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The race is on!

The campaign is live!

Bj Lewis and the rest of the cast and crew of Cheerleader Karate School are out to raise the funds to make the first nine episode season of the supernatural martial arts web series! Viewers, critics, fans, everyone is clamoring for new stories from new, diverse voices and there is no better an opportunity for that to happen than with Taurian Films’ latest series.

Created by Bj, Cheerleader Karate School is the story of five young girls who are drawn together to user magic and martial arts to fight an evil that threatens their home city of Denton, TX and the world at large. Along the way this power team will tackle issues with family, equality, responsibility, identity and more as they strive to find their place in the world they are trying to protect.

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The leading ladies of Cheerleader Karate School.

The current crowdfunding campaign which runs now through Oct. 14 is part of Seed & Spark’s New Voice Rally. The Rally is a way for creators to get an opportunity to tell their stories. Creators have to raise at least $10,000 through their crowdfunding efforts and then use that money towards a pilot episode of their show. Top prizes include a developmental deal and more funding toward the production of the show.

Bj and his cast and crew have begun work on the Cheerleader Karate School pilot and hope to use the funds from the campaign to pay for the work that has been done as well as fund a second episode to give people another look at the show and opportunity to get behind it.

So much work has gone into the show, so much heart is behind it. Bj and the crew just need that last push, that last seed to help spark the amazing project that is Cheerleader Karate School.

For more information on the campaign, check out the Campaign Page

 

The title says it all about what we are doing.

Sept. 12 through Oct. 14 is the first crowdfunding endeavor for Cheerleader Karate School. It’s been mentioned here on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter. We’re participating in Seed & Spark’s New Voice Rally. They are out to find the next great program and it could be anyone’s. You just have to crowdfund $10k to film your pilot, impress the judges and then see what happens. Now of course we have been shooting (and in some cases reshooting) scenes from the CKS pilot but we checked and we can still be in consideration for the New Voice Rally. But we don’t need the whole 10 to shoot an episode of CKS and our plan is to use the funds for two if not three episodes of the show to really give people a good sample of the show and hope they can get behind it. 13934610_1064008977024207_5594595618268369175_n

Crowdfunding seems like a good option but it’s not called a campaign for nothing. You have to work it like one and pour every ounce of yourself into it to make the goal. That’s what the plan is with CKS. We believe we have a cast and crew that is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen and make the goal. We will just see how it all shakes down a month and a few days from now.

 

Three shooting days are in the books for Cheerleader Karate School, the supernatural, martial arts drama series from creator Bj Lewis. After talking about CKS for days, weeks and months it was great to finally get the actors in front of the camera and into their various roles. 13240607_1019089401516165_2030442161112642330_n

We tried to cover a lot of ground as we were going on an extended break between the third shooting day and the next as a few actors are going on summer vacations. But looking to get right back into it strong in mid-July.

As we have said and will continue to say many many many times, the cast assembled is great. They are super talented, hard working and have great chemistry together behind the camera. It will be up to us to get that chemistry to continue to be on display when they are in front of the camera and to make the final product look the best it can be.

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Wen-chieh Chi (The Next) and Maddy Cerda (The First).

 

 

This past Sunday, Bj appeared on The Cutting Room Floor podcast to talk to Casey Ryan about the project. If you missed it, you can catch it here.

In the meantime the plan and the goal continues to get as many people to check out the info page on the show and hope they will dig it and stick with us as we develop the show and be there in a few months when the pilot drops.

Well Round Three of Rack Focus 3 happened last night. I think it might be still happening. Despite some technical snafu’s for a lot of the night, things were relatively good for the screening of the third round of the film competition. Thankfully 20 Minutes or Less came off without a glitch in the presentation. There were some technical hiccups regarding audio. Isn’t it always audio?

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With the incomparable star in the making, Gabby.

But people still seemed to enjoy it. The judges gave good criticism, they seemed to dig the concept of it as well as everyone had rave reviews about Gabriella Corvina in the lead role and the validity, the presence that she brought to the role. We of course knew she had that and that’s why we wanted her involved. Kerry McCormick, (who was in a few films last night, differing roles and bringing great stuff to them all), brought more of that realness to the project. It was just moves to them, they knew what they were doing and it showed.

 

A lot of what the judges were saying we had already been thinking in hindsight about the project. As Bj Lewis stated on the mic last night it was a learning project for us to do more action as we endeavor to do it the best we can. Thanks to a kick as cast/crew 20 Minutes or Less turned out great. And turned out to be a good blue print as we intend to go back to the well of that film after finding a truly huge home to film it in as it was intended. More on that to come.

It was a good time though. Lessons were learned and the bar was set and set higher and higher last night as more films were shown later in the evening. Some really talented people are in the DFW and we see we at Taurian Films really need to step up our game to show that we belong in the same conversation as some of the other films.

Hopefully the technical problems did not mar the show too much. We were all hoping at this point they would have been ironed out. This is from the outside looking in as of course we don’t not have the knowledge or experience of what it’s like to put on a film festival. We can only hope lessons were learned there and future events can be smoother. It’s a great opportunity for area filmmakers, actors, etc. and we want to see it be the best it can be. 13254411_10101074705673508_4401587139637705291_n

In other film news, we started work on the pilot for Cheerleader Karate School, shooting a great scene with Summer Dobozy and Deborah Kay Hooker as Keegan Fox and her mother, Sara Fox. Great stuff from those two. Consummate professionals who I we think work well as mother and daughter. We look forward to more of their scenes together.

There is of course lots more to come over the next few months as we develop Cheerleader Karate School.

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!