Hot, hot Havana Heat is here
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
As mentioned in last week's blog, a rather saucy love letter to
Books, 'Havana Heat' launches today!
To be the first to view the film (and get a little hot under the
collar) head over to the Good Books Vimeo channel
now but first, we have an exclusive Q&A with The Mill's
in-house directing duo mcbess and Simon, and creative director for
design Carl Addy.
What made you want to get involved in the Good Books
Simon: A really open brief that would let us express
Who from The Mill was involved in bringing this project to
Simon: Everyone played an equally important part.
I understand there were a couple of scripts on the table,
what made you choose this one?
Carl: We were presented with two scripts, this one and a Noir one.
We went with the Mills and Boon option as it was very different to
the Good Books film made last year by Buck. The script also leant
itself to the rude, juvenile sense of humour that mcbess and Simon
do so well!
Tell us something we wouldn't know about the final
Simon: A boobs-ride and penis eye were in the first
So you guys not only directed the film, but made the music
as well. Talk us through the musical curation?
Simon: I only play recorder.
mcbess: Well for the music we made two different songs based on
the same chord, one being more Cuban style with congas and
classical guitar; which was a real hoot because I played in a salsa
band for 15 years as a saxophonist so that brought me back a bit.
The other track is more 80's electro. Although I love Cuban music
this was a lot easier to do as I've been a house DJ for 15 years in
France. I'm also known as DJ MC, which confused a lot people but
made sense to me. Basically, the music was done with real
instruments… except for the ones that weren't real.
What were the highs and lows of the
Simon: There were many highs and no lows… This is the first
commercial project we have directed which is a true reflection of
who we are and our style of illustration and storytelling. We
worked with a small and very talented team at The Mill who made the
experience a lot of fun and the guys at String Theory who were a
joy to work with and who backed us to deliver the film we wanted to
What do you think of the Good Books organisation and work
Simon: They are a great company, doing a lot of good work for a
lot of people. Long may they continue.
What is your 'Good Book' recommendation?