2012 to 2015






Hugh Moir

At the end of 2012, Daniel Hutchings set out to make a zero-budget movie starring his Freelance Giggle-oh stage persona in an adventure of storytelling. With his costume on, his script in hand and an eye on his camera's viewfinder, Hutchings simply began filming.

The more he filmed, the larger his cast and crew grew, made up of professionals inspired by the story and friends inspired by the filming, all of which helped make the film for the sheer fun of it....or to perhaps make Dan go away! (Get it?) The result is an experimentation of the cinematic form and the genre of comedy in a portrait of an individual following where their ideas lead them whether it's a good idea for not. 

In this book, serialised here into a blog, Hugh Moir takes an in-depth look at Hutchings' first "Thingy" and explores how the film was made on a zero budget as well as illuminating the film's visual vocabulary. In interviews, Hutchings discusses the evolution of Django Away! and the development of his comedic voice on the context of his career to date: from his web-series Hutchings' Half Minute, through his web-com pilot/Django Prologue Hutchings' Half Hour and his test drive of Tarantino inspired comedy in 'Allo ' Allo Basterds, to Django Away! and beyond. Moir also includes interviews with some of the Django Away! cast, on-set stills, diagrams, equasions, and visual essays as well as Hutchings' own script used during production. With all this, Moir helps illuminate the effort, vision, ideas, humour and work that went into the film in an attempt to understand it on it own terms. 

Between Laughter & Failure is for anyone interested in how making stuff leads to stuff being made and all the fulfilment that comes with it.

"A real achievement to make something like that
on a micro-budget. I take my hat off to him!"

 Paul Frift

Producer of Doctor Who

"Django Away! is really well shot. Some of
Hutchings' framing choices are excellent."

 Ryan Lambie

Author & Editor at Den of Geek


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