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Everything is Chrome in the Future

No one reads my stuff anyway. So I want to try and talk myself through the opening cinematic and everything I want to do in the future. I made a video where I touched on some of those things, but I really don’t like making videos but the algorithms say I have to. So that’s there anyway.

I mentioned the series itself being a mixture of 70’s Grindhouse with that pretty, new coat of paint. A lot of what made them so good were just the way they started. You pretty much knew what you were getting into right at the start and you could get your mind ready as such.
It’s not the 70’s but I’ll give you Death Proof. You can see Tarantino’s foot fetish in full display. But if you watch below, you see it slowly puts you in the mood to be introduced to the first set of women.

Another example is A Scanner Darkly. You’ll be put right into the mindset about 10 seconds in. You’ll see what I mean. Prepare to itch.

I need to establish the tone right off the bat or else everything will just fall flat from there. That’s really what I’m concerned about.

As I’ve been writing I’ve been pulling out a lot of movies for some inspiration as I go along.

Such as Switchblade Sisters, which has a particular scene at a roller rink actually.

Then there’s this movie. There’s an intensity in this movie that I’ve just always loved. It’s one I don’t always see. You can really see the similar tone to what I’ve written.

Then there’s this one that I didn’t see until really recently. Don’t know how I missed it for so long considering the great fight scenes it has. Some of the best I’ve ever seen actually.

You’ve read and you can draw a lot of parallels with what I’m trying to accomplish. Just trying to do it in my own way. Cinema-Wise that is.

But of course, my second love is video games. And sometimes I’m able to actually squeeze in some time with my fighters… and Smash Bros which isn’t a fighting game. Sorry, it’s not.

For obvious reasons, this. You’ll see a ton of references of Jet Set Radio when you see the finished product.

Then of course, Madworld. Because it’s violent as hell. We’re over the top and only using practical effects, so why not go big or go home. We won’t be impaling anyone with a stop sign, but I think we’re figure out some fun stuff to do. If anyone asks me how I thought of such violent stuff. I’m not just thinking about Smash TV. Of course we’re not so violent yet. The situation isn’t really there for me to do some of the cool stuff I wanna do yet.

Okay, enough of that.

Now, the format, Instead of the fewer, longer episodes… I opted to go for more, shorter episodes. Each one will be less than 15 minutes, there will be 10 of them. And when all is said and done, it’ll basically be a long movie if you just want to sit and watch it all the way through. This is what all the Netflix has trained you for anyway.

So yeah, I had to throw all this stuff down real quick. At least talk about some stuff. Lemme know how you feel.

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Hey, roller derby! Series and stuff! Yay!

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You see, I made a funny.

It’s movie time again. But we’re doing something a little different this time around. Like I said before I’m moving away for those full blown features because they’re a pain in the ass that I really don’t want to deal with right now. As you can see from past events, you can’t really blame me at this moment. We’re moving over towards shorts and web series. And this is what I hope to actually be our first web series.

It still doesn’t have an actual title (I’m hoping someone will help me out with that) but it’s basically about the darker side of the sports we play (I’ll argue all day, derby is a sport.)

But then again, some of you already know my flair. We have these stories about death and inner/other destruction. Insane twists and normally logical situations, and always in the most ridiculous way. But unlike other times, this one has some far more serious undertones and a group of fresh faces (well mostly, I’m picking one of mine for Chicago because the part was written for her, you all know who I’m talking about.) And doing this as a web series will give me the flexibility as a writer to actually improve things as I go along. Features generally don’t have that luxury without things going haywire.

Also, this movie will feature the skaters themselves and I wouldn’t want to slap a 5 month long shoot on them. Those can be draining if you’re not completely used to them. And it’s hard to tell how anyone will do on camera. It might take some people a little time to adjust, and that’s normal. Personally, I’m bad on camera. That’s why I’m behind it.

I really want to keep this movie within derby mostly because there are some physically able human beings, and we need physically able people, that’s for damn sure.

I already have the first episode written and I have an arc for at least 7 more. Running production between Goshen, South Bend and Chicago. Maybe in between. It all depends on what type of support I get for this script and this production. Because the blessing of the skaters is going to be key in making this work. This is unlike anything I’ve seen roll out of sport. It’s a prime opportunity to make something completely original and that’s the stuff that excites me. And of course all the fresh faces and personalities and I’ll get to deal with. And I welcome everybody, the crazier the better.

It’s going to be an interesting time watching this one grow. Any comments or questions can go into the comments section that no one ever uses on WordPress. Or you can hit up the good ol’ facebook page. I’ll be around updating that more often. And last you can hit up Stream Monster Productions and talk to that guy over there. He knows a lot about the production as well. Until then, don’t do drugs and brush your teeth.

Story time: Why in the heck are you making a third movie anyway Joe?

 

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I think everyone has a moment in their life at a (somewhat young age when they have a good talk or something like that which really gets them towards what they want to and really should be doing.

 

Let’s talk about Barrett again. Yes, the one with that hat. Still love that hat. Money well spent. But he’s going to appear in the last of the series of movies we’ve been working on the past three years.

Those of you who have been following me know that I was actually filming some of this a year ago, when Barrett unfortunately passed on. I was left with the hard choice. Do I recast or do I rewrite? After talking to Alex and John about the issue, we decided to go ahead and write the character out. He was originally going to to be the main villain of this final film. But of course that couldn’t happen without him. And we came to the conclusion you just can’t replace a guy a like Barrett. It just wouldn’t have the same feel.

But let me tell you how we got there.

You may know about the problems we had filming Pump it Up: The Warrior’s Path. If you don’t, just read back a few posts and I’m sure I’ve discussed it at length and don’t want to get into that mess again. That’s like 5 pages worth of stuff. Tell em’ Sweet Brown.

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Anyway, after Pump it UP: TWP was all said and done, to say I was a little unhappy was quite an understatement. I actually felt like quitting this business all together, and who could actually blame me for that? I’m not really a guy who projects his problems and begs for sympathy. But Barrett gave me a call, he wanted to hang out. So we did just that. During which we were just shooting the same old shit we always had. But he brought up the movie, and was well aware of the goings on. And he told me something that I’ll never forget.
“You really shouldn’t beat yourself up because other people want to be stupid or assume you are. You’re going to be a pretty big deal those people will wish they never messed with you. Let’s just go out there and do it again. Make it bigger and better than before.”

He ended up writing a great deal of the story we’re filming right now. Lot’s of hilarious twists on his character that I really wish we could film.

We continued to talk and I have to say, I haven’t enjoyed a conversation more. We were both really similar, full of ideas. I guess we were just a couple of eccentrics. They’re always hard to understand but always have the coolest and have the best ideas. But again, eccentricity is another topic I should just cover another day.

This entire moment now is crucial. Why?

He was the only person to actually approach me and tell me he had my back. I can’t begin to tell you how good that made me feel then. Gave me the motivation I have now to not give up. It’s really not in my nature anyway. Barrett would have never wanted me to give up so I’m not going to. That, and people said I couldn’t. Which means I really can’t quit. If there’s anything Barrett taught is me is that people can surprise you. Think the best of them that you can and you’ll see their very best. I really don’t think that’s hard but whatever, I deal with humans.

See you all when  we finally get this released in the summer. It’s going to be great.