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It’s 2017.

Resolutions are here again. We all make them. Then we spend months, days, hours on them. Hell sometimes people stick to them for mere minutes. The promise of self-reflection and self improvement. I know I was among the masses who did so. I had a few goals laid out on Jan. 1 2016. Some of them I succeeded in. Some of them, a lot of them, I am big enough to admit, I did not. So it’s time to restock and try again.

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Getting my director on during a 2016 48hr Christmas Horror Film Shoot.

On the job front, that was a big goal of mine in 2016 and that is one I feel I succeeded in. I spent eight years at the Denton Record-Chronicle and while I loved the life of a journalist, I felt I needed more and a job that catered to my interests and goals more, so I looked for another job. I spent a year and a half actively looking for a new 9 to 5 gig and finally landed one. It caters more to what I like and is a bit of a bump in the wallet so it works out. The next goal spun out of that, which has turned into a resolution, is to dig myself out of the financial hole I have been in the past few years making only pennies before. It’s slow going and I will admit, I expected instant turn around with my first new paycheck, but reality set in and has shown me it will take time, patience and work to get to my goal.

Production wise, I said I wanted to grow my brand and make sure more people know who I am and what I can do. In that area, there is still work to be done. So I will restock that resolution and give it another whirl. Over the course of the  year I have heard friends, people I worked with come up with ideas for things, films, series, music videos and all manner of production related things. They have worked on mine and seen what I can do, yet some of them look over me when it comes time to do other productions. Now I know I shouldn’t take that personally, I know that I can’t work with everyone and there are more people out there that do what I do, but I feel I need to do a better job of showing people, those I know and those I don’t, just what I can do and how good I can do it. Then perhaps I won’t get looked over. Also need to expand the circle of people I work with as well. Restocking and reloading that resolution.

On the project front, I have my list of things to do.

Cheerleader Karate School

Of course this is at the top of my list. The screening event is in a few weeks and ideally it will be successful and we will manage to get people interested in the show and into backing it so we can produce the second episode. From the second episode we hope to raise money for the first season.

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We’re also working out a crossover adventure with the flagship character from David Doub’s Dusk Comics. That should be fun.

Speaking of Dusk, that is a big project as well as I will help in the production of a pilot episode of a Dusk live action series.

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DadBodies is a comedy that actually should have been written by now. The plan was to have a draft done late last year, but those involved with it were not as interested as I am in working on it, so I have chosen to move on with a friend of mine, Billy Mau, in the script writing. Mau is great at comedy in ways I certainly am not and while I will pen the initial draft, I am counting on him to help me punch up the draft and make it as funny as I think it could be.

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Annie Cruz as HTB's Vanessa Bachman

HTB is going to happen this year. Has to. Too good of a story to not happen. It’s the first big project my brother and I are producing together. It has Annie Cruz attached to it and will foster a graphic novel and film.

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Wrapped after a long but fun HTB teaser shoot.

20 Minutes or Less Trilogy

The first one is in the books. I wrote it as a trilogy with a fun ending, at least I think. Now it’s just a matter of getting the other two done.  Gabby’s plate has filled up in recent months and looks to stay stocked going forth so it’s a matter of seeing if she is up for another go.

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Thinking of doing them for the next round of Rack Focus, to go ahead and get them done and get those and every thing else I have done on Amazon video. Good way to get more eyeballs on what I do and thus, getting more people to know what I do.

 

 

 

 

So those and a few other things are the goals in the new year. I have some goals for my kids and family as well of course. It’s going to take work, grinding day in and day out to make it happen. I’m not saying I will succeed in it all. I am sure I will take my lumps here and there, but I will give it a very good try.

 

…more to do of course. But first, Rack Focus, Round 4.

The always epic Gabriella Corvina was nominated for best actress for A.kO. The judges and other people, from what I heard, enjoyed the short and really bought Gabby in the ass kicking role as they did with 20 Minutes or Less last round. 15002523_10101235674570548_2675640111358219789_o There are a handful of brief B-Roll type of scenes that need to be added to the short to make it festival ready. Also need to muck with the sound. It sounded good in Bj’s headphones in final edits, but played on the screen, there were issues. Same thing as 20 Minutes or Less. Sound is a pain in the ass for indie filmmakers. Just one of those things you have to keep working at. There were a few instances where Gabby was a talking head for a while in the short and Bj knew the judges would ding him for that. Hence the B-Roll scenes. 14907015_10101234917073578_9219480496827156196_nThey are going to show some of the things Gabby’s character is talking about. There was simply no time as the short was put together last minute and dealt with a few people flaking out on the shoot last minute. Not that Bj would make excuses. There were a few other action shorts during Rack Focus and one of them even garnered a best film nomination. We will get there. No disrespect to the other filmmakers who do action in the DFW but Bj’s goal is to be THE guy to know for it. Just gotta keep at it. And keep at it he shall.

There will be more action to come as the plan is still on the books for 20 Minutes or Less 2 AND 3 to complete the trilogy. Currently looking at festivals to send A.kO to as well as crafting the script for the full short film. img_2500

There’s another day of shooting for Cheerleader Karate School, the last pilot shooting day. It’s been a long ass time coming and as it has been stated before the plan is to definitely not take the same amount of time to work on subsequent episodes. We are shooting a few more scenes at the school for the monster’s first appearance as well as adding some extras to the school to give it a more organic feel.

It will be good when it’s all together. Have enjoyed seeing Gabby, Kalei, Timylle, Summer and Christine kicking ass in the production of the show. Words cannot express our gratitude for their dedication to it.

Screening and further fundraising dates to come for that. For further information on Cheerleader Karate School, check out www.facebook.com/CheerleaderKarateSchool

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Almost done, yet so much to do with Cheerleader Karate School.

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Last weekend saw us engage in the dreaded R word.

Reshoots.

Thankfully the cast and crew were willing to make it happen to make the final product better from a technical standpoint. We have finally got a handle on the environment of the dojo and the lighting needs to make sure everyone and everything is properly exposed. A common problem from previous shoots. Not to mention everyone in the cast is so much better in every way than they were during the first shoots. They are more comfortable with each other and with their characters.

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We have a few more weekends of filming on the pilot and then the work begins to get the word out to get people to watch it and to become fans of it and thus join the team to help us make the rest of season one happen.

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It’s gotta be all hands on deck going forth and many of the cast and crew are and it’s great to see everyone get invested and get involved in what we are trying to bring forth.

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Meantime it’s more planning for promotional ideas as well as an upcoming crossover comic appearance with Dusk Comics. That shoot be fun and interesting to see the characters from CKS interact with a totally different world. And if it gets us more eyeballs, and it should, then so much the better. It also helps that the Dusk Comics creator is a local Denton guy and we’re trying to keep everything connected to the production of CKS as local to Denton or the DFW area if at all possible.

Lots to do.

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The title says it all about what we are doing.

Sept. 12 through Oct. 14 is the first crowdfunding endeavor for Cheerleader Karate School. It’s been mentioned here on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter. We’re participating in Seed & Spark’s New Voice Rally. They are out to find the next great program and it could be anyone’s. You just have to crowdfund $10k to film your pilot, impress the judges and then see what happens. Now of course we have been shooting (and in some cases reshooting) scenes from the CKS pilot but we checked and we can still be in consideration for the New Voice Rally. But we don’t need the whole 10 to shoot an episode of CKS and our plan is to use the funds for two if not three episodes of the show to really give people a good sample of the show and hope they can get behind it. 13934610_1064008977024207_5594595618268369175_n

Crowdfunding seems like a good option but it’s not called a campaign for nothing. You have to work it like one and pour every ounce of yourself into it to make the goal. That’s what the plan is with CKS. We believe we have a cast and crew that is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen and make the goal. We will just see how it all shakes down a month and a few days from now.

 

Saturday was another great day as anticipated when Kerry McCormick was added to the project. Kerry is an accomplished actor, martial artist and all around great person. Of the small number of folks met thus far that years later is still as real as they were from Day 1.

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Making notes on the scene. Planning the magic.

Coupled with the talented Gabriella Corvina and you have the makings of a dynamite scene and from what the ladies put together already, everyone is going to be talk about their scene. Of course we wish it could have gone on longer but Rack Focus films are only to be 10 minutes long so we needed an intense two minute throw down from them. Gabriella will be throwing down with other people along the way, so will she make it out alive? Who knows. You will just have to check things out when the screening happens.

 

We wanted to produce 20 Minutes or Less for Rack Focus Round 2 but things happened with our planned lead at that point. Of course things happen for a reason they say. And who knows if we would have come in contact with Gabriella or the other talented people connected to this project had it not been delayed?


 

We are a week away from auditions to fill out the rest of the team for the upcoming project Cheerleader Karate School. We already have two of the main five ladies cast, one of which is of course Gabriella, the other is Christine Rejcek, a budding actress and trained martial artist. Looking forward to those auditions that, barring any last minute issues, will have Gabriella and Christine onhand to participate and read with the actresses so we can get an early feel on chemistry for the group. CKS is something we are proud of and think in this day and age of franchises for TV shows and movies, we think it could become a successful one.

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Gabriella working out fight stuff with Kerry for 20 Minutes or Less. She’s going to bring that same enthusiam to CKS.

 

 

The first couple episodes have been written and will be broken down in order to gauge an average budget per episode to add to our business plan as we seek funding to make it happen.

We are working on marketing/promotional ideas as well. We are planning a web comic tie in that will take place a bit before the timeline of the show.  Trying to think of swag that we can offer to people in support of the project beyond the obvious t-shirts. Speaking of those we are going through the ND T-Shirt Company, a local Denton business, for our shirts. We have seen the proofs for CKS shirts and we are definitely looking forward to getting them produced and out to the masses. We hope to have everyone in place cast wise so we get get promo pics done in time to do some grassroots promotion at a few local comic book conventions. Of course everything comes down to money, at first anyway and what we can afford to start with.


 

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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.

Work is ongoing on the HTB teaser for our graphic novel/film project with Annie Cruz. Jermaine is out in Cali putting the final touches on that. In the meantime people can and should be liking the facebook page or following on twitter @HTBMovie to stay up to date with the latest information on the project.


 

Party Girl: The Series is still gaining attention from people who have not seen it before. Which, by viewcounts, is a lot. Hopefully this trend will continue and more people will check out the show as it’s as good today as it was last year when we produced it.

 


Our Suicide Squad fanfilm, A Typical Tuesday is still in post. Probably a month or two longer before it drops. We are still contemplating a screening for it, or if we just drop it online. Hopefully people will enjoy the short which was just made by fans for fellow fans of the soon to be box office record breaking Suicide Squad.

 

…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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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.