Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Block Busters

Hello, Acting Fans, another midweek missive from H&H productions, thanks to no work schedule conflict this week. This also meant we managed to get our meet-up in a bit easier this week, though sadly work fatigue got in the way of our previously planned Sunday shoot. At least we know what we are doing now though as I managed a pass-over and bit of a re-jig of the upcoming Actor's Log, which m'learned colleague confirmed he approved of at our meeting.
Our focus this week though was to try and break the back of this year's Halloween Special. Which is where we promptly ground to a halt. Unfortunately, our initial idea is a little too complex and man-power heavy for us to get so, with the time and people we have to hand (basically us), we needed something a bit more streamlined.

We were well and truly blocked on the writing front, spending some time alternately staring blankly at each other or into space trying to think of something, anything. We tried looking at some old idea notes for inspiration, which gave us an idea for something humorous. Unfortunately the idea was something separate to H&H but after a bit of research, it may still end up on the H&H Productions plate. Sometimes, though, when you have an idea it can lead to more and maybe that notion loosened us up a bit, as we finally came up with something. It was still a bit of a struggle though. Running through a few classic horror tropes we hit upon an idea! Now all we have to do is, do it!


Christopher Haigh

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fine Tuning

Welcome, Acting Fans, fellow bloggers and people of the world's Internet. It's Friday once again it's my turn so, first thing first, an apology! Sorry for no bloggy blogging on Wednesday as Chris had a staff meeting at work late afternoon/early evening after doing his normal working shift pattern for the day but we did get to squeeze a meet-up in before the meeting, so go easy on him.

Not quite what Chris looked like on the day but close!
Okay, so what was the meeting about? What did we get to talk about at our squeezed in meeting? Ok, ok, ok, sit right there and I shall tell you all about it. For once we got straight down to it, no talking about other films, (mainly because we didn't have a load of time with Chris's staff meeting looming) we planned out some more for this months Vlog. Which hopefully should be filmed very soon, also we sorted out some more stuff to do with next months vlog - mainly going over a few of the jokes and fine tuning them - as both of them are written down and almost ready to go. It's very rare that the first draft is ever filmed by us these days, they often go through a few mutations (sometimes even on the actual days of shooting themselves, with us not always sticking to it on the day). Plus this time we've not got too many props to get together, well, at least one of them we already own, luckily.

Which then lead us on to the planning of the Christmas Vlog (not long now, about 12 week away in fact, eek!)! Yes, even we have started to plan for our Christmas fun! Before that though we have Halloween coming up and, well, we've managed an Halloween special over the last couple of years, so we got on talking about that (after all it would be a shame to drop the ball on the third year when third time's the charm) and at this moment we are... well, rather a bit stuck on what to do this year. So, er, if anyone has any ideas send them to us via our Facebook page and/or twitter lol teehee...

Alrighty then, that's all for now folks...See you in the Future


Vernon Harcourt

Friday, September 5, 2014

Back to the PC

Welcome acting fans, fellow blogger and people of the words Internet, it's Friday and time for my ramblings as to what's been happening at the H&H HQ. OK, LET'S DO THIS, after an successful test for a future Actor's Log (we are actually not sure on when, but we had to do a test to see if it was practical) we got to talking about and bouncing around ideas for some more vlogs.

One which will kind of tie into a certain viral video that's been going around the world, yes, you've probably guessed which one I'm talking about, I'm not saying though, tee hee, but it will be done in true H&H style and another one of where we wake up from drinking and, well, lets leave that one there otherwise you know it will be [SPOILERS]. After some laughter about these vlogs and making sure the idea would work, I had to write them down and quick as I didn't have the H&H note book with me, D'oh (I remembered everything else just not that, honest). So when I got back to mine it straight onto the computer to write down and flesh out both of the ideas before too much slipped my mind.
Tappitty tappitty tap!
Well, at first it was just going to be the post-drinking Vlog that would get the scripting treatment and on the other one we were going to wing it but, the more I thought on about it, I realised it would be better to have a sort of structure for it, as it is often better to have a written spine to add the libbed lines to and the set dialogue can make it easier to match up in the edit too. And sometimes those ad lib lines seem to get fumbled or fluffed even easier than the lines written down. Well, I can sure fumble add lip, er I mean ad lib lines much more easier and than, well, erm, written down lines too....... Ermm...erm......... LINE!!!!!

That's all for now folks, see you in the FUTURE!!!


Vernon Harcourt

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Blue Lamp

Greetings, Acting Fans! Welcome to the middle of the week! We hope all of you aren't feeling too blue about the change of season, we're a little blue ourselves this week as my shift pattern means I'm unavailable for filming and, even if I wasn't, H&H HQ is out-of-bounds for filming at the mo due to our sensitivity to housemates' privacy. Despite this we've managed to get together today at our home-away-from-home, Legacy Comics, to do a little shooting feasibility study there. Yes, we've been messing about with a blue lamp!

No, not a lava lamp like this one but it'll have to do as an illustration for now, as the real deal might give something of the game away! I can tell you though that it was a promising test and we may be able to sort out what we want to do with it a little more easily than we originally imagined, with a bit of luck and just a touch of elbow grease, of course.
We also talked the ears off our resident comic book dealer (poor Simon!) for a bit, which led to a possible modification of an earlier idea and a new, non-flat-centric idea for another Actor's Log but I'll leave the info about that to m'learned colleague's Friday update, you'll have to stay tuned!


Christopher Haigh

Friday, August 29, 2014

Light's, Camera...Rigs!?!

Hello Acting Fans, fellow bloggers and people of worlds Internet. Yep, it's Friday once again and time for me to ramble on and get you up to date with what has been happening at H&H HQ. First thing first the next Vlog is live for you to watch, and is under this text just in case you have missed it:

Watched it? Good! Have you? Have you reeeaaallly...alright, good now lets get back to it! Me, myself and Chris have once again got a meet up on this week BUT - shock, horror - NOT at our usual meet-up place!!!  Nope, we met up at a DIFFERENT coffee shop, the Costa coffee shop in the Tesco's just over the road from H&H HQ. I know, the shock of it all...calm down, dear, it's only a different location. After a brief chat (well, by our standards) about GOTG (great film, Chris still prefers The Winter Soldier, but then he does really like a heavy dose of paranoia to go with his large explosions) and few other things (including the framework for, if I say so myself, a brilliant prequel solo 'Black Widow' movie - Marvel Studios, call us!) we got down to business of H&H.
We started off by trying to think of more well-known and/or publicised acting lessons or other acting footage we could splice us into, which led us on to maybe doing an ALS ice bucket challenge (well, it is all of the craze at moment) but we thought maybe best not to as, much like 'Gangnam Style'-parodies, we have pretty much missed that boat zeigeist-wise. I had a small idea for how we were going to do it, loosely based on a Laurel and Hardy skit. (Of whom I will be watching more of them for, erm.. research, yeah that's it, research!)

After all of this we had one more idea, a possible follow up to the change of location 'House Flog' vlog we did. To do this idea means us having to build a special rig for an object to be fixed in front of the camera for the proper effect, yes, we've got to build the rig and do test with the prop/props-in-question. We do like to make these easy for ourselves. Now, who said these vlog were going to be quick and easy, hmm, I wonder who did say that? Hmmm? Hmmmmm? Hmmmmmmm!

Well, I think that's everything, so I'll see you in the Future! Before I go though, here's a handy training tool for any of you that want to become great movie actors:


Vernon Harcourt

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dickie Bow

Greetings on a Not-so Happy Humpday, Acting Fans, we may have our latest Actor's Log up (& just in time, too) but there is still a sense of loss as this weekend we had to say goodbye to an acting hero.

Richard Attenborough

We here at H&H productions remember Lord Attenborough not just for the blighted counterfeiter from 'The Great Escape' on many a hazy Bank Holiday Monday and his grandfatherly take on John Hammond in 'Jurassic Park' but also a plethora of brilliant performances stretchng all the way back his breakout turn as the psychopathic Pinkie in 'Brighton Rock',  his cowed and cowardly Billy Savage in 'Seance On A Wet Afternoon', his humourous and human take on RSM Lauderdale in 'Guns At Batasi' as well as his turn as the whippersnapper of the group in one of H&H Productions favourite features 'The League of Gentlemen'. No, not them! THIS one:

An apt demonstration of his ability to work with others that would serve him well as he took the director's chair behind the camera. The silver screen shines a little duller this week but we have these wonderful films to remember him by. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Goodnight, Dickie, don't forget to take your bow.

Christopher Haigh

Friday, August 22, 2014

In The Blink Of An Eye

Welcome, Acting Fans, fellow bloggers and people of the World's Internet, yep, it's Friday once again and, CRIKEY!, nearly September already - how quickly the time goes, so let me get on and tell you all the story of where we are and what we have been up to in and around H&H HQ.

After our brief break, well, on the blogs at least in between we have been busy discussing, writing and filming some more Vlogs just for you lot! First Chris went away a long weekend to the Beacons festival acting in show for a friend, and also a bit of recon to see if the H&H live show (which we are working on) would work and fit in at the Beacon festival. Which We think might just about fit in (but more on that later), especially after some of the other performances Chris saw.

Last week we filmed not one but two, yes, you read that right, TWO Actor's Logs in one go. One of which was an idea we had waaaay back when we filmed 'Analogue', we were going to film it at that same as that Log but, well, to be honest we forgot as we got to the end of that shoot (we need a secretary or PA or someone, really). Instead we got around to filming it at the same time as the Logs we filmed last week. It is going to point out something that I bet none of you have noticed yet. Hmmm, I wonder what that could be - teehee!

What was the other Log about? In fact that is the next Log due to appear and to give you a bit of a hint, it delves a bit more into the rigours of ACTING!-training that H&H have to go through to be the great performers they are. Well, maybe and this one once again had some good consumable props, one of which Chris very kindly purchased from a local off-licence as Tesco didn't have any in at all, and it was used in both of the Vlogs filmed, so talk about getting his money's worth. And I did have one hard thing to do in the Log and that was not to blink when I was saying my lines, which is a lot hardened than it sounds. Go on I dare you try it not to blink while speaking it really, really hurts after a few seconds and then BOOM!!! blinking eyes.

All staring and no blinking makes Jack something something...
Now I bet you are all wondering why that was at all important, well, well, my dear H&H Fans - you'll will just have to wait for the Actor's Log to go to find out, Mwhahahahahaha!!!

Well, that's all for now, I shall see you all in the Future!!!


Vernon Harcourt