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A mesmerizing game of haunted places, creepy encounters and mind-bending puzzles to challenge the player as a compelling story unfolds.
A mesmerizing game of haunted places, creepy encounters and mind-bending puzzles to challenge the player as a compelling story unfolds.
A mesmerizing game of haunted places, creepy encounters and mind-bending puzzles to challenge the player as a compelling story unfolds.
1,199 backers pledged $60,266 to help bring this project to life.

Filming is complete! Shots from the set!

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 STAUF RETURNS!

What a weekend!  The cast and crew put in 42 hours over 4 days, including a couple marathon 13 and 14 hour sessions.  Lot of work, but so much fun!  It was such a surreal, amazing experience.  The cast put in some fantastic performances, and I can't wait to put those scenes in the game.

Robert Hirschboeck flew in to reprise his role as Henry Stauf!  Rob was simply amazing to work with.  He's a great guy - kind, generous, and fairly humble.  On first impression, it's hard to imagine him playing the villainous Henry Stauf, but once he's on the stage, he just instantly assumes the persona of old Uncle Henry.  It was incredible to see and experience.  Naturally, Rob put on a simply phenomenal performance that ran chills up my spine!  It was great meeting him, working with him, and hanging out with him after hours, and I'm truly sad the weekend went by so fast!

We had 4 backers visiting the set, from Connecticut to Michigan, Texas and even the Netherlands.  Meeting them and sharing stories about the original games was really great.  I think they truly enjoyed meeting the cast and crew, seeing how scenes were filmed, and getting a little background info on the plot and characters.  Hopefully we didn't spoil too much of the game for them!

The 13th Doll team is spread throughout the country - even the world. We communicate on Skype and via email or facebook - the majority of the team I've never met in person! I finally got to meet Shane Hunt, one of our 3d modelers, who flew in to help with filming.  He also did some work on the asylum models while the backers looked on.  Sometimes they offered suggestions for easter eggs here and there, so those should be pretty fun to see. 

Shane brought some gear along that proved invaluable, including a full size IPad that we used as a teleprompter for some of the scenes with lengthy dialogue.

We filmed 20 different actors over the weekend, and made it through both Tad and Richmond's scripts completely.  I don't want to spoil too much, but the pictures speak for themselves:

Props!
Props!
The Crew with Stauf! L to R: Jared Jewell, Ryan HoltKamp, Peder Goodman, Shane Hunt
The Crew with Stauf! L to R: Jared Jewell, Ryan HoltKamp, Peder Goodman, Shane Hunt
Director Peder Goodman with the doctors! - Ben Rollins as Dr. Thornfield and Mathias Blake as Dr. Richmond
Director Peder Goodman with the doctors! - Ben Rollins as Dr. Thornfield and Mathias Blake as Dr. Richmond
The Woman in White returns...
The Woman in White returns...
Joking around with Julia-Kaye Rohlf as she reads voiceovers for The Woman In White
Joking around with Julia-Kaye Rohlf as she reads voiceovers for The Woman In White
Hunter Menken records voiceovers as Tad Gorman
Hunter Menken records voiceovers as Tad Gorman
Hunter and Julia review their lines between takes
Hunter and Julia review their lines between takes
Looks like someone's found some trouble...
Looks like someone's found some trouble...
Robert Hirschboeck as Henry Stauf
Robert Hirschboeck as Henry Stauf
Hirschboeck with Isabel Cody rehearsing a scene with the mysterious 13th doll...
Hirschboeck with Isabel Cody rehearsing a scene with the mysterious 13th doll...
Stauf hovers over The Woman in White during a pivotal scene...
Stauf hovers over The Woman in White during a pivotal scene...
Hirschboeck signing autographs!
Hirschboeck signing autographs!
It's a wrap!  Filming is complete!
It's a wrap! Filming is complete!

 The 7th Guest was a diverse game, filled with exploration, mystery, puzzles, horror, an abstract story, and a wonderful soundtrack.  Of course I'm a bit biased, but I think The 13th Doll very much includes all of those and more, and I think it will really resonate with the core audience, while appealing to a new generation of gamers as well.  I'm so proud of the work we've done, and I'm very grateful for everyone who helped this thing happen.

Filming, proved to be the most complex and challenging task in the development of the game - by a long shot.  I truly have to thank Peder Goodman, who directed filming, cast the game, found an amazing costumer (Erica Cole) to bring the characters to life, scheduled actors and broke down the complex script into manageable filming sessions, sourced all the gear we needed, from lights to cameras to cranes and microphones and booms and recording equipment and the filming location itself.  I can honestly say that without Peder's help, this project would likely have never gotten finished.  It's truly been an honor working with him, and I owe him a sincere debt of gratitude for all the work he's done.  His passion, perseverence, and dedication are simply incredible.  Should you ever meet this man in person, please buy him a beer. ;)

Although filming is finished, there's still a long road ahead of us!  We captured over 600 Gb of footage!  We'll have to sort through a variety of takes, mask out the greenscreen, then add in FX and composite the scenes into the game.  This is likely hundreds of hours of work. 

So... a release date is still pretty far off in the horizon, but the good news is that the hard part is behind us.  

I'll keep you posted on our progress, and hopefully we'll put together a teaser trailer or two so you can see some of the footage we've captured.  Should be a lot of fun.  As always, thank you for supporting us!

~RHK

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    1. Raphael S. Neto on

      One of the best updates I've ever read on a backed project, wish I could've been there as well =~~~~

    2. Rob Hirschboeck on

      Baaaacccckkkkk ~ In Oregon, and 'Feeeelinnngg Looonneelllly...' Had a wonderful time working with Ryan, Peder, Shane, Erica and the crew. Also loved and want to send a shout out to Mathias, Hunter, Julia, and Isabel (... and Dear Guests, she's gonna' knock your socks off as particularly 'nasty' inhabitant of The HOUSE...) All of you were terrific to work with and hope we'll meet at some point again to celebrate a successful project. My Best to All ~ RH

      A PS for Mathias; found this link of particularly lovely Shakespeare monologues I think you might enjoy as you head off to the Stage: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/series/shakespeare-solos

    3. June
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      Now I'm regretting not springing for the artbook! The photos from behind-the-scenes looks like it was a fun experience for everybody. Thanks for updating us!

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      Aaron Carpenter on

      Brilliant work. What a dev team! What a script! What great actors! And what fabulous dedication by all! The past is the future, and the future is Stauf!

    5. Ryan Brady-Toomey on

      What a great update! I know it's a ways off, but I am so excited for this game! Keep up the excellent work :)

    6. Kenna
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      Brilliant! I'm totally jealous of you watching the master at work! It's a hard wait, but I know it will be totally worth it!

    7. Qaantar
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      Awesome stuff guys, thanks for the update, and congratulations on getting one of the more challenges parts completed!!