Sidekicks Episode 6

Welp, it’s finally here. The sixth and final episode of Sidekicks.

It feels a bit odd to see it all out here. Three and a half years ago I thought of an idea and then Errol and I wrote a script. Two years ago we filmed that script. And now it’s all edited and out to the public. Read the rest of this entry

Sidekicks: Episode 5

Episode 5 of Sidekicks is here! This week we have a change of location and people talk about feelings more. Lots of feelings actually.

This was about the point in the writing where I realized I was very much writing this for A Reason. Did it come across? I have no idea. But it was good for me to keep going at it and to see it through.

This was also my favourite to film because it was indoors and I felt far more free to act the way I wanted rather than being scared of the neighbours complaining about the loud noises coming from the backyard next door.

Also, that is my apartment. It is in Errol’s basement😀. I had just moved in two months before. It looks much the same now.

Sidekicks Episode 4

Episode 4 is here! And we finally start to get conversations that are not entirely antagonistic.

We’ve been getting great feedback so far! You guys have been awesome! Continue to share and like if you can😀.

Sidekicks: Episode 3

Episode 3 is here! Complete with one terrible vacuum/buzz saw. Seriously, that thing was awful. It pretty much took over and there was no cheap way to cover our tracks😀.

What IS impressive is the tracking shot we got. Fun fact: the moving camera is achieved by putting the camera in the back of DOP’s car while he pushes the ENTIRE CAR down the street. It was awesome.

 

 

Sidekicks Episode 2!

Sidekicks Episode 2 is out! See if you can spot the continuity errors😀. Fun fact: Errol’s monologue is completely improvised. But that’s pretty darned obvious.

First Impressions: Stranger Things Episode 1

So in a bit of a different move, I’ve decided to experiment with my show First Impressions as a podcast rather than a vlog. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that two talking heads are not always the most interesting to look at but are always okay to listen to. The second is that it’s easier on me editing wise. I hate looking up pictures. Hate it.

So this time around I dragged Errol to watch Stranger Things. For the second time now I am watching a show that goes against the premise for First Impressions (watching a show that has a terrible first season but which became beloved by all) buuut I figure this is a good way to experiment with the podcast format. So here it is! Enjoy!

Sidekicks is Released!

Two years ago I wrote and filmed a webseries about superhero sidekicks called…well, Sidekicks. It was a project funded mostly by love and muffins and we ended up filming it in Errol’s backyard.

I’m pretty sure I wrote about it here in this blog. I didn’t even check that link. I hope it’s the right one!

The original plan was to have it ready to go a few months after filming wrapped up. Then our DOP/editor Clayton got a paying gig touring the world filming a documentary which of course he took because travelling around the world to exotic locales would be a really stupid thing to turn down.

But then he came back! Life finally settled down enough for all of us that we could turn our attention back to our little webseries that could. And now…our first episode is OUT to the public! And you can watch it here!

I will admit to being more than a little nervous releasing it. Watching my own work is always the most difficult thing to do and I can’t help but notice all of the areas I could have done better.

Basically, I feel like it’s opening night and I am having my classic Manda “It’s not too late to bail” nervousness. But we’ve come this far and I’ve been told that apologizing for your art is not the way to go. And I AM proud of our work. I wanted to write something about friendship and we did so.

So here it is! Episode 1! We will be releasing weekly! If anything, watch it for Errol’s performance. He continues to crack me up and is awesome to work with. I’ll probably have something more poignant to say the last episode. For now, HOLY CRAP OUR WEBSERIES IS DONE! ENJOY!

Game Distractions: Kathy Rain

I love the wonderful experimentation that’s been going on in video game narratives in the last few years. But every once in a while I crave a good nostalgic classic adventure game of ages past. Kathy Rain turned out to be the perfect way to spend my downtime.

Taking place in my beloved 1990’s, Kathy is a hardened, sarcastic and witty journalism student who visits her hometown after finding out that her grandfather whom she lost touch with has passed away. Naturally, not all is as it seems and Kathy soon finds herself elbow deep in government cover-ups, cults and good old fashioned super natural entities. Read the rest of this entry

Canadian Capers: Night at the Wedding

Last September I and a small group of fellow escape room enthusiasts took it upon ourselves to create a large scale escape event that incorporated more story and interaction as well as puzzles. It was called Night at the Speakeasy and was a huge amount of fun. The feedback was so incredible that despite our exhaustion, we decided to make another event! It would be called Night at the Wedding and we decided on April.

It was, once again, a huge amount of work but so worth the effort. April 9th has come and gone and we honestly could not be happier with the results and the people involved. It was fantastically fun! Read the rest of this entry

It’s Springtime!

It has been a while and I could go on and on about all of the things that have been keeping me busy/lazy.

Instead though I am going to celebrate the end of this far too long winter. Celebrate with me. I know all Canadians do this on the first warm day.