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Perky Chicks and Roundhouse Kicks!

More shooting was done on the pilot episode for Cheerleader Karate School this weekend. Boyd High School in Boyd, TX was nice enough to open their doors to us as they have done over and over again every time Bj has needed a school setting to shoot in. The school was an option many times for Party Girl: The Series and for A Typical Tuesday in the past and the school was an option again for CKS.

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Keegan (Summer Dobozy) relays her surprise at the girls fighting to Brice (Christine Rejcek).

A lot was put on the filming plate for Bj and the cast and crew. Boyd is a haul for some so he was hoping to get everything done in that one day so no one would have to be asked back. One the scenes are edited together, we will see if Bj managed to accomplish that goal. Everyone brought their A game as they always do, particularly in a fight between a couple of the main actors, Gabriella Corvina who plays Fi Espinoza and Timylle Adams who plays Tyesha Banks. The two of them have a lot of animosity between them. (Their characters, of course. The actors get along fine) The two of them have played them very well and you can feel that tension between them on screen we believe.

It’s just on Bj to make sure everyone looks their best and he hopes he succeeded. That is one thing that is important to Bj, that people look their best and that they are able to be proud of their participation in any project of his. The stakes get no higher for CKS because Bj is hoping to be able to raise funds for the show and be able to make it bigger and better than he ever could on his own and of course, increase the compensation for those involved.

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Make up testing for an upcoming shoot.

Earlier on Sunday Bj met with Maddy Cerda (The First) and special effects make up artist for a handful of season one episodes. On hand was Jo Lorio, an actress and martial artist as well. Jo is going to help with fight choreography for a number of season one episodes and she is playing the monster the team is pursuing in the opening moments of the teaser portion of the pilot. Maddy is in school for make up and alongside being a kick ass actress who is all in on her role, Maddy is a great SFX MUA on the rise and the entire production team is happy she is lending her talents to CKS behind the camera as well as in front of it.

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Mark (Fabian XIV) tries his best but there is a lot of rage in Tyesha (Timylle Adams).

We have been dutifully telling people to tell their friends, family and others who may be interested to mark those calendars as the crowdfunding campaign for CKS will kick run Sept, 12 – Oct. 14, 2016 through www.Seedandspark.com and their New Voices Crowdfunding Rally.

As noted in previous blog entries, the New Voices Rally is part crowdfunding, part competition as we would have to raise at least $10,000 and gather an audience of at least 500 on Seed&Spark to move to the next part. That next part will potentially be able to help us finish the first season, outside of us raising the funds ourselves. $10K would cover the first 3 episodes of the show. 

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The look on the face of Fi (Gabriella Corvina) says things are about to get rowdy.

 

Bj continues to work on lining up indie/geek media outlets on their social media pages to line up Bj and the cast/crew for interviews and such to help get the word out. That will be the big thing. The more people that know about CKS the better chance we have of hooking more fans and making our goals happen. Likes have been slowly creeping up on the Facebook page. Hopefully we can increase that in the coming weeks with T-shirts and promotional flyers, posters and cards. Boots on the ground, grassroots effort is going to win the day. We know there are people out there who will be interested in the show, just a matter of reaching them.


 


 

Well it’s a change you won’t see until season two actually.

Jeanne Lampley has resigned from the show as she has a summer acting gig planned in NYC. We wish her well in her future endeavors and thank her for her work on the show.

We have quintet of ladies who have put their hat in the ring to replace the outgoing Jeanne, and hope to have one in place by the end of weekend.

And of course fans of Jeanne still have nine more episodes of her as Party Girl.

I hope to have Chapter V delivered to the masses soon, which, yes I have said, but in truth we needed one nagging pick up scene that Jeanne had to shoot, which we did, so now we can finish it.

In the meantime, work has been continuing on season two.

We have shot some fun scenes with Giovannie Cruz, Richard Houghton, Ada Perez and Stan Baker, all reprising season one roles.

Between takes on set.

Between takes on set.

We got to a few scenes I was particularly excited to do in the form of the Congregation led by Logan Thomas as THE MINISTER and Victoria Sawyer and Sanjay Nilliyat as two of his disciples, SISTER PIKE and BROTHER DIESEL  Brady Kickhaefer was great in his role of equal rights activist, MARK SPEARS, even though he is a dirty Kansas City Chiefs fan. And we got a smidgen from Oscar Seung as DANIEL CHU/CORONA of the IMMORTALS. Who you will see lots more of in the 9th episode of season two.

Getting our shoot on.

Getting our shoot on.

Dallas Comic-Con was last weekend and we had talked with Fabian Lopez about attending it to help promote Party Girl.

We didn’t end up going, but Fabian did in costume at least one day as CamoFly, his Party Girl character. And though he did not get as much love from some attendees, he still had a good time.

Fabian Lopez, from grunt to super villain in Party Girl.

Fabian Lopez, from grunt to super villain in Party Girl.

 

We plan on being armed with flyers and such for upcoming conventions and we are making note of which ones we are going to attend. All comes down to the almighty dollar. Dollars are the only reason the revamped taurianfilms.com has not hit yet. But that’s the price you pay when you’re doing it yourself. But we will do whatever we need to bring the Party Girl story to the masses.

 

And of course, if you haven’t seen it, catch up with Chapter IV of Party Girl at:

Questions, feedback or anything else please send to taurianfilms@gmail.com. We love to hear from you all.

And be sure to check the Facebook page @ http://facebook.com/PartyGirlWebSeries

We are near the end. We pretty much have this weekend of shooting and some idle pick ups here and there with some of you guys who I have been in touch with.
The majority of shooting is done with rough cuts of several episodes in existence. They will be sent to my brother in Cali as he will be doing the final color grading on it. The first episode is still set for January, but we are contemplating the 20th of January rather than the 13th. Still a Monday, but Denton County’s own little Ice-Mageddon a few weeks ago kind of threw things off.
Will keep you guys up to date.
The important thing is we are nearly there and the world can finally see what  the cast and crew have been working on for months. I have said many many times and will continue to say how thankful and humbled I have been by the dedication, work and sacrifice everyone has done to bring this project to life. It’s been nothing less than a dream to see it coming together, to see a little story I started writing when I was 15 blossom years later into this show.
It’s just awesome.
We have some sneak peek featurettes for the masses, the latest one featuring Caden Blevins who plays Darchart in episode 1.8.

The next one will feature Giovannie Cruz (Red Rose/White Rose)

We have a couple other things in the works we will use to flesh out the world of Party Girl and give people more material to chew on alongside the episodes.

We’re getting closer to that premiere date and things are getting exciting to say the least.

Also, mark down Jan. 26 on your calendars and planners. That date is the first (of what I am sure they hope is annual) Helio-Con. A convention emanating from Lewisville, TX.

Party Girl will be there.

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.

See the picture? That is Taurian Films name on the schedule in the 6 p.m. block for FenCon X this Saturday! Yep and we are excited, beyond excited at the opportunity to share Party Girl with anyone and everyone who comes to the presentation and the debut of the brand new trailer and who comes by the table before or after the screening. Hoping for a good turnout. A little nervous…scratch that a lot nervous, but we feel strongly that we have a good project on our hands and one that the people will like.

Taurian Films listed on the program schedule for FenCon X Saturday in Dallas.

Taurian Films listed on the program schedule for FenCon X Saturday in Dallas.

While the program listing only have three panelist, apparently that was the limit, Samantha Rieff will be on hand as well as Jacob Drum, Normita Joven and a handful of other cast and crew.

We’re busy this week finalizing the new trailer. Due to some shooting complications some of the footage that was planned for the trailer did not get filmed in time, but we did not fret as we had a plan B up our sleeves to knock out a good trailer that will show off what the story is about.

It’s going to be a rocking good time and I hope many many people out there will attend.

For those needing to know ticket information…

FenCon X will be held October 4-6, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Near the Galleria. (That’s at 14315 Midway Road in the Dallas suburb of Addison.)

Adults over 21
Weekend – $45
Friday $20
Saturday $25
Sunday $20

Young Adults between 13-21
Weekend – $25
Friday $10
Saturday $15
Sunday $10

Children between 6-12
Weekend – $20
Friday $10
Saturday $15
Sunday $10

Kids between 0 – 5 –> FREE

On-Site Registration Hours:
Friday: opens at 11:00am, closes at 9:00pm
Saturday: opens at 9:00am, closes at 6:00pm
Sunday: opens at 10:00am, closes at 3:00pm

 

 

Check the photo here.

Custom Grasshopper action figure courtesy of Fabian Lopez

Custom Grasshopper action figure courtesy of Fabian Lopez

What do you see?

You should see the same thing I do, a kick ass work of art. What that figure is, is a custom job done by Fabian Lopez. Fabian is a talented actor who is presently the lead on Greg Vestal (Dr. Wallz)’s Soulcatcher film project and he is a henchman in Party Girl as well as the co-lead of the Insourcing web series.

I found out months after he and I initially became friends that he does custom figure work. He takes small figures and through parts from other figures, painting and putty he crafts from pretty awesome figures.

Another custom job from Fabian Lopez.

Another custom job from Fabian Lopez.

I tapped him to work on something for Party Girl, the Grasshopper. Fabian has been keeping me apprised of his progress and sent me the last image only a few days ago. I must say it is amazing work. The time it and work it took to craft the braces alone had to be tough. He made them look much better than I did for the suit even.

Big Sed Custom figure by Fabian Lopez.

Big Sed Custom figure by Fabian Lopez.

I am thinking of having a set of characters made. Party Girl, Bookworm, Grasshopper, Mercenary, Darchart and maybe one or two other costumed characters. I am thinking they can be good collectibles to use in the fundraising for season 2.

We’re off to a good start. Can’t wait to see what else Fabian can do with those figures and others he is working on. Fabian has recently begun taking orders from indy wrestlers to have them made into a figure. Among the first he did was of Sedrick “Big Sed” Ware, who is Red Rose’s heavy in the web series.

More good stuff to come.

Boom.

Not for the faint of heart. Or kids. Or bears.