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Big ups to Ellen Hedger, host of the Chatterbox with Ellen Hedger as she welcomed Bj Lewis, Gabriella Corvina and Summer Dobozy to the studio to talk Cheerleader Karate School.

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Summer Dobozy (l) and Gabriella Corvina on the Chatterbox.

Ellen was a great host who asked good questions and seemed to be genuinely interested in what the guest trio was talking about.

Gabby and Summer were insightful and engaging and Bj provided some of the info on Cheerleader Karate School that people needed to know. It’s nice to see and hear their excitement for the show. Of course we at Taurian Films and Bj Lewis are always excited about the projects we are working on and CKS is no exception. But it is nice to know that the people working on the project feel the same way and makes us believe they will truly bring their A game when it gets time to get in front of the camera.

Of course there is lots more than can and will be said about the show. Bj is hopeful that Taurian Films can secure another appearance around the time the pilot is done and ready for viewing and when the crowdfunding campaign is ready to go as well.

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Gabriella Corvina, Bj Lewis, Ellen Hedger, Summer Dobozy pose for a few pix after the show.

We’re looking at other opportunities for media appearances to promote the show. Of course it may be slower sledding right now since we do not have much to show in the way of footage from the project, but we want to get the ball rolling, if nothing else to give our cast/crew ample practice in interviews, radio/podcast appearances.

Many of them have not experienced that before and that is something they will do a lot, not just for CKS but in their acting careers, so if we can help them along, we are happy to do so.

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Gabby chatting it up with a caller on the Chatterbox.

It’s all about grassroots support for the show and building it as early as we can. And we will continue to take every opportunity on each and every podcast/vlog/radio show to do that.

Catching up with Taurian Films this week…

A few things are happening. We turned in our cut of 20 Minutes or Less for the Rack Focus Round 3 competition by the Saturday deadline. Will be interesting to see people’s reactions to it come screening time. It will be screened on Day 2 of the event at the Texas Theater in Dallas. We are contemplating if we want to jump into Round 4, but that will depend upon an idea we really like and time seeings how we will be in high gear on CKS by then if all works out.

The Shooting Schedule for the CKS has been sent out and now we are waiting for folks to peruse it and deal with the inevitable conflicts that make the shooting sched go through three or four iterations before we find the one that works. It’s one of the things that comes along with indie film. We aspire to rise above that sooner or later of course. Until then, we deal with what we get, how we need to.

We dropped another BTS video with the amazing actress who will be playing The Next alongside Maddy Cerda’s The First. One day someone will jump on those names and realize where they come from. We are just waiting on it to happen.


Thursday, Bj Lewis will be making an appearance on the Chatterbox with Ellen Hedger, a streaming radio show that is produced out of an Arlington studio. Bj will be alongside Gabriella Corvina, Summer Dobozy and Maddy Cerda to talk CKS and other film related topics. And later that evening, Bj will be one of the presenters for the second Nerd Nite Denton event.  He was approached to talk about his endeavors in film and how he manages it alongside a family and a full time job. Should make for a great conversation.  And if it doesn’t…well..there’s beer.

We’re finally jumping in with a Dallas band, DeFacto, and looking into how we can work with them on video projects that can showcase the band and the music they produce. Initial conversations have been good and promising, and we’re looking to sit down with the band members in person to further hash out the details. Not to mention allowing us all to see that everyone involved is serious about working together. Ideally that is the start of many working relationships with artists, bands and more.


 

Party Girl needs more love and more views as always. It’s Denton’s only indie made super hero series and features the amazingly talented Cait Pool!

And fill the cast we did thanks to work put in Sunday.

It was a busy day as we were busy in a few areas. We held auditions for more roles in CKS and the other thing we did was film a short episode of CKS. Micro-chapter, micro episode, mini episode, whatever your preferred description of it, that is what we filmed. We conceived it to accomplish a few things. To give us something relatively quick and easy we could do. To give us some content to put out there involving CKS. To give those involved a chance to get an early start on playing their character on camera. We think we succeeded in that and that the ladies involved got to learn a bit about what it takes to do the fight scenes. Being skilled in their various martial arts is one thing, but bringing it in front of the camera is something else and we wanted them to get a feel for that before we film the pilot.

Speaking of the pilot, we are tweaking the script again. In addition to general edits to tighten up dialogue, we are changing the town the story takes place. While the high school will remain Dakota High School we are changing the story to take place in actual Denton, TX. The goal is to use the sights and sounds of Denton as well as some of the haunts in the show. Hopefully we can garner some support from local businesses and local people that way as well.

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Wen-chieh Chi – The Next

 

 

We cast a few roles out of the auditions Sunday, big and small roles. One of the highlights being the role of THE NEXT. The First and The Next are two former cheer members who had a falling out with Mark and left the school (or were kicked out if you ask them) they are a very important part of the first season and we wanted to have a couple kick ass actresses to play them. We already had Maddy Cerda on board for The First and now we have Wen-chieh Chi and her  taekwondo black belt for The Next. She is an aspiring actress and action star and is eager to take on CKS and we could not be happier to have her.

We found a few more side characters in Barron Hodges, his best friend, Trip Stephens, a few of the other players at the school, and more. We did OK I believe. And of course,  for more information on casting, feel free to check out www.facebook.com/CheerleaderKarateSchool.

We’re excited for what the series can be, we just have to get to filming and make it happen.

 

A few BTS videos to show what exactly we were up to Sunday in addition to auditions.

 

Lots more BTS content to come as more join the cast, as the girls train as we hold table reads and actually get to filming.

Hopefully people enjoy what they see and will check out the show when it is released later this year!

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.

 

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!

 

 

…sucks. Let’s just be real about it. Scheduling is not fun. Trying to align events so that multiple people from all different lives can show up together for even a couple hours on the same day, same place…it’s madness.

Well madness is where we are with SHIFT. We have our major players set, now it’s a matter of getting them set in place and ready to go. So that’s what work this week will be, hitting the calendar and getting ducks lined up.

I have to do some location scouting for one scene. We’re dusting off Mabrey Studios (also known as the house we filmed Party Girl at) to use as the main house in SHIFT.

It’s a good cast, with good people, should be a good time.

For more on SHIFT check the Facebook page.

Follow us on Twitter at @taurianfilms. And get others to follow us too. We need better numbers.

And remember to check out Party Girl Season 2 — >

Annnnnnd stay tuned for more information on how you can help make our HTB graphic novel, starring Annie Cruz, a reality!

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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.

 

…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!