Here are some of my very favourite things that I've made or otherwise been involved in with HitRECord!
Strawberry Bootlaces is a piece I wrote and read in summer 2011. Ozie did that gorgeous piano composition; Joe acted it and wrote it, and then a ton of amazing people contributed to animating it. There are actually several different comleted versions of this film! I recommend them all.
A Fake History of a National Story-Telling Tradition is an odd one that's kind of free-standing. It's a Fake History, but it doesn't follow the conventions of that collab. I included it because it makes me laugh every time I re-read it.
History Repeats Itself is for HitRECord on TV. I was very proud of my original script for this project, based on Proi's suggestion of doomsday predictions. Joe asked me to write a short narration instead. Looking forward to seeing it completed.
Neologisms & Linguistic Lacunae is another free-standing piece that is the cumulative result of a thought process that I was obsessing over for a couple of weeks. It's one of my favourites.
A Fake History of 1987 is a great found-footage short film by MattConley from back in 2010. The voiceover I did is (in)arguably the piece that made my name in the HitRECord community, and the Fake History collab has continued on. So far, nothing else has quite lived up to this one. Matt's script is great, and it really lends itself to that deadpan thing that I like to do.
Homesicker [REmix] is a result of SnickerSnack's Out Of Context Comic Panels collab. This story is extrapolated from of SnickerSnack's own illustrations.
I Could Be: The Musical (first cut) is still unfinished! It needs more music and some sound editing. In July of 2013 I had the tremendous pleasure and privilege of spending a week with a few wonderful HitRECorders in the south of Wales. On the second night, I sat down at the piano and started writing a song with tori and LizSmalls (who also starred!). We finished it the next day, and I wrote a script, and we shot the film over the next couple of days. TheSherbethead shot it for us (brilliantly!) and MarguaxArmour choreographed it.
How to Hug Well comes from a twitter conversation with SloaneAvery. I've always prided myself on my hugs.
Imposter was animated by MarieIv, using themetafictionist and lidan's hilarious reading of my Dialogue Tale (for a collab started by Emma Conner). There's another version with an alternate ending, but this is my preferred version.
DRAGON seeking HUBRISTIC ROYALTY or other wealth-collectors for play/violence is a mock personal ad from the point of view of a dragon. It was inspired by "A Curious Singles Listing" by chrisopher.harn, a personals ad by an imaginary friend, which Pamagotchi recommended in a curator meeting.
The Postmodern Prometheus was a very, very funny story by monicaailene. I did an overly dramatic reading of it.
The Office Cat (A Screenplay) is based on a story by missamerica, which in turn was based on a drawing by Nattie. I still want to make this with a puppet cat.
Top Five Memories Of That Golden Summer We All Spent Together Before The Cataclysm Left Us Irrevocably And Irreparably Damaged (Both As Individuals And As A Civilisation) is a parody of those click-bait "listicles" you see on various websites, but recalling clichés of mundane life from the point of view of someone living in the post apocalypse.
Scene from a Sitcom was made at the same time as I Could Be. While TheSherbethead was busy shooting something else, we got a few cameras together and shot this sketch based on my own text record. Ellieyah and Pamagotchi star, with a cameo appearance by LostBoy's hand.
Nightsfall is a short story. I wanted to write something grand and old-fashioned, channeling (or trying to channel) Tolkein or Gaiman. There have been lots of bits and pieces that came out of this, but nothing finished, despite Pamagotchi's best efforts to corral REmixes into a short film. Perhaps it just isn't very short-film shaped. I'm very fond of it, though.
This is the version that played at Sundance 2012
One of the staples of British television drama is that of the fake bakery (or "fakery"). The exact origins of the trope are unclear, but cultural historians know that it predates the widespread ...
- History Repeats Itself (Narrator)
Revised History Repeating Itself monolgue. A full reading (clocks in at about a minute and ten seconds, but that could come down with some careful trimming), followed by individual line reading options.
There is a distinct pleasure that accompanies the discovery of a word. It need not be a new word to feel new to you; just an unknown quantity introduced to your vocabulary. Sounds and meanings y...
There's 20 or so "1987" readings (so far) and when it came time to select one for the first version it was insanely difficult. The diversity of the readings was amazing because everyone interpreted the story, and its telling, in such unique ways.
Some readings went pretty fast, others went at a slower pace. Some were absolutely deadpan while others sounded straight off an R-rated radio report.
After sampling each of the readings over the visuals I had compiled I decided that Day Glo's reading suited the story I had originally envisioned. But even that isn't entirely true because I always knew the reading itself would dictate the pacing, the shot selection, and the overall tone of the video.
Day Glo's reading jumped out at me because it sounded like a report you'd hear on BBC, but it also had an even flow throughout. He read at a consistent pace that maintained the same tone without drawing too much attention to any particular line. Even the profanity remained subtle and advanced the story without making me think too much about what I'd just heard.
I hope that makes sense.
Having said all of that, I will be uploading a second version with JUST THE VIDEO and short sample of iBrew's "Aunt Roy's Picnic" (which plays briefly over the title.) That way everyone can REmix the video with different readings.
The way I edited the video however is matched to Day Glo's reading, so a new edit will probably have to be done to match the pacing of someone else's voice. All the REsources are cited (including the public domain footage) so anyone can use those same videos to REmix the visuals.
Alright, enough rambling...
Oh, and I'll start a collaboration too. :)
The following public domain footage was used:
"The Market Programme"
"Investment Software (1988)"
"Investment Software (2/4/1986)"
"Shotgun Sound Effect"
The tall man checked his watch again. The short man looked at him, but the tall man didn't say anything. An irritable silence passed between them, and a search zeppelin passed over them.
This is the last of the big collaborative projects from the UK HitRECord House of Awesomeness 2013. But it's not finished! And we need YOUR help to complete it!
We need foley! We didn't have great sound recording facilities, so the sound (as you can hear) is very rough. We need room tone, sfx, and more.
If you can some up with some good, unobtrusive foley for the musical sequences, that would be great, too.
Haus of Glitch and LizSmalls need to ADR their dialogue.
The voiceover reading the note is just a timing placeholder. It would be great to get someone to do a really OTT, smug reading of the roommate's note!
We're pretty happy with this song, but it needs to be bigger! Compose some arrangements for the second verse, bridge-verse and chorus to give it that big musical number feel.
A short music cue accompanying the title card and the next shot of Liz arriving in her room would help it feel less static.
The credits on the video are placeholders.
I'm pretty happy with this cut, but it's certainly not locked (and we haven't done a colour correction yet).
Starring LizSmalls, Haus_of_Glitch and tori
Cinematography by thesherbethead
Choreography by Margaux Armour
Dancers: Margaux Armour, DeadKiriyama, ellieyah, joerud, missamerica, Pamagotchi, tdolan
Song composed by Day Glo, LizSmalls, tori
performed by joerud, LizSmalls, tori
Written, directed & edited by Day Glo
So many thanks to everyone who was at the house that week: full list at the end of the video.
Based on the Dialogue Tale - "Waiting" by Day Glo the tag line should say smth like - he just wanted to be one of them... :)))) Had some free time recently and decided to make something for hitrecord.
Hope the sound is fine, I tried to rid of slight echo, I also removed the person walking in the background :)
ME: Fun-loving, adventurous, happy-go-lucky, scaled, fire-breathing.
YOU: Extremely wealthy, preferably with vast reserves of gold and jewellery. No bank cheques please!
- The Postmodern Prometheus [vocks]
Could probably do with some of that digital trickery that people do these days, but thought I'd just do a raw version instead.
Someone else should do the voices of the colleagues and Evangeline.
Adapted from missamerica's story The Emancipation of Harold, the Office Cat, based on Nattie's drawing of The Office Cat.
INT. HAROLD'S APARTMENT...
Before the Cataclysm, things were far less horrific than they are today, and that was never more true than during that one last Summer before It occurred. We all remember it: the trees all seeme...
The scene as written by Day Glo
Performed by Ellieyah and Pamagotchi;
Filmed by DeadKiriyama, missamerica, tori,
Edited by missamerica
Directed by Day Glo
Some distance away, though not as far as you might think, there is a hill. The kind of hill that looks like a perfectly kept lawn from a distance, but when you stand upon it you can see how much...
Today - February 5th, 2014 - is the 4th anniversay of my joining HitRECord.
Thought I'd mark the occasion by completing this film we shot last year.
I wrote the script, directed it and edited it. Tori and LizSmalls wrote the song with me. Liz sang it and starred. Joerud played piano, and has since added more instrumentation to it. thesherbethead shot it. Margaux Armour did the choreography. Haus_of_Glitch and Tori also acted. tdolan recorded a voiceover part. Everyone who was at the house that week contributed something, whether it was dancing or just throwing bits of paper at Liz. Full list of those wonderful people included at the end of the video.
Finally, an enormous thank you to QuietAndy, who recorded the foley. Which is every sound you hear in this film that is not either music or voice.
There are things I wish I had done differently on the day, and there are things that for technical reasons can't be corrected easily, but I'm incredibly happy with how this turned out.
That's a pretty good synecdoche for my experience in general on HitRECord.
Here's to another four years.