Halloween Retrospective

Over the years, I have produced a catalogue of videos themed for Halloween. This month, I decided to look back at those seasonal titles.

It started back in 2008, with Sativa Verte performing as part of the holiday farce, what would become a trilogy of productions, simply called “Trick or Treat”. The underlying concept involved the cartoonish Grimble Gang playing pranks, having their unique brand of fun, and ultimately leaving the leading lady without clothes. For this particular story, Sativa arrives at the wrong house, thinking it was a therapist’s office. She is in for a real treat, when she runs into the antics of the Grimbles.

Trick or Treat

The following year, I immediately planned a sequel, although this time it would bring Jordana Leigh into the spotlight. The result was an 18 minute romp that had her character lose her candy when visiting the Grimble house, and then lose her clothes piece by piece as she sought to get it all back. Another thread that is weaved through the Trick or Treat videos, was the use of J.S. Bach’s recognizable Toccata and Fugue in D minor for a running music soundtrack.

Trick or Treat II

In 2011, I was scheduled to work with Briella Jaden for the first time, and it happened to be just in time for Halloween. So we did a silly video involving some supernatural hijinx, where her clothes started to disappear from her body, without Briella noticing. To add to the suspense, her character was getting herself ready to leave for a party, and she in fact exits her apartment with nothing but a plastic pumpkin bucket. Although the majority of the story unfolds in the apartment location, the final scene does take place in a laundry facility.

The Haunted Closet

The third installment of the Trick or Treat series came about in 2012. In this version, the Grimble Gang are cast as friends of Monique at a party. After a few drinks and some coaxing, they convince the long-haired brunette to go outside trick or treating completely nude. This video has the distinction of being the first Halloween production to capture night time outdoor photography.

Trick or Treat III

By the end of 2013, I was working steadily with Danielle. So of course, when October rolled around, we had to make a special holiday video. The music and sound effects provided by Peanuth O’Toole really enhance this one, creating the right atmosphere. Also featuring Danielle’s friend Elena, this is the only Halloween storyline that features two models. The plot device of Danielle getting undressed to put her clothes in the wash interestingly marks the second time one of these videos involved a laundry scene.

Spirit of the Night

Finally, I was delighted to work with Jackie Stevens back in the Fall of 2014, and she makes a delicious big-bottomed witch trying to impress her local coven. After mixing some potions, things don’t exactly go as she planned, causing all her clothes to disappear except for her pointy hat. Jackie’s improvisation and treatment of the scenario is absolutely classic.

The Witching Hour

 

On a side note, I had skipped listing a video in 2010, but in fact I did shoot with Amy Starr at the end of October that year. The location was the same used as the first two Trick or Treat productions, and the story did involve her character’s perils. But arranged at the last minute, I did not give it the necessary consideration to make it a true Halloween themed event.

 

ENF fundraiser

The independent filmmakers at Notebook Entertainment are running an interesting fundraiser.

One of their friends and collaborators, Sue Cook, is in need of a service dog for health related issues. They are trying to raise $12,000. In order to reach this goal, the producers are offering incentives for donations.

Apparently one previous episode of their series FML was heavily censored as posted on youtube due to nudity from one of their actresses, Kristine. For a donation of one dollar, they will provide a link to the uncensored version, as long as the target goal is met. Notebook Entertainment will also offer an incentive for donations of five dollars or more. There was another short film they produced featuring Kristine, who is very cute. It is described as the following:

“In the episode she very happily dances around her living room buck naked when she’s caught off guard by the maintenance man working in the kitchen.”

It was never released before. But for donations of five dollars or more, and if they exceed the twelve thousand dollar fundraising goal, they will provide access to this video.

For further details, here is a link to the information on their website:

https://notebookmovies.com/

I just want to make sure I represent this properly. The content offered for one dollar or five dollar donations are only if they reach their overall target goal. It is a good cause, and again, I think the girl Kristine is pretty cute.

Best wishes to Sue and the folks at Notebook Entertainment.

Pictured in the screenshot below is Kristine.

 

Most Appearances

When I worked with Briella Jaden last month, it was the eleventh video we produced together.

That set a new record and breaks the tie she was in with Danielle for most appearances. I thought it would be fun to look back at the first time I worked with each of the top models.

As mentioned, Briella now is featured in eleven titles. But this goes back to 2011, for the special Halloween video “The Haunted Closet”. It was interesting to watch and notice how her hair was longer then. Of course there was a pause in the two of us scheduling shoots for about two and a half years. It is when we picked up again in 2015, that we started turning out a more consistent run, which led to her being the model I have worked with most.

Danielle’s first video was “Double Booked” and goes back to 2013. That year I worked with her six times, pretty much every other month we were doing something. Then a couple of more productions in the following years, to give Danielle a total of ten appearances.

Prior to either of these ladies, a familar face around here was Amy Starr. We started in April of 2010, as part of the production of “All or Nothing”, and knocked out four videos followed by three more the next year. Like Briella above, Amy and I would have a break in shooting until she came back in 2014. The two we would produce that year gave her a total of nine videos.

And of course, the very first break out star of Narrow-minded Productions, is none other than Sativa Verte. Her debut performance goes back to 2007, in the classic “The Wine Tasting”. We had a prolific year together. But like the other girls, a change of locations led to a pause in our work schedule. Sativa came back in 2012, and I was able to squeeze three more videos out of her, to give the ravishing brunette nine titles to her name.

 

Outtakes Video: Roll of the Dice

Only a three and a half minute for this clip of outtakes. That’s because once we were outside, I was able to use most of the raw video for the finished production, without a lot of extraneous material. Especially when we crossed the narrow bridge in the woods. Briella was keeping in motion, acting nervous both in character and for real, even as I was giving her directions. It was better to just drop the sound, and edit in the bird sound effects for those parts, which blends in with the natural ambience anyway.

What I do include here at the beginning of the shoot, is how working from behind the low table where we rolled the dice was somewhat of a challenge. The moment I gave up on using the tripod was after Briella makes her first throw. It was difficult to swing the camera down to show the results, in that position.

One of the things I liked was how the turns we took played out authentically, and I beat her in each round, without needing to redo any takes. When the dice fell off the table, that just added a nice touch, to weigh the odds further against Briella. The idea behind the story concept was that her character would lose badly, overwhelmingly, adding to her embarrassment and willing to go along with the forfeit.

There is an extra moment I captured here when Briella was putting on her running shoes to go out. They apparently fit tightly, and it took longer for her to get the laces tied up. I cut this scene down in the finished video, but I thought it was kind of adorable to watch.

Another thing I should mention, her dog Dakota is very well behaved, and I enjoyed featuring as a part of the background scenery in the apartment setting. But it was an after the fact realization that while I was focused on Briella, and trying to maintain continuity of the frames, sometimes Dakota would move her head or switch positions. This added an extra challenge to the post production, and is one of the reasons for the rough cuts in the first part.

The most important aspect for me is to show Briella laughing and having a good time. She really is a lot of fun to work with, and these outtakes demonstrate that quality. For the music, I used Peanuth O’Toole’s new track made for this production “Call of the Nymph” at the start and finish.

The clip can be downloaded at the link below:

Outtakes Video: Roll of the Dice

Enjoy!

Roll of the Dice

In this video, Briella Jaden takes on her friend in a game of dice. She has not had much success in their previous matches, but this time the young woman feels she is up to the challenge. However, things don’t exactly go her way and Briella soon finds herself paying a penalty. Her friend moves things to an outdoor location as the forfeit plays out with the ponytailed blonde going for a run. When they progress further along the trail, she ends up losing more of her clothes as a result of the dice game. How long can she stand this embarrassing turn of events?

Early on in this shoot, I abandoned the tripod, and decided to freehand the camera. This of course allows for easier movement, and some lovely angles of our leading lady. I think Briella looks adorable, and watch for the subtle changes in her expressions. She can go from a grin and giggle, to her face dropping in concern as her character grows more anxious. Typical of some of our previous productions, I had to feed her a lot of dialogue to keep the story moving, but her adlibs and her own improvisations are great.

The fun really begins once we were outside. I think it feels less confined, and some of the reluctance about taking off her clothes is quite genuine. Briella has always agreed to go along with scenes in public locations, but she is truly concerned about getting caught and in trouble. At the same time, she admits to find it exciting, which is a quality I love about her. We managed along the trails well enough. There was one person who walked past us at one point, but it was just after Briella had her covering back on. It was a close call, I kept teasing her.

Because of the need to establish the premise of the game and build up to the forfeit, the first half of the video runs longer. I think it is worth watching how the whole episode develops, even though the more enjoyable parts pick up in the latter half.

For the music, Peanuth O’Toole provides a new track titled “Call of the Nymph”, which is used for the opening of the production. In the end, I decided to reprise the one Peanuth made last summer called “Beach Bum”. It uses a voice over of Sandra making sounds like she is being pleasured, and that fits with the general mood by the close of this video.

The full video is a little over 20 minutes, and is divided into two parts available at my clips4sale store.

 

July Video Shoot

Finally! I was able to capture some outdoor photography, taking advantage of a nice summer early evening. And good timing, too, as we had some stormy weather the day after.

Briella Jaden is as cute as ever, wearing her hair in a ponytail for this production. She also has a sporty look going on, in her shorts, top and sneakers, ready to go for a run.

Interestingly, we almost had scheduled something before the 4th of July holiday, but she was not able to make it out here until the end of the week. Nevertheless, we managed a fun shoot including scenes along trails in the woods.

Here are half a dozen photos to share. The video should be available in a couple of weeks.

Enjoy!

Briella is like a shy forest nymph, nervous about being caught. How does she lose all her clothes?

Stay tuned!