Monday, December 24, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Another year of the Killer63 has come and gone. Meant to come and post an update over the weekend, but I'm fairly worn out and exhausted. Even getting up the ambition and will-power to do a lil' blog update is quite a feat for me at the moment. Anyhow, everything went really well. Been getting lots of ego boosting praise over the last couple days. Extra special thanks to all the filmmakers, cast and crew involved in making up the shorts that screened this year. And to the staff of the Mayfair, and to everyone who came out to our late late show premiere.
Despite wanting to take a bit of a break...wheels are already in motion for next year. Folks asking how to submit a film for consideration to be screened...talk of maybe expanding to more days...maybe include some features. Lots of ideas. There will be a part 3 for Killer63 for sure. Halloween 2008...so still a bit of time to get things organized again.
Oh...and for those who haven't heard yet, the Ottawa X-Press has nominated the K63 for the 'Best Film Festival' of 2007 in it's Best of Ottawa Reader's Poll. It only takes a couple minutes to vote online...so if you head over to their site and do so, I'll be your best friend. Thanks.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
In related news, we finished shooting 'Cassandra' on the Saturday. Everything went well. After doing lots of dialog sitting around a table, got to do some fun action and fake blood and gun-play. I went in for some editing a couple days ago and will finish up on the weekend. Horribly behind schedule, but still in time for the screening. Putting together the master tape for the premiere on Monday (waiting for three more submissions...then we're all good).
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
This past Saturday we shot day 1 of my Killer63 project. And as per usual, the indie filmmaking gods were out to smite us. There was a message flashing on MSN, that was sent towards me at 5:20AM. It was from my assistant director, who is also the person getting us into the location (an office building that she used to work in that is now empty for a couple months). She was up all night due to her fiance (one of my actors) and his state of immense sickness. So at that point I pretty much figured the day was a write-off.
She was kind enough to still come out though. After the other actors and crew arrived on location, we discussed and decided to shoot everything we could do without our fallen to illness actor being present. Managed to get a good chunk of the dialog shot, and a couple other things. Including a cool lil' fx shot for our actress. I was very pleased with the performances, and all went well. We're returning on Saturday to finish up.
That puts me way past the deadline which I myself set for the fest. Sometimes these things happen though (and this Saturday is the only day where the trio of actors are all free). My editor did drop by today to pick up the stuff we got so far. Get a bit of a head start on that post-production work.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
In other Killer63 news, I crewed on two other productions this week. Did sound stuff for director Anne-Marie Frigon on 'Scare Bears', and director Bonnie Robinson on ' Infinity'.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Anyhow, this brave lil' piece of equipment served it's purpose again this previous weekend for some more 'Leeches' shooting. Much more pleasant then the last batch of work. Moved indoors, shooting some hospital and office scenes. So much easier than dealing with swamps, bad weather, planes flying over and real actual swarming leeches.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
The original was also watched by the crew of the Satellite of Love on MST3K back in '92:
Oh sorry, Frank, I left the leech on too long! Well, Frank... Frank?
[to the leech]
Well, now that you've sucked all the blood out of Frank, what are you gonna do now?
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I became an instant fan during his Flash / Impulse stuff. Then he went over to Robin and then became in my humble opinion the best of the modern era Spider-man artists. You can look him up on Wiki or just type his name into Google to check out his bio and his art. Won't bother repeating all that info here.
Despite having attended geek fests as nearby as in my home town to all the way to California for the glories of the San Diego Comic Con, I never did get a chance to meet him. Never got a chance to chat with him and get a sketch. His career and life have been cut tragically short. And that makes me sad. I haven't yet read the latest issue of 'Spider-man and the Fantastic Four' that he drew, going to go do that now.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Ralph Gethings (one of the thirteen) has been kind enough to set up a website. So I'm going to halt the K63 blog, just to try and encourage participants and interested parties to go to that site instead (check out the link over to your right).
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Along with the help of one of my frequent collaborators, went and shot the opening night of Jesse Buck's new show 'Bubkus'. Nothing fancy in the shooting department, I think the final product will be used for grant applications and media stuff...that sort of thing. The show was great. If you're local, or in Ottawa during it's run, you'd be doing yourself a favour by going to check it out (for all the pertinent info, check out Jesse's website).
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
In more Batturtle Productions centric news: The assemblage of the Villains pitch is going well. Storyboards are being drawn. Scripts are being written. Want to have it done before the end of the month. Also working on a second round of interviews for the Comic Book Connection. Re-interviewing some of the same folks, but getting some more updated info. That too will be done (not the final product, but at least some interviews) before I flee for California as well.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Surprisingly enough I had another letter published in Buffy (#4). Extra surprising due to the fact that I didn't write the thing. I double checked my outgoing gmail just to make sure that I wasn't losing my mind. Evidently I was not. Some kind of editorial mix-up I guess. So, I get credit for someone else's letter and my name in the book two months in a row. Boring news for you, but kind of kewl for me (though it's kind of a dull little bit of correspondence). There's probably some angry geek out there, fuming that proper credit was taken away from them and is currently in the midst of plotting revenge against me.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I starred in a Star Wars comic. Okay...I wasn't the star per-say, but I did play a very vital role in the story. I was the first person ever to be seen killed by the intergalactic bounty hunter Jango Fett.
You see, a friend of mine is a comic book artist. He found out the he got a gig drawing a
pre-Episode II comic, that would serve as a prologue to the character showing up in 'Attack of the Clones'. My immediate question was if I could be drawn into the thing. I have no shame. And it's very likely the closest I'll ever get to being in a Star Wars movie. He wasn't sure at first, as he didn't have the script yet. It could have been a story about a bunch of Droids and Jawa's for all he knew.
A little while later, he phoned and asked if I would like to be killed by Boba's dad. Yes. Yes I would. And that is how I got myself into real actual Star Wars continuity (those who don't count comics as canon can go straight to hell). Currently, the story has been re-released as part of Dark Horse Comics celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars. So now I have another shot for the character to be noticed and turned into an action figure. Star Wars always gets toys made based on character's who were on screen for a third of a second, so why not one from a comic?
Friday, June 01, 2007
Mega Villains Light Explosion! Sounds like the title of a new Saturday morning, Pokemon-esque, Japanese cartoon. Actually, it was just the title of this picture when it was e-mailed over to me. A more finished version of a sketch that can be seen a few images below this here update. Think I might use it as the cover-page for the pitch for the show.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I had mentioned to Barry from Basement 24 that I was in need of a logo design for Villains. And that if he had any ideas to keep me posted. Well, within a day or so he sent me over a whole bunch of sketches. If he keeps this up he's going to ruin the reputation that artists are lazy.
The one at the top I think would work very well on the title page of a pitch. And I can picture the one on the bottom looking nice on a TV screen as the opening logo for the show. If this whole concept does manage to come to fruition, I'd like to make use of a title-card in front of each episode (like they did in the good ole' days on cartoons, and as has been seen in recent years on Batman and currently on stuff like Fairly Odd Parents). So there'd be plenty of opportunity for designs like these ones I hope.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
My favorite character in the Villains U is Mary Mime. A kick-ass backstabbing evil mastermind with pale white skin, spades tattooed over her eyes and a penchant for brutal violence. She may or may not show up in some of the scripts that we're compiling for the initial pitch. She doesn't appear in the one that I've completed. That would be a Christmas episode starring the central three loser characters of Crime King, Ghostman and Ric (changed from Rick for comedic spelling reasons). I'm sure she'll show up sooner or later though.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Some years back, I had the crazy idea to do a trio of short films that stood on their own but could then be packaged together as a feature length anthology. Hence three Villains shorts were produced, and then they appropriately enough became an anthology titled 'The Villains Anthology'. They were fun shoots, lots of my friends worked on the things, and I was very pleased with the final product. They were screened here in Ottawa and at a number of fests around North America (...off the top of my head I remember that they were shown in New York, Toronto, Utah, Vancouver and elsewhere). They were featured on a couple of online film places, and got me listed on IMDb for the first time. Alas, as happens with most indie films, the effort did not grant us riches, fame and fortune.
I've always had in the back of my head that I want to take another shot at the concept though. I really love the characters and the world. So currently, with the help of some alike mind friends, we are whipping up some scripts and storyboards and stuff and slapping together a pitch for an animated 'Villains'. I'd like to do a comic too. Especially with all the nifty Internet options available for publishing nowadays.
Those pictures up above are concept designs for a couple of the central characters from the Villains Universe. As illustrated by James Lagowski. More to come.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Lent a hand and got behind the camera last Friday night for a quick lil' music video shoot for the Bella Bombs. Directed by Brett Kelly, and shot on location at the Birdman Sound record store. Brett's put up his first run at editing the project together onto the video section of his MySpace page.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
This upcoming Saturday (April 14th) at 11:30PM, the Mayfair theatre (here in Ottawa) will host a screening of Brett Kelly's new directorial effort, 'Kingdom of the Vampire'. KotH marks the millionth or so project that I've worked on with Brett in various capacity. Alright, not quite a million. But I think that we may be up to around twenty or so long or short movies ranging from a special thanks I got on one film he directed, throw in some sound stuff, gripping, and A.D.-ing, all the way up to me directing him in a feature.
Anyhow, if you're free late Saturday night, grab some friends, make your way to the Mayfair and check out the big world premiere. An (approximately) midnight madness horror show at a good ole' fashioned single big-screen theatre. No better way to see a scary vampire movie.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Got a call yesterday from area code 510. 'Where's 510?' I thought to myself as I picked up. Evidently it's in California. There's a new channel starting up called The Volt down in San Francisco and they needed my updated contact info to send me over a broadcast contract. So sooner or later some of the Batturtle shorts will be on TV down in the States. They said they'd keep me posted as to when stuff starts to actually hit the airwaves so I'd be able to spread the word. Their website is still in the midst of construction, but you can check it out here.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Over the weekend I helped out on the last couple days of shooting for 'Dead of Winter'. Which was well timed...because I think that the weekend may have been the last couple days of the season seeing how the weather is going and that the snow may soon disappear. 'DoW' is the latest project from director Jodi Pittman, who also contributed the short 'Daycamp Massacre' to the Killer63 fest late last year. Right above here is a shot of Jodi going all Rodriguez and pulling double duty as director / camera operator, as I stand by on boom patrol. There was thought that the movie would be a medium length short (45 minutes or so) and put onto a DVD with another horror film of similar running time. Now it may end up being a full length feature all on its own though. For further info on the project, feel free to link over to the Dudez Productions site.