We’re moving swiftly on to what we got up to in May and June of this year… We’ve nearly caught up with ourselves!
May began with our first Murder Mystery at Pittodrie House Hotel. We performed ‘Murder at the Manor’ and had an absolute blast! We even found a book that was creepily accurate for our ‘Upton Manor’ setting. We also had our first two events at Norwood Hall Hotel. The first was a private party of Norwegians who had requested a very Scottish Murder Mystery and that’s exactly what they got! ‘The Kilted Killing’ went down a treat and they’ve been recommending us since – we’ve got another Norwegian group party in November! The very next night we performed in our first public event at Norwood in ‘Heartbreak Hotel: Check in for Murder!’ This one was set in the 1950s and was great fun to be part of. We’re excited to get back to Norwood sometime soon for another great night.
Our first filming gig in May was Survival 2016. We were back with MC and friends at the Beach Ballroom for another day of dance, rap and stuff that’s way too cool for us! We were made to feel very welcome yet again and had a great day.
Another filming project for May was a non-work related video. This one was a birthday present for Alison’s big brother Colin. Two years ago when he celebrated his 30th birthday, he was given a session in a recording studio. He finally used the voucher this year and so we decided to make him a music video to go along with it. Most definitely the most fun video we’ve ever made – the pure joy that jumps out of the screen will make you smile and you won’t be able to stop!
Then we hit June. And what a month that was! We spent most of the time in various different schools running workshops and filming performances. We were asked to film the Graduations at Summers Nursery (caps and gowns and everything – so cute!) and we returned to Strathburn School to film the Primary Seven’s performance of ‘The Lemonade Kid’, which was a great show full of catchy songs and loads of enthusiasm!
We were also invited to Monymusk school for a couple of days to run a filmmaking workshop and to assist the Primary Five class in interviewing members of the community who had lived in different countries. This was a really lovely experience for us and the pupils picked up filming and editing skills so quickly – we’ll be out of a job soon enough. The same could be said for the pupils at Meethill Primary School in Peterhead. We spent a week with a group of pupils making a video to showcase the school, which took the form of an alien crash landing in the playground and being shown around. It was a brilliant week which was jam packed with all kinds of filming and editing tricks including GoPros, Green Screens and lots of special effects. The final product was a cracking wee video that the pupils should be really proud of – I know we are!
During the week of workshops with Meethill Primary, we also jetted off to Stonehaven (!) to film Ma Simpson’s production of Fame (try not to sing the title track in your head!). The place was packed and the audience had a brilliant time. We’re just about ready to send off their finished DVDs, so we hope the cast like what they see!
We also embarked on a film project with the Aberdeen International Youth Festival as part of their launch this year. In June we filmed their official launch and then we filmed some more in July… More about that next time!
Before long, we were back at Pittodrie House Hotel for ‘Murder at the Manor’ take two! Again, we had a brilliant time and the staff were so helpful and friendly. And some of the costumes the guests wore were amazing – there could have been so many winners for the ‘best dressed’ prize! We got our very first ‘all in’ selfie with the guests at this event, so you can see how amazing they all looked – and this was at the end of the night!!
That’s all for now. We’ll be chatting tours, festivals and yet more murder next time!