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OK, well not really but we did turn in our entry into this round of Rack Focus, Shrinking Things. Now there’s a couple things with it. Bj edited the Rack Focus cut of the short in place of his brother Jermaine who had some things come up to where he would not be able to. Now Jermaine will cut the final cut of the film which will actually be 2.5. minutes longer than the Rack Focus cut which had to be 10 minutes or less.

Telisa Kyle and Allan Thomas of Shrinking Things.

Now the film turned in can be viewed just fine and viewers will be none the wiser that is it missing about two jokes from it, but indeed it is. Before submitting it to wider places, the full cut will be done and done by Jermaine. It’s still a funny short as Allan, Telisa and Mike did an amazing job and kept the dialogue flowing in the script which called for a lot of dialogue in one location. Will be curious to see the response to it from the audience.

Cheerleader Karate School

On the CKS front we’re still trying to get people to see the pilot and see the potential in the concept. The episode is available on Amazon Prime, Youtube and will soon be available on Sparkk TV, a web series gathering site as well as any other site we can put it on to get eyeballs on it and hopefully the eyeballs of people who see what CKS could be with some funds through at us.

Perky Chicks and Roundhouse Kicks!

Work continues on the feature script, with season one of the series being retooled a bit as the film script takes one of the concepts and villains from the first season to be the threat in the film.

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20 Minutes or Less

Nearly ready to roll on that and excited for what the trilogy can be when it is filmed in its entirety. Wen-cheih Chi is ready and raring to go in the lead role of the series and Bj is ready to take lessons learned from shooting the Rack Focus Round 3 entry and other shoots since then to make this one the best it can be and get some results we were not able to get before in the previous shoot.

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Party Girl

Party Girl The Series will get some more eyeballs on it we assume as just like with CKS, Sparkk TV will be showing both seasons of the series. Of course we wished it could have continued but we did not want to do anything without Cait Pool in the lead role and we weren’t going to be able to get her back in the saddle unless there was some actual money and status behind it. Though we have found an idea, a way to carry on past Party Girl. More details of that to come in the next few months.

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Various Projects

There are a number of projects being worked on, scripted and such chief among them DadBodies, a comedy, Sand in My Cubicle, a comedy series, HTB, an action drama starring Annie Cruz and Get In, an action short also set to feature Cruz.

Lots to do and hopefully the right people at the right time will see what’s going on and want to jump in.


Joseph (Chris Goddard) tries to stop his son, Benton (Jacob Drum) from leaving following an argument.

Another week of filming for Party Girl has gone by and things are looking good. Performances by Chris Goddard (Joseph Alridge) and Jacob Drum (Benton Alridge) have been great. Far better than great. It’s going to be hard to sit on the footage from the scene until the winter time and the release of this series.  Thanks to my brother for letting me use his apartment for the scenes.

Motion Slider…love it already!

Bolstered some things on the tech side adding a couple lenses to go along with the Mark ii camera Steph (my executive producer, wife, life partner, all that fun stuff) purchased for me for this project. I scored a Rokinon 85mm 1.4 lens from a guy off craigslist, who I actually bought a lens from another day. He also wanted to part ways with his motion slider and a small studio light set. It was a steal for what I paid and all the items will be put to use of course especially that motion slider. Just have to now try not to overdo it with motion shots.

Table 2.0 went well as the majority of the main actors were there and able to read and finish the first season scripts. Sickness kept a number of folks from being there, but that’s cool, want every one looking out for their health first and foremost. There were some questions on season 2 matters and while I have those in my head and on some sheets of paper here and there I am keeping a lid on that as we focus on churning out season one. I was also able to secure a cache of prop guns from Chris and they look incredible. Also learned some things on the connections Giovannie and Sheril Rodgers (Linda Natoli) have and how that can benefit the project.

Emma sporting part of the Party Girl v1 costume.

I had picked up some items in the mail that will go towards both the version one and version two costumes that Party Girl will wear in the first season. So it was cool to get a small glance of what those things will look like on Emma and what I need to still get for her to add to the costume. I just sent my concept artist ideas for Darchart (Jared Evans) and I am waiting on him to work on that. He recently finished up some designs for the Grasshopper costume Alan Chow will wear for his appearance in episode 1.5 “Love me”

Giovannie Cruz (Red Rose/White Rose) with her gun of choice for her scenes.

We’re picking things up again this weekend, a double shot on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will be Giovannie Cruz (Red Rose/White Rose)’s first time in front of the camera for me as Red Rose. She will have a number of scenes with Jacob which I am excited for.

And then Sunday is the start of the block of episodes at the Buchanan home, featuring DJ Economou (Edward Buchanan), Emma Weatherford (Rachel Buchanan) and her mother Jenni Mabrey (Evelyn Buchanan). We’ll also get our first dose of Ada Perez as Connie and Tyrone Freeman as Chris. Their parts on that day will be brief, but they have lots of work to come. Connie gets especially strong in the latter half of the first season.

Monday, the Buchanans met at Jenni/Emma’s home to run lines in preparation of their scenes. Also we were able to pick back up with Emma’s fight training. Two things I am very glad to see happening.

The amount of dedication to the project being shown by those involved to this point has been great and motivational for me. It moves me to make sure I keep up with things so this project can get done and no one’s work is in vain and it’s a bit moving to go from an idea in your head, words on paper and then to see people acting out those words.

It’s a great great feeling.

But much more work to go. Looking forward to every bit of it.

Insourcing is out as well. If you haven’t checked out the first episode of the series written by Billy Mau and starring Fabian Lopez, Daniel Bokor and Greg Vestal, I am re-posting it here. So check it! And watch for episode two this Thursday! We’ve gotten some good feedback on it and always looking for more. So watch! Share!

Oh and if you haven’t seen it, here’s the season one finale of Dial-A-Ranger!

Alas, far too long since I blogged, eh?

Well things are moving on two fronts. For Insourcing and for Party Girl.

Insourcing’s first episode will indeed drop on the interwebs on Valentine’s Day. I am going to work on a new teaser cut this weekend to help get the word out about that. I am excited for it. We still have some things we need to shore up on the last couple episodes and hoping to get those taken care of soon enough. I am looking at some advertising costs on a couple web sites that I know get a lot of traffic. Definitely plan to do more than just post the stuff on youtube and tweet about it. Also looking at doing some of that advertising for Dial-A-Ranger’s first season as well.

Dial-A-Ranger is in a think tank phase for season two as the break continues. I have an idea of the arc for the second season and a couple episodes already mapped out, I just have to fill in the rest. There will be more of Stan, more of the SPD Red Ranger and more fellow Rangers. Maybe even some Kamen Riders too, who knows.

Party Girl’s filming kicks off this weekend. Sunday will grace us with Jacob Drum and Chris Goddard as Benton Alridge and Joseph Alridge respectively. The scenes they are working are from the pilot episode. There are set to be some great interactions I am excited to see. I started working on the gauntlet prop for Bookworm. We won’t be getting into the party scene until the summer so I am time to get the version 1 gauntlet finished. But he does have a version 2 I have to get done as well. I thought I had an appointment Saturday, but that fell through so it will leave me time to get some resin work done on the gauntlet.

Emma Weatherford (Rachel Buchanan/Party Girl) learning some movies as her mom, Jenni Mabrey (Evelyn Buchanan) looks on.

Emma Weatherford (Rachel Buchanan/Party Girl) learning some movies as her mom, Jenni Mabrey (Evelyn Buchanan) looks on.

In other costume matters, Samantha and I have talked about Grasshopper costume stuff recently and at the second table read on the 16th, she should be bringing me some cost estimates so we can get the materials bought ASAP. We’re ordering the pieces needed for Rachel’s version 1 costume as well. That should be in by the second table read as well, so we’re hoping to get some pics of her in the suit soon.

Emma began working with my fight choreographer a couple weeks ago. Things got held up though due to some personal issues for my fight guy. But I believe those are resolved and we should be getting back into the swing of things this week.

There’s still a couple locations I need to secure for restaurant scenes. I thought I had a couple places on lock, but I don’t. Seems they have let other people in their door in the past to shoot projects and things did not go so well, so the owners are a bit skittish on letting me in. It sucks because it’s something I had no part of and I am paying for it, but hey, that’s the way things go. You just have to adapt.

Not sure how many people will care on the technical side of things but for Party Girl we are moving from a t3i to shoot on to a 5d mark ii. One is a crop sensor camera, the other is a full frame camera. Now I could go into detail on what that means, but I don’t want to bore people. Suffice to say it is a positive move for the production.

Thinking on building a shoulder rig for the camera too. I have seen a few I liked on youtube. I have looked at the cost of some of them to order online and it’s a bit outrageous for me and my budget at this time, so what the hey, why not build it if I can. I am going to combine elements of the rig I built from one of the Frugal Filmmaker’s tutorials and another one, and make a neat set up. I can’t wait to start working on it. Probably will handle that Saturday, while I am waiting for the coats of resin to dry on my props.

A lot to get to this weekend to say the least. But we’re moving forward.

Has it been that long since I blogged? Apparently. Not good. Will make sure I update more as we have plenty of things going on with Insourcing and Party Girl, but I will get to those later today. For the moment it’s time to get people caught up with Dial-A-Ranger and the season finale!


Be on the look out for season two in a few months!

It’s Monday, so if you haven’t checked it by now, and looking at the views we can see many people haven’t, a new episode of Dial-A-Ranger has been posted featuring the first meeting between our hero Stan Gerbil and the new hotshot Sity Patrol Delta Red Ranger. It’s the first of a handful of appearances SPD Red Ranger makes on the show, his storyline continuing into season 2. Good stuff. And of course in addition to episode 9 we always encourage people to check out the previously released Season 1 episodes.

In other work from the weekend, we shot episode 13 of Insourcing. The rough cut of it looks nice. We have three more episodes to do and a couple pickups. Two of them should be handled this weekend.

I am aiming for a Valentine’s Day release for the first episode and then they will drop weekly after that. And then we will go into promotion mode pimping the hell out of the show and hoping people will take some time out and watch it and have a few laughs with us. It’s been good work by all involved and many many people need to see it.

On the Party Girl front, I have been confirming more folks for the planned table read on the 19th. While I won’t have every single person who appears in the show there, the main players will be so people can at least meet and greet and see who they will be working with. Plus I can get a sneak peak of how the elements of this mix with each other. I am quite geeked for it.

Also this week I should be taking a peek inside the closet of Giovannie Cruz to see what outfits she already has on hand that will fit the mold of White Rose and Red Rose. Also planning on meeting with Whitney Bangerter and her husband as the latter’s line of work has granted him a warehouse space that we should be able to use, just have to peep it for myself and see what episodes we can use it for.

Lot’s of work ahead but good times with it.

Other than that, more shooting schedule work tonight. Just lining up the pieces and seeing how we can get this project done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

After four days of being beaten down in my eternal struggle against the occasional migraines I get, I was able to rebound today and get some positive work done. Well, after regular 9 to 5 work anyway. I volunteered to work this New Year’s day to get that good time and a half which comes in handy when recovering from Christmas spending when kids are involved. But I digress. I was able to tie off the season finale of Party Girl which actually resulted in 12 episodes rather than 13. After reading over the ninth episode, “Ty The Magnificent” I felt it was pretty much a filler episode and could be tweaked appropriately to take place in the second season, which it has now been placed. Gives more time and more focus to be placed on the 12 episodes of the first season, which I can’t wait to start working on. Scriptage has been sent out to the majority of the main cast and I am working on filling smaller roles in each of the given episodes as well as tie down some locations.

Looking to get a meeting going with the cast members soon. And likely for Jan 26th rather than beginning to film that weekend I will look at getting the cast together or the majority of the main cast, since getting every single person together would be a tad chaotic given how many roles there are. But I would like the main folks to meet and greet since they will be around each other a ton.

I passed along the rough sketch of the Grasshopper for my costume designer, Samantha Rieff, who is also playing Michelle Buchanan. She is on the look out for patterns for the costume. I have ideas on the helmet for the suit and will get those going the closer we get to the suit getting done. Psyched to see Alan Chow geared up for this role.

stalker pic 2


Speaking of Alan’s character, in the 5th episode we get a glimpse of the shrine he has in his room for one of the other characters, the object of his affection, Annabelle Messier. This past weekend, Morgan Lindholm (Annabelle) and I went around to a handful of locations in Denton so I could get some stalkery sort of pics from a distance  of her to be used on Alan’s wall.

Good stuff, can’t wait to see it used on the wall.

On the Insourcing front, we are set to pick up again Sunday with a few episodes and a reshoot of the first part of the first episode as I am not liking how it came out in the video, too much noise to even try to fix it. Better to just do it over since it is a quick scene. Secured another caller, Victoria Sawyer, who is also slated to be a huge help in Party Girl as the stand in for Giovannie Cruz when she is playing the Rose Sisters. I wanted to have someone opposite Giovannie who could really get into the parts rather than it be some generic static sort of reading. Victoria will also play a pissed off caller in one of the Insourcing episodes. We have already shot the office scene for that particular episode, we just need to shoot the caller scenes at their house. Expect that in the next week. Victoria will also have an appearance on Dial-A-Ranger.

Dial-A-Ranger had no new episode this week due to Ice-Mageddon. We were planning on shooting last Wednesday, but snow and ice descended and derailed plans. Thankfully we have what we need for the 10-13. We just need episode nine content, which we will get this weekend. Stands to be a busy weekend for me, but it’s necessary and it is welcome.

Trying to start 2013 off well and make it a big year for Taurian Films.

First off, Merry Christmas to all the folks out there in the Inter Webs and beyond. Hopefully you are not permanently scarred from Black Friday and the shopping since then. And my prayers are with those last minute shoppers braving the aisles on Christmas Eve. Full disclosure, I am glad it’s not me.

Now on to other business like…..

Boom! New Dial-A-Ranger for the masses. Here we get our first introduction  to a new Ranger. But will he be friend or foe for our hero, Stan Gerbil? We shall see.

I tapped fellow Mighty Morphin Texas Ranger member Alonzo Hunter for the role of the SPD Red Ranger. He has some fun scenes ahead and it’s always good to get more spandex on the show so people just aren’t looking at Stan the entire time. There has been some season 2 chatter already about bringing in the MMPR Pink Ranger and perhaps some Kanen Riders to battle our Ranger heroes. That’s right,  the throwdown all fans have demand, Power Rangers v Kamen Rider. Who will come out on top and just how hilarious will it be?

Photoweb comics. I have seen them before but didn’t think all that much of them. Recently I got into searching for super heroes in the public domain and got lost in the ton of characters there are as well as the interesting stories on how Marvel and DC Comics have snatched up some of the characters or just pulled everything they can, powers, personlity, origin, from the characters to make their own.

I had been looking at those to possibly try to bring in some real world type of heroes to Party Girl in the season 2 two parter I planned. I originally was going to use a super team I crafted back in high school and one that I still like and plan to do a web series on, but I didn’t know if Party Girl was the right setting for them so I thought of changing it up. Still thinking over that as I make a list  of some of the heroes that I like. Not sure how I made the jump to photo Webcomics, but I did, stumbling upon and a couple others. It was an interesting read and made me wonder about trying it myself. I am all for traditional comics for print and still trying to lock down an artist for the Hard Target B*tch graphi novel project with AnFFv photowebcomicnie Cruz, but you can be a little different when it comes to web content and different can be photo web comics. Not to mention I can tell some of the stories I have in my head without having to shelve them for years becuase I can’t afford an artist to draw them for me and my skills with a pencil suck beyond stick figures.

I script it like a regular comic book and instead of having an artist draw the panels I take the still pics and work some photoshop magic to make them into comic book looking pics. I have been playing around with it the last couple days, well Steph and I both have been, testing different looks. They range from slightly cartoony to over the top saturated with cartoony filters and what not.

Still trying to find the one that works the best or at leas that I like the best. Cost for this would really be in the costumes for the characters. Photoshop could help with SFX and environmental damage to city blocks and such during the fights. Or I was thinking of mixing traditional line art for the background and environments with the photos. I will have to do some tests to see how that looks.

As I am writing Party Girl I know there’s stories I would like to tell but won’t be able to within the 13 episode first season I have planned. But I can make them into web comics. Another Web series I follow, Heroes of the North, they have the regular Web series, but they also do web comics (traditional line art) that tie into the overall story canon. It’s a way to give people more content and engage them in different ways and I am all for that and keeping things interesting for the story.

I think there will be at least three web comics for Party Girl. One will feature the rise of the Rose Sisters, another will shed some light onto Det. Yvette Brenson and another will be a fun short story featuring Party Girl battling another villain.

Should be fun. Also working on another possible photoweb comic series. Just have to find people to star as the characters in said photo comic. I imagine I will find no shortage of people though. Not sure it would be something for the traditional acting/modeling community, but it might. And cosplayers, I can get them in on it to.

A lot of it is in thought right now, with fun possibilities I think.

Another Web page entry I found has links to a few other photo web comics. Check it.


Yep, there is a new episode of Dial-A-Ranger. I have had it cut together for over a week now, and had to wait to put it up on the regular Sunday release schedule for the show. It was a combined effort of myself and members of the Mighty Morphin Texas Rangers Facebook group. It was through that group that I met Seth Jones (Stan Gerbil).

Once I started doing Dial-A-Ranger I wanted to figure a way to use the gathering of other people in Ranger costumes in an episode and crafted the story for the Mid-Season Premiere Return Event episode. It turned out well I think. Peter and Kevin brought the thunder of comedy to their parts, and Kevin and Carlos were essential in pulling this off with the footage they provided. It was a collaboration I hope to see more of from this group.

Spent a few hours Sunday shooting footage for the second half of the first season featuring Alonzo Hunter as another costumed Ranger and Bunny Killer Ent.’s Jason Matthew Terry helping out on screen as well. Took longer than expected, but I like how things turned out. We have another day of shooting and we will be wrapped up for that and then I can relax and put them out to the interwebs and then once we go into hiatus we can start working on Season 2.

Hoping to get another Insourcing shoot in the books this weekend and I can start releasing those in the new year, bringing 15 straight weeks of funny stuff from Taurian Films.

And then on into Party Girl filming, which I of course can’t wait for. A full cast update will hit this blog in the coming weeks, trying to tie up a few loose ends this week.

Having to say no to some people who are going for certain roles.

It’s been a fortunate thing to have people interested in working on Party Girl and on top of that very talented folks who want to work on this series and contribute to how amazing it will be. I could be a little biased in thinking that, but it’s OK. The last couple weeks I have had lots of actors come through the door and been pleased with all of them. I am confident I will get to work with them in some capacity throughout this series as there will be a lot of work to do and a lot of roles needed.

I also found this wasn’t the best time to be casting coming off Thanksgiving and barreling toward Christmas. People have family obligations, shopping to do, students in college and high school both have finals they are spending all their time studying for, crazy busy times.

Shout out to Whitney Bangerter, Victoria Sawyer, Chris Goddard, Stephen Wheeler, Cassandra Chandler, Alexis Johnson, Marissa Lopez, Jason Jaster, Tyrone Freeman, Natalie Williams and D.J. Economou for taking the time out of their day to audition this past weekend.

I have already started putting out some roles that have been cast and will continue over the next several days and get deeper into making the shooting schedule and a little over a month from now be shooting Party Girl.

Of course those are my plans. The best laid schemes of mice and men and all that.

Can’t wait to get going though. I have a grand feeling about this project and the story and how epic it will be.


And as another plug, if you haven’t seen the teaser to the mid-season premiere episode of Dial-A-Ranger, check it here!

Also, I figure I’d start to spotlight things I see from fellow creators and filmmakers. I came across this trailer earlier today and thought you guys should check it out as well.