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

GhostBusters 3 Will Be Bill Murray-less

Who you gonna call? Well not Bill Murray that’s for sure. Afer months of patiently waiting and wondering if yes or no. Dan Aykroyd has finally confirmed that production will move forward on the long awaited Ghostbusters third sequel without everyone’s favorite ghost busting actor Bill Murray as Peter Venkman.

When the news hit that a new writer Etan Cohen had been hired to work on the script for Ghostbusters 3, fans got their hopes up that Bill Murray would reprise his role as Peter Venkman. The actor did recently tease that there was a slight possibility of his return, but it seems we can forget about that happening.

When asked if Bill Murray was finally on board, Aykroyd replied..

“No, I can tell you he won’t be involved. It’s sad but we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on. It’s time to make the third one.”

Disappointing for fans of Murray’s character Peter Venkman no doubt, but at least we know. But the real question is will they recast the role or kill the character off? We’ll find out soon enough for sure. 

 Source: Comicbookmovie.com, IMDB

-Alexander Gothelf
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*New "Cloud Atlas" Trailer

A First Look Trailer has been released for the upcoming epic Sci-Fi Film from the creators of the Matrix Trilogy “Cloud Atlas” starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

Cloud Atlas is an upcoming science fiction film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. The film is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell. With an ensemble cast to cover the film’s multiple storylines, production began in September 2011 at Studio Babelsberg in Germany. The film is scheduled to be released the 26th of October 2012.


The official synopsis for Cloud Atlas says, “[It is] an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.

-Brian Lansangan
Follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

Jurassic Park 4 to be released in 2012

A fourth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise has been in various stages of development for quite some time now. While the prospect of the film moving forward seemed to dwindle as time went on, there have been some major developments on the Jurassic Park 4 front as of late.

During last year’s Comic-Con, Steven Spielberg announced that he already worked out the story for “Jurassic Park 4” and was hoping to make the film in two or three years. Then last month, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were hired to write the script.

Steve got the chance to speak with producer Frank Marshall in anticipation of the release of The Bourne Legacy, and the producer talked a bit about Jurassic Park 4, revealing that they plan on having it in theaters within two years.

He went on to say that it’s definitely a sequel, and even though Spielberg won’t be directing, he’ll be heavily involved in the development. And the reason why Marshall and Spielberg are so interested in the fourth film, is because there’s an opportunity to take advantage of all the technological advancements that have been made in recent years.

“That’s what’s gonna be great about it, technology hass taken a leap now that we can really do some great things,” he said, adding that the dinosaurs won’t all be CGI because practical effects feel more realistic to audiences.

-Brian Lansangan

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"Tickle your Pickle": Ultra Combos

Ultra Combos brought to you by the Thousand Pounds Action Team is this week’s selection for “Tickle Your Pickle”.

Thousand Pounds Action Company is an independent company, based out of Los Angeles, California, co-created by Christopher C. Cowan, Vonzell Carter and Darren Bailey in 2010, who produces short action films which include an Asian martial arts sensibility, as well as visual effects. The team consists of various actors, stunt performers, and fight choreographers, all who have a martial arts background. Chris Cowan serves as director, editor, director of photography and lead visual effects artist. It is stated on the company’s Facebook page, “We hope to gain investments for our own projects and to be available to help the needs of other filmmakers and artists. We also have committed to continue making exciting adaptive and original films.”


Ultra Combos inspired by Street Fighter 4 and performed by Thousand Pounds Action Team.

CREDITS:
Performers:
Vonzell Carter
James Young
David ‘Dax’ Bauer
Amy Johnston
Anna Kristina Ranoso
Mickey Facchinello
Niki Kristina
Brendon Huor

Choreographers:

Vonzell Carter
James Young
David ‘Dax’ Bauer
Darren Bailey
Christopher C. Cowan

Direct/Edit:

Christopher C. Cowan
Camera:
Canon 7D
10-22mm, 28-135mm
-Brian Lansangan
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Sons Of Anarchy Season 5 ComicCon Sneak Peek

Even though “Sons of Anarchy” is only months away, at this Past ComicCon, They released a small sneak peek for their upcoming 5th season. Check it out Below plus we added the teaser trailer as well..ENJOY

Sons of Anarchy is an American television drama series created by Kurt Sutter about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in the Central Valley of Northern California. The show centers on protagonist Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the then-Vice President of the club who begins questioning the club and himself.




Season 5 is currently in production and will premiere on September 11, 2012. On Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy YouTube channel Sutterinksoa, he has stated that he has begun writing scripts for episodes one and two for season five as of March 1, 2012. It was announced that Chuck Zito would be joining the cast of Sons as a nomad traveling through Charming. Another announced cast addition for season five is Jimmy Smits. Smits, known for his work in L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, The West Wing and Dexter will play a Latino gang leader and a mentor to Jax. The premiere episode is titled “Sovereign”. Harold Perrineau joined the cast in May as the villain Damon Pope.

-Brian Lansangan
follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

ComicCon 2012: Capcom Announces Live Action ‘Street Fighter’ Series

“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” has been announced via Comic Con press release from Capcom and Assassin’s Fist Limited, a live action show based on the video game publisher’s seminal fighting franchise. 


Debuting sometime in 2013, the show comes from the minds behind the successful fan project “Street Fighter: Legacy” (screencap above), and will tell an origin story of sorts featuring the series’ iconic rivals Ryu and Ken. The show will revolve around the near-forsaken art of ‘Ansatsuken’ (“Assassin’s Fist”) practiced by the two, and its dark legacy as epitomized by its earlier practitioners Gouken and Akuma.


“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist”will be what fans have been waiting for. ‘Legacy’ was a taster; a glimpse of what a live-action Street Fighter should be,” espoused Joey Ansah, co-writer of the new series and the actor behind Ken in ‘Legacy’, “This takes the story right back to the start – the origins and motivations of Ryu, Ken, Gouken and Akuma. This will become the definitive back-story from which further epic adventures will follow.”


Ansah continued, “Our priority is to stay true to the appearance, fighting techniques and canon of the Street Fighter game. At the same time we’ve managed to make this an emotion and character driven story, which will surprise viewers who might just be expecting a super faithful fight fest!.”

“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” is being produced by Jacqueline Quella, of “Tobe Hooper’s The Toolbox Murders” fame. No word yet on a release plan or expected episode run-time (beyond being a “feature length” series).

Street Fighter: Legacy
Announcement!!
-Brian Lansangan
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