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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.

DadBodies

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.

HTB

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.

 

It’s Perky Chicks and Roundhouse Kicks when the girls of Cheerleader Karate School burst on to the scene to save us from any and all evil.

See how the story begins Jan. 2017 from this Denton, TX produced series created by Bj Lewis and Taurian Films!

For more information check out http://www.facebook.com/CheerleaderKarateSchool or follow us on Twitter/Instagram @taurianfilms @CheerleaderKarateSchool

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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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.

 

For those that haven’t seen the trailer for the upcoming Taurian Films web series, Party Girl, featuring Jeanne Lampley (Rachel Buchanan), DJ Economou (Edward Buchanan), Jenni Mabrey (Evelyn Buchanan), Jacob Drum (Benton Alridge), Giovannie Cruz (Red Rose/White Rose) and a host of other talented Texas actors!!

http://youtu.be/rm0hPeTGk04 (Evelyn Buchanan Sneak Peek)
http://youtu.be/_LYG76Z1-DA (Darchart Sneak Peek)
http://youtu.be/PPtNx01kTPw (Grasshopper Sneak Peek)
http://youtu.be/nqJYFpT0brM (Red Rose/White Rose Sneak Peek)
http://youtu.be/jU7QtP672M0 (Trailer 3)
http://youtu.be/zjoL83YgAMA (Trailer 2)
http://youtu.be/N4NS1UOd3-E (Trailer 1)
http://youtu.be/WqROeAPiOFQ (Behind the Scenes look at the show)
http://youtu.be/_1sksh7bNDE (Behind the Scenes shananigans)
http://www.filmbreak.com/projects/party-girl (Film Break project page)
For more information on the show check out the Facebook,http://www.facebook.com/PartyGirlWebSeries or https://taurianfilmsnews.wordpress.com

Rodney means, Fabian Lopez and Seth Jones…thugs in Party Girl.

We mourned the loss of Ray “Softbox” Jenkins, Sunday.

Thankfully we haven’t had many an occasion where we lose gear. But we did last weekend on a shoot at the Denton Record-Chronicle building. It was a scene with Fabian Lopez, Rodney Means and Seth Jones. They were playing thugs threatening the life of a teenager from episode 1.11 “Past Debts.” Well we were shooting outside in the evening and for some reason winds were nearing hurricane force gale. I put a whole bunch of stuff against the stands in lieu of bean bags I wish I had. Now i know I needed to get them eventually but I figured I could handle things without them and when you’re dealing with little to know money for a budget you have to prioritize what you really need versus what you can do without or McGuyver it.

Well the wind had other plans for one of my softbox lights, blowing it over. Now my boxes have taken some spills over the past few months and escaped without injury. But no, on this day, three out of four bulbs in the softbox broke. That sucked. Now we got through with the rest of the shoot but it still sucked that it happened as it’s another expense I did not forsee happening. I know I needed to get extra bulbs and such at some point, but again, I was trying to make the best use of what I had at the moment.

But stuff breaks, you have to accept that and just deal with it when it comes. And that is what we’re doing.

Filming is ongoing but should wrap up November, knock on wood, there are no more major delays. The second week of January will be here before anyone realizes it and then it will be time for Party Girl to hit the interwebs.

In other Taurian Films business, we are in the early stages of working with Fabian on a web series of his creation with filming to take place in between filming Party Girl season one and when season two is slated to begin. After reading the scripts for the first two episodes of his show, “Smoove & Ruff” we think it can be a hit and look forward to getting started. Me, Jermaine and Annie

Other things we hope to get started include the film, HTB, starring Annie Cruz.

That film finds Cruz as an assassin who gets caught up with the FBI in her latest job and has to turn to an internet friend for help.

Annie Cruz as HTB's Vanessa Bachman

Sample art from Joshua Chinksy for the HTB graphic novel.

We finally have a first draft of a budget for the film and have begun whittling it down to the essentials that we will need to make this film happen.  We’re looking at filming the majority of the film here in Texas with some pick ups done out in LA, where Annie resides. A fundraising push for that project should kick off in the new weeks as well as one of the second season of Party Girl as well.

Alongside a couple other web projects, there’s a lot of things going on in the Taurian Films camp but they will be ready for the masses soon enough.