It's a job, at the end of the day...
Originally conceived as a potential comic strip, Henchmen gestated in the mind of writer, Richard Reynolds, as a simple series of henchmen related observations concerning the kind of things they would complain about to their family and friends. Re-jigging the idea as a talking heads documentary for a twenty-four hour film contest, that ultimately went un-entered, the idea was pulled out of mothballs again as an intended quickie shoot before we got the ball rolling on Evening Exorcise.
The simple talking heads format meant that we could set up just once per shoot and use the rest of our energy working with the cast in a way that we've never had time to in the past. Supplied with a three-page script centred around the characters' job related moans, our three leads were encouraged to develop their take on the characters, then elaborate on their scripted dialogue as the camera rolled, we then threw in unscripted questions for the guys to answer.
This produced an infinitely fun way to work; the cast really pulling comedy gold out of the bag, making the separate shoots a laugh riot from beginning to end, which, unfortunately, caused more than a few takes to be ruined and left us with nearly three hours worth of footage to chisel down to less than fifteen minutes.
The assumption that the production would be a 'quickie' proved wholly inaccurate due to a few casting and post production issues that resulted in Henchmen being pound for pound our most drawn-out production schedule to date; but thanks to the participation and enthusiasm of Chris Shiel, Muj Shah and John Jeacock, we have put together our funniest short yet, which gave us plenty of opportunity to tryout new styles of narrative building editing, and the impetuous for some of Jordan Morris's most seamless FX work.