

Finally a huge thanks to all the cast and crew who made this possible and to Salisbury Arts Centre for the opportunity!

 

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