Posts Tagged ‘Party Girl Web Series’

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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.


 


 

Rounding up a few things going on with Taurian Films at the moment…

Party Girl:The Series, starring the immensely talented Cait Pool and a host of other talented Texans, received a nomination from the 2016 Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase: Best Domestic Drama – MicroShort. The nomination alone is nice. Of course Bj Lewis hopes for a win, but still it shows that the work of everyone, the time, energy, sacrifice and talent from everyone went into making a product that was worth while.

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The crew is waiting out a few summer vacations for cast and crew members to get back in the saddle of filming the pilot. Creator Bj Lewis is also bringing in a DP that is experienced with the Canon C100 that Bj has long wanted to begin filming his productions on. It will give him a chance to get out from behind the camera and focus soley on directing the action going on, which he has also wanted for a while now. So things are going to work out there.

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Gabby in 20 Minutes or Less.

 

 

Rack Focus Round 4 is nearly upon North Texas and Bj has an idea already for his entry. Well, he had a number of ideas, but the most recent one, a sequel to his Round 3 entry, 20 Minutes or Less. Bj has written a third part as well to complete the 20 Minutes or Less trilogy. The idea of course is to keep doing more action shorts to up his game in that area, which will only serve to improve things going forward particularly for Cheerleader Karate School.

Speaking on CKS, while the majority of the cast members have martial arts experience, the newest edition to the cast, Timylle Adams, does not have all that much. Timylle is playing Tyesha Banks. That roles has gone through a few changes in recent weeks but Bj is confident Timylle is the one who will take the role to the next level. Now to help her with her fight prowess, Gabriella Corvina (Fi Espinoza) has volunteered her time to give Timylle private lessons to help her get up to speed. This will be especially important since Fi and Tyesha’s conflict and fight scenes are a high point of the series.

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Timylle training.

It’s looking like the crowdfunding campaign for the first season will kick off in September to coincide with Bj’s efforts to have CKS a part of the Seed & Spark New Voice Rally. Prizes for it include finishing funds for web series. Who knows what can happen there. The main thing is looking high and low for sources of funding that can help make the show happen.

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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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Britney Tomberlin

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.

Check it out, the season two finale of Party Girl: The Series!

It finds Party Girl and Darchart desperate to rescue Party Girl’s sister and up against new and returning foes who plan to make things difficult for them.

So go check it out!