The Making of a Parody: Behind the Scenes With Hillywood

We’ve had the opportunity to get to know the whole crew over at The Hillywood Show. The work that they put into their parodies is amazing, with attention to detail that is second to none. We’ve actually seen them discussing how the buttons on a certain costume had to be adjusted to be exactly right.

Because the production value of their videos is so high, people aren’t often aware of a number of things:

  • The Hillywood Show isn’t funded or sponsored by any organization. Anything they do comes out of their own pockets. Their chief source of fundraising is the tee shirts, photos, etc. that they sell on the convention circuit.
  • They do everything with ONE… that’s right…ONE camera. So all those varied camera angles you see in their videos are the result of multiple takes since they can only shoot one angle at a time.
  • Hannah does most of the directing and shooting when not appearing in videos ( Papa Hillywood takes over camera duties when Hannah and Hillary are on screen at the same time). Hillary does most of the editing. They don’t have a huge post production studio. They have a MAC.
  • Their costumes are designed and made by their grandmother(who has worked for years in the costume departments for Las Vegas casinos) and recently John Henson( the Twilight costume collector) has also helped with the designs.
  • All performers in their videos are volunteers. They are not paid an appearance fee for their services. Their crew consists of Hannah, Hillary, Mom Hillywood, Dad Hillywood, Grandma Hillywood with sometimes assistance of family friends like Drew. That’s it! There is no large staff. For the most part it is a two person operation taking care of most of the details.
  • Many of the locations they use are the result of people allowing them to film their for free because they believe in their work.
  • So please check out this behind the scenes look at what the Eclipse parody was like at the Caesar’s Palace location. In the first video they battle heat and wigs that won’t stay put. The second is our favorite as the crew battles wind and a fog machine that won’t cooperate!

    The Hillywood Show Spoofs The Vampire Diaries

    The Hillywood Show just did a Vampire Diaries parody.

    The Hillywood Show has a some filming facts, photos, and an interview up on their website. Judging by our forum discussion, there are a ton of Twilight fans that cross over into the Vampire Diaries fandom. Are you a Vampire Diaries fan? What did you think of the parody?

    Quileuete Wolfpack:Behind the Scenes at Hillywood’s Wolfpack Eclipse Parody Shoot

    This is kind of like a Mystery Science Theatre meets pop-up video rendition.

    The Hillywood Show Releases The Runaways Outtakes and Bloopers Reel

    Behind the Scenes With Hillywood: the Meadow Shoot

    His Golden Eyes was on set with Hillywood in Forks where they have behind the scenes footage.

    Eclipse Parody Reaction Video Prize Revealed

    Remember that Hillywood wants your reaction video to their Eclipse parody. John Henson, one of their costume designers, made a video talk about the prize. Also check out John’s very cool website!

    Edward’s Meadow Launches Final Hillywood Interview

    Don’t forget to watch the Hillywood parody

    We also just heard from the Artists on Demand show. They wrote in to say, ” The Hillywood Show is coming on our radio show this Thursday. Hannah and Hilly are returning to Artists On Demand on Thursday, November 18th to promote their new Eclipse Parody that was just released and talk about the Conventions. It is set for 9:30 pm EST and they will be taking fan calls.”

    Hillywood Releases Eclipse Parody: Two Words…SHEER GENIUS!

    BEFORE YOU WATCH! Hillywood wants your first time reaction videos. So record yourself on a webcam, flip vid, whatever and send it to them. It’s a contest with details here.

    Happy Halloween Hillywood Style

    Happy Halloween

    Over the years Hillywood has made a bunch of Halloween videos, we thought we’d feature them today.

    2010-A Hillywood Flashback (can’t imagine what ever gave Hannah and Hillary the idea that dressing up as boys for Jack Sparrow videos might be fun)

    Hillyween-2009 (Hillary’s lack of love of gushy things)

    Hillyween-2008 (This was before they knew anything about Twilight…can you imagine roughly two and a half weeks later their next inspiration popped up!)

    Blast Magazine also just did an interview with the girls. Check it out!

    Novel Novice Interviews The Hillywood Show

    Novel Novice interviewed The Hillywood Show cast members at the Portland Twilight convention. We can’t wait until their next parody, the Eclipse one, goes up!

    Novel Novice also has some of the best wallpapers and desktop calendars going, so if you have never checked out their site, now is the time to do it!