Thoughts Of Past And Future


Here we are, just a few short months after I started this blog, and we have one short film nearly ready to show, another starting next month and The Gorram Nerd Hour has recorded nearly 20 episodes. All of that in just a few short months. When I started this blog I was talking about the features Brian Smith and I have been writing. We got detoured…but for good reason. We needed something to showcase our talent. We were a little arrogant to think that two writers with no credits to their names could get someone to give them money to produce and direct a movie of their own. Now we’ll have two things to show.

Since I was a boy I have loved movies. I would sit and watch an action movie like any little would. I loved Commando, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. I also had an affection for every other type of film. I didn’t care. If someone made I wanted to see it. Science Fiction, Horror, Romantic Comedy, Sappy Melodrama, Musicals. I just loved movies. What I took away from all of that was that it was what I wanted to do. I wanted to make movies of my own. At first I thought I wanted to be an actor until I took a drama class in High School and my teacher had me direct something for the first time. That’s when my passion made itself crystal clear. I loved the behind the scenes aspect of things. 

I always enjoyed writing. It has been a passion of mine for as long as I remember. What I wrote was always weird. I would go off and write a sequel to Romeo & Juliet in iambic pentameter or a western about aliens hiding among the townsfolk and planning on destroying the town with radioactive lima beans. So when Brian and I sat down to write Lepus I suggested we write the whole thing in Klingon save for the killer’s one line which would be in German. 

Sometimes I need to be reigned in.

We decided not to go with Klingon. But we kept Brian’s line in German. There is not one good reason for it other than it made us laugh. Lepus is a comedy, after all. We started off goofy with our next short film and decided to go darker once we started writing. Terrestrial will be a different side of our writing. It’s tone is more serious while still being quirky. 

As I write this we are only a couple days away from the open casting call for Terrestrial. I couldn’t be more excited about who we have coming in to read. a couple of our Lepus cast members are coming in for it – Jai Yunae and Randy Robinson. I loved working with them on Lepus. I can’t wait to see what they bring to this audition. We also have some other really talented people we didn’t cast for Lepus coming in for another go. Wilman Vergara II was someone I was really impressed with and just couldn’t find a good place to put him last time. This time he’s coming in to read for the lead in Terrestrial and I think he’s got a great shot at it. Adam Boggs is another up and comer I really liked and he’s coming in to read for us again. I was impressed with both of them so much. I’m glad they want to come in and try for this one. 

We’re still not at a point where we’ve been able to pay anyone for their work. It’s all just copy and credit basically. I’m amazed by the talent that has been willing to work with us for nothing. Hopefully by the time we get started on the next two parts of Lepus we have a budget…something to pay these amazing people for their time. 

Back to Lepus for a moment – The rough cut I saw a while back is good. I was really happy with how it turned out. It was a very rough cut with no score, no effects, no foley. But it was great, great enough for Walter Reuther (aka Scarlet Fry) to tell me it was his favorite in the anthology horror DVD we will be included on. And he directed all the other shorts. 

David Sabal, our wonderful renaissance man (DP, producer, editor) just got the score back from the composer. I asked for something similar to a score from the 80’s scifi and horror movies I loved so much. I wanted something like an old John Carpenter score. From what I hear the composer delivered. Hopefully I will hear it in the next few days. 

Now on to The Gorram Nerd Hour. We have been having a lot of fun recording our show every week. Brian and I love working on it. We are talking about re-tooling the show a little. The first twenty or so weeks have been about finding out what works and what doesn’t. We’re gonna be trying a few new things in upcoming episodes that could prove to be a lot of fun. We are also going to be spending the weekend of February 8-10th at the Bloody Hero International Film Festival at the Phoenix Convention Center. We will be recording our podcast, conducting interviews and serving on the jury. This is a big deal for us. I know I’m really excited about it. We may have another fun surprise for our listeners that weekend too. This will be a part of the re-tool of the show. Let us know what you think.

One last thing before I wrap this up. We had a friend from our Abnormal Entertainment family in town last weekend. Camm Harston, co-host of Raise Your Spirits with Camm and Kevin. While he was here Brian and I both guested on their show. We had a lot of fun and everyone should go listen.

Here;s hoping 2013 proves even better for Robot Vampire Productions than 2012. We’re already off to a great start.

 

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Part Jules Verne, Part Indiana Jones, All Crap – Nazis At The Center Of The Earth


Nazis At The Center Of The Earth is another Asylum movie. The same folks behind Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies, Paranormal Entity, Snakes On A Train, and many more made this cinematic stinkbomb. It stars Dominique Swain and Jake Busey.

Deep in the arctic there lies a secret entrance to a world underground, a world where Nazis still live. A group of scientists from a research substation are taken underground and forced to solve Dr. Mengele’s transplant and skin graft problems.

The story is ridiculous and silly. The acting is over the top and cheesy. The movie is overall stupid and yet it is more fun than most of the crap I have seen from Asylum. The movie plays like one of the 80’s movies I talked about recently where the filmmakers really tried to make what they thought was a good movie. Instead it turned out terribly. But I still enjoyed it.

There are moments in it when you think the movie couldn’t get any worse. Then they take people to the “showers” and then they top it off with a robot Hitler with a Futurama style head on top. It was like the Robo-Nixon on Futurama. But that still doesn’t top it. Shortly after the Nazis leave by way of UFO with Nazi symbols all over the outside.

This movie is amazingly bad. But it is bad in the way that The Room or Night Of The Comet is bad. They don’t seem to be in on the joke. There is never a subtle wink to the audience to let them know they know what a turd they brought into the world. I really kind of enjoyed the hour and a half I spent watching this movie.

I know there are probably a lot of you out there who may disagree with me on this but it’s just one man’s opinion. Watch it for yourself and decide. 3 out of 5 stars. Hear more about it when we review it on The Gorram Nerd Hour in a couple weeks.

First Draft Of “Lepus” Finished


My writing partner and I finished up the first draft of our script for a Jew short film we’re going to make called Lepus. It takes place on Halloween night and is about a man dressed as the Easter bunny going on a killing spree. There is a battle between the Easter bunny (aka Lepus) and a man dressed as Jesus at the end.

We decided to scrap the idea of it being shot in Klingon. We are holding onto the idea of it looking like a German art film or a David Lynch movie. The dialogue is weird and funny. Lepus kills people in ways we thought would he amusing like shoving Peeps into a man’s nose and mouth causing him to suffocate. Another woman, dressed as a chicken gets her head cut off, and continues running around.

We are hoping to shoot it right around Halloween and have it ready for entry into the short film competition at the Phoenix Comicon. I am going to direct while my writing partner, Brian Smith, plays Lepus. After it’s completed we will be uploading it to YouTube. I will keep you all posted on the progress.