By 2015, Hutchings' notions of making Thingys rather than films, had taken him away from traditional film and TV production towards more immediate and tactile methods of manifesting his daydreams and storytelling. To follow-up Django Away!, Hutchings simply continued filming sequences featuring his comedy character for another feature-length Thingy.
Thingyfesto, serialised here into a blog, is the product of Hutchings' seven years of filmmaking-trial-and-error experience. Part filmmaking manifesto and part comedy tie-in book, Thingyfesto is comprised of the 10 tongue-in-cheek filmmaking principals he has discovered as he made his first two Thingys.
Thingyfesto is a book for anyone interested in the creative impulse of filmmaking. Whether you are starting out or already established, Hugh Moir has managed to capture many practical and helpful tips and tricks from Hutchings' methods with a focus on the importance of considering why we should press record in the first place.
"A Walter Mitty for the digital age in a comedy kaleidoscope of imagination."
Co-Director, N-Life Network.
"A totally self-produced, visionary work by the
ironical and multi-talented Daniel Hutchings.
Freelance Giggle-oh is a richly structured
comical mix of eccentric characters
that winks at Monty Python."