Fan Film Corner: Born of Hope

With the new “Hobbit Flick out: Desolation of Smaug out” We would like to bring back a fan film that came out about 4 years ago titled  “Born of Hope” inspired by “The Lord of the Rings” saga by The Actors of Work Productions. Check out this flick again as we return to Fan Film Corner.

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THEY’RE BACK! Cheetahmen II: "PLAY OR DIE"

For those of you who aren’t aware, Cheetahmen II is a horrid but beloved sequel to the original found on ACTION 52 for the NES. The sequel was never completed or officially released. But in 1996 roughly 1,500 cartridges were found in a warehouse (in Orlando, FL) and then released on the secondary market. The retro gaming community was never the same since…

ACTION 52 was an unlicensed Nintendo cartridge containing, said 52 games. 51 which were horrendous but out of the fire arose Cheetamen. Aries, Apollo and Hercules are the 3 half-Cheetah, half-Human characters that make up the TMNT inspired, Cheetahmen and are hell bent on stopping the evil Geneticist Dr. Morbis. Compared to the other 51 lack-luster games, Cheetahmen was quite enjoyable… but Cheetahmen II is a whole other story.

Cheetahmen II is legendary for all the wrong reasons, the game controls are stiff and virtually unplayable in every possible way. The game is absurdly difficult but keep in mind it was never fully finished but something tells me if it was… it probably wouldn’t be that much better than it is now. And the game had countless glitches, some so severe that it wouldn’t allow you to progress any further leaving you unable to beat the game.

Cheetahmen is respectfully the Troll 2 of NES games, complete with a cult following of millions world wide. You can find YouTube videos of the games theme song being remixed (I remember texting the lyrics to a Cheetahmen inspired rap song I wrote to Alex Gothelf a few years ago, it had a heavy Lil’ Wayne feel to it. I named it “Cheetahmeng“), bad ass fan art, and the AVGN has even ripped the Cheetahmen games an entertaining new asshole.

But it looks like the Cheetahmen are far from done. Greg Pabich the owner of the sole prototype of the ACTION 52 cart has gotten busy tracking down the original programmer (Mario Conzalez), locking down the trademarks and copyrights necessary and forming a team aptly named the “CULT OF CHEETAHMEN” in an attempt to finish and bring this infamous unreleased game to market… as an actual NES cartridge!

So to help him out with this endeavor, Greg has turned to crowd funding to help finish the project, which I assume will be very expensive; and has reached out to famous internet gaming personalities to help spread the word to “non believers” and fans alike as stated on their page. So if you’re a die-hard retro gamer or just a fan of games in general. Get your ass on over to their Kickstarter Page and get involved in making GAME HISTORY!

The idea of buying a newly released game cartridge for my dusty-ass NES is awesome! Ohhh yeeeaahhh!!!  🙂

-Eric Chacón
Follow me on Twitter @CaptxCrunch

The AVGN: Movie & How I Almost Got Involved

Back in March, I finished up my portfolio website (TemplarDigital.com) and sent it out everywhere I could. From local production companies to big ol’ production companies in Los Angeles.

As I was emailing and applying everywhere I remembered that the Angry Video Game Nerd (aka James Rolfe) had posted a video on his website (Cinemassacre.com) giving out contact info for anyone interested in helping out with the production of his first feature length movie, the AVGN: Movie.

I nervously sent out a quick cover letter of sorts and a link to my portfolio site and got a response the following day from Reed Johns in the Art Department. Much to my chagrin it was an unpaid gig to help the art department set up the miniature models and special effects, both durring principle photography and post but I was still very excited to get the opportunity to help out with one of my favorite internet personalities as well as a hero of mine, James being an independent filmmaker and all.

I was warned that it was going to be a solid month (April 1- May 4) of long work days and no pay but plenty of experience. So, I accepted it. Like many of us I’ve been painfully unemployed for the last year, so I had to do some serious number crunching and get all my ducks in a row in order to go out to L.A. on the cheap.

I called a fellow filmmaker/long term friend of mine (Billy D. Mann) who’s been living out there in L.A. since 2006 or so and explained to him my situation. He agreed to let me stay out there for a month free of charge which made everything easier to plan. It turns out that my unemployment check came in late the same week I was suppose to leave for California… needless to say it was a serious wrench thrown into my plans and I was unable to make my way out west for the film shoot.

I was in a slight depression as I was looking forward to it but sometimes these things aren’t meant to be. Maybe I’ll still have an opportunity to help out Cinemassacre in some capacity in the future.

I, like many of The Nerd’s fans, am eagerly awaiting to see the AVGN: Movie. I wish James the best of luck and hope that his first full-length feature is a complete success as well as the beginning of many full-length films directed by him.

Since then I got a interview for an Assistant Video Editor job at EA (Electronic Arts) Tiburon but didn’t land the job. And 2 weeks ago I got a response from a big new-media production company in New York. We’ll see what happens with that.

Here’s his last AVGN: Movie update, enjoy!

-Eric Chacón
Follow me on Twitter @CaptxCrunch

Tickle Your Pickle: "The Lion King Rises"

For This week’s selection of Tickle Your Pickle Fridays, we show you one of the best Hands Down mash up trailers ever made: “The Lion King Rises”.

This trailer is freaking MIND BLOWING it was Edited by Brad Hansen (CraveOnline.com), aka MovieMaestroTen even “The Dark Knight Rises” Director Christopher Nolan loved it he thought it was “pretty epic” in an Entertainment Weekly article: LINK to Article

so enough talk..check out the video below

Footage property of Disney Studios. Audio property of Warner Bros. Pictures. Use under parody.

-Brian Lansangan
Follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84