Pike’s Work to Manifest Itself on TV

6 Aug

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind Up Geek)

SpooksvilleThe trailer for Hub Network’s newest live action series Spooksville is available to view online. Based on the series of acclaimed children’s novels by Christopher Pike, the series was shot entirely on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Locations like the Duncan Curling Club, Craigdarroch Castle, Fisgard Lighthouse and Duncan city hall were all used as the backdrop for Springville, nicknamed by the locals as Spooksville. From Victoria to the Cowichan Valley, filming elsewhere could not have created the unique atmosphere needed for this comedy-adventure series.

Co-produced by Duncan’s Front Street Pictures and Jane Startz Productions, this family-friendly faire with a twist of weird revolves around the goings on in what appears to be a simple uninteresting town. But new kid Adam Freeman (Keean Johnson) discovers it is anything but. With his plucky pal Sally Wilcox (Katie Douglas) and pre-teen brainiac Watch Waverly (Nick Purcha), they have their hands full dealing with ghosts, witches and extraterrestrials. The series will premiere on the Hub Network in fall 2013.

Worst Day Ever at Air Canada enRoute Film Festival

And speaking of Spooksville, one of the actors involved, Jakob Davies, is starring in a short film as part of the 2013 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. In The Worst Day Ever Jakob plays Bernard, a child who suffers a string of unlucky incidents from the small to the life changing. Think of it as bearing similarities to Judith Viorst’s children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day but with a different level of terrible things that happen to Bernard. The film is directed by Simon Fraser University graduate Sophie Jarvis and stars Helen Camisa, Iris Paluly and Ingo Holst. You can watch and vote for the film here.

Munster Koach on Display

Until August 31st, the Huntington Beach Art Centre in Huntington Beach, California presents Kustom Kulture II, a look at Kustom cars, motorcycles, surf culture and related art. The Jewel of the exhibit is George Barris’ Munster Koach. George Barris is a legend in Kustom Kulture for creating the 1960’s Batmobile, Grandpa Munster’s Darg-u-la and the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty used in the 1966 TV series. Learn more here.

Ivy Young’s Demo Reel

Emily Tennant who plays the role of Ivy Young from the hit Canadian comedy series for kids, Mr. Young, has a new demo reel for 2013. For fans or future employers of Emily, you can view the reel of her work via Youtube here. Emily’s other credits include the TV movie Battle of the Bulbs (2010), Flicka 2 (2010), The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). Mr. Young is currently airing on YTV.

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