Our first day of shooting “The Schiller Guide” was a dizzy little whirl. We had aimed to conquer 29 scenes, completed 28 of them amazingly, somehow – but then realized soon enough we’d probably face some re-shooting down the road.
But C’est la vie for Le Factory.
Having skipped wardrobe and hair tests for this project, mostly we were relieved to have successfully created the JC Penny catalog circa-1979 look we had been working toward for all 4 of our leading ladies. When a girl makes us giggle in her get-up, then we know we’re on the right track and our first day of filming was “fulla giggles”.
For Tina the key was tinted eye-glasses (wait ’til you see)! For JoEllen, it commonly was a pair of Mindy Cohn-ish barrettes. Allison’s brand new bangs were hot ‘n hip for 2007 and yet oh-so perfect for ‘79 as well. And Lizzie’s lush locks were straightened Brady-Girl style, and her collection of high-waisted mom slacks were instant MVPs.
So now, get this: In our nearly two decades of mini-moviemaking the Factory Friends had never employed the use of cue cards for any of their productions until now!
The crew banded solidly together to guide Lady Lizzie valiantly through her on-screen reading of her lines that we needed stilted seeming – yet cutely charming.
Leave it to Lizzie, of course. Her stilted was some of the most charming we’ve seriously ever had.
So this 12th video of ours was intended as a simple mini-movie (aren’t they all?), but we knew it had blossomed into something a bit more substantial when we realized the film was going to require 69 different outfits! That’s gotta be some sort of Factory record.
We dove deep into our Candy Eye Costume Closet to complete the mission and will be presenting on-screen, at last, some fabulous pieces that have been sitting around in our fashion stashes before the Factory was ever even officially founded. Get ready for your close-up, purple wool bell-bottoms!
Aside from costumes, one of our main pre-production missions was to decide how to shoot the project in order to give it an Instructional Video-looking rawness, without losing the polished sheen we coat our creations with usually. The magical solution seems to be shooting at a 1/30 shutter speed, in case you care.
Aside from that we’re discovering pumpkin-orange bedsheets as backdrops and swarms of silly 70s eyeglasses will be “crucial-crucial pieces”, as the trashy Mallory would say, in turning this ‘lil video into a big ol’ winner.
Remember the Mystery Movie we announced way back in July that we’d be shooting throughout the fall and documenting via our blog? Obviously that project was sidelined and all that remains of that dream is a trio of happy-colored hats our heroines would’ve worn in the epic film.
But out of the ashes of that ill-fated film rises our latest flick we’ll call The Schiller Guide for now. We’ve booked all three of the Mallorys girls to appear in the piece, while Lady Jo will make her triumphant return to the big screen as the 4th member of our all-female cast.
Let’s cut to the chase, though. What in the world will our Candy Eye cuties be wearing in The Factory’s 12th film? Our thrifting adventures focused around scoring some killer culottes, at least one prairie jacket, and a collection of turtlenecks we plan on pairing with anything and everything.
It sounds a bit pedestrian, perhaps, but cross our hearts, there’s tons of glamour, gorgeousness, silliness and sexiness waiting in the wings as well. (Plus our trademark sunglasses and a hat that lights up.) Come back and see for yourself over the next few weeks!
After a series of false-starts, The Factory is now thankfully back on track in getting its next major project up and running.
Earlier in the summer, various films about Japanese telethons, 1960s girl groups, and vending machine treasures were developed to varying states of completion, but none of the concepts quite carried that special Candy Eye spark – so, sadly, the ideas were all discarded.
Echoes of these ideas may pop up in future Factory films someday, but for now the Candy Eye Kids have settled on an entirely different concept for its highly anticipated 12th movie.
We can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet with any major details regarding theme or plot – but we plan on stashing the Candy Eye closet with cropped knickers, colored felt hats, and a vintage typewriter when the time comes to shop for the film’s wardrobe and props!
This mysterious 12th film will be the first Factory production our film-fans will be able to track all the way through, from conception to completion – thanks to our trusty new blog, here.
So check back constantly to watch us work our movie magic over the coming, crazy months!
After three painful months, William has emerged from the editing room at last. And so our eleventh featurette is now complete! We didn’t title it Discretion after all, and we didn’t title it Risks either.
The piece will now and forever be known as Tape Eleven but, unfortunately, we’ll be keeping it locked up in the Candy Eye vaults for most of the year.
Tape Eleven must patiently wait for its moment in the spotlight because first we will be unleashing Factory film ten, The Epicene, onto filmy fests around the world.
The official Epicene page will launch on our website shortly. A few behind the scenes secrets before then:
– We didn’t so much direct our actors as simply whisper the words Gesso or Oceans from behind the camera before each take to set them into character. (Honestly though, that was all that was required.)
– Candy Eye’s tradition of abusing leading lady Tina T. with obnoxiously dark eyebrow pencil reached new limits in the film’s three press conference scenes. (We’ve maybe learned our lesson on that front now.)
– Belts make good necklaces and…
– Necklaces make nice belts. In movies, at least.
– And lastly, the key to a hot on-screen hermaphrodite is super soft focus, billowing Hiawatha-style hair, and slow sullen blinks.
Come to think of it, the key to any Candy Eye scene probably includes a few slow, sullen blinks. Right?
So here’s the latest on our latest.
The mini-flick we shot last summer has finally been edited down to a 4 minute rough cut. Though the narrative of the piece is currently a tad too murky, The Factory is alarmingly adept at plunking Tina T into dark basements and forming full-fledged movies out of it. We’ve sorta been doing that since the 1980s. Weirdly.
So, just what sort of underground trouble does La Tina find herself in this time around? For now, our lips are still sealed.
Stay tuned though…
Having finally come down from our fancy festival high, it’s back to the business of actually making movies. After five months in limbo we’re finally sorting out our 11th Candy Eye offering – a bite sized film we suddenly stumbled into shooting late last August.
Leading lady Tina T’s summer tan was then at its apex and, in re-watching our summer footage, we’re totally tickled at what a bronze-a-licious bombshell she’d become. Sophia Loren, watch your back!
Much of our new movie was shot on a Fisher Price PixelVision camera, which is quite a coincidence, since, back when JoEllen and I were child models, we actually appeared on the packaging of the PixelVision camera! See below.
Weren’t we cute ‘n cool?
I wish that yellow shirt still fit me.
Anyways…We’ll be tracking the post-production progress on this new smoky, sly film of ours in the coming months, so stay tuned. We’re maybe gonna title the piece:
-10th & 4th
Or something else entirely.
We’ll text message you the second we decide!