The Round 3 Pitch Meeting has come and gone. And this time myself and Taurian Films is in it. I have a script, I have some interested people and I intend to bring the contest and the world 20 Minutes or Less…’pizza eating and ass beatings’

We will be filming it in March since for a few weekends in February, I will be tied up with SHIFT. And the awesome project that will be.

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Presenting my idea at the Rack Focus 3 Mixer.

For those who may not have been at the pitch session and are interested, here’s the long and short of it:

A stated at the pitch session, this will be an action short. I intend to film it in March in the DFW area ideally, but I do have a possible location lead in McKinney.

The plan is for two days of shooting. One day at the pizza place and one day at the house where the action takes place. There will be at least two days of work with the fight choreography. It’s not super in depth for everyone but we will learn it and rehearse it to be prepared for a smooth shoot.

I am casting more or less on headshots/reels and availability for most roles. For those that require me to see more of an actor, I will reach out to them to set things up.

My needs:

Location – Big ass house that would befit a crime boss.

Location – Mom and pop type of pizza place that will let us film there. We can incorporate their name for some free advertisement for them or leave it out, whatever works.

Cast – 8-10 goons. Well dressed men (and women) of any ethnicity (18-40s) to get their asses kicked on screen. A few of them have speaking parts, albeit brief ones. (It’s a 10-minute short so everyone can’t have a Shakespearean soliloquies).

Cast – Female bodyguard, 18 – 30s, with martial arts background ideally. Will look at those with gymnastics/other athletics in their background.

Cast – Pizza place extras. Of those I don’t know how many I need just yet, it will depend on the pizza place location and what we want/can bring in there.

Crew – 1st AD, Set PA, Script super, boom operator, make up artist (good with blood, wounds, bruises), camera operator (possibly, I have not decided if I am going to do any of the shooting or not, may need an op for a second camera), set photographer (i never do enough BTS material so I am going to definitely look at doing more)

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If you have any questions feel free to hit me up @ taurianfilms@gmail.com and ask. If this seems like something you want in on, LMK and I will get you the script and we can talk more.

 

…we were all set to go for Rack Focus Round 2 when on the date fees were due, things were scuttled early. Now it was kind of annoying when that happened, as we were lining things up nicely to be able to shoot our script when the carpet was kind of yanked out from under us. Ideally that does not happen this time regarding the pitch gathering Saturday.

We have been sitting on our script since then. It’s a 10-pager, which we have discussed before, but we don’t mind refreshing you all about it. At least a little bit of it. We’d like to keep the main crux of the story to ourselves, but what we can say it is called 20 Minutes or Less and it will be a short action film. We are contemplating ways to make the action interesting and different on some level.

Action is not new by any means, so we just have to find some way to make the presentation of it stand out beyond doing the whole slow down, ramp back up thing that sooooo many people do these days. I honestly hate that with a passion and will see to never employ that method in anything I have a hand in. This is important to me for this project as well as my big action pilot I am planning on filming this year, Cheerleader Karate School, and it will help with SHIFT as well.

We have a few needs for the short. We need people both in front of and behind the camera, helping out on set. We need henchmen that are ready and have the experience to throw down with our heroine for the story. We have our eye on someone for that and we hope to make that known soon.

We have a couple location needs. One, a big ass house where the action takes place. And a mom and pop pizza shop. We’re looking into some spots in Denton, already rejected by one of them, but hopefully one of them lets us in the door so we can keep things local and showcase a Denton spot. They scratch our back, we scratch theirs.

Will be interested to see what people we can wrangle for the project, of course hoping all of them are ready to work. We have had a couple things we planned lately scuttled because people either aren’t communicating or just don’t seem to be about what they said they were initially. It’s aggravating, but it helps you know who to saddle up with and who to steer clear of.

But we will see what happens.


 

Be sure to check out Season 2 of Party Girl: The Series


Check out our Harley Quinn (Caly Pool) and Deadshot (Chad Cramer) from our Suicide Squad fanfilm. The full short is coming soon.

…sucks. Let’s just be real about it. Scheduling is not fun. Trying to align events so that multiple people from all different lives can show up together for even a couple hours on the same day, same place…it’s madness.

Well madness is where we are with SHIFT. We have our major players set, now it’s a matter of getting them set in place and ready to go. So that’s what work this week will be, hitting the calendar and getting ducks lined up.

I have to do some location scouting for one scene. We’re dusting off Mabrey Studios (also known as the house we filmed Party Girl at) to use as the main house in SHIFT.

It’s a good cast, with good people, should be a good time.

For more on SHIFT check the Facebook page.

Follow us on Twitter at @taurianfilms. And get others to follow us too. We need better numbers.

And remember to check out Party Girl Season 2 — >

Annnnnnd stay tuned for more information on how you can help make our HTB graphic novel, starring Annie Cruz, a reality!

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A past pin up sketch for HTB. Annie has lent her likeness to the main character for the book and plans to star in the film adaption.

 

…was had by us here at Taurian Films.

We ran through auditions for a few characters for our upcoming SHIFT project.

SHIFT is the story of one Jennifer Earheart, an average kind of girl who dreams of many places, many different places. But, as she comes to learn, those places she has dreamt are places she can go. Places in alternate realities that she can SHIFT to. And to make it even more interesting, when she shifts to another reality, she takes over the body of the Jennifer in that reality. She can be anywhere…everywhere, and soon comes to call herself JENNY EVERYWHERE.

What starts as a cool joyride, a break from her own boring life soon becomes a very unpredictable and very dangerous ability. There are consequences when you go into the minds and bodies of other people and Jennifer is going to have to learn the hard way.

Jenny Everywhere is the popular public domain and open source character created many years ago and used in a variety of mediums by different creators putting their own unique spin on her. That’s what we endeavor to do with SHIFT. We have been kneedeep in spandex and superheroics the past couple years and this will represent our efforts in exploring another genre and the adventure possibilities that lie within.

We learned a lot filming Party Girl. Things we liked, things we didn’t like. Things we should do and things we certainly should not do in the course of a production and we will be applying those lessons to SHIFT and we are eager to do so. We have some additional crew coming on board to help us, and we’re looking forward to seeing how things go when Bj Lewis is not doing everything by himself or pretty much by himself.

The plan for SHIFT is to film the first two chapters as we feel they give the best look at the scope and feel of the show. We will then seek funding to do a whole season, through crowdfunding (of course) and seeking private investors/sponsorship/whatever. There is money out there, we just have to find it and we will exhaust every resource to do so.

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Shelby Chambers

We have already cast our lead, Jennifer. She will be played by SHELBY CHAMBERS. Shelby was going to play the role in a season three episode of PARTY GIRL, but of course, a filmed season is not on the table anymore. We liked Shelby and her interest in the character and when we let her know about the Jenny series, she was still very interested in the role. We are of course happy to have her on board and anxious to get her in front of the camera.

Also joining us on the show will be RICHARD HOUGHTON.

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Richard Houghton

Richard should be familiar to viewers of Party Girl, spending the two seasons playing Sen. Jeffrey Rose on the show. When we started putting out feelers for actors to recruit for SHIFT, Richard threw his hat in and we are happy to have him back.  He’s talented, reliable and always brings his A game to shoots.

Saturday we were looking to cast two roles, BETHANY, Jennifer’s best friend, and the first Alt-Reality Jenny that Jennifer meets. The Jenny that gives Jennifer (and the audience) some of the rules and regulations of the new world we are introducing them to.

After a day of auditioning 11 actresses, we had to choose. That is always the hardest part about casting. You have to tell people know. Everyone who took their time and effort to attend the auditions were great and it pained us to have to turn people away. But we were able to narrow things down and get us two actresses we fill will be an asset to the production.

Brittney Dubose. HS_5Playing the best friend Bethany will be BRITTNEY DUBOSE. A pint-sized but talented young woman who, after seeing her read for the role, we believe will bring the right amount of skepticism and the moral compass that Bethany serves as once Jennifer’s powers begin to emerge.

Playing our Alt-Reality Jenny will be BRITNEY TOMBERLIN.

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Britney Tomberlin

She brings an attitude and spunk to Jenny that we were looking for and we cannot wait to see her opposite Shelby on set.

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Gabriella Corvina

We are in need of a stunt woman for a part in the first chapter of SHIFT and were delighted when we saw the resume of GABRIELLA CORVINA, which included several years of martial arts/MMA training to her credit. Having her read for a role, we saw that she has some strong acting chops as well. Chops that will pay off big for us for another project we have in the planning stages after SHIFT is in the can. It’s going to be great we can assure you.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our other productions if you have not already:

Party Girl: The Series Season 2

Party Girl: The Series Season 1

A Typical Tuesday (A Suicide Squad fan film)

And be on the look out for details soon on how you can help us with HTB, a graphic novel and feature film that will star actress, model, radio personality and all around kick ass chick, ANNIE CRUZ!

It’s 2016.
Our goal is to get more eyeballs on Taurian Films. To get more people talking about Taurian Films, more people watching Taurian Films and making better effort to build and expand the brand.
Both brands actually, as there are two to build, Taurian Films of course and Jigsaw Entertainment, which I am building with my brother, Jermaine Spencer, as we carry out dreams, goals and plans we have had since we were kids.
To that end we have a handful of projects on our plate for this year that we are working on getting to the masses including:
SHIFT, a fantasy/adventure series that involves the open source character Jenny Everywhere.  Will have more on that tomorrow as we hold auditions for a couple of the main characters.

A Typical Tuesday, a Suicide Squad fan film currently in post. We delayed that from its original December release date due to wanting to fix some of the sound issues with it. That’s been a problem in productions past so we wanted to do what we can to ensure the two short episodes sound the best they can.

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A shot of some of the cast for our Suicide Squad fanfilm, “A Typical Tuesday” coming this Spring.

Of course some people like fan films, some people hate them. They are also in discussion with the big boys filing a suit against a filmmaker for his group’s Star Trek fan film.

 

 

 

 

 


Cheerleader Karate School, Perky chicks, round house kicks and evil demons. We hope to create a fun, funny and action packed supernatural, martial arts dramadey.

-S.L.E.E.P.E.R.S., a black ops themed action drama series I am working on with my brother, Jermaine under our Jigsaw Entertainment banner.

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Wrapped after a long but fun HTB teaser shoot.

-Hard Target B*tch, a graphic novel and film staring Annie Cruz as an assassin for hire who gets in trouble with the feds and has to turn to the internet friend she vowed to never meet in person. We’re using Annie’s likeness for the book and she will be starring in the film. Keep a look out for the fundraising campaign for this project to see you can help us make it happen.

 


 

Of course we still faithfully bang the drum of Party Girl: The Series, our beloved indie super series.

It stars Cait Pool and a host of other talented Texans as we tell the continuing story of Rachel Buchanan, average girl turned masked crime fighter.

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Cait Pool, Party Girl for season two!!

The stakes get raised due to the friends she has made, enemies she has crossed and what is going on at home with her family. Not everyone makes it out alive this season, so be sure to get caught up with season one on BlackFlag.TV and Roku owners on MaddyG TV. Check season two online and on MaddyG TV coming later this month.


 

In addition we have a few other comedy projects in the early writing stages. At the latter half of 2015 there was some feet dragging in the creative stages of these projects, but we have redoubled our own efforts to make sure projects get plotted and scripts get done as we think we are sitting on some very good projects. Projects that can be made with a relatively minimal budget, tell a good story and address the agenda laid out above in getting more people looking at, talking about and buying into the brand.
Lots to do but we are eight days into 2016 and off and running.

Tales of Bj Lewis, Mostly Intrepid Reporter

I had this grand plan of getting back on track with blogging in 2016. Like really back on track, a nice weekly schedule since you can’t gain reader traction doing it every now and then. I was waiting for the new year, I was going to drop an epic blog today declaring my intent and carrying through with things and plans for the year.

And then I went to work. From the moment I got to work at the Denton Record-Chronicle, the only reporter on staff for the day I was working on on gathering information on a shooting that happened early Friday morning following a NYE gathering. Turns out the shooting incident was the eventual death of 20-year-old University of North Texas student Sara Mutschlechner. Sara was taken off life support sometime around 7 p.m. Friday.

If you read the scores of tweets, posts about Sara, she is someone…

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Check it out, the season two finale of Party Girl: The Series!

It finds Party Girl and Darchart desperate to rescue Party Girl’s sister and up against new and returning foes who plan to make things difficult for them.