So before the night closes out (in the 11th hour), I have to just say this is kinda cool (to me, anyways!) This past Saturday I decided to, on a random whim, show a good friend of mine the 1989 version of Batman that she had never seen before. After watching the movie, I did the mental math (which yeah, I started to smell smoke up there…) and deduced that this film was just about 25 years old. 

Little did I know I’d wake up 2 days later seeing a thousand posts on Facebook about the 25th Anniversary of when Tim Burton’s “magnum opus” premiered in theaters. 

The Image that Forged Me

The poster in this picture holds some significance in my life. You see, I’m 27 years old. I was born in 1987. 

My mother, bless her heart, took me to see this film. In theaters. When it first came out. 

I was like, 21 months old. 

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Hi Folks!

I know it’s been a while since I posted, but I recently just completed a video featuring LIVE ACTION THEATRE and the DC STUNT COALITION for the upcoming “Continuing Adventures of John Blade: Super Spy” fringe festival fight play!

….That was a mouthful!

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Check out the video and the wonderful cast and crew at their Kickstarter Page! Give them a hand – this is going to be one awesome show!

Below is the video, and here’s a description of the show:

“It’s business as usual for John Blade, Super Spy, when Professor Tantamount threatens the world with yet another doomsday device.”

 

Thanks to the DCSC and LIVE ACTION THEATRE for making this awesome video a reality!

In a collaboration with Matthew Merback (the man who would be Dresden), some excellent film makers in the Colorado region, and with permission from Jim Butcher himself, I present you, our teaser for COLD DAYS – A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Be sure to check it out on YouTube and read the description for all your cast and credit information! Links to the book and more can be found there.

In the meantime, some back story:

I’ve been reading The Dresden Files since my freshman year at college. The series of novels quickly grew into my favorite, with riveting characters and incredible adventures, all told from the film-noir styled first person perspective of Chicago’s craziest urban Wizard, Harry Dresden.

Since then, I’ve been dying to create something based on it in the film medium, and through my conversations and lots of pushing by my long-distance pal, Matthew Merback (Dresden), we managed to do a cross-country collab that, hopefully, will give us the opportunity to create more like this in the future!

With that in mind, creating this video was no easy task! Though it was shot on an iPhone 4S (not ideal) and edited in Sony Vegas, using a graphic imported from Maya (a program I’ve NEVER used, again, not ideal!), and co-directed by myself, from across the country, with only a prototype pre-viz to work off of (you can check that out exclusively here!) , it seemed doomed from the start.

But Matthew pushed me, we stuck through it, and well, I can’t say I’m unhappy with the final product. How could I be unhappy with it, when the author himself has had some positive things to say? I can’t be terribly specific, but I will use one word the author sent our way:

“Groovy” – Jim Butcher. 

That’s about all I needed to hear.

Cold Days Dresden Files

As of today, November 5th 2012, the strikeaposefilms.com website is officially 6 years old!

Not as much to show off as last year, what with the crazy Max Action meets Dylan video, STRIKE A POST, but heck, we’ve had a lot of stuff happening behind the curtains, mostly related to my acting and film career, but there have been a few other surprise things going on we can’t talk about just yet!

One thing we can talk about : Expect an update to this website in the next couple of months. I’ve been learning a lot about web development and CSS/Wordpress template building at my job at 270net Technologies, so hopefully I’ll be able to apply them to the site soon! (You might notice that the nav bar is err…not in the right place!).

Point is, expect a flood of updates – I’ve done lots of random client work, so you’ll see some packages and docs, a couple of short entertainment pieces, a post about the Lightsaber Choreography Contest entry I did with Apsis Motion pictures, and like I said, some updates on my stunt and acting career.

I will also probably be making a page on this site dedicated to my freelance video production work, including portfolio and contact information. Any tips on that is appreciated!

So with the updates rolling in (and yes, hopefully Bite the Hand coming soon…wow it’s been a year since I made THAT promise!) we will be creating a cleaner, more SEO driven site with re-uploaded video content. IE – I will probably re-export a lot of my old videos and upload them to YouTube to free up server space and, again increase SEO for the website (and our YouTube page, which is over 50,000 views without almost any internet marketing!).

Also:

We are still looking for a film critic to submit guest reviews to the website, as well as people looking to speak up on local (or global!) industry news.  And while Strike a Pose Films has been the home for the DC Stunt Coalition updates as of recently, soon we should have a new place to call home for that intel.

There’s a lot we can do with this website, as there’s already a lot of content on it, so there’s no reason not to continue with updates, new content, and better optimization.

If you’d like to help with the rising success of our work, and keep it relevant (like Gangnam style!) please be sure to share the Strike a Pose!!! Films Facebook page on your facebook, google, or whatever! Our fan level is rising, but we need more support!

Be sure to check back a week from now. I’m sure I’ll have something up by then!

Thanks,
The Management

I taught a class this weekend for the Cinematography Workshop HdgDrama Guild. It was just basics such as safety, etiquette, some history, the structure of a stunt team, and techniques such as falls, rolls, punches, sword work, sells, and choreography.

It was one of the best experiences I’ve had to date in the industry, and I hope to do it again in the future. I’ll be posting the video of the kid’s final product in a while, but for now, here are a couple of fun pictures featuring the students and myself from the class!

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