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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.