Throughout our filmmaking odessy, we decided to log the important developments that are brewing in our creative process for the project of news and updates to share with our fans. They will be called Production Logs. To kick off our first log, we feel it’s necessary to establish what the story is about.
“In 1995, a struggling and alienated art student is imported into a life and death video game where he embarks on a dangerous quest in discovering not only his two lost older brothers, but also his courage and belief in himself to defeat the game’s champion and export them home before it’s too late.”
Screenplay: From November of 2011 to April 2012, the script is finally completed and the rights have been purchased for the piece. Our very first official copyrighted material and we couldn’t be more happier at JEL. We should expect our certificate of ownership from the Library of Congress to arrive by June. Thanks to the guidance and help from Daniel Jerry Gierhart and Scott Loehrke, the writing process would have taken more time to complete. Originally we wanted to showcase our work in national screenwriting competitions, however we’ve decided to refrain. We want to invest our funds to produce and film the project instead. The competitions we had our eyes on were Scriptapoolza and the Nicholls Fellowship in Screenwriting. Attached is the first three pages of the story for you to enjoy.
Actors: We couldn’t be more happier to have a great group of talented people to be a part of this immense project. The majority of the actors we’ve had the privelige in working with in the past in our time in Ohio and have created great relationships, although we are excited with the addition of new talent from Nashville. Currently committed to the project are Dylan Stretchbery, Johnathon Byrd, Kelly Rogers, Jeff Loehrke, Aaron Gerdeman, Nathan Hermiller, and Christie Quirante.
Pre-Production: Ever since the script has been completed, the pre-production phase has been in full swing. Prospectus, production book, shot lists, location scouting, talent scouting and scheduling, costume and concept designing are to name a few that have been in the forefront of our workload this month. Our biggest hurdle we are currently facing is scheduling and traveling for the talent.
Concept Design: With the arrival of the new editing software tools from Adobe®, we’ve been constructing and animating our drawing ideas into 3D space. We are very pleased with the technology and look that we are creating for the film, although adjustments in our weapons design are in the works.
We expect to wrap up at the end of May 2012 the production schedule, shot list, and a video demo showcasing our concept designs for our actors to get a feel of what type of world they’ll be in for this adventurous ride. We’ve attached a couple of still shots because we couldn’t wait to the end of May to share. We are just excited as you are.
“You exist only in what you do.”
-Federico Fellini (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, Armacord)