Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Location scout part 2

Second location scout day for the second episode of THE DANGER ELEMENT










Monday, March 29, 2010

Locations and Rough Cuts

Did some scouting for THE DANGER ELEMENT today and snapped these pictures of one of our potential locations.

Mr. Watanabe, Susumu and Doug TenNapel watched our rough cut of Go Sukashi: Episode 2 today and loved it. Good news. Lot's to do before Thursday.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hungercide!

Fun commercial thing I made starring Ben Page and Justin Spurlock. Shot it in my house during one of Mister Page's visits.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Battle Jitni update


I know there are people out there who have been waiting for the next episode of the Danger Element series. (Which is flattering and I must thank you. Even the ones who hate me for only giving them one episode for an entire year.) The reality of the matter is that an episode of The Danger Element can be kind of a tedious undertaking, especially considering the bar I gave myself on the first episode. Parts of two additional episodes were filmed very soon after finishing the first, but other commitments and responsibilities have prevented me from giving the project the focus that it needs to become what it was meant to be. For that, I apologize.

Recently, I have been reformatting and splitting the episodes so that they fall into more manageable five minute parts. Two of these are going to be going into production over the next couple of months and you'll be seeing them soon. I hope you are as excited as I am.

I can't tell you much about them or when exactly they'll be out as its a little too early to tell right now, although shoots have actually been scheduled. I'd like to see the first one released online in a month if I could pull that off, but I can't make any promises without a real budget to work with.

Here are some of the people involved:

Kato

Ben Beames

Ben Page

Justin Spurlock

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Green Randal


Justin Spurlock, Adam Parker and I filmed a fight sequence for Go Sukashi: Episode 3 today. It was the first time we've had a weapons duel in this series and we did not fully predict how tricky this was going to be while wearing vision restricting helmets. Adam and I can generally only make out the general location and movement of the person directly in front of us when we are in our full costumes. This usually works out reasonably when we are doing hand to hand combat, but weapons seem to just become invisible as they spend most of their time swinging around in our periferal vision (and neither of us have periferal vision in these suits.) Add the factor of my lenses fogging up with every breath and you have a situation that just shouldn't work. As Adam would swing his staff at me and I stepped in to block it with an unprotected forearm or (when I was lucky) a sword, it was literally guesswork. I didn't know where the weapon was, so I'd just put my arm in the place I remembered it being when we rehearsed.

What's crazy about all this is that it worked really well. Sequences of moves that Adam and I were sure were going to end up looking like two blind men flailing around trepedatiously on the screen somehow ended up being some of our most interesting moments and would only take a few takes to get them looking great.

I'm really glad that this show has such a low percentage of actual fight choreography in its action sequences. I am pretty sure someone would get hurt or something would get broken if that were not the case.

That's it for now. I may have some bigger news later this weekend.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Back in action

Had a really cool conference call this morning with Doug TenNapel, Justin Spurlock and a contact in New York about some really interesting things that I hope end up happening. (If they don't happen, at least I never said they would!)

Right at the moment I am puting some last minute touches on my design for tomorrow's fight scene that I'll be performing with Adam Parker (Who plays the Green Randal!). This one is for Go Sukashi: Episode 3. For those of you who care, you probably know that Episode 2 was supposed to come out on the first. Obviously there have been some delays due to circumstances beyond our control. Its rescheduled to come out on the first of April and will blow your mind. Hal Forsstrom is pulling all nighters on a visual effects sequence that is incomprehensibly awesome AND there is a surprise ending!

I'll get back to you all tomorrow with more news from the set and from the future. For now, enjoy these two fine specimens of anticipatory entertainment.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Channel 101

A pilot for a DANGER ELEMENT series screened at Channel 101 Sunday night. Didn't make top five, so the audience doesn't get to see the car chase next month.
http://www.channel101.com/shows/show.php?show_id=387

Here's the whole short film