Posts Tagged ‘Suicide Squad’

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.

 

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Sunday was a good day at MDF Studios in Cedar Hill.

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MDF Studios

 

MDF Studios is the family dojo of Gabriella Corvina, the uber talented young actress we were fortunate enough to land in the lead role of WINNIE for the 20 Minutes or Less short film for the Rack Focus Round 3 competition. As stated before, we have shot action, but we really wanted to improve on things and have a better end product when it comes to our action scenes. A big part of that of course is organization, planning and practice. The meeting Sunday was to get with the actors involved in choreographing and rehearsing some of thing action to be seen in the short.

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Gabriella and Isadora working out their scuffle.

May 7th will get here sooner than we know it so we have to get the work in. The main fight scene will have to wait until we can get Gabriella with Kerry McCormick, but we were able to plot out a few other things that go down. I hope to scout to location prior to the next time we meet to really tighten up the choreography before filming. That way I can get exact measurements and layout of the place so we will be able to see where the actors can and can’t go.

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Bella and Gabriella working things out.

It’s always fun and exciting to see people really buy into your script and your project and willing to do what it takes to make it happen. That’s what I saw on display Sunday with the cast/crew I was blessed with. I know it will make for a fun short.

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out what they had to say about things….


 

Check a clip from our upcoming short fanfilm, A Typical Tuesday.


 

Check out Party Girl: The Series Season 2 starring the incomparable Cait Pool!


 

And be sure to check out and follow facebook.com/HTBMovie for our upcoming graphic novel/film with Annie Cruz!

 

 

…we were all set to go for Rack Focus Round 2 when on the date fees were due, things were scuttled early. Now it was kind of annoying when that happened, as we were lining things up nicely to be able to shoot our script when the carpet was kind of yanked out from under us. Ideally that does not happen this time regarding the pitch gathering Saturday.

We have been sitting on our script since then. It’s a 10-pager, which we have discussed before, but we don’t mind refreshing you all about it. At least a little bit of it. We’d like to keep the main crux of the story to ourselves, but what we can say it is called 20 Minutes or Less and it will be a short action film. We are contemplating ways to make the action interesting and different on some level.

Action is not new by any means, so we just have to find some way to make the presentation of it stand out beyond doing the whole slow down, ramp back up thing that sooooo many people do these days. I honestly hate that with a passion and will see to never employ that method in anything I have a hand in. This is important to me for this project as well as my big action pilot I am planning on filming this year, Cheerleader Karate School, and it will help with SHIFT as well.

We have a few needs for the short. We need people both in front of and behind the camera, helping out on set. We need henchmen that are ready and have the experience to throw down with our heroine for the story. We have our eye on someone for that and we hope to make that known soon.

We have a couple location needs. One, a big ass house where the action takes place. And a mom and pop pizza shop. We’re looking into some spots in Denton, already rejected by one of them, but hopefully one of them lets us in the door so we can keep things local and showcase a Denton spot. They scratch our back, we scratch theirs.

Will be interested to see what people we can wrangle for the project, of course hoping all of them are ready to work. We have had a couple things we planned lately scuttled because people either aren’t communicating or just don’t seem to be about what they said they were initially. It’s aggravating, but it helps you know who to saddle up with and who to steer clear of.

But we will see what happens.


 

Be sure to check out Season 2 of Party Girl: The Series


Check out our Harley Quinn (Caly Pool) and Deadshot (Chad Cramer) from our Suicide Squad fanfilm. The full short is coming soon.

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.

Promotion.

Promotion.

Promotion.

Constant promotion of your projects is the only way people are going to pay attention to it. With so many things out there competing for attention (I’m blogging this as I play with my dog , contemplate breakfast and fire up my PS4) you have to do what you can, everything you can to get out in front of people and show them that your content (whatever it may be) is worth taking the time out to see.

So it is with that intent that I joined the Dallas-based Twisted Fiction Radio show Tuesday night.

It was a good time and good chance to talk about things I have going on including Party Girl: The Series, HTB, Crapshoot and our Suicide Squad: A Typical Tuesday fanfilm and ideally people came away with some curiosity to check out what we here at Taurian Films have going on.

You can check out the show at –> http://livestre.am/5bdHT

Get caught up with the latest Party Girl: The Series episode.

Our Suicide Squad fanfilm teaser.

Well it was also exhausting as hell but well worth it as my bro, Jermaine, and I filmed footage for two teasers we are working on.

The first was Crapshoot.

On set at the Hickory Street Lounge for Crapshoot.

On set at the Hickory Street Lounge for Crapshoot.

It’s the story of a woman who gets her hands on a strange device that revives her when she dies, each time with a random superhuman ability. She struggles for answers and normalcy while dodging crazed scientists, religious zealots and mercenaries bent on recovering the device from her.

Crapshoot is one of a handful of projects we will be submitting to script contests, for grants and every other thing under the sun that could possibly be a source of funding for us to make it happen.

As I have mentioned before, Jermaine and I have been friends since we were kids and we spent many days of our youth planning stories, creating characters for comics, movies and TV.

We go back like 8track and Crackerjacks

We go back like 8track and Crackerjacks

The web really wasn’t a thing back then, but if it was we would have been thinking of that too. Jermaine has helped me from afar with feedback and advice filming my web series like Party Girl under my Taurian Films banner. But he and I had yet to work on something HANDS ON together under the Jigsaw Entertainment banner.

Crapshoot was the first one. It was cool. While casting gave us some hiccups in the week leading up to filming, things got worked out eventually. We filmed a few scenes at the Hickory Street Lounge. Ken is a kick ass owner and we owe him a ton for letting us in the place for as long as we were there. From there we moved to Fort Worth to the home of Stan Baker, who plays Big Bear in Crapshoot. Stan’s an amazing guy and an asset to any shoot both in front of and behind the camera.

Jermaine, working and planning shots.

Jermaine, working and planning shots.

I have tried to work with others on shoots before in the capacity that Jermaine and I were for these shoots and it has had…mixed results I will admit. But not so with my brother and I, perhaps because we were more in line with each other as far as the vision of the project or perhaps I simply trusted him more than others with what I wrote. He was primary on the camera and I stepped in on the shoots when I needed to as did he. Often we dovetailed what the other was saying or going to say, so it was cool to see we were in such lock step with each other. Made for a smooth shoot and we needed that seeing how we went from early Saturday morning into the Sunday morning hours. We called in Tony Dotson, Cloyse Caruthers, Brandon Henry, Derrick Andrews and Kerry McCormick for on camera rolls in the teaser as well as Nathan Hartley to help us behind the scenes getting still photos, something we never do enough of on shoots.

At least I don’t.

Long hours, but a lot accomplished. Did we get everything, no. I have some small pick ups to obtain in the next week or so. But I will get those in and all will be good.

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Filming a take from the HTB teaser.

Sunday brought us Annie Cruz and filming HTB (Hard Target B*tch). This was monumental as well. We were finally filming the project we have been talking about the longest. Annie was in town attending Exxxotica with her fiancé promoting their new business venture and while she was tied up Friday and Saturday, we marked off Sunday to make the shoot happen. I whipped up a small, short teaser to film with her. We had our first planned lead have a schedule conflict, so again I called on Derrick Andrews, who was available and great to work with.

Wrapped after a long but fun HTB teaser shoot.

Wrapped after a long but fun HTB teaser shoot.

We filmed in Recycled Books on the Denton Square. That store has an amazing look and feel to it. We filmed video for our next stab at fundraising for the HTB graphic novel. Possibly the film too, but we will see where things go, but the first priority is the graphic novel and the money it will take to make that happen.

Making Derrick a little messy for the next take.

Making Derrick a little messy for the next take.

After that we filmed the teaser footage. We got a lot in, and we have some small B-roll pickups to knock out in the next couple weeks. We were filming as the Sun dipped so time was short to get what we needed in the light we needed to have for it.

Jermaine and Annie talking through the next take.

Jermaine and Annie talking through the next take.

Again, it was a good shoot to work on together and be in sync regarding what we set out of to accomplish. I think it was good for Annie too, as much as we have talked about it to finally be here in the moment, in the character…that will go a long way towards feeding that fire to get out in front of the people and show them that this is a great project to get behind. We tried and failed before as far as fundraising for the book, but having this experience and having her be the character, it will just make us all work that much hard when we launch that campaign again (because we will and soon) and try to get the project going.

It was a long brutal weekend yes, but very well worth it.

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Party Girl: The Series Season 2

Suicide Squad: A Typical Tuesday Fanfilm

Let’s try this again shall we, this whole regular blogging thing.

Hump day.

Blog day.

Let’s make it that simple.

First up…

New Party Girl. The downside of being a one man band, when you get thrown off by anything, well, you get thrown off. So my release schedule for Party Girl has been shat upon quite honestly, so I am admittedly playing catch up with that. The eighth chapter is out and it finds a wounded, trapped Party Girl trying to outwit the police, a newly minted supervillain and a hit squad all out for her head.

It is among my favorite episodes. Of course there are technical things that I am kicking myself about months later, framing chief among them. I need to get an aspect ratio template on my camera, that would help tons. Flirted with Magic Lantern, but so skittish about bricking my camera that I have not done it yet. I may bite the bullet sometime soon.

There are still five more episodes to go for season two. I have written season three and will make the decisions on filming it in the coming months.

Outside of that, my brother, Jermaine, is flying in this weekend and we are working on a few things.

A short note about my brother, he and I grew up talking about movies, TV, comic books, things creatively that we wanted to do when we got older. He lives in LA and while we are both pursing those creative ends, we haven’t done much directly, hands on together. He does things out there under his name and things I do locally here under my own name are done under Taurian Films, projects we work on directly together are done under Jigsaw Entertainment. The company name we thought of in our early 20s.

We are planning two shoots this weekend. One is for Crapshoot, a sci-fi/fantasy/drama about a former adult film star turned children’s author who stumbles onto a device that gives her special abilities at random whenever she dies. We’re filming a teaser trailer for it and putting that together to go along with other materials and pitching it around to see if we can get some kind, any kind of traction on it to be able to make the series. We shall see what ultimately becomes of it.

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.

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.

That is Saturday. On Sunday the plan is to hook up with actress/model/radio personality Annie Cruz for work on HTB (Hard Target B*tch), a long gestating feature/graphic novel project. Again the plan is a photoshoot and filming a teaser to get some visuals and a tangible idea to convey to potential backers on what we have cooking with the story both the feature and the graphic novel. Hopefully we can stir up some interest and support.

It’s going to be busy weekend, but it should be a fruitful weekend. Of course we have had some small hiccups, but indie film is nothing if not having things go wrong, adapting, improvising and overcoming whatever those issues are. So that is what we will do, if indeed we need to.

Stay tuned.

A shot of some of the cast for our Suicide Squad fanfilm, "A Typical Tuesday" coming this winter.

A shot of some of the cast for our Suicide Squad fanfilm, “A Typical Tuesday” coming this winter.

And tune in to another project of ours, a fanfilm, for the Suicide Squad. It’s not the big screen multi-million dollar version but it is made by a ton of fans of the comic and the characters who felt this would be a fun way to spend our time while we wait on the big screen movie to drop next year.

We have a great assortment of talented Texans attached to this and trust and believe you will love our Harley Quinn.