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Perky Chicks and Roundhouse Kicks!

More shooting was done on the pilot episode for Cheerleader Karate School this weekend. Boyd High School in Boyd, TX was nice enough to open their doors to us as they have done over and over again every time Bj has needed a school setting to shoot in. The school was an option many times for Party Girl: The Series and for A Typical Tuesday in the past and the school was an option again for CKS.

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Keegan (Summer Dobozy) relays her surprise at the girls fighting to Brice (Christine Rejcek).

A lot was put on the filming plate for Bj and the cast and crew. Boyd is a haul for some so he was hoping to get everything done in that one day so no one would have to be asked back. One the scenes are edited together, we will see if Bj managed to accomplish that goal. Everyone brought their A game as they always do, particularly in a fight between a couple of the main actors, Gabriella Corvina who plays Fi Espinoza and Timylle Adams who plays Tyesha Banks. The two of them have a lot of animosity between them. (Their characters, of course. The actors get along fine) The two of them have played them very well and you can feel that tension between them on screen we believe.

It’s just on Bj to make sure everyone looks their best and he hopes he succeeded. That is one thing that is important to Bj, that people look their best and that they are able to be proud of their participation in any project of his. The stakes get no higher for CKS because Bj is hoping to be able to raise funds for the show and be able to make it bigger and better than he ever could on his own and of course, increase the compensation for those involved.

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Make up testing for an upcoming shoot.

Earlier on Sunday Bj met with Maddy Cerda (The First) and special effects make up artist for a handful of season one episodes. On hand was Jo Lorio, an actress and martial artist as well. Jo is going to help with fight choreography for a number of season one episodes and she is playing the monster the team is pursuing in the opening moments of the teaser portion of the pilot. Maddy is in school for make up and alongside being a kick ass actress who is all in on her role, Maddy is a great SFX MUA on the rise and the entire production team is happy she is lending her talents to CKS behind the camera as well as in front of it.

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Mark (Fabian XIV) tries his best but there is a lot of rage in Tyesha (Timylle Adams).

We have been dutifully telling people to tell their friends, family and others who may be interested to mark those calendars as the crowdfunding campaign for CKS will kick run Sept, 12 – Oct. 14, 2016 through www.Seedandspark.com and their New Voices Crowdfunding Rally.

As noted in previous blog entries, the New Voices Rally is part crowdfunding, part competition as we would have to raise at least $10,000 and gather an audience of at least 500 on Seed&Spark to move to the next part. That next part will potentially be able to help us finish the first season, outside of us raising the funds ourselves. $10K would cover the first 3 episodes of the show. 

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The look on the face of Fi (Gabriella Corvina) says things are about to get rowdy.

 

Bj continues to work on lining up indie/geek media outlets on their social media pages to line up Bj and the cast/crew for interviews and such to help get the word out. That will be the big thing. The more people that know about CKS the better chance we have of hooking more fans and making our goals happen. Likes have been slowly creeping up on the Facebook page. Hopefully we can increase that in the coming weeks with T-shirts and promotional flyers, posters and cards. Boots on the ground, grassroots effort is going to win the day. We know there are people out there who will be interested in the show, just a matter of reaching them.


 


 

Tales of Bj Lewis, Mostly Intrepid Reporter

Five days.

Well five working days until I am done at the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Surreal to say that in some ways. The DRC has been my 9 to 5 home for the past eight years as I put my Louisiana Tech University journalism degree to use as a reporter. In my time I covered the county before being moved to police/fire. Of course as it was needed I covered education, city, entertainment and so many other things that could be categorized in any number of beats.

But I’m about to be done.

Not because a city or county official was miffed at me for a story I wrote and used their influence to get me axed. Though a few tried over the years.

It wasn’t because some dude was stalking my twitter page and sent a trio of tweets and a super long email to my current bosses in some…

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Tales of Bj Lewis, Mostly Intrepid Reporter

I’m a writer. I love to write, create stories, characters.

The last few nights I have wanted to catch up on writing but have only myself staring at the computer screen. Not because I have writer’s block or anything but looking at news, at social media in regards to recent police shootings. Police shooting at people and getting shot at. First was Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, a man on the street. There was anger, hurt, heartbreak over that death and the circumstances of it. There were questions and promises of a through investigation. Then not even 24 hours later I am looking at twitter and I see Forest Heights Shooting trending. I click on it and again I am thrown back into the hurt, fear and countless other reactions seeing Philando Castile shot in Minnesota. His girlfriend live streaming as he was gunned down, according to her, complying with…

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Rounding up a few things going on with Taurian Films at the moment…

Party Girl:The Series, starring the immensely talented Cait Pool and a host of other talented Texans, received a nomination from the 2016 Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase: Best Domestic Drama – MicroShort. The nomination alone is nice. Of course Bj Lewis hopes for a win, but still it shows that the work of everyone, the time, energy, sacrifice and talent from everyone went into making a product that was worth while.

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The crew is waiting out a few summer vacations for cast and crew members to get back in the saddle of filming the pilot. Creator Bj Lewis is also bringing in a DP that is experienced with the Canon C100 that Bj has long wanted to begin filming his productions on. It will give him a chance to get out from behind the camera and focus soley on directing the action going on, which he has also wanted for a while now. So things are going to work out there.

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Gabby in 20 Minutes or Less.

 

 

Rack Focus Round 4 is nearly upon North Texas and Bj has an idea already for his entry. Well, he had a number of ideas, but the most recent one, a sequel to his Round 3 entry, 20 Minutes or Less. Bj has written a third part as well to complete the 20 Minutes or Less trilogy. The idea of course is to keep doing more action shorts to up his game in that area, which will only serve to improve things going forward particularly for Cheerleader Karate School.

Speaking on CKS, while the majority of the cast members have martial arts experience, the newest edition to the cast, Timylle Adams, does not have all that much. Timylle is playing Tyesha Banks. That roles has gone through a few changes in recent weeks but Bj is confident Timylle is the one who will take the role to the next level. Now to help her with her fight prowess, Gabriella Corvina (Fi Espinoza) has volunteered her time to give Timylle private lessons to help her get up to speed. This will be especially important since Fi and Tyesha’s conflict and fight scenes are a high point of the series.

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Timylle training.

It’s looking like the crowdfunding campaign for the first season will kick off in September to coincide with Bj’s efforts to have CKS a part of the Seed & Spark New Voice Rally. Prizes for it include finishing funds for web series. Who knows what can happen there. The main thing is looking high and low for sources of funding that can help make the show happen.

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Three shooting days are in the books for Cheerleader Karate School, the supernatural, martial arts drama series from creator Bj Lewis. After talking about CKS for days, weeks and months it was great to finally get the actors in front of the camera and into their various roles. 13240607_1019089401516165_2030442161112642330_n

We tried to cover a lot of ground as we were going on an extended break between the third shooting day and the next as a few actors are going on summer vacations. But looking to get right back into it strong in mid-July.

As we have said and will continue to say many many many times, the cast assembled is great. They are super talented, hard working and have great chemistry together behind the camera. It will be up to us to get that chemistry to continue to be on display when they are in front of the camera and to make the final product look the best it can be.

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Wen-chieh Chi (The Next) and Maddy Cerda (The First).

 

 

This past Sunday, Bj appeared on The Cutting Room Floor podcast to talk to Casey Ryan about the project. If you missed it, you can catch it here.

In the meantime the plan and the goal continues to get as many people to check out the info page on the show and hope they will dig it and stick with us as we develop the show and be there in a few months when the pilot drops.

Well Round Three of Rack Focus 3 happened last night. I think it might be still happening. Despite some technical snafu’s for a lot of the night, things were relatively good for the screening of the third round of the film competition. Thankfully 20 Minutes or Less came off without a glitch in the presentation. There were some technical hiccups regarding audio. Isn’t it always audio?

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With the incomparable star in the making, Gabby.

But people still seemed to enjoy it. The judges gave good criticism, they seemed to dig the concept of it as well as everyone had rave reviews about Gabriella Corvina in the lead role and the validity, the presence that she brought to the role. We of course knew she had that and that’s why we wanted her involved. Kerry McCormick, (who was in a few films last night, differing roles and bringing great stuff to them all), brought more of that realness to the project. It was just moves to them, they knew what they were doing and it showed.

 

A lot of what the judges were saying we had already been thinking in hindsight about the project. As Bj Lewis stated on the mic last night it was a learning project for us to do more action as we endeavor to do it the best we can. Thanks to a kick as cast/crew 20 Minutes or Less turned out great. And turned out to be a good blue print as we intend to go back to the well of that film after finding a truly huge home to film it in as it was intended. More on that to come.

It was a good time though. Lessons were learned and the bar was set and set higher and higher last night as more films were shown later in the evening. Some really talented people are in the DFW and we see we at Taurian Films really need to step up our game to show that we belong in the same conversation as some of the other films.

Hopefully the technical problems did not mar the show too much. We were all hoping at this point they would have been ironed out. This is from the outside looking in as of course we don’t not have the knowledge or experience of what it’s like to put on a film festival. We can only hope lessons were learned there and future events can be smoother. It’s a great opportunity for area filmmakers, actors, etc. and we want to see it be the best it can be. 13254411_10101074705673508_4401587139637705291_n

In other film news, we started work on the pilot for Cheerleader Karate School, shooting a great scene with Summer Dobozy and Deborah Kay Hooker as Keegan Fox and her mother, Sara Fox. Great stuff from those two. Consummate professionals who I we think work well as mother and daughter. We look forward to more of their scenes together.

There is of course lots more to come over the next few months as we develop Cheerleader Karate School.

Big ups to Ellen Hedger, host of the Chatterbox with Ellen Hedger as she welcomed Bj Lewis, Gabriella Corvina and Summer Dobozy to the studio to talk Cheerleader Karate School.

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Summer Dobozy (l) and Gabriella Corvina on the Chatterbox.

Ellen was a great host who asked good questions and seemed to be genuinely interested in what the guest trio was talking about.

Gabby and Summer were insightful and engaging and Bj provided some of the info on Cheerleader Karate School that people needed to know. It’s nice to see and hear their excitement for the show. Of course we at Taurian Films and Bj Lewis are always excited about the projects we are working on and CKS is no exception. But it is nice to know that the people working on the project feel the same way and makes us believe they will truly bring their A game when it gets time to get in front of the camera.

Of course there is lots more than can and will be said about the show. Bj is hopeful that Taurian Films can secure another appearance around the time the pilot is done and ready for viewing and when the crowdfunding campaign is ready to go as well.

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Gabriella Corvina, Bj Lewis, Ellen Hedger, Summer Dobozy pose for a few pix after the show.

We’re looking at other opportunities for media appearances to promote the show. Of course it may be slower sledding right now since we do not have much to show in the way of footage from the project, but we want to get the ball rolling, if nothing else to give our cast/crew ample practice in interviews, radio/podcast appearances.

Many of them have not experienced that before and that is something they will do a lot, not just for CKS but in their acting careers, so if we can help them along, we are happy to do so.

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Gabby chatting it up with a caller on the Chatterbox.

It’s all about grassroots support for the show and building it as early as we can. And we will continue to take every opportunity on each and every podcast/vlog/radio show to do that.