Saturday, October 22, 2005
Guest Blog for the whole week starting on Sunday "Dave Hanson"
Comedian, actor, and my vote for the next Dalai Lama, Dave Hanson will be our guest writer here on the blog starting tomorrow.
Dave plays the character Reese in the movie and you should check out his interview on our website.
Let's see if the boy can blog funny.
Okay so now I will name drop since I never really do much.
I got a nice phone call from Kelly LeBrock about the warcry.com interview.
She's doing great and hopefully we can arrange a screening for her.
That's right, me and Kelly are tight.
William Katt and Beverly D'Angelo both wrote a nice email to me. Yep, It's pretty damn cool.
That until they all see the movie then they will start to get the restraining orders out!
Speaking of funny, here now are some more reviews from people who attended the cast/crew party of Gamers. And we even one person who is starting the sing the "I love Dick song!"
"By the way, is it crazy that every morning (or night, or daytime) I start singing to myself, "wake up Dick, god made a brand new day...mornings with my Dick are my favorite part of the day...I love Dick...I love Dick...(that part repeats over and over and over and over and over and over)"
"It was well-conceived, written, directed and acted. It was very funny and I think it will definitely get somewhere. Break a leg with it! Great job! And congratulations!"
Stephanie Barr -Mensa member since the age of four
"I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed the movie. You can really see how much fun everyone had doing it. I loved how your personality gave the movie a real strong perspective and
brand. You have a great appreciation for the little things in life that are so true and so ridiculous at the same time. It's just the kind of movie that makes you go home smiling for a couple of days. I
was actually just telling a friend of mine about a couple of the scenes that stuck out in my memory and they made me laugh all over again. That's an awesome accomplishment. I just know it's going to be a great big hit for you."
Jon Spinogatti -Fine Actor and honest to God we aren't seeing each other, both happily married
"Fuck'in Aye Bubba, Fuck'in AYE!!"
Dear Little Fuck Face Brother,
Well that review HAD to FEEL mighty good! I'm glad he
choose to let Mick pay him off instead of Kevin
McCloskey, Jeff, and me beating the crap out of him in
the parking lot!"
-Steven Folino, my older brother
"Loved the film. Itís got some potential; good luck with it."
"As I have been saying since I read the script, I love it!
When you have time let me take you to lunch. "
So that is my blog! Folino say goodbye.
posted @ 02:07 PM PDT [link] [Karma: 0 (+/-)]
Friday, October 21, 2005
Festivals and a second private screening
It's been nice taking a week long break from editing/tweaking the film.
I did write some quick flashback sequences that are funny that may be used for the second part of the film. If used we could be talking about a 87 Minute movie.
I want to get them shot before the next private screening.
To date we have entered the film into Sundance, Slamdance, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, HBO Comedy Festival, and the South by Southwest Festival.
The earliest we find out will be November 28th and that's if we get into competition for Sundance.
I think November 29th is the date the rest of the films are announced that will be shown.
Then we will have to get a film print made of the movie, which will very cool.
My whole life I've always wanted to make a movie and see it projected in a theater on film.
It's so much different than video projection; shooting on 35mm will really shine. If not, I will hunt down Tito.
We are working towards another private screening with some distributors and a large audience.
It could happen in about two weeks, we are trying to find the right venue for the right price.
Other than that it's just getting music rights cleared and the thought of having to wait a full month really sucks. I have never had much patience. God knows if your a fan of the Sopranos you got no other options. And I almost about died before they release "The Empire Strikes Back." Great movie!
I think part of the almost dying came from watching the Star Wars Holiday Special.
If you have never seen this special, go on EBAY and get it. And then get drunk, you can't watch it sober. I watched it sober twice. Once at the age of ten and the other time 30. Both times, I had the same reactions.
Go get it, and then you will know how George Lucas made "Howard the Duck" and the latest three Star Wars movies.
Man, if the word suck was a visual image, it would be the Star Wars Holiday Special.
I think I was ten and my brother Steven and I both looked at each other and said "Wow, this is more painful than going to church at Easter Time!"
We were raised Catholic so there you go.
posted @ 09:25 AM PDT [link]
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
A Blog to Roger Ebert
It was funny today, thanks to Shannon and the www.warcry.com article we got a lot of calls from distributors.
We still aren't sending any copies out for them to view alone. I like getting rejected face-to-face. It builds character. I want the Lions Gate guy to tell me it's not funny in a "Waiting" the movie way or even a "Saw II" way!
I never liked the girl who dumped your ass via a pager or on the phone.
Seriously, I think the only person I would send a copy of the film is to Roger Ebert. Not the other guy he does the show with now. I would have sent one to his original partner, Gene Siskel. Gene was super cool.
But not the younger guy, I just can't! I'm old school. When they brought the new guy Richard Roeper on that's like when the genius who created the Pink Panther cartoon brought it back and decided to make the Pink Panther talk. That was so fucked up. No knock on Roeper, it's just that Siskel was like the original Pink Panther and then he got replaced with a wise ass talking Pink Panther. Oh, the scars of my childhood memory.
I won't even begin to tell the story of when those ass monkeys brought Speed Racer back.
So if Roger would review the film and if he hates it I will never make another movie again and I will wash your car! And to make the pot even better, I'll even call John Singleton and ask him to please stop making action movies. That's pretty fair right?
Funny huh? It's like screw getting a movie deal! I want Roger to review the film first!
Come on Roger, email me.
I will bring the "In and Out" burgers and you bring "Gino's East" Pizza!
Sounds like fun? Did I mention we got Kelly LeBrock and Beverly D'Angelo in the movie? And if you like them young we have Meredith Zealy, Yvonne and Niko Posey! Come on Roger?
It's only 84 minutes of your life. And from this day forward only Roger and Shannon from www.warcry.com will ever get a screener copy of anything I get to do.
Again, Viva La Warcry!
posted @ 05:52 PM PDT [link]
Warcry.com review about Gamers
That's about the coolest thing that's happened to me since getting my drivers license, losing my virginity, getting married, and the birth of my three children.
I'm really proud and happy.
Shannon and the gang at warcry.com are cool people, and there's no way we could of bought them off.
It's a great day and we are all thankful for the review.
posted @ 10:11 AM PDT [link]
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
New Trailer Update
This is a more relaxing week since we had the cast/crew party last Saturday.
I'm mostly spending time entering film festivals and fielding calls from distributors.
They all want screener copies, and Dov S-S Simens in his book "From Reel to Deal" Says don't do it.
And since he's got a cool name I'm listening.
We will be setting up another private screening soon, part of me wants to wait until we hear from Sundance or Slamdance.
I know in about a week or two we will start to add more scenes. Looking forward to it. We have two great new clips to add into the movie that really will be offensive and funny.
My goal is to have every ethnic group protest this movie.
I got a call from Ben in Chicago who wants to help us do a showing of the film in Chicago.
I'd love to go and see how it plays out with the masses! And fucking Gino's East pizza is there.
Oh my God, why doesn't somebody bring that place out to California?
California pizza sucks! Good lord, we should trade one In and Out Franchise to Chicago for one Gino's East. It would be a win, win situation for everyone.
And while were trading we can trade the Sparks for the Bears right?
A little WNBA for some NFL action?
And lastly we will be doing a proper trailer in a week or so.
I have the concept down and we may use the new trailer as leverage to get on the front page of a famous web site.
I'm shooting for something Disney!
We will remove the cursing so we can attempt to market minors.
So, that's what is up.
posted @ 02:35 PM PDT [link]
Monday, October 17, 2005
We will be posting some new interviews this week. We got William Katt, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Roberto Blasini and a lot more.
It was cool having the folks from www.warcry.com come out for the cast party and I think they may talk a little bit about the film which is really nice of them.
Speaking of the film, it gets entered into Slamdance today and I plan on just shelving the project for a week and then looking at it again.
Hell, when we submitted to Sundance I cut three minutes off the film, and ended up putting it back in for the Slamdance cut. But, that's the great part of being the writer/director and an editor. I think the writer always wins at the end. It's all about the story.
From the cast screening on Saturday, I really want to shoot a new scene or three. Add some more stuff with the Reese character and a scene with Johnny.
I figure I'm going to hell already with this movie, so what if we add a scene with some more old people getting attacked. It's comedy baby.
I read today that the movie "Strangers with Candy" isn't going to be released because of problems with clearance to use posters from the eighties. Christ am I glad we got permission from everyone. White Snake, Night Ranger, The Scorpions, and the Predator movie.
My favorite corporation that gave us permission to use their product was Intellivision.
This was my childhood growing up, I had to sell my Star Wars Figures and my Atari to buy an Intellivision. Oh my God, still to this day I can play Intellivision Baseball by myself with two hands.
I don't think I ever lost at that game. Keith Robinson from Intellivision Lives came down to the screening and he's a cool dude. I'm proud that the main character wears the Intellivision shirts in most of the film.He liked the movie, which was cool. The Intellivision is so great, I have the original system hooked to my HDTV.
I'd give up my XBOX, PS2, and all PSP before my Intellivision. Funny how games have come so far with graphics and the fun factor from Intellivision Baseball still kicks ass!
Again thanks to all our families, friends, and new friends for coming to the cast party. We really appreciate the time you took to see the movie.
posted @ 09:21 AM PDT [link]
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Early Reviews of people in attendance for the cast/crew showing of "Gamers"
We had a little over 300 people come to the cast, crew, and friends screening last night.
We are honored so many of our friends and the cast came.
Here are some emails reviews we got.
Admission was free!
"I laughed my FUCKING ass off. :-) Call me trashy, nasty, whatever...I really enjoyed it."
"I didnít have any idea that I was going to laugh so much. It was superbly acted and produced." Itís a really funny, right on target film."
Lisa Rojany Buccieri
Acclaimed Author of Writing Children's Books for Dummies
"My heartiest congratulations on "Gamers" the movie. I laughed, gasped, and just had a fabulous time at the first public showing."
Dr. Merritt Hemenway
Prinicpal and like award winner every year for something dealing with education
"The movie is really funny in places and really, really funny in others.
It was truly one of my favorite experiences since coming to hollywood. If this is what you can do in six days just think what you could get if you stretched it to say 8 or 9!"
Scott Allen Rinker
"My guests and I thoroughly enjoyed GAMERS we agreed that we would have paid money to see the film. Everything seemed to work and the laughs were huge and plentiful, which clearly
was (is) a tribute to the writing and the acting and all the technicals that go into movie making. "
Max L. Huber
posted @ 11:41 AM PDT [link]