Wow.. so much as happened since the last blog entry. I wrote and directed another film, which was a horror called “Door of Fear”. It’s still in the final stages of post production and was shot back in April. It will be released, but had a lot of issues to be dealt with. We shot on the 2.5k Black Magic Cinema Camera, which altered our entire back-end workflow. It should be ready for film festival submissions by Oct. 2013.
Now, the sad updates: My father passed away of cancer in May after a long battle. I was able to return to Texas for a week for the memorial, but was not able to make it back in time to see him alive. The last time I saw my father was 3 years ago. The next month in June, I lost my family to divorce. In August my temporary video contract job ended, so I’m just a full-time filmmaker/actor now. I feel like such a walking tragedy.
With my house slated to be sold soon, I’ve got nothing left in Arizona other than a successful acting career and a large number of new friends. So I’ll be moving to the LA area in November to pursue both my film and acting careers to their fullest potentials. I’m thinking, to help others out, I might like to post regular blog updates about my transition out to LA and post helpful advice and just give my story. Before I leave Arizona, I do want to shoot one last film a romantic comedy short called “Rejection”. I’ve got a good key crew lined up and need to finalize the screenplay and cast for the roles so I can shoot in Oct.
This is just a quick summary update of everything that’s happened this year up to this point. There are tons of things I should be adding here acting wise, but I’ll save that for my new actor’s archive page, as this will become my personal actor site as well.
You would think after making a film after 5 years since my last would be enough, but nope, it was a new month and I made another film. I entered into this year’s A3F 48-Hour Film Challenge here in Phoenix, AZ. Our entry was a short 5-minute film called “Ring of Time“. Our line of dialog was “I can’t believe it worked”, our prop was a ring, and our theme was “Something magical”. We were 1 of 55 teams to enter, 1 of 47 that turned out film in on time under the 48 hour limit, and unfortunately, only made the top 30 films getting an Honorable Mention, but not screened at last night’s event with the top 20. Really, surprised me on that, as I thought we did quite well and it was my most ambitious 48-challange film to date out of 6. I really appreciated the cast/crew I had on this project and thought they all were amazing. It was funny to grow from having 2 actors and 1 crew member the night I signed LJR Productions up as a team and how on the day of the shoot that number grew to 26 people. Starting on this project, I only knew 5 of the 26 people I worked with, so met a lot of new faces.
I had recently announced on my Facebook page that I was done making short films and focusing only on feature films. Well I learned I shouldn’t make statements like that, because last night at the A3F film screening for the top 20 films, I listen to a call from the event organizers of the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival asking for more horror films. Now that it’s March and another month in 2013, I may be doing a short 10-minute horror film.
From concept to wrapping on post-production. I recently wrote and directed my first film in 5 years.
Like any film project I’ve worked on, after it’s all said and done, you look back on what happened to get it made and find it hard to believe you made it. For me “Second Chances” was a miracle and last minute project. Created for the 2013 IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge, I waited a full two weeks from the kick off before I decided last minute to try and make a movie to enter. I started on a Thursday night with registration and getting my theme for the challenge. Afterwards, the story outline and script were completed in less than 24 hours. All my casting was done between Friday and Saturday, with a table read on Sunday. One of my support leads became ill and I had to recast her the night of the table read. Then there was the locations, I didn’t have those until Sunday as well, the day before we shot. Shooting was over the next two days and by Wednesday, we were finally in post-production, to have this project completed and turned in by Sunday four days later. Oh what a ride it was! This is my first time working with any of the cast and most of the crew and I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish at the last minute. I hope you enjoy the urban fantasy drama “Second Chances” as much as I did making it.
So today I officially quit my job of 6 1/2 years to pursue my dream of a career in filmmaking. This is a huge leap of faith for me and the closest thing I can remember being anything like this was enlisting in the US military. From this moment on, all I do is TV & film. This is my next big step towards moving to LA and working in Hollywood.
I’ve tried this now a few times in the past, with not so much movement. But this time, I’m setting this as my primary project for 2012. Like my “Drawing a Day” was my main project of 2011, this one will take over where that one left off. I’ll be using the name Fantasy Adventures as a working title for now, until I can come up with a better one. I plan to hire voice talents for this along with the possibility to bring in other artist and writers for the stories once I’ve got an establish set of characters. The animation style I’ve chosen to follow will be somewhere between modern day cutout puppets as seen on the Cartoon Network, the only 1 tone colored “Scooby-Doo Where Are You?”, “Dragon’s Lair”, and “Dungeons & Dragons: The Animated Series”. Already, before 2011 was over, I’ve begun research on animation styles, what it takes to put together a cartoon show bible, how to write screenplays for animation, and nailing down the 4 main characters of my stories.
The show will follow the misadventures of four unlikely heroes who each try to pull the party apart by going their own ways, only to end up needing one another to survive. The character classes will be made up of the classic four: fighter, wizard, cleric, and rogue. The plan as of now is to create 12 22-minute cartoon episodes and produce it to a quality that it could be broadcast over TV or sold direct-to-DVD.
Update:After some initial tries, this project will have to await awhile long. I’ve since moved an even bigger project to the front of my focus: digiLARP. This is what I will be spending most of my time working on this year with the addition of writing a full-length feature film screenplay in April as part of my New Year’s resolutions.
Fantasy Adventures Concept Art. Tonight, I decided to rough out some concept art for an animated cartoon series I’m thinking of starting up called “Fantasy Adventures”. The cast of classes from left to right are Warrior, Wizard, Cleric, and Rogue.
Recently, I found myself back at the Indiegogo.com website looking at a web series I found after making a series of random YouTube video clicks. I even funded a film on there that was made in Canada that has already finished filming and just needs the money for marketing. Below are a few of those films I’d like to get the word out there about and see about getting them some funding. Someday, I’ll be right there with them, trying to fund my own projects. Until, I can at least promote and spread the word. Below you will find the name of the project, a brief description, a video if available, and a link to the current status of the project, which you can click on to help fund that film.
A group of friends re-form their weekly gaming group to retake the DungeonCrawl Championships from their former teammate who backstabbed them years prior.
Less Than Heroic
You have to Dungeon Crawl before you can Dungeon Run.
So I found out about this movie today and that there was a content to be in it!? I got robbed!!! I’m very tempted to just fly down to Baton Rouge, LA and crash the set to get in it. As a runner up, I’m very happy to hear the news that there is another Dungeons & Dragons film to look forward to and it’s by the same crew that made the last one, which I thought was great and x10 better than the first, which I still hold a grudge about. The film is currently in production in Europe and will be moving stateside starting next Monday. The movie is headed for a release as a SyFy original movie on Dec. 31st, 2011. If that’s the case, I know where I’ll be and doing for the New Year 2011-2012.
I’ve been trying to track down information on this film, but it appears everyone is just phoning it in as a direct to DVD productions. No director blogs, tweets, behind-the-scene teasers, or even a pre-trailer. It’s a damn shame how one of my favorite movie genres has been handle and one of the reasons I’ve decided to become a Writer-Diretor in this lifetime. If I ever get a chance to direct D&D related movies I want to be the one who bring the Live Action Dragonlance and Live Action D&D Cartoon series to the table. If I ever win the lottery, one or both of those will get made. I’d also try and buy the D&D Cartoon series IP from Disney or whoever owns them now. So much greatness buried in the 80s just being sat upon collecting dust.
I’d rant some more, but I need sleep for work tomorrow. I still plan to make a post sometime soon about my recent trip to Texas and do a write-up on the live action game MagiQuest that I finally got to play there after waiting 5 years!
Since finishing my novel, I’ve just been Minecrafting it the past week. Great to finally just game instead of working about word count. But my rest is only for this month, for next month / next year, I will begin the Re-Write of Gorp: Goblin Janitor. I’m not sure at this point what parts I’ll keep in or get rid up, but I’ve got some major work to do and will most likely cut and shorten the training chapters.
I’ve also officially joined up for next year’s Script Frenzy in April. 30 Days to write a 100 page feature length screenplay. I haven’t decided what genre of film I’ll write, but I will most likely write something that I can then Direct. That being the case I made do a Horror as they are more forgiving and seem to do better at the American Film Market, which is where I’m focused now on making feature films for. I’m looking to create a few feature films to sell there and get distribution deals for. As I build that up, I’ll eventually try to do bigger and bigger movies until I can do a proper Indie Fantasy Film. In the meantime, I hope to start back on my world-building of Agrobathe. Once I have more content there, then I will begin my epic novel series “Agrobathe” based in the world of the name of the books. I’m planning write 100,000+ word novels for publication. Gorp was just to get my first novel out of the way and to learn from the experience, which I have. However, after all this writing, I’ve really started missing the filmmaking process and miss being in the Director’s chair. I’m hoping to get back into film soon than later.
A few games coming out next year that I’m really looking forward to are: Homefront for the XBox 360, getting Kinect and a few games for that system, and Sims Medieval(it’s been a long time coming). Time for sleep, as I actually get to sleep at closer to normal hours again since NaNoWriMo.