I have been going through various files to organize and make room to get new demos completed for The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows audio drama. We’re on Episode 18 for Pit Crew pre-release, 19 for production, and 20 for rough draft script and demo in the works.
Meanwhile I was going through a delightful message that I sent to a friend at the beginning of 2016. It delves a bit into my re-watching of Dark Shadows, episode 294 and thereabouts. This included discovering I wasn’t far from adequate in getting the details right about The House of Caleb Collins that Victoria Winters fell in love with. Most of the message I wrote is as follows.
O…M…G… Remember how I was so worried about making a mistake with Caleb’s house, a.k.a. The Seaview property, or House by The Sea, not to be confused with House by The Ocean that amounts to the same thing so what the hell?
I’ve been re-watching the episodes in which Victoria Winters is glowing with ecstasy over this house. She describes it with poetic reverie, her face is alight with adoration, as she relates to the home’s majesty, well-kept condition, it’s beauty and relationship to the ocean, it’s glorious views from each window. Even Burke and Barnabas agree that it’s grand. And then? Well, view the photo I’ve attached.
As far as I am concerned the writers of the program and the stock footage people were not apprised of each other.
You may imagine I am much less worried about the discrepancy between House by The Sea and House by The Ocean. Perhaps they aren’t precisely one and the same, but they sure as hell aren’t completely different. I think I will boil this down to continuity flaws and grey areas, a bit like a shelf made of sawdust and glue being deemed as “fine craftsmanship”.
It put my mind to rest once again as I found this today. Of course I didn’t create a log entry about it in 2016 as I was still fighting off the addiction to social networks, as much as I thought I’d already conquered that earlier, but I was still on the right track as far as that topic went, too.
As some of my audience might know, I have conversations with my adopted characters.
These conversations are in my imagination and are only “real” in as much as anticipating creative endeavours to come to life.
When I showed Caleb Collins this image of his house I related that it didn’t match Victoria’s description of it.
His response was: “It matches my mood!”
And? Perhaps this is the great possibility in how I fleshed out the ghostly form of Caleb Collins. Something was accurate in the image of what looks to be a crumbly barn more than an elegant home: The mood of the occupant haunting the house.
Just wanted to show off a bit of a spooky house that is mainly only dilapidated in visual stock-footage appearance rather than story-description looks.
Hey, it’s October, and as far as I’m concerned this house is haunted. Cheers. ^_^