Our last update was on November 29th of last year…damn that’s a long time!
We wish we could say our absence has been due to filming on location in the deepest, darkest sugar cane fields of Maui, Hawaii for the past almost year, but we can’t, so we won’t. This is not to say that we haven’t been busy. In fact, we can’t remember a year that’s been this crazy and action packed in forever.
We may not have been making movie stuffs, but we did create our favorite project to date: a little herbivore named Dexter. Back in May of this year, our lives forever changed and we couldn’t be happier. Becoming parents has been at times challenging, at times terrifying, and always amazing. He’s hilarious and awesome.
Because it’s been so long since we last posted, we feel a little neglectful to this always-on-our-minds hobby of ours. And with neglect, comes a little bit of nostalgia. So, before diving in to the deep end of here and now, we’re gonna go wading in the waters of yesteryear if, for no other reason, than to make things a little more clear for ourselves.
LOVING MEMORIES (2009)
There was an idea to make a documentary about fantasy football. And then that idea was squelched. And then there was an idea to make a short movie, in the vein of David Lynch, based on a woman speaking Korean on the radio. And that’s what we rolled with.
“A Loving Memory” took on many different forms on paper before finally becoming the little monster wrapped neatly in a grey sweater and topped off with a plastic mask. We’ve already written the history of ALM here, but this is where our story always has to start.
Filming took only four days spread out over the end of December and the beginning of January and she premiered in March of 2010. Somewhere between the wrapping of production and the premiere party we had the idea for our next movie ready to go. Fueled by fool-hardy ambition and a lot of really supportive friends, we started the next Herbi-chapter, albeit a very convoluted one.
A VERY SAD, SICK YOUNG WOMAN (2010)
We felt like our invitation to Cannes was only one more experimental short away and being caught up in the afterglow of completing our first movie really made the months that followed seem to fly by. There was the writing and the editing and the rewriting and the re-edting and the casting and the meetings and the rehearsals. “Gless” was filmed in the Summer, edited later in the Summer, and premiered at the end of the Summer. (Wanna know more? Click here.)
We a couple of months off between “Gless” and what would become our favorite movie to date “The Mockingbird.” The early incarnation of this sickie was to be set to the song “Shitbeard” by COWS and it pretty much just involved a nurse hanging a patient with her own intestines. And then it grew and grew…but we kept that whole evisceration / hanging thing.
BIRDS, RABBITS, AND CHICKENS (2011)
Pre-production for “The Mockingbird” began in December of 2010 and filming started in March of 2011. However, not content with being just a one-movie-at-a-time pony, we took on a couple of other short projects producing the movies “How Deep Is The Rabbit Hole?” and “You Are What You Eat” for our good friend, the very talented Tony Colon.
Twenty eleven was a good year. We were so proud of “The Mockingbird” and still are. (Click here for more details and entrails.) Herbi hit its stride and had a nice swagger to go along with its limp. Everything culminated in August of that year with “Herbi-Palooza”, a self-produced film festival featuring twisted sisters, sadistic bunnies, and cannibal chickens.
Twenty eleven ended on a high and twisted note with this, our first episode of “Herbivorous”, a seven minute long WTF moment that we really enjoyed making:
BEASTS AND BODY SLAMS (2012)
Twenty twelve was a screwy year. We traded movies that don’t make much sense in for an online cooking show called “Feed The Beast.” Although we felt a bit out of our element, dining on the fine cuisine created by Chef Tony after each episode made us forget the fact that we didn’t know how to swim. FTB lasted seven episodes, from January to August. Our favorite episode was definitely our culinary tribute to our favorite WWE legend Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Hooking up with our friends at Resistance Pro Wrestling for the above episode opened up the opportunity to shoot a promotional video for their female champion at the time Melanie Cruise (she’s the one who kicks Chef Tony in the nuts.)
Somewhere in between stuffing our faces and getting suplexed, we also tried really, really hard to make another movie, but the most we could squeeze out was a teaser trailer…for a movie that doesn’t exist.
And then we made this here funny little ditty about fantasy football (which we guess, in a way, brought us back to square one?)
This year concluded with creating several promotional videos for a fantasy sports (go figure!) website that was a result of the above fantasy football vid. Ya see?! You never know where one project will lead you.
CLOWNS AND MASCOTS (2013)
Things kinda got back on track in twenty thirteen, meaning we got back into the groove of making creepy shit. We ditched the Beast and all its glazed chicken for a spray paint huffing clown named Huggles who made carnival food from his Mom’s basement.
To date, “Snuggles With Huggles” has only two episodes. If we have it our way, he’s gonna get a bunch more in the near future and he’ll eventually land his dream job as pork fluffer on Rachael Ray’s show.
There was also this failed experiment:
In the Fall of 2013, we decided to throw our rabbit ears into the ring of competitive filmmaking and entered the “ABCs of Death 2″ contest, coming up with the sick little ditty that is “Mascot With A Machete.”
The Autumn months brought us further opportunities with another filmmaking pal, John Borowski. We must say, it was pretty cool working with the guy who, four years earlier, gave us the advice that pushed us over the cliff of movie making. We shot footage for his “Serial Killer Culture” documentary and also assisted on the production of his own ABCs entry “Mime Time.”
We opened up the beginning of the year by helping John Borowski on another short movie entitled “Rough Crowd” but, since then, things have been slow in the way of making movies. And for good reason, of course, as Dexter demands much of our time! This is not to say that our brains haven’t been occupied by thoughts and ideas and schemes and plans for our next project, one we’ve been working on, script wise, for over a year now (!)
However, it wasn’t until recently that we dusted off the ol’ Panasonic SDT750 and shot some footage for a wonderful group of people over at the Sweet Bunny Project. Being rabbit lovers, we were appalled at the news that Whole Foods Market was in the test phase of selling domesticated rabbits as meat in their stores!! The Sweet Bunnies allowed us to make them a little doc of the event and we’re pretty proud of it (and very grateful to them for spreading it around!)
And then there’s this, because why not?
Where do we go from here? Well, like we said, there’s never a shortage of ideas and there’s that damn script we’ve been working on since last June. Maybe someday…
Until then, Nancy Loomis.