In light of my latest installment of the Halloween video series called “Trick or Treat”, I wanted to go back and post about the original production.
This video features Sativa Verte after I had been working with her for one year. We shot this in October of 2008, and the story uses the Grimble Gang characters, which she has interacted with previously. In this episode, Sativa is given the address of a therapist recommended by a friend. However, she arrives at the wrong office and is treated for her visit by Doctor Bananas. Things start to get a little strange when she lies down on the black leather couch, thinking to tell the shrink her problems, when suddenly the lights go out! This happens two more times, each occasion results in some articles of clothing missing when the lights go back up.
This is something specific that I had wanted to try, a scene going dark, and then showing the woman undressed when the lights are back on. It is a comedic trick that was used in a Benny Hill sketch some time ago. Thinking back, it is also sort of the implied action that I was talking about in my first video with Monique. The viewer does not actually get to see the stripping, but witnesses the result. In fact, Sativa’s character makes quips and comments of frustration suggesting that playful hands are at work, making off with her items when the lights are out. And that is in fact what has happened.
Only at the very end is it revealed that Grimble characters Hound, and introducing Cluck-Cluck the magic chicken, have been enjoying their ill-gotten treasures of Sativa’s outfit, bra and panties and all. Tee hee!
Speaking of her wardrobe, Sativa looked pretty sleek and sexy in her black jacket, and the matching skirt she picked up the morning of the shoot. We had gone shopping before getting to work, and she also picked out the adorable matching polka-dot underwear set.
Another detail I liked was near the beginning, when Doctor Bananas consults the calendar to confirm he has an appointment. It was hilarious that the October 2008 page had a couple of gorillas for the wildlife photo.
For the music, I naturally went with the Toccata and Fugue by J.S. Bach, for the creepy horror movie feel. However, I kept the organ track running the entire time, even looping it when the piece ends after seven minutes. Later, I received feedback that the constant music was a distraction and detracted from when Sativa spoke her lines. So for the next two “Trick or Treat” videos, I would drop the music accordingly once the dialogue starts, or else used it sparingly in between. Also, another effort I made to create some atmosphere was using an old black and white film reel visual effect on the opening shot of the house. I actually thought it came out rather well.
This video was fun to shoot, and it was also a nice day spent with the beautiful young woman. As I mentioned, we had made some store purchases in the morning and also stopped for breakfast. In the video, I included a brief outtake after the end credits where Sativa has the giggles. I told her it must have been the oatmeal. That was one of the few times, I believe, I included extra video after the credits. Just to give folks a reason to watch all the way through!
This light-hearted production runs 12 minutes, and is available at my clips4sale store.
Below is a link to download two minutes of outtakes from the video.