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Over the last 3 months I have been working intensely with rising short film and web content producers Apsis Motion Pictures. In the past, we had done some pretty nifty stuff- from a hilarious fight scene in The Bridge 3, to a weirdly comic split personality monologue by me in Strike a Post. Recently, The Reclaimation of Louis Ledbetter hit the internet to much approval, but little did most people know we had another project up our sleeves, going through post and priming for release. So now, on this July 4th of 2012, we’d like to present you with our sci-fi western epic action short, “The Frontiersman”–  short film about liberty, self reliance, and killing bandits!

This was my first leading action hero role in a short film. Typically I play the villain or some creepy supporting guy. Those are always fun, but to put myself to the test (and in those boots!) was really a great step up for me personally. While technically I am an anti-hero and do have a very dark beat, it’s still a big first for me, and has been something I’ve been hoping to do since I started acting and training in martial arts and fights 3 years ago. Theodorus Collins was a great character to play around in, and I look forward to doing more with APSIS.

Vicki Parks in Frontiersman

Many thanks go out to the wonderful cast: Vicki Parks, Abigail from Ninjas Vs. Monsters, was great to share on-screen chemistry with and helped me prep my character. Her performance was fantastic and really brought something new into the mix of our typically masculine driven projects. Can’t wait to get her in front as an action star herself.

I also was responsible for the action and fight choreography, as well as stunt coordination. Thankfully I managed to wrangle the best cast I could ask for! HUGE thanks to the stunt team we assembled. As you can tell by Louis Ledbetter, we’ve been fortunate to keep many of these guys around- and we hope to present you with more action sequences (and heck– dramatic ones!) featuring the amazing talents of these guys:

Kurt Skarstedt (lead villain of Ninjas Vs. Vampires and Browncoats: Redemption)
Gary Van Peebles
Dan Carter (From the Assassins Creed Kinect Video)
Robert Novich
Stephon Reynolds (from Nuclear Cowboyz and Six Flags America)
Julio Palacios
Orion Dye
Samuel Slater
Bruce Dwayne (Duanne Barbour of Cloud Eagle)

Each of them provided something unique to the video, whether it was a dynamic look, an incredible stunt flip, a great presence during a fight sequence, or some unexpected acting chops that really added flavor to the scene. If it wasn’t for these guys, this movie wouldn’t have worked and I KNOW they made me look good! Wrapped in fantastic costume design by Denise Loukus of Apsis Motion Pictures Costuming, we had a full house of bandits that rivaled any of the best episodes of Firefly or the craziest action moments of the video game, Borderlands.

Speaking of great looks- the prop and weapon design by Tyr Rollins was unique and awesome! Custom guns for a fantastic group of characters thanks to our awesome producer!

And as always Joel Loukus, a brilliant director and VFX artist, created such a wonderful rhythm in post that you never feel bored! (I hope!)

Music featuring tracks:

“Kilkelly” Cover by Jason McCann, Song by Peter Jones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXTtbZ_v5q4
“Conquest” by Stephen M Lloyd
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLvsS6o0hJY

So thanks for all the brilliant work from the cast and crew! Be sure to keep an eye out for our next video: A huuuuuge samurai swordfight set in the Star Wars universe!

This Wednesday, Apsis Motion Pictures participated in this year’s 48 hour film festival in Baltimore. Our film, The Reclaimation of Louis Ledbetter, premiered on the big screen to a rousing reception by the audience. The film is now available for view on the group’s YouTube Page, but I’ll put it up here for you to check out as well.

Each team is assigned a genre, along with three requirements that are announced on Friday evening, and the teams have until the following Sunday evening to turn in a 4-7 minute film. The required elements for this film were:

Character: Louis Ledbetter, Neighborhood Busybody (Played by the brilliant Paul R. Sieber of  Bite the Hand)
Prop: Dog collar
Line: “If you want me, you know where to find me.”

The Genre that we pulled out of a hat was “Dark Comedy”

Directed by Joel Loukus, Produced by Tyr Rollins, Stunt Coordination by Dylan Hintz, Costumes by Denise Loukus

The Reclaimation of Louis Ledbetter starring Paul R. Sieber

Starring:
Dylan Hintz, Paul Sieber, Jasmine Guillermo, Tyr Rollins, Samuel Slater, Dan Carter, Anthony D Paul, Robert Novich, Kristy Holnaider, Lexxiana Zolliafter

Be sure to find and like Apsis Motion Pictures on Facebook!

Apsis Motion Pictures proudly presents: “The Reclamation of Louis Ledbetter” , a 48 Hour Film Festival Baltimore entry. Paul R. Sieber and Dylan Hintz star in this dark comedy about a group of post apocalyptic refugees who encounter bad luck and slave traders when trying to rebuild a machine and restart civilization. Be sure to check out the trailer below!

Apsis Motion Pictures Presents The Reclamation of Louis Ledbetter


Be sure to check out this trailer, and give full credit to the rest of the cast: Sam Slater, Jasmine Guillermo, Robert Novich, Dan Carter, Tyr Rollins, Anthony D. Paul, and more! I provided stunt coordination, Denise Loukus of Apsis Costuming and Clothiers provided the wardrobe, and ADG Creative was a sponsor on the project!

Links to click:

Apsis Motion Pictures Facebook Page (NEW!) Be sure to share!

Apsis Motion Pictures Youtube Channel Be sure to Subscribe!

 

 

About a month ago I set out on a journey to the West…and I don’t mean to California. I mean cowboy boots, a duster, and a six shooter.

Genre Wars is an interactive webseries started in the DC area in which fans get to help select the next chapter via YouTube votes.

In this episode of Genre Wars directed by World War 2 enthusiast Christian Swanberg,  a squad of WWII soldiers encounters a posse of outlaws, both in search of the mystical “Onium”- an object of unknown properties.

Special thanks goes to Bob Novich for saving our bacon and pitching in as the lead character- his first major acting role since our own post-apocalyptic kung fu western, Line of Sight. Tyr Rollins of Apsis Motion Pictures also came out to lend a hand. Me? I was just happy to be the coordinator on a lot of great western action moments, and have a hand-to-hand with local fight performing legend PJ Megaw!

Yeeeehaw!

I got a really great call today from Mike Merino of MCM FILMS. He wanted to inform me that, based on my audition I was a qualified candidate for the role of PARK RANGER JOEY in “DISMAL CREEK”, the upcoming Appalachian-set horror film by the production company known for The Haunting of Pearson Place.

Here’s a plot synopsis, as well as a teaser trailer:

In the 2000 plus miles of the majestic and mysterious mountains in the Eastern side of North America, a dangerous killer plagues the foothills and canyons of the Appalachia. Relentlessly, he preys on the blood and fear of the unsuspecting…
as a local Sheriff desperately tries to save six hikers from a terrifying and horrendous death.
He’s aided in his quest by two Mountain men, but are they with him or against him. Only time will tell.

Park Ranger Joey is a fun supporting role where I’m sure I’ll get to do some crazy stunt work, share a movie with my good buddy Daniel Ross of Ninjas Vs. Monsters, potentially work with Kane Hodder (in talks!) of Hatchet 1 and 2 (IN TALKS),  and get scared out of my mind! I can’t wait for this, it will be an awesome experience!

 

 

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