And I'm hoping this time around I've made enough money on VFX gigs to finally see me through production of the feature this summer!
It was a crazy schedule working VFX on "The Grey" which has been getting great reviews in theaters (you can see the sequence I worked on here at 1:35: http://youtu.be/gqP2o62sZMs), and then a commercial which was directed by Jon Favreau, which you can find here: http://youtu.be/1Dwrwgo-P-w
By crazy schedule, I mean 18 hour days working 7 days a week for 3 weeks. Not enough time to work on a script, much less do laundry. But now that I've recovered and I no longer have to wear swim trunks to work, I've spent the last couple weeks finishing what I'm hoping is the final draft of the script. It's still a bit long (107 pages), but I working on tightening it down to 90 pages and I'm hoping to have another couple meetings with our writers for a final polish.
And the script is looking pretty bitchin. Really happy with it, it's still very do-able, but it's gonna be quite a challenge. I'm confident enough this time around that I'm starting to look at casting and setting an actual date for principal photography.I also had a chance to work with our DP on a film called "Saving Santa" in Arizona. I was the VFX supervisor, and there's a chance I may be coordinating post production on the film through New Deal Studios while prepping The Hunted.
As far as the online series goes, we released our two part epic "SlayerCon" last year, which featured Hunted affiliates from Tampa and Oregon, along with myself, Anthony Delongis, Andrew Helm, Chris Villa, and Kyle Rowling (from Star Wars) in a crazy vamp-slaying romp through Las Vegas: http://youtu.be/fy_2edwK3ss
Thanks also goes to Andrew Helm for writing and playing with us onscreen as his alter-ego Kevin, John Debiase for taking on the overwhelming task of editing hours of footage with no script notes, and Jessica Cail for playing Mikey, herself on camera, and everything from PA, to AD, to inflatable dolphin wrangler.
But that's not all! In yet another Hunted first, Kendall Wells released our first NSFW version of "SlayerCon" which was shot at the same time: http://youtu.be/26Wh7A4ZuJA So we had two episodes crossing each other (three actually) while shooting at Combat Con, and I had no idea what he was up to other than it involved an inflatable dolphin named Squeakers which was summarily kidnapped by an intoxicated Kiwi Jedi: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Squeakers/214138495295048
During this episode, we also toyed with a few other transmedia tie-ins which involved custom URL's to "SlayerCon" (http://www.slayercon.com) and "SlayerAde" (http://www.slayerade.com)
And if that's not enough, we incorporated all of this into an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) which we premiered at the infamous San Diego Comic Con (http://youtu.be/gJD9fBQtqSk). The players used an iphone app called SCVNGR to track and kill a vampire at Comic Con (Edward from our Con Job 2 episode). Along the way, the players received "Slayer in Training" t-shirts, Slayerade sports bottles, custom inflatable swords, sword training, and our grand prize - a walk-on role in the feature film. And I, for one, can't wait to see the "Geek Squad" in this film!
The next step for our online series is to incorporate our yearly contest into the film. Spoiler Alert: The ending of the film involves a plot by the vampires to wipe out all the slayers in the country and broadcast video of their extermination via a live feed. However, the slayers have been warned ahead of time and instead of a massacre, the live feed shows the slayers fighting back and wiping out all the vampires. This will be the subject of this year's contest, and winning episodes will not only receive a cash prize, but will be featured as part of the film.
So that's the plan so far. Things are still moving forward one step at a time. Thanks again to all of you for your patience and support!