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Monday, August 8, 2011

TEAM 12.2: The Double Double-Cross of the Dorchester Diamond (2011)

When I finished the first TEAM 12 movie (here) I had lots of people tell me I should make a sequel. I told them they were all nuts because doing it again might very well give me a heart attack – the process of directing 12 kids within a limited time frame is very stressful. Well a year went by and here I am premiering the sequel. Time heals all wounds. Obviously I love doing this stuff or I wouldn't be doing it.

We shot TEAM 12.2 on July 10th, exactly a year to the day we filmed the first TEAM 12 (ElaineFifi Von Vixen – brought that to my attention). Again, it was stressful wrangling the kids. Forget about continuity between shots, the order in which the kids are standing changes from scene to scene. But they were all into reprising their roles and I believe they had fun, even though the script I wrote was overly ambitious for a days shoot. I tend to do that.

There are a few surprises in this episode. Among them, you'll find out how Drop Kick and Death From Below got their names and we introduce a new villain, played by Dave Jemmott. Dave would've been in the first TEAM 12 movie, but he had to work. (Dave and Elaine were dating at the time, now they're married, note her name change.) It turned out for the better though, because Dave nails the role of Sir Charles Billingsworth.

The part I get the most satisfaction from editing the TEAM 12 movies is choosing the music. I have a rather large collection of movie soundtracks and library music from the '60s and '70s, so getting the chance to dip into it is fun. I love finding the right piece of music that punctuates actions within a scene, as if it was scored specifically for it. (The photo on the right is The Death From Below Singers.)

I hope you all enjoy TEAM 12.2: The Double Double-Cross of the Dorchester Diamond. I already have an idea for TEAM 12.3. Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment.


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