Beyond Studios Advent Calendar

Some friends and I have just launched a new project which, if you’re one of my regular readers, you’ve quite likely already seen splashed all over Facebook. Anyway here’s some more information.

Beyond Studios is my friend Gavin’s film making group, with which we’ve done several fun and often quite silly video and audio projects. (Some of the more recent ones are on Youtube and hopefully not too difficult to find). The Beyond Studios Advent Calendar’s actually been around a few years now (I think 2006 was the first one). To begin with it was just a collection of (usually) funny photos that Gavin would post on our private forum each day of December, but it’s got progressively more ambitious every year since – the last two have involved a comedy sketch or something similar every day, made by various members of the group (and taking up a significant proportion of our free time over the festive season!).

Anyway, there have been murmurings among the group for the last couple of years along the lines of “are we going to have time to make one this year?”, and “we can’t possibly make it any bigger than last year’s… can we?”. Oh yes we can, said Gavin, getting into the panto spirit already. Let’s make a public one that we can show to the world, with a much expanded team, and something else we never had before (drumroll please)… a budget!

That’s where you come in. We’ve launched a crowd funding campaign on IndieGoGo to try and raise the money. Even if you can’t afford to or don’t want to donate, the pitch video is worth a watch – it features an eccentric old man who makes hilariously suggestive comments and throws money at the silliest of ideas! (But enough about me 😉 ).

Pictures from the launch event we held at the Voodoo Rooms yesterday afternoon:

Setting up the technology.

Gavin in full sales pitch mode.

Gavin through the looking glass…

We even had business cards!

(I was also going to blog about seeing Derren Brown‘s Svengali show on Saturday, but he specifically asked anyone writing about it not to give away what happens, so the post probably would have boiled down to “Yeah, it was pretty good. The sort of thing you’d expect from Derren Brown, really”. So I don’t think I’ll bother giving it its own post… it can have this footnote instead).


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