Archive for Future Film Makers

Today’s update is a simple one, more of a production update than anything.

There’ll be a video up eventually to show the video project I worked on over the summer.

As well as maybe a clip from the stunt show I was in!

IN THE MEANTIME:
JASPER CONROY 2 is currently in pre-production, steadily getting complete. The screenplay i about half done, and the props are being made as we speak. We also have a special effects guy on the team now, from Redwolf99 on YouTube. He’s also re-working the special effects of Part 1.

Also, a friend of the site and member of Future Film Makers, Tom Murphy, is working on a short which I am producing, called “The Punching Bag”. Casting is almost done, screenplay is wrapped, and locations are about to be scouted.

Mike Woodard, creator of Bride and friend of the site, has been busy at work on a new series: Death Makes Fools of Us All. Here’s that vid:

The rest of the club is busy producing, I am working towards my big project for next semester. Life is goin’ pretty good! Bout ready to catch up on my Martial Arts documentary as well.

More updates soon to come!

Future Film Makers, a club I’ve ran at Salisbury University for the past few years, has wrapped filming and production of its first Feature Film, BRIDE, written and directed by Mike Woodard. I act as producer on the project, and group favorites Thomas England (Man of Action) and James Howe (Gullman, The Spy Wars series), costar in it along with. Steve “Siggy” Young is also a huge part of the production, playing the villainous Professor.

The story is about Cory Hertz, a sophomore at Salisbury University who begins a research project that will change his life forever. Investigating the tragic disappearance from school over a decade ago of the long lost student, Mea Bridell, Cory uncovers a plot of love, obsession, and revenge that leads him on a chase to discover her fate. With his reluctant but faithful friend Douglas in tow, the two spiral down their own path of madness, reaching for the truth until they finally encounter the dangerous person and the malicious grudge that rendered a young love to it’s bitter end.

The finished film will be premiering in Salisbury sometime in October (probably around Halloween) and possibly double featuring with Strike a Pose Films!!! Classic, Curse of Bodangofish.

Be sure to check out Mike Woodard’s youtube page, www.youtube.com/user/thugger333 for more details.


[MP3] – Download the podcast
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This week, the Salisbury University FUTURE FILM MAKERS club is presenting it’s first podcast. Utilizing a small group discussion format and a flash recorder, the Film Makers took 43 minutes to comment on the up and coming website, The Dark Campaign.com. The Dark Campaign is a website with the purpose of pushing the DARK KNIGHT to get an Oscar Nod for best picture, and possibly win it.

The have a well-composed video that hosts numerous review quotes, many of which discuss the film’s thematic strengths– a truly important part to winning the Oscars. After watching this video, the club discussed our own thoughts on the subject, the big question being “Should the Dark Knight, a film based on a comic book and in the action genre, be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar?” The podcast itself raises such points as A) The film as a metaphor for post-911 America, B) The role of heroes in our society and their consequences, C) How the term “comic book” is becoming something that adults shouldn’t cringe at anymore, and how people who wouldn’t be caught dead with one are starting to read them because of films like this. D) How the film itself has changed its comic book because of how powerful it is, and E) the pop art form as high art. F) A lot of other stuff too.

It was a very comprehensive discussion, raising some good points, and in the end it really compliments, in our opinion, The Dark Campaign’s reasons and goals. We hope many people get a chance to hear it, as it is a discussion between a diverse group of people- comic book fans, literary book readers, film buffs (and nerds), our academic adviser, and people who just love making movies for fun. In the end everyone reached an agreement, but you’ll have to listen to here what it is. Please visit The Dark Campaign’s website , as well as our youtube page to let us know what you think.

And of course comment here on our website.

Batman For Oscars

Myself and quite a few members of Strike a Pose!!! Films and the Future Film Makers Club from Gaithersburg and Salisbury alike attended Otakon 2008 just a couple of weeks ago. It was REALLY great. You’ve already seen one video about our time there (The Guilty Gear Tournament, see previous post), and hopefully by the end of the week you’ll see our other film documenting Max Action’s escaped around day 1 of the con. For now though, take some time to look over the pictures, most of which were shot by club alumni Amber. If you’re in any of them, be sure to comment! They’ll be in the gallery soon.

Strike a Pose Films…

The final frontier…

we’ve been stranded…for a long time. Engines- about to explode…time is but, counting…inside a glass jar…little sand pieces- why oh why do we- do what we do?

Because its freaking amazing.

Strike a Pose!!! Films has been around so long now I barely know anything else in my life without it, as it has become a part of my life in every way- achievements, friends, family, fun, vacations, school. EVERYTHING.

So today I don’t have any videos to post or any reviews to write, I just want to update myself and community on what I’m going to be doing with my career at this point. It’s random, but it’ stuff that needs to be said in writing. In public.

    PROJECTS:


CURSE OF BODANGOFISH is now on DVD and available at your local “hey give me five bucks and I’ll throw you a copy” store, complete with Car Trouble as a bonus feature. Its taken 3 years, and the DVD isn’t exactly perfect, but it PLAYS IN A DVD PLAYER and has a lightscribed image on it. So yeah…give me five dollars. Put it in the box! Seriously though- if you’re interested, check it out. The trailer can be found here and here.

CLARITY:
The Sam Anderson and Damien McCoy-lead detective thriller is slowly making progress in the editing process. I finally got over some HUGE emotional humps in dealing with the project and now have the confidence to complete it hopefully some time before the end of summer. I doubt I’m going to try to release it anywhere but here, seeing as how it is a very personal project but not exactly festival-worthy all things considered. I would like to see how it plays up to the open forum of le internet. I’ll try and post a scene or trailer ASAP, but no promises. I know a lot of Sam’s biggest fans have been looking forward to this one, and I DO promise that he does not disappoint! Its some of his finest acting yet in a truly dramatic and non-over-the-top role.

LINE OF SIGHT:
The Bob Novich and Rob Ramirez lead action flick is pretty much done, it just requires a guitar-blues rock score something along the lines of Metallica or Soundgarden. I’ve tried to get a lot of people to do it, and had a couple of prospects, but nothing has happened with it yet. This will be a very great film when it is completed and I look forward to sharing the first actual Peregrine Saga story to everyone I can. I love this series with all my heart and will make it my entry point into the film profession.

AN OLD HOPE BTS:

The Behind the Scenes on AN OLD HOPE, Dan Gvozden’s final project for his degree at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, is going to be getting under way. This is my top editing priority of the summer, and I really want to get it out there for Dan, his crew, and all their fans. Plus, hey, it’s the closest thing to a PROFESSIONAL gig I’ve had in a while.

Doing basic service industry work has yielded very little results in the filmic journey my life is meant to be, but hey, you gotta get life experience before you can make film experience (unless you’re Tarantino, but alas, I’m not that ugly).

    FUTURE FILM MAKERS CLUB

So in the meantime I’ve been jotting down ideas, scribbling away at ways to make the film club shine better next semester, and well…for anyone who reads this blog and is a Future Film Maker…I’ll announce a few changes now:

Thomas and I have decided that I will be doing the minimal amount of behind the camera work possible this semester. We will both act for you and provide pawns for YOU guys to move around and begin truly learning the trade. It has been decided that, now that the club has proper footing and will have a bold new source of members with this upcoming school year, it is time to start giving it away and placing the responsibilities where they belong: in the hands of everyone who truly wants to see it grow. We have big dreams for what this club can do, and the new building- with state of the art tech and teachers- WILL give us this chance like we’ve never had before. I’ll talk more about that, but you guys should comment if you’re reading this and definitely give us your two cents. I’m not working alone on this anymore, as Vice President, Thomas has as much authority as I do. You guys can trust him and myself- we want to make something for the community. Not just us. This is the opportunity of a life time and we’ve all got to be a part of it!

We’ll also be coming up with business cards, T-Shirts, a website, and new activities and events! Keep your eyes open!

::getting off the soapbox::

    MOVIE VIEWINGS:

Ok well that’s about it for now. This summer I’ve seen 3 movies in theaters, WALL-E, Wanted, and The Dark Knight. Guess which one is my fav? Well…

The frigging kids movie.

OTHER STUFF:
I’m going to Otakon, so is Thom, Mike, Phil, James, and Amber. If anyone else is going- let us know! We’re going to be showing off movies around every corner we can, in every line possible, and we’ll have business cards by then! It should be good for both FFM and SAP.

So yeah, that’s about it for my film life. Going to get more stuff together later, but figure everyone needed an explanation on what’s been happening for the last 3 or 4 weeks of summer. I’m not completely oblivious to my responsibilities as President of one of the truly TOP 25 clubs in SU! WE RULE!

Be sure to check out the forums. We’ll be getting some more dedication to FFM later on this summer as well.

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