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Havoc on the High Seas

Stuffy the Stand-In’s costume face-off takes to the water again today (view his other outfits here).  Ahoy matey, arrrr you ready for the pirate costume, you scurvy dog?  The pirate is determined to hook the most votes, so you better scramble below deck before it forces the other costume to walk the plank.  The cruise ship tourist costume pictures life as a carnival as it sails away on vacation.  The tourist is so sure of its titanic victory over the other costume that it sees no need to go overboard, it just smiles big for the camera.

So when sailing the seven seas, who do you want to be your captain: Jack Sparrow or Merrill Stubing?  Shake your booty on over to the comments section to let Stuffy know if you prefer the Jolly Roger or the Love Boat.

Pirate Stuffy

Tourist Stuffy

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Fairytale Fights

Stuffy the Stand-in’s costume challenge is still going strong.  Take a look here to see any of the outfits you might have missed and vote for your favorites.

We all know guys like to dress as gals for Halloween, so Stuffy the Stand-in was inspired today by two classic characters from fairytales.  When the idea for the witch costume started to brew, it made him cackle, since he knew he would charm everyone with his wicked outfit.  Let’s just hope the other costume doesn’t turn green with envy or fly off the handle and start cursing when the fans fall under the witch costume’s spell and make it a clean sweep with the votes.  Or maybe the voters will come to the rescue of the damsel in distress and appoint the princess costume the queen of the castle.  It would be a crowning achievement to dethrone the other costume in such a royal and majestic way.

So when reading your favorite fairy tales, do you root for the beautiful princess or the clever witch?   Wave your magic wand to leave a comment for Stuffy the Stand-in about whether you prefer Sugar or Spice.

Witch Stuffy

Princess Stuffy

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Past Versus Future

Have you been keeping up with Stuffy the Stand-in’s daily costume smack down?  Click here to check out the other costumes and vote for your favorites.

Today a creature from the past clashes with a creature from the future.  To make sure he didn’t seem like a lazy bones, Stuffy the Stand-in knew he needed something dinomite to keep from becoming extinct in today’s contest.  So he found this spiffy dinosaur costume that he thinks will fossilitate votes while preventing a reptile dysfunction.  Or maybe Stuffy the Stand-in needs something out of this world to match the gravity of the contest.  It’s universal knowledge than a sparkly blue space alien costume will probe people to vote, which will launch Stuffy the Stand-in into a meteoric rise in fame as his popularity blasts off.

So if you were a scientist studying strange creatures, would you rather be a paleontologist or a xenologist?  Moonwalk your way to the comments section and tell Stuffy the Stand-in whether you’re on Team Barney or Team ET. 

Dino Stuffy

Alien Stuffy

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Flying Fracas

After battling on land and sea, Stuffy the Stand-in is now taking to the air.  Tired of hanging around, Stuffy the Stand-in found a bat costume that turned his world upside down, so he flew at it with blind enthusiasm.  But just because he bats his eyelashes at you, don’t cave in until you see the other choice.  “Honey, the girls will swarm around me, when I’m a cute little bee,” Stuffy the Stand-in waxed poetically when he caught a glimpse of his royal reflection.  Let’s hope those bold words don’t come back to sting him when he bumbles his way through his pick-up lines and breaks out into nervous hives. 

So what’s the best way to defy gravity: flapping through the darkness or flitting from flower to flower?  Fly on over to the comments section to let Stuffy the Stand-in know which aerial attire you like the best.  And help us build buzz by spreading the word about Stuffy the Stand-in’s daily costume clash. 

Bat Stuffy

Bee Stuffy

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Barnyard Battle

After duking it out under the sea, Stuffy the Stand-in is ready to move to dry land.  Since Stuffy the Stand-in loves milking his fame as a moovie star, he thinks this udderly adorable cow costume would be an amoosing choice.  The steaks are high since the perfect costume is no bull, so he needs something legendairy.  But the pig costume thinks this is hogwash and flings mud on its opponent by claiming the cow is boaring.  When he’s done swine-ing about the cow, the pig then proves he’s a ham by squealing about how awesome he is. 

So here’s the mouth-watering question: should Stuffy the Stand-in beef himself up or bring home the bacon?  Hoof it to the comments to tell Stuffy the Stand-in which tasty dinner meat, uh, we mean farm critter, looks the cutest.

Cow Stuffy

Pig Stuffy

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Trick or Treat!

Here at Death Cat Entertainment, we love getting dressed up for Halloween.  The smallest member of our team, Stuffy the Stand-in, has been in a tizzy the past few weeks trying to decide what to wear on All Hallows’ Eve.  So in the week leading up to the big night, he will model his various costumes and let his fans help him decide what to wear.

First up, it’s a skirmish at sea!  Stuffy the Stand-in found this jawsome shark costume he really wants to sink his teeth into.  He thinks it would be lots of fin to nibble on a few surfers.  But then he found himself in a pinch when he discovered the lobster costume because he was already in hot water for buying the shark costume with the company card.  

So it boils down to this: is being a crustacean everything it’s cracked up to be or will he be steamed if he wears something else?  Don’t be shellfish, leave a comment telling Stuffy the Stand-in which oceanic costume suits him best.

Stuffy Shark

Stuffy Lobster

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Happy Anniversary!

A year ago today, we woke up at the crack of dawn with our stomachs churning, applied an extra three coats of antiperspirant, and tried to act confident as we stepped on set for our first day of filming.  It’s almost impossible to believe a year has flown by since that awesome, yet nerve-wracking week of filming Saying Goodbye.  We miss our awesome students and our amazing professionals who made that week such a memorable experience.  We hope the past year has treated you well.

If you’d asked us a year ago, we would have guessed the movie would have been long done by now and already making the rounds at film festivals.  But since everyone involved has day jobs, it’s taken a little longer than we anticipated.  However, it’s important to us that we make the best film we possibly can, and as we near the finish line, we hope we’re making a movie our cast and crew are proud to be a part of. 

To celebrate our one year anniversary, we’re reposting the kitty cat dance video since it shows how much fun we had on set.   Enjoy!

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Music is What Feelings Sound Like

This past week has been very interesting as Fred has worked on the score for Saying Goodbye.  Each day he composes music for several scenes and then sends them to us in the afternoon as a QuickTime file.  We watch the scenes with the music (and sometimes Jocelyn cries – mission accomplished, Fred!), and then we let it sink in overnight.  Each morning we have a conference call with Fred, which he affectionately calls “the Brian and Jocelyn show” (or at least we hope it’s affectionately) where we discuss our thoughts on the latest piece.

It’s a weird process, because Fred is so good at what he does that everything he creates sounds beautiful.  But just because it’s beautiful to listen to doesn’t always mean it’s perfect for a particular scene.  Fortunately, most of the time the music he creates captures the scene exactly like we imagined it in our heads.  There have only been a few spots where we asked him to tweak things, and it can sometimes get a tad bizarre as we try to describe our reactions.  For example, in one of the flashbacks we agreed we wanted the music to sound ethereal.  But when Fred sent us the section, Brian thought the score sounded “too Asian” whereas Jocelyn thought it sounded “too sci-fi.”  So now when we talk about this scene with Fred, we call it the Chinese spaceship scene.  It’s a good thing Fred is able to wade through our crazy descriptions to fine tune the music.

We now have a “rough draft” of the score for the entire film.  We’re taking some time to let it settle while Fred works on another project he had scheduled.  Once we’re sure it’s true love with the score and not just a brief infatuation, Fred will bring in the live musicians.  We can’t wait!

Want to hear how things are coming along?  Listen to the sample below or play it on YouTube.

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No Animals Were Harmed

American Humane LogoAnother bonus to finally having picture lock is that we were able to send a copy of the film to the American Humane Association for approval.  We had American Humane rep Sharon Wagner on set monitoring all the animal action, so we didn’t think there’d be any surprises.  But then again, they might have seen our kitty cat dance video and been scandalized by the abuse that poor Stuffy suffered on set.  So we breathed a big sigh of relief today when we got an email from them approving our film and providing us with the coveted American Humane logo.  As animal lovers, we are proud to be able to display it in our credits. 

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Spot the Musician

Fred Story's Office at Concentrix MusicNow that we finally have picture lock, we drove up to Charlotte today to meet with Fred Story at Concentrix for our official spotting session for Saying Goodbye.  We watched the film with Fred and Anthony Fedele to make sure it was fresh in all of our minds.  Then we discussed sound design options with Anthony: where we wanted to hear the cat purr, when we wanted to hear sounds of chatter in the hallways, what pieces of dialog needed to be cleaned up, etc.  And since Rebecca Koon lives in Charlotte, she agreed to come to the the studio to redo a line of Alma’s dialog to compensate for one of the cut scenes

Then poor Fred was locked in a room with us for hours as we went through the movie scene-by-scene talking about the mood of the score for each one.  Since neither of us is very musically inclined, we relied on lots of adjectives to describe how we wanted each scene to feel, often sounding like overexcited thesauruses.  Fred would absorb what we said and then start talking about which instruments best captured those adjectives.  

It was a great collaboration with the three of us bouncing ideas off each other and seeing them improve as each person added their input.  We can’t wait to see what magic Fred makes with his music.