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Gothtober Awards 2020

by on Nov.01, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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Thus, Gothtober is proud to present the VERY FIRST Gothtober Awards, featuring the coveted Citrouille d’Or!!!! We are pleased and proud to present the following categories and the winner for each for Gothtober 2020.

Citrouille d’Or – Golden Pumpkin – Best Gothtober Piece
Le Globe Oculaire Flottant – Best VFX or technical piece
Prix Countess Vampiress Innovante – Innovative and audacious works
Prix Lugosi – Best Acting
Queer Goth Palm – Best LGBTQ+ related work
Helen Hill Romance Activist Award – Sweetest or most Romantic piece
CraftNight Award – Best craft project + download
Panushka d’Or – Best Animation or Puppetry
Gothtober Lifetime Achievement Award – for longstanding Gothtober participants through the years

Citrouille d’Or – Golden Pumpkin for Best Gothtober Piece
DAY 31 – Lisa McNeely for Full Moon Rising
Stephen McNeely as Satan, Lisa McNeely as Spittle
Director of Photography – Zachariah Dalton, Editor and Special FX – Nina McNeely

Prix Countess Vampiress Innovante – Innovative and audacious works
DAY 19 – Asher Slasher for the first ever ASMR piece Gothtober has ever seen!

Le Globe Oculaire Flottant Best VFX or technical piece
DAY 31 – Lisa McNeely for Full Moon Rising
Stephen McNeely as Satan, Lisa McNeely as Spittle
Director of Photography – Zachariah Dalton, Editor and VFX – Nina McNeely

Prix Lugosi – Best Acting
DAY 17 – Dominique Dibbell for acting with HERSELF and having us believe she’s 4 different people!

Queer Goth Palm – Best LGBTQ+ related work
DAY 27 – The Witchy Witches for SelfCare TimeOut Quaran-Ween Guided Meditation
Ian MacKinnon, Travis Wood, and Mystery Witch!

Helen Hill Romance Activist Award – Sweetest or most Romantic piece
DAY 3 – Ollie Paige Linden – for original illustration of two kitties under the desert moon

CraftNight Award – Best craft project + download
DAY 21 – Federico Tobon aka Wolfcat Workshop for his lovingly complex and kickass pop-up moving card download! Print it! Make it!

Panushka d’Or – Best Animation or Puppetry
DAY 10 – Sibyl O’Malley for Love and Hate in the Time of Covid
Tom Moose – Music

Gothtober LifeTime Achievement Award – To DAY 23, Jenny Walsh, who has participated in SEVENTEEN consecutive Gothtober Calendars, making her the most seasoned Gothtober Artists in existence! THANK YOU, JENNY!!!!


I am a thousand pumpkins grateful for every last bit of effort that’s been given in the name of The Gothtober Countdown Calendar. Every participant gets treats in the mail, and a party (when we’re not having a worldwide pandemic) and perhaps the feeling of achievement of doing a thing. Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you in 2021!

In lieu of not having a whole lot of preparation for this prestigious festival, the judges are the creator of Gothtober, Julianna Parr, (that’s me) and her trusty science officer, Cristin Pescosolido, both of whom have pieces in Gothtober and are disqualified from consideration. We expect to have a larger panel of judges next year, so get ready!

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Day 17 with the Bordens by: Dominique Dibbell

by on Oct.16, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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A “making of” photo from The Bordens in Pandemic

As you know, we LOVE films made on location, and this is one film but MANY personas, all portrayed by Dominique Dibbell! We’ve never seen a person play an entire family before, and hats off to Dom, she (all of her many characters) nailed it! Here are some questions she answered for Gothtober about how she made her film:

Who was the ketchup wrangler?
Johary was ketchup wrangler. We had one shot at this, and I laughed. Oh well. 
Also, after shooting, I threw the shirt in the garbage. A few days later when I reviewed the footage, I realized we missed a few shots, so I had to fish the shirt out of the garbage and clean all the ketchup out. I now know how to remove ketchup stains.

Were there any concerned locals watching you run down the street covered in ketchup? 
The only people on the street were a neighbor teen and his friends who were working on a car. This is the bad teen who’s had the cops to the house a few times, so he didn’t bat an eye.

 Where was this filmed?
Filmed at our house.

Who’s axe?!? (very nice quality) 
The axe is ours, of course. We camp!

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Day 17 with the Bordens by: Dominique Dibbell

by on Oct.16, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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A “making of” photo from The Bordens in Pandemic

As you know, we LOVE films made on location, and this is one film but MANY personas, all portrayed by Dominique Dibbell! We’ve never seen a person play an entire family before, and hats off to Dom, she (all of her many characters) nailed it! Here are some questions she answered for Gothtober about how she made her film:

Who was the ketchup wrangler?
Johary was ketchup wrangler. We had one shot at this, and I laughed. Oh well. 
Also, after shooting, I threw the shirt in the garbage. A few days later when I reviewed the footage, I realized we missed a few shots, so I had to fish the shirt out of the garbage and clean all the ketchup out. I now know how to remove ketchup stains.

Were there any concerned locals watching you run down the street covered in ketchup? 
The only people on the street were a neighbor teen and his friends who were working on a car. This is the bad teen who’s had the cops to the house a few times, so he didn’t bat an eye.

 Where was this filmed?
Filmed at our house.

Who’s axe?!? (very nice quality) 
The axe is ours, of course. We camp!

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Creepy Day 16 with Anne Yatco!

by on Oct.15, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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Do you hear the song Ring Around the Rosie in the background? Oh… yes. How unsettling.
Enjoy this extra eerie moment with Anne Yatco!

FUN FACTS
1.) It took her about 40 minutes to do her makeup
2.) She shot her film in her apartment (her husband Zach was gracious enough to be her DP).
3.) And as for the title of the film, yes, it’s meant to refer to the Spanish Flu.

It’s like she had pandemic on the brain or something…

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Creepy Day 16 with Anne Yatco!

by on Oct.15, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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Do you hear the song Ring Around the Rosie in the background? Oh… yes. How unsettling.
Enjoy this extra eerie moment with Anne Yatco!

FUN FACTS
1.) It took her about 40 minutes to do her makeup
2.) She shot her film in her apartment (her husband Zach was gracious enough to be her DP).
3.) And as for the title of the film, yes, it’s meant to refer to the Spanish Flu.

It’s like she had pandemic on the brain or something…

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TRAPPED with Lori Meeker for Day 15!

by on Oct.14, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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Today for Gothtober DAY 15 we’ve got quite the wild interlude with Lori Meeker! Follow along with Lori as she uses her wits to do some hunting in the big green forest! Here are some words from the filmmaker herself:

There are a whole lot of creepy crawlies that roam in the forest. Bats, bugs and the occasional Sasquatch top the list, but have you ever heard of a Chipalope?
Inspired by the legends surrounding the California Redwoods and a little roadside attraction called Confusion Hill, comes a new story all about this little horned woodland creature.
This tale is a part of a larger universe called Welcome to Meadowlark Falls, a theatrical experience that creates the feeling of a Hallmark Christmas movie and puts YOU at the center of it. Honoring the genre, and spoofing it too, our friends at Meadowlark Falls General Store create a story filled with Christmas, cookies, love and a Chipalope here and there.
This year we are offering a limited amount of an at-home experience that is sure to set your holiday season off right. Check out more at welcometomeadowlarkfalls.com and find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under the same name. Merry Christmas…. er uhm I mean HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Lucky 13 with Martini & Bob Rossi!

by on Oct.12, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint? Look no further than Martini and Bob Rossi, where your martini gives you the liquid courage needed to paint a haunted masterpiece sitting upon a hill! All you need are some paints, some brushes, nothing fancy, and some kind of thick paper, and you’re already there!

Now… funnily enough, people have noticed that there’s an uncanny likeness between Bob Rossi and our good friend, Liz Hogan. Understand they are NOT the same person, but wouldn’t it be weird if they were long lost cousins or something? They both have such creative DNA. Huh. Weird. Oh well.

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Lucky 13 with Martini & Bob Rossi!

by on Oct.12, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint? Look no further than Martini and Bob Rossi, where your martini gives you the liquid courage needed to paint a haunted masterpiece sitting upon a hill! All you need are some paints, some brushes, nothing fancy, and some kind of thick paper, and you’re already there!

Now… funnily enough, people have noticed that there’s an uncanny likeness between Bob Rossi and our good friend, Liz Hogan. Understand they are NOT the same person, but wouldn’t it be weird if they were long lost cousins or something? They both have such creative DNA. Huh. Weird. Oh well.

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Ascent! Christine Panushka for Day 12

by on Oct.11, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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What is great love, the kind of love that lasts a lifetime? Christine and Marilyn were partners and shared a life together that radiated a sweetness of spirit.

Christine is an animator, a professor, a teacher, a mentor. She and Marilyn were together for over three decades. Marilyn passed away this year, but in this piece, you can hear her voice, as a bold singing pumpkin, ready for its moment. And you can see the love in every pen stroke of this animation that Christine built.

Rest in Power, Marilyn, please leave the light on for us, we’ll be partying with you before you know it.

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Ascent! Christine Panushka for Day 12

by on Oct.11, 2020, under Syndicated from the Web

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What is great love, the kind of love that lasts a lifetime? Christine and Marilyn were partners and shared a life together that radiated a sweetness of spirit.

Christine is an animator, a professor, a teacher, a mentor. She and Marilyn were together for over three decades. Marilyn passed away this year, but in this piece, you can hear her voice, as a bold singing pumpkin, ready for its moment. And you can see the love in every pen stroke of this animation that Christine built.

Rest in Power, Marilyn, please leave the light on for us, we’ll be partying with you before you know it.

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