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Immersed in Movies: Adam Green Talks Animating ‘Holliston’

Immersed in Movies: Adam Green Talks Animating 'Holliston'

Next Tuesday, the Holliston horror-com series on FEARnet gets animated for the first time with a riff on Scooby-Doo titled “Blobby.” I spoke with director Adam Green about working with Six Point Harness (El Tigre) and pushing the envelope for this Wayne’s World meets Saw sitcom in its second season about a pair of would-be filmmakers (Green and Joe Lynch) running a cable-access station in Green’s small hometown of Holliston, Mass.

“When coming up with the idea of Laura [Laura Ortiz] playing with paint and creating a blob, we started joking about destroying the town, but of course we couldn’t do that with a sitcom,” Green recalls. “But we could if it was animated. We approached Six Point and they immediately liked the idea on riffing on Hanna-Barbera and Scooby-Doo.”

Six Point used its usual combination of 2D and Flash but got a head start by doing rough animation for the interior set and wardrobe. “At first, Six Point resisted coming up with animation that purposely looks bad,” Green suggests. “We convinced them that it was just a rudimentary style we were after and they were fine with it.”

The caricatures of the cast, which also includes Corri English as aspiring country singer Corri and Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) as cross-dressing rocker Lance Rockett, was a hoot, according to Green.

“I thought it was hilarious but to the rest of the cast it was a little shocking,” adds Green, who’s also directed the Hatchet theatrical trilogy. “They would gravitate toward a certain trait: For Dee, they started with his very specific nose; for Corri, we made her boobs ridiculously huge because throughout the season we’re always making fun of her boobs; for Laura it was about the eyes; and for Joe it was about the strong chin.”

Green found the animation liberating because they could venture into the town and do some sci-fi mayhem. “We had mass explosions and destruction and this giant blob in an alien spaceship. I think it’s the only time we’d be able to do anything remotely close to that on a show like this. I’ve done animation before with the Chiodo Brothers on Winter Tales, which was Rankin/Bass-style claymation. I don’t get to do it very often and enjoyed it.”

“It was really cool because instead of recording everything separately in a recording booth, which you would normally do, we set up microphones in the rehearsal space and stood there and acted everything out together. I think it makes a difference in the performances in the actual episode where it seems like everyone really is together.”

But Green had to get used to the idea of doing the sound design first, envisioning footsteps, explosions, and the roar of blobby before sitting down and discussing the animation with Six Point. Sometimes Six Point threw in additional animation that required sound effects, such as blobby eating a woman’s dog and then the woman behind celebrity reporter Michael Caine, voiced by Green’s friend, famed impersonator Kevin Barbare.

“He sent me the lines as Morgan Freeman, Don Pardo, Michael Caine. And when we heard the Michael Caine one it was so random that we thought, ‘Of course, Michael Caine!’ It only could’ve been impersonated in animation.”

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