Here's a great little interview with Daniel Radcliffe coming out about actually being Harry Potter who plays a famous child actor named Daniel Radcliffe. I know he's been doing some stuff on the side while filming all the Potter movies, but I am excited for them to conclude and for him to step out and take on more film roles. It will be incredibly fascinating to watch him grow up and mature with future projects. This video really cracks me up.
Oh man, I am so excited for this movie. I watched this trailer like 5 times in a row. It just puts me on the floor, "This quest sucks!" It reminds me of playing D&D in high school and what our imaginary adventure must have looked and sounded like if it was visualized (a bunch fantasy characters with weapons and armor speaking like high schoolers). I can't wait to see this movie. It's on the top of my most wanted list.
A lot of incredible stuff happened this week. We debuted our latest short, Home Sweet Home, and got an awesome reaction from the fans of the Twisted Metal games as well as a big old stamp of approval from David Jaffe himself. John Stewart held his fantastic Rally to Restore Sanity over the weekend on top of it being Halloween (my favorite holiday!). Needless to say, it’s been a crazy week.
I guess though if I’m to pick only one thing from this week’s adventures it’d probably be the Scare for a Cure event we went to on Halloween night. This is an interactive haunted house done right here in Austin. Unlike most haunted houses though, this one picks a theme and tells you a story while you trek through it. I don’t know if “tells you a story” is the best way to put it since you become part of the story very quickly and must react to it.
This year’s theme was zombies and people at this charity event created an awesome spectacle. We get there only to discover we are the survivors of a world wide zombie epidemic. We had just found our way to an outpost of survivors but we are actually trying to get to the next outpost called Sanctuary. However, no one in your current outpost believes it exists. Eventually, you’re provided with a military escort who promises to get you to Sanctuary which is where the real adventure begins. We were then lead through the woods, attacked by zombies, lost our guide, and then chased by zombies to a military prison which turned out to be an evil laboratory. After meeting an array of characters as we snuck around and tried to escape the facility, the real military showed up and saved us from mutated super zombies and we finally arrived at Sanctuary.
We had to interact with this whole adventure. Whether it was running from zombies, talking our way through the prison and even entering in security codes to aid in our own escape. We also had to crawl on our hands and knees to get through the “sewers” and I even ended up covered in blood during the climax and our daring escape. It was basically unlike anything I have ever done before and I loved every second of it. I’m already daydreaming about what this creative group of people will do next year. I can’t wait for next Oct.
We can't help but post this article by Ben Gilbert from Joystiq.com in it's entirety. Enjoy!
When Twisted Metal co-creator David Jaffe tweeted back in June about his interest in a "low-budget slasher movie" starring TM character Sweet Tooth, Blue Goggles Films took the idea and ran with it. The studio recently cut its first trailer for Twisted Metal: Home Sweet Home, and we checked in with both Jaffe and Blue Goggles to gauge the reception. "Fucking fantastic — and yes, please quote me on that," was Jaffe's initial response. "Just great and totally the kind of thing I want to see happen with the character."
Blue Goggles, of course, had no idea what kind of response to expect upon the trailer's release. "We've lived in a bubble for the past month while we were making it and, while we thought the project was going to be cool, we didn't know if other people would," director Ben Moody told us. He confirmed the genesis of the idea, saying, "The whole concept for the trailer was directly inspired by Jaffe's quote/tweet about wanting a Sweet Tooth slasher movie for the PSN."
As for the project's future, both Jaffe and Blue Goggles would like to see Sony pick up the would-be feature (the film is currently planned as a free release since Blue Googles does not have the rights to commercially distribute it.). "This is what needs to happen: a straight-to-PSN Sweet Tooth slasher flick! Will it happen? I dunno — but man I hope so!" Jaffe urged. "Either way, this fan film is really, really cool. What a neat thing to see. Whoever made it — thank you! Great job that captures the low budget slasher flicks of the '80s that I hold so near and dear to my heart. Now let's just hope Sony jumps on board and we can get a whole feature out of it!"
Moody is equally enthusiastic, saying, "Since we've seen such a great response in just one day, we plan to get in touch with Jaffe and Sony to see if they are interested in making a full-on slasher movie starring Sweet Tooth for the PSN."
As of publishing, Sony had yet to respond to our request for comment.
It's been a crazy month trying to get our latest production done out to the web before Halloween, but today was the day! We've gotten an awesome response in under 24 hours. It's almost overwhelming that so many people are sharing the link on blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Needless to say, we feel flattered and extremely happy that people have enjoyed our trailer as much as we enjoyed making it. Below is just a sampling of some of the great things people have been saying about it.
"This fan-made trailer based off the hit video game “Twisted Metal” looks way more awesome than pretty much any other horror movie that has come out in recent memory."
The Internet Today
"A handful of fans have created a free trailer based on Jaffe's initial pitch. 'Twisted Metal: Home Sweet Home' sees the psychotic clown offing obligatory, oblivious young people one by one and driving his decidedly unsavory ice cream truck. If the violence makes you feel uncomfortable, just remind yourself that Sweet Tooth's victims are probably those people who think it's still cute and quirky to tell everyone how scared they are of clowns. They deserve it."
"Twisted Metal is a great game series, but how would it work as a horror movie? Probably pretty well since the game if filled with crazy psychopaths. Most of them coldblooded killers. So a horror movie following the worst of them all — Sweet Tooth, could work."
"This fan-made project seems to have nailed what Jaffe wanted – it's low-budget, it's got Sweet Tooth in slasher mode, and it's got a great portrayal of the evil clown's sadistic tendencies. Heck, they even used the special laugh in the end. Very nice touch."
Quick Jump Gaming Network
"Real movie? No, doesn't look like it. But we'd sure love for it to be!"
"Blue Goggles Films, which is helmed by writer/producer Ben Moody, has produced a decidedly epic take on the “Home Sweet Home” concept which sees Needles Kane (a.k.a. Sweet Tooth) doing his thing in all of his gory glory. It’s Halloween weekend, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than checking out the trailer after the jump."
Let's not forget the Twitter-sphere! Below are a few sample tweets … we're even starting to get some in foreign languages too.
“I want us to make an honest to goodness, low-budget slasher movie and sell it on PSN exclusive.” – David Jaffe (co-creator of Twisted Metal)
Jaffe asked for it so we made it for him, a trailer for a low budget slasher movie staring Sweet Tooth. This was made for fans of the much-beloved franchise and to all the people at Eat Sleep Play working on the new Twisted Metal game. We can’t wait to play it.
Writer & Director: Ben Moody
Director of Photography: Steve Birnbaum
Producers: Rachel Campbell & Lisa Marie Kull
Special Make-Up Effects: Andrew De Leon
Grip: Shawn Marchese
Production Designer: Lisa Marchese
PA: David Meyers
Chris King as Needles “Sweet Tooth” Kane
Danielle Evon Ploeger, Carl Guthrie, Robert Perreault, Jon McMahan, Kurtis Wheeler
Ashley Spillers, Nathan O’Hara, Audrey Johnson, Shayla Bagir, Ciara Flynn, Patrick Knisely, Kelly Campbell
Based on characters created by David Jaffe & Scott Campbell
Jaffe loves fan-made Twisted Metal movie, wants one on PSN
The studio recently cut its first trailer for Twisted Metal: Home Sweet Home, and we checked in with both Jaffe and Blue Goggles to gauge the reception. “Fucking fantastic — and yes, please quote me on that,” was Jaffe’s initial response. “Just great and totally the kind of thing I want to see happen with the character.”
Fan Made Twisted Metal Movie Trailer is Amazing
David Jaffe asked, and the fans delivered. Not only that, but this trailer is so good, I think I’d actually see this film. Bravo Blue Goggles Films for making a game based movie that makes us all scream for ice cream!!
Twisted Metal goes live action in Home Sweet Home
Quick Jump Gaming Network
This fan-made project seems to have nailed what Jaffe wanted – it’s low-budget, it’s got Sweet Tooth in slasher mode, and it’s got a great portrayal of the evil clown’s sadistic tendencies. Heck, they even used the special laugh in the end. Very nice touch.
Twisted Metal: Home Sweet Home Fanmade Movie Trailer
This movie looks good for a low-budget slasher, and its way better than any Hollywood blockbuster adaptation.
Twisted Metal: Home Sweet Home
This fan-made trailer based off the hit video game “Twisted Metal” looks way more awesome than pretty much any other horror movie that has come out in recent memory … Lets hope they get some kind of budget and actually make the whole thing because there are plenty of people who would want to see this.
Twisted Metal: Home Sweet Home – Movie Trailer
No, it’s not real. But, it is one of the best fan made trailers ever. This is right up there with the fake Mortal Kombat movie trailer with Black Dynamite and the broad from Star Trek.
Fan-made Twisted Metal trailer makes a slasher out of Sweet Tooth
“Twisted Metal: Home Sweet Home” sees the psychotic clown offing obligatory, oblivious young people one by one and driving his decidedly unsavory ice cream truck.
Twisted Metal: Home Sweet Home
From the Twittersphere:
Just in time for Halloween, one of my favorite games of the year got some new horror themed DLC (downloadable content) this week. Red Dead Redemption, if you don’t know, is an open world western set during the turn of the century when the era of the cowboy was coming to an end. This week they just released a special downloadable pack for the game that introduces zombies and various other monsters into the mix. The game originally didn’t have any real horror elements in it before so this is a fresh and creative path for it to go. I also love that they released it this week. It helps me remain in my all things horror this month.
Anyway, it’s called Undead Nightmare and it’s a ton of fun. It has this very classic old school horror feel about it. I’m really enjoying it thus far. Picking off zombies with six shooters from horseback is a ton of fun.
So in this dream I just had, some friends and I were like Scooby Doo and the Gang. There was no talking dogs or a mystery van but apparently we solved problems. Anyway, the dream picked up as we were defeating Michael Myers (from Halloween). The team was celebrating nearby while I was in line at a bakery (I assume buying a celebratory pastry). While I was in line looking through the glass case at all the various delicious delights, a cinnamon roll just disappeared before my eyes. It slowly faded away until there was nothing there. It was on a plate of cinnamon rolls and suddenly it would fade back in then another one would fade away. For some reason, this made perfect sense to me in the dream. I concluded that when we killed Michael Myers his soul got trapped in a plate of cinnamon rolls. Now he was just waiting to be eaten by someone so he could take over their body and essentially be brought back to life. This sounded like another job for our mystery gang! Unfortunately I woke up around this time which can only mean that Michael was resurrected by some poor hungry dream extra who happened to eat the possessed cinnamon roll. You’ve narrowly escaped my clutches yet again, Michael Myers, but next time I will destroy you for good and no cinnamon roll will save you.
IMDB celebrated its 20th birthday this week so I thought it was only fitting to highlight Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Toast/Roast to the classic website.
Happy 20th Birthday, IMDB!
Three days, four locations and 70 shots later, we have officially completed production on the next Blue Goggles Films project. The weekend flew by and it was exhausting, but we had a blast! While we can’t give away too much about the final project, it will be coming very soon … in fact, Halloween week! You can see a sneak peek from behind-the-scenes to the right.
Of course, we couldn’t have survived the weekend without all the truly amazing people that made this happen. We’d like to take this chance to thank the people who helped along the way.
Behind the Scenes
We were lucky enough to have some real troopers help us with everything from make-up to production design to diverting bicycle-riders from going through street shots to even pitching in as extras. Big thanks to Steve Birnbaum, Lisa Marie Kull, Andrew De Leon, Shawn and Lisa Marchese, David Meyers, Patrick Knisely, Kelly Campbell, and Leia England.
In Front of the Camera
Despite holding auditions only 2 weeks before filming, we couldn’t be happier with the actors who came out. Everyone gave it their all and it really shows in the quality of the performances. We can’t wait to work with everyone again! A huge thanks goes out to Chris King, Danielle Ploeger, Carl Guthrie, Robert Perreault, Kurtis Wheeler, Audrey Johnson, Ashley Spillers, Nathan O’Hara, Shayla Bagir, Ciara Flynn, and Jonathan MacMahan.
We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this project without the locations. They were the ultimate key to getting this film shoot done right, and we want to recognize the people who offered locations for us to use this weekend.
To Bobby Delmonico at Groovy Automotive, we can’t thank you enough for opening your doors to us, and to Steven Andrew Gordon for staying late to allow us to get the shots we needed. To Jonathan MacMahan and roommates, thank you for letting us take over your house all day on Saturday (on a game day no less!). Lastly, thanks to the City of Austin for approving our request to block a couple blocks off on East 4th Street. It was so awesome to be able to have the street secured from cars and pedestrians (even if they did attempt to get through, multiple times).
All in all, it was great weekend. Somehow, we managed to stay on schedule, got all the shots we needed and everyone got along wonderfully. We’ve already begun post-production, so next up comes the final project. Can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Blue Goggles Films is gearing up to film this weekend on a new, top-secret project that will be released to the online world the week before Halloween.
Pre-production for this has been super fast. We estimate from initial idea to release online, it will have been six weeks! Needless to say, we’ve been insanely busy getting everything in place for the shoot this weekend. Now that we are just one day away, it’s amazing that everything has actually come together. Locations and actors secured; even a street closure approved by the city of Austin. The scope and number of people involved is our largest to-date and we are definitely excited.
One of the final tasks this week was to get food arranged. I sent an email out to all the actors about any food restrictions they may have and had to laugh as the responses came in. A sampling:
“I’m a mobile garbage disposal ”
“I eat anything ”
“HELL NO I am no vegetarian.”
“I’m the least pickiest eater in the world ”
Who say’s actors are picky? Seems like we have quite the amiable cast for the weekend. We are working with almost entirely new set of actors that we found through listings on AustinActors.net and Craigslist. The quality of the actors that came out to the audition impressed us and we look forward to working with them this weekend.
Keep an eye out for the final project at the end of the month!
This highlight is a bit self involved but I don’t care, it was by far the highlight of week for us. We’ve been gearing up to film during the upcoming weekend for the past couple weeks. While the details of it are being kept under raps for the time being, we’ve been desperately searching Austin for an old school ice cream truck to film with. We found a backup plan with a basic food truck that we were going to have to get creative with how we filmed it to make it work. It was looking like that was going to be what we’d have to settle with when I happened across a parking lot of ice cream trucks in lower east Austin one night. The next day, we revisited the site and found the perfect truck. After a bit of finagling we final got ahold of the truck’s owner who agreed to let us film with it Saturday night. I am so stoked we secured a real ice cream truck for the shoot. It was the final piece of the puzzle that will really tie the whole project together and make it sing. Go, Rachel, for making that happen!
A lot of people are incredibly vocal about sharing what they don’t like these days. Well, I am going to make it a point to be vocal about things I do like. It can basically be anything. A feature film, a short, a video game, a comic, a piece of news, anything that I find awesome or interesting. I’m not a web guru thinking I’m sharing the latest and greatest either. I’m just a guy that likes things (particularly movies, video games and comics). Down the line I just think I’d rather look back on a log of things I enjoyed than having a bunch of negative ramblings of things I didn’t. That’s just me right now though. We’ll see how I feel in a year.
My first highlight goes out to the CG animated short called Sintel. From my understanding, it was made with a completely free CG software called Blender. It’s 14 minutes long so be warned but when you have the time, check it out. It’s really awesome, touching and incredibly well done. Enjoy.