The Christmas Caper 2004 is done

Ready for the latest installment?  This year’s movie is a bit of a departure as the kids of Townsville are attacked by a Very Scary Monster with his Very Scary Tooth!

What will they do?  Will they survive?  Check it out on our movie page here  and then come back and read the rest of this article as it will make more sense once you’ve seen the movie.

We had a lot of fun making this one and a lot of help.  We had cameos from the Perrymans, the Kellys and my good friend Tony Smith who nailed the Pizza Guy.  A special thanks to the Cobbs family who owns a Dominos Pizza in VA and let us borrow the hat and shirt.

The premise for this movie comes from a series of stories I used to tell the kids at bedtime called the Very Scary Snowman.  They wanted a scary story but not that scary so to make it a bit more fun in those tense moments, the Snowman had a very large and scary tooth…and a lisp.  When the snowman would announce his intentions and who he was, he would say, "I’m the very scary snowman and I’m going to get you with my very scary tooth." and tooth would come out toofffffff and the kids would laugh, albeit a bit nervously.  

When we were discussing the movie ideas for this year I brought up this old story idea and the kids loved it.  The only problem was that we didn’t have a snowman costume.   I looked online and to obtain a good one was going to cost and arm and a leg.  It was then that Mitchell mentioned that we could use his Halloween costume and just change the antagonist to the Very Scary Monster.  $450 saved and we were off to the shoot.

If you look closely you’ll notice a few Snowman references because the kids and I just couldn’t get it out of our heads.  I was going to reshoot but thought it would be more interesting to leave it in.

Please remember to let us know what you thought of the movie via the comments.  The family put a lot of work into this and the kids would love to hear what you have to say.

Have a wonderful Christmas season!

-Brian

Caper 2004 wrapping up production

We’re getting closer…

And it will be here in no time. We’ll have some production stills up as soon as we can. We’ve had cameos from friends and we hope they don’t all end up on the cutting room floor.

-Brian

Breakfast with Santa

We had our yearly adventure to have breakfast with Santa and as always it was a great time.

Our friends the Dunleavy’s have invited us to breakfast with Santa for the last couple years (I think they enjoy watching us go insane keeping up with everyone) and its always wonderful. This year we had four Families and 15 kids (yes almost half were ours).

The kids enjoyed getting to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas and making fresh waffles. Ok, so Dad made all the waffles but they did get to eat fresh waffles.

After the food it was off to the gingerbread man table where the kids decorated their own gingerbread cookies with frosting and hundreds of candies. Just what they’ll need right before bed tonight.

Then it was off to the hot chocolate table for a treat and some marshmallows on the side. Mary showed them how to break up candy canes and mix them with the hot chocolate for an extra special treat.

All in all it was great time and we hope to do it again next year…but right now I need a nap just thinking about how much work it was.

If you want to see a few picts from the event…we have some here .

-Brian

We’ve started the Caper 2004!

Shooting began on our latest caper this past weekend with the sun shining brightly and blue sky everywhere. The cast and crew got down to work but were a little groggy as they recovered from a wonderful but filling Thanksgiving at the Kelly’s. 

We started filming our location footage and even had a few guest cameos, some planned and some on the spot. We’re off to a great start and hope to have shooting wrapped up in the next two weeks so I can get down to editing. Stay tuned for a sneak preview coming soon but until then, here is a little tickler…

In this year’s Caper the kids are up to their eyeballs in another mystery and they need your help. You need to keep your eyes and ears open to help them escape the Very Scary Monster.

And if you haven’t yet experienced the caper series, you can check them out in our Media Gallery along with our other movies.

-Brian

Doerrstomp

Our first song is here!

In case you have not heard it yet, here it is. It was a lot of fun and very simple to do with the GarageBand software that is part of iLife from Apple.

You can check the software out here . I expect songs from all of you shortly.

You can get to the song from the Media Gallery section of doerrstop.com.

Movie Ideas

What crazy caper or adventure do you want to see the kids tackle next?

We’re are always in the process of preparing for another caper and would love to get story ideas from fans of the series. Ideas can be simple or completely fleshed out but must include enough characters/ideas for each member of our family.

Idea selection is based on a number of criteria including but not limited to story length, sets, costumes, special effects and a good part for Dad. Okay, maybe not the last one but the rest are pretty important as we try to keep these things from taking up too much time and resources.

So what’s in it for you aside from the knowledge that you are part of the Doerrstop Pictures family?

If your idea is selected you will receive billing in the credits so you can show off your contribution to all of your friends. I know a lot of you are closet writers and would love to utilize our talented cast to win you your first oscar.

But thats not all… you will also receive very own original high-quality finished movie with a special message from the cast and crew.

But wait there’s more…for your final gift you will receive a signed cast photo suitable for framing (or just putting on your fridge). You never know it could be worth millions on ebay!

So click on the comments link below and give us all the scoop. We’re all awaiting your great ideas.

-bd

Guestbook

Click on the comments link below this entry and let us know that you were here and what you thought. If there is something you would like to see you can let us know that too.

-bd