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Legacy cast on set Sunday.

It’s another Taurian Tuesday coming off of a busy Sunday helping Fred Tee out with his short, Legacy, that features fairy tale characters as demon hunters. It was a fun shoot and fun getting to work on other people’s sets to see how they run things and handle themselves and their actors to pick up any pointers for mine.

Tiffany Hoa on set

Some cast members were people I have worked with before like the always amazing Mike Loud, and others I have seen a lot of but haven’t worked with yet like John Charles Dickson. It was a good time though that saw me in a tree to get a shot. Whatever it takes to get the job done I say. Ideally everything works out in post. We got in a bit of a time crunch a couple places being backed up against call times for some actors on other sets and dying camera batteries toward the end of the day, but things worked out. Definitely dig the concept of what Fred is doing and hopefully it can take off.

Perky Chicks and Roundhouse Kicks!

Cheeerleader Karate School
On the subject of demon hunting, which is one thing CKS is about it was good to get a chance to talk to Tiffany Hoa, who played a witch in Fred’s short film. Tiffany is also slated to play a role in CKS. In our original plan for the series, she was going to play one of the past cheer team members who comes back for reasons. In the feature she will play the same role and in the same capacity but we will see her before she comes back in the last battle that is the reason the team is disbanded at the start of the film. CKS is still on Amazon, Youtube and now on Sparkk TV for people to check out and see what the concept is about as we work to retool it a bit.

20 Minutes or Less
We’re casting for 20 Minutes or Less as we retool that series. The first of the trilogy is set to shoot May 21 at what we have affectionately come to know as Mabrey Studios. It’s the home of the Mabrey family. Jenni Mabrey of course known to us as Evelyn Buchanan in the Party Girl series. Jenni opened up her home to us last time for the shoot and is willing to do so again which is awesome. But she is an awesome individual and talented actress, so it’s natural for her.

Cait Pool as Season 2’s Party Girl.

Party Girl / Rave
Speaking of Evelyn Buchanan, Jenni will be dusting her off for a short film that will time jump Party Girl from where she is in the season two finale to a handful of years later. We’re looking for the older Rachel now. It will be a nice and tidy short that will set us up for anything we may way to do storywise as in live action form, I wouldn’t want to do high school PG without Cait Pool involved. I suppose I guess unless we got a lot of money to produce more. Folks who have not seen Party Girl can catch it on youtube (of course) as well as Sparkk TV, a site that aggregates web series for people to discover and view. Also the first season of PG is on BlackFlag.TV with episodes playing daily. Working on getting the second season on there. For more info on Rave folks can email or give a like to www.facebook.com/PartyGirlWebSeries.

In the Hopper
Plenty of projects are in the hopper. A few of them, HTB and Get In will star Annie Cruz in lead roles. We are determined to do and finish Insourcing. We had contemplated a gender swap just to be different since it had not worked in three incarnations with the roles as guys so we wanted to change it up and see what would happen, but things fell through with the actress we planned to take the lead with it. So we retool and we move on. Too many ideas to do and no desire to let the action or more importantly the inaction of others deter from our goals. It’s a grind and that’s OK we will continue to do so, learn, get better and will get to the top.

A looking from the view of the trusty, Atomos Ninja Blade courtesy of Chance Carroll.

…Sunday a handful of us descended upon an office in Denton, TX to film ‘Shrinking Things’ a short comedy that will be my entry into Round 5 of the Rack Focus film competition. I had wanted to continue 20 Minutes or Less, the short action film I did a few rounds ago, but after some casting issues and then some location issues I decided to back burner that and do it outside of Rack Focus. We’re rebooting that series to ensure it is closer along the lines of what I envision for it. More on that to come in the future though.

Mike Loud getting ready to rock it.

So, I needed a script that I could manage to do in a weekend or two, pretty low maintenance, so I thought about doing something more comedic to be different. Shrinking Things is about a couple who have a free session with a counselor and come out a lot worse than they went in. After all, you never realize how bad your life is until someone else points it out for you right? I called in the incomparable Capt. Clutch himself, Mike Loud to play the shrink as I knew he would kill the roll. Telisa Kyle was going to be great in the wife roll and Allan Thomas, who I worked with in a video for my 9 to 5, he was brought in for the husband.

Ready to run another great take.

Isadora Viana and Chance Carroll helped out on set as with a number of things, among them script super and photographer. Had some bumps when it came to the location as some folks who looked they were going to help out the production, didn’t. It’s OK, that happens. It would be easy to let that frustrate you, you want people to stick to what they say they are going to do, but it happens. Improvise, adapt, overcome, that is indy filmmaking. I called in a few favors and we were able to secure the law office of County Commissioner Hugh Coleman. Hugh and I go back a little over nine years now to when I started working at the Denton Record-Chronicle and he was a newly elected county commissioner. He was always a good interview and helpful source and fun to talk to about sports and movies. And best of all he supported Taurian Films. So when called upon, he let us into the office to film.

Great cast/crew, just great people to be around.

The shoot went OK. There are of course any number of things looking back on it, that I would change a bit. Nothing the cast did, but just organizational things, technical things that I need to iron out and fix in my own work flow and will endeavor to do next time. I brought in new gear to shoot with so that provided new challenges and new lessons on how I need to fix my work flow. But I will learn and grow.

Usually I would have a rough cut done by now, but I am not cutting the film. I am not touching it in any way shape or form.My brother, Jermaine Spencer, out in Cali with his new baby boy, he will be editing it. J is great at it and has done work for BET, Playboy Channel and a number of reality TV productions. This will be the first time I have had someone else edit my footage so it will be interesting. A little nerve-wracking I suppose, even if it is my brother, lol.

We shall see how it turns out.

Perky Chicks and Roundhouse Kicks!

On the CKS front, Cheerleader Karate School should be on Amazon Video soon. As I have stated before, I want people to see it and hopefully some people like it and see potential in it and will help us do a second episode. There are a multitude of things I want to do different in another episode, casting I want to change and other things to improve the quality of the show. The first is a good first try but I want another crack at it.

Work on the crossover between CKS  and Denton comic creator David Doub’s Dusk comic is ongoing. I have seen a few sketches and pages and it looks awesome. Can’t wait for people to see that.

Previous work on HTB with Annie Cruz

More CKS is coming, 20 Minutes or Less will be retooled, remolded and redone and a short film with the incomparable Annie Cruz will be filmed in late September. In addition Jermaine will be jumping down to Texas to co-direct that project under he and I’s Jigsaw Entertainment banner. Looking forward to that.

 

Lots to do, lots to come. Just trying to get better, get seen and have some success at following this big dream of mine.

Relationships and feuds come to an end as things get that much hard for Party Girl in the newest chapter of Party Girl: The Series season two!

Getting back on the release horse for the second season of Party Girl: The Series.

Check the latest episode!

So late getting an update in about the North Texas Comic Book Show.

In short, a good time. I was rocking the Luke Cage attire again. I am thinking Iron Fist for the next one. Or Luke one day and Danny the next. Definitely well worth it to attend the convention to meet people and to try and get more people to see the show. Met some people who can lead to bigger things and larger exposure for the show in the future, which is always good.

Sat down with Jason the X from SCNS live for a quick and fun interview. Though next time I will know to keep my hands off the table. The table tapping was killing it.

And a fun small world type of story….

Talked to Chris Garrett at the show. Good guy, great comic concept. Check it out.

Fun fact…years ago when I was attempting to bring Party Girl to life in Victoria when I lived there, Chris was going to help me with the project. Things fell through and we lost touch. Years later we meet again at the con and he still has some of the old emails discussing Party Girl.

Small world.

More conventions are on the docket in the future. We are a little less than a month from finishing season two. We had a slight set back with the need to recast an actor but the recasting gods smiled down on us and delivered Lydia Abigail Williams to take over as Michelle Buchanan. We filled with her today and she did a great job. Can’t wait to work more with her.

Grinding. One day at a time.

 

DENTON – Another chapter in the ongoing super hero web series, Party Girl, has hit the web!

The series, written, filmed, edited and produced by Bj Lewis and his group, Taurian Films, continues the story of Rachel Buchanan and her masked crime fighting journey.

Chapter IX, “Into the Darch-ness” continues to feature great Texas talent in front of the camera including Jeanne Lampley in the title role of Party Girl, Giovannie Cruz as Red Rose, Caden Blevins as Darchart, Ada Perez as Connie Lopez and DJ Economou as Edward Buchanan, Rachel’s father.

This episode, which can be found on the Facebook page for the show or the official site, http://www.taurianfilms.com, finds Party Girl running afoul of a vigilante from a neighboring city.

“Super hero team ups have to happen. They just do. So I was excited to include one of my own in Party Girl,” Lewis said of the episode. “I think Jeanne and Caden had a nice chemistry with each other and that translated to the onscreen interaction between Party Girl and Darchart.”

Filming the episode was a massive effort as all of them have been for Lewis and the crew.  The episodes were shot over the course of 2013 in and around Denton, Aubrey, Boyd, Lewisville and Carrollton. 

“It was pretty cold when we filmed the warehouse scenes for this episode. The building was an icebox, had to be about 50-something in there. But everyone stuck it out and brought everything they could to their roles.”

Lewis said it is a testament to the talent he has been blessed to work with on this project.

He noted this episode as well as all of them have some quirks due to time and money constraints.

“I say money like we actually have some. This has been a little to no budget production from the word go and I have been running it as mostly a one man band. Not that I regret any of that,” Lewis said. “And I have picked up great crew help along the way.”

The goal now and continually, Lewis said is to get the show out in front of people.

“To show the work of these talented actors and hopefully someone will come along and say ‘wow, look what these guys did with only a few dollars. Let me help them out and see what they can really do. That’s the goal.”

Lewis and company are currently filming season two of Party Girl.

Media inquiries can be made through taurianfilms@gmail.com.

So now I begin the search for an artist for the “HTB” graphic novel.

I have been asking people I know for people they know with artistic skills. I have been putting some ads/posts and such online and will see about papering the campuses here in Denton and see where else I can extend my reach to find the individual who can help bring “HTB” to life. Been shot down a number of times already due to people being busy or committed to a ton of stuff or other assorted reasons.

The screening process is going to be a long one I can see. But it has to be a thorough one as well as whomever the artist is, they have to make so whatever angle they draw “Vanessa” from that you see Annie. Selling point of the book, so I will be particular about that. Hoping to be able to find someone who can get it done the necessary timetable and for a price within the budget. I checked rates with some people and wow. I’d love to be able to dole out $200 bucks a page to someone, but that would take me the rest of my days to get the book done.

Crossing fingers and sacrificing virgins that someone can be found.

In other shooting news, tomorrow will be day 3 of the shoot for Fabian Lopez’s “Payday.” A short film he wrote. He was set to have another guy shoot it but the guy fell through so I am behind the camera. I am always game to shoot something to continue to learn, trial and error and all that. Lot’s of error and figuring what I won’t do the next time. Curious to see what this will look like all put together, that’s for sure.

We have a funny bonus scene we cooked up a few weeks ago as we just sat around bullshitting after a short shoot. While it has little to do with the short film, what we have Kevin Green doing in it will be funny as hell.

Insourcing picks up again Sept. 8/9 with a few more episodes to shoot along with Kevin Green’s first chance at infomercial guru, Bobby G. It’s one of my favorite characters, so I am looking forward to seeing how he portrays him.