Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Strangewerks News

Brian Schiavo's new movie is getting some more gross effects done. Here's the big ol' creature hand!

Monday, May 30, 2011


So the good news is that we've gotten a whole bunch of small sales from a whole bunch of territories. The bad news is we have to actually finish the movies! ;-) Ha!
Virginia Logan as Foxwell in Android Insurrection.
Actually, we've locked Act 1 of Earthkiller (including visual effects, but not color-correction) and we're going to start going gang-busters locking other acts.
Then we'll be onto editing Android Insurrection.
Also, sitting here on my desktop is what is potentially a fantastic script which has so far been written by Nat Cassidy and me. It needs another week of work because we changed up the bones of the story structure. Nat is doing some ridiculous thing called "theater" so he can't work on it any more. Maybe I'll work on it while mixing Earthkiller.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Business News

3net is a new Sony/Imax/Discovery channel. Word on the street is they're looking for 3D programming.
It may take time to assess this Cannes, but so far all signs indicate a slight return to the robust activity and old time glamour of past events.
Oh, please heaven let that be true. Let pre-sales be back up. Here's a British buyer's take on Cannes.
Yet it is also the frenzied feeding ground for the unscrupulous and untalented, with titles as unpromising as Sand SharkGhetta'Life and Juan of the Dead.
Those are, of course, the kinds of pictures we make.

Our sales rep is at Cannes. Well, he's probably on his way home right now. We won't really know what sort of sales or interest we may have gotten as the sales themselves typically come through at random times -- after all the sales are on the buyer's schedule, not ours.
Interestingly, the big studios are finding what we find to be true. Make a property which can be marketed based on another property (what The Asylum calls "mockbusters" are really what the big studios do just with their own material). Don't pay much for stars, pay much for visual effects.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Alien Uprising on Amazon

Check it out, Alien Uprising on demand on Amazon. I'm guessing that link only works in North America. We don't actually make any more money if you download it or watch it online because our North American sale was a buy-out. But it's pretty cool that it's on there, no?

Wrapping Out

Here are a couple pictures from Rebecca Kush's Blackberry when we wrapped out of the location on Sunday.
We wrapped a whole bunch of characters all at once.

The last of the stills

Here are the last bunch of pictures from Libby Csulik from the set of Android Insurrection. I'm so confused and beflustered right now that I have no idea what day these are from. Harbls.

Sarah-Doe Osborne as Yurra-1 hisses at an irksome human.

Joe Chapman points at an unnervingly happy Nat Cassidy with the slate.

Virginia Logan's new head shot.

Sarah-Doe Osborne as Yurra-1 in Android Insurrection.

The Queen of Mars is amused.

Time to shoot the robots.

Time to relax and have a smoke after shooting the robots.


More pictures of Alien Intervention. Er. Android Insurrection. I'm getting punchy.
The gang looks at playback. I have no idea what I'm doing there on camera left. Talking to Sarah-Doe?

Joe Chapman built this set, and he'll sail her to the bottom of the sea if he has to.

Jiah Peck looks on while David Ian Lee works a scene with Virginia Logan. 

David Ian Lee and Virginia Logan with her EMP grenade.

Virginia Logan and Henry Maduka Steady.

Makin' a movie here with gratuitous lighting.

Why isn't Maduka Steady in this movie? I have no idea.

That's me shooting through the ceiling of the set.

Drew shoots Sarah-Doe Osborne and Virginia Logan.

David Ian Lee wonders "What happened to the screenplay I wrote? I don't remember any of these scenes."

Second-to-last-day, er, 3rd to last day

The brilliant and astounding Libby Csulik took these pictures. I feel fairly confident that this is the third-to-last-day. No, wait, that can't be right. These are all the second-to-last-day.
Drew shoots the bluescreen with David Ian Lee and Virginia Logan (that's listed right to left.)

The original Charlie's Angels, Tom Rowen, Joe Chapman, Nat Cassidy.

David Ian Lee, Tom Rowen looking stranger than even usual for him, and Nat Cassidy.

Um. Er. Space Rangers from the planet Oxion 13!

Libby Csulik (shemping for Juanita Arias) flashing some gang signs with Tom Rowen. Maybe Joe took this picture?
 Now that I think of it more this must be the 3rd-to-last-day. If I looked at the call sheets or maybe the dates on the photos I could find out. I'm not going to.
Two Thirds of our Arizona contingent, David Ian Lee and Nat Cassidy, arguing about the script (they're the writers on Android Insurrection.)

Jiah Peck booming Virginia Logan and David Ian Lee.
 Today was the day that David Ian Lee made like he's the big name talent we brought in for only one day because that's all we could afford. Really it's because he has a baby now!
David Ian Lee not looking nearly as Hitler-esque as we thought he would. His character's name is Colonel Bellware and that amuses me to no end..

Can someone stop this guy? Joe Chapman in all his sexiness.

I see a buddy - cop crime drama here. Nat Cassidy and Joe Chapman in If Looks Could Kill Thursdays on NBC.

Second-to-last-day part 7

Virginia Logan manages to break her gun. Again. We're just going to take those butt stocks off next time.

Virginia Logan knocked down by an (as-yet invisible) robot.

Sarah-Doe Osborne with her laser sword and the Queen of Mars await more gratuitous robot action.

Joe Chapman, Maduka Steady, and Jeff Wills. I have no idea what they're doing. O wait, this must be second unit.

Joe Chapman waits patiently while the camera rests.

Joe Chapman and Jeff Wills are about to die by robot.

Maduka Steady, Queen of Mars, and Joe Chapman -- this is probably while 1st unit was shooting. As we only had one camera we had to trade back-and-forth.

Sarah-Doe Osborne sits on the special styrofoam "space blocks" that are used all the time in both this movie and Earthkiller.

Henry Maduka Steady second-unit directs Joe Chapman.

Libby Csulik loses it and starts taking some monkey jumpers out.

Second-to-last-day part 6

Although honestly now I'm confused and this might be the 3rd-to-last day. Libby Csulik's photos:
Sarah-Doe Osborne puts on her complicated android lip gloss.

Jeff Wills you have something on your... on... just the lip. No the... never mind.

This is basically Nat Cassidy's Roger Waters from 1972 look.

Somebody gave Nat Cassidy the camera. Big mistake.

Henry Maduka Steady directing second unit.

Nat Cassidy looks way too good in brown.

Sarah-Doe falls asleep. As it turns out, androids dream of eclectic sheep. [Editor's note: somebody put in a funnier joke here.]

Maduka Steady directing second unit in the most dramatic way possible.

Nat Cassidy slates second unit.

Maduka Steady shoots second unit.