Tuesday, December 8, 2015

PWC Blog Makeover

As you can see, the PWC Blog has received a visual makeover.  Nothing too fancy, a new header picture, some color changes...  Just enough that the regular reader will see a slight difference.

The biggest change we made was't really a change.  It was an addition.  We tweaked the side navigation menus, and in addition to adding links back to the main PWC websites, we added a special link to our new PWC Blog, which is titled:  "PWC Comics Archive"

This blog is a place to read all the latest PWC Comics, with added notes and general musings.  It's kind of like a supplement.

If you're so inclined, head on over by clicking on the appropriate link on the side menu, or right here. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A New Golden Age

I'm beginning to think that it's time for a new Golden Age of comics.  Last week, I wrote about superhero fatigue, and I suppose I'm still thinking about it.

The Golden Age of comics is defined by the birth of the modern superhero.  It was a time of great creation.  It started with Superman, and because of that single character, thousands of heroes were born.  

I ended my post last week by saying that no matter what, Comics & Sci-Fi would endure.  I'm convinced now, more than ever, is time for something new.  A new Golden Age for the next century.

I'll leave it at that for right now.  More next week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Is Superhero Fatigue real?

Is superhero fatigue real?

Before we answer that, let’s define what it is. Superhero fatigue is the term being thrown around Hollywood, which describes audiences becoming bored with superhero movies, due to an overabundance.

So, is superhero fatigue real? The short answer is maybe. The long answer is much more interesting, and it requires a little background.

The “superhero-age” of cinema began with a few important movies. The first is X-Men (2000), The second is Spider-Man (2002), and the third is Iron Man (2008). There are some important movies in-between, and also some box-office stinkers, but to make the date calculations easy, we’re looking at a range between 2000 and 2008. Split the difference, and the year is 2004.

Superhero movies regularly bring in big box office dollars, and profit is top priority. Studios know formula, and if something works once, they’ll sell it again. As a result, more and more superhero movies are being produced.

The problem with this strategy is that the movies can become too commercialized and too formulaic. Because studios know formula so well, the movies being made are produced by committee, with little creative originality. This doesn’t mean that all the films being released are poor, but it does mean they have the potential to be repetitive.

Comic-Conventions are being turned into studio-publicity-tours. The indie nature of the Comic and Sci-Fi genre is becoming so commercial that it has the potential to alienate the fans initially drawn into it. How many movies can a person watch when they know that it’s just an advertisement for the next movie? At some point, art and story must be considered.

It’s not that superhero movies are going away. It’s not that Comics and Sci-Fi are going away. It’s that the companies producing these films must maintain creative originality, and I’m not sure they will. That’s why the answer to the initial question about superhero fatigue being real is: “maybe”.

The end result? Movies by committee will become stale. Aging superhero franchises will suffer, and all the product-tie-ins will stop selling like they once did. Ultimately, it’s the studios themselves that have created the problem of superhero fatigue. The solution is simple. Let audiences become tired of what’s being put out, and something fresh will take it’s place. No matter what, Comic and Sci-Fi will endure.

Even Steven Spielberg commented on this:

“Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I'm only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The New PWC TV Schedule

It's a wildly busy week!  All the new PWC shows are premiering, and it's making  for one exciting day after another.

We begin on Monday with Mission Park:  Street Stories.  On Tuesday, we air a new behind-the-scenes series called Drawing With Chip, where I am detailing how to animate a cartoon at home.  On Wednesday, High Heel Samurai is all new with High Heel Samurai:  Power Trio.  This is the next evolution of High Heel Samurai!  On Thursday, it's the new action series RainFire.  Friday stays the same with PWC Insider.

Every one of these shows is must see PWC Television and you'll see new and returning characters in all of them!

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Big Week

This week has been surprisingly busy.  We're in production on a handful of projects, and it's made for some big days.

One of the most exciting things being filmed this week is an elaborate fight scene involving Chris Ember.  It's big, with lots of action, and impressive martial arts technique.  What makes it even more exciting is that this particular fight scene will be in the pilot episode of Mission Park:  Street Stories, which premiers in just two weeks!

I'd write more, but with such close premiere dates and so much more to do, the only place I should be today is back on set!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Elevated Action

I'm working through some complicated choreography this week for an upcoming scene in MPSS.  Thus far, I'm happy with how it's looking, but the scene needs to be powerful, and the action elevated.

To do that, I've devised a way to film the scene in a way that hasn't been done before.  At least, it hasn't been done before exactly like this.  It's hard to describe.  You'll know when you see it.

I like my action scenes to be as real as possible.  CGI is great, but if it can be done for real, I like to do it for real.  That becomes tricky when you're working with superhero characters, because the extreme powers, abilities, and feats, are often "added" in post production.

If there is no way to do it in-camera, I'll use CGI.  But more and more, I'm finding there are practical solutions for complicated special effects that look better than CGI.  Mainly, it's because the practical effects are real!  And at the end of the day, real is better than animated.  At least, it is when you're making a live action film.

Friday, September 11, 2015

My Day Off

Yesterday was a great day!

It's been so unbelievably busy at Perro Worldwide Comics, and I've rarely had a moment to myself, so when Labor Day rolled around this year, I decided to completely take the day off.

Stepping back every now and then is important, because it allows time to think about what it is you're doing, and why you're doing it.  When a person is in the thick of it all the time, sometimes the reasons for starting can be easy to forget.

There is no form of entertainment more thrilling, or more exciting, than Comic & Sci-Fi entertainment.  I do it because I love the genre, but there is so much more to it than that.  The medium is filled with wonder and complexity.  Despite the claims of the media, the characters are deep, three-dimensional, and completely fleshed out with complex backstories, supporting casts, and familiar locations.  

So on my day off, I found myself immersed in some of the Comic Book TV Shows that inspired me to enter the field.  And it started me thinking about how important this entertainment can be.

It's no secret that as much as I love movies, I think television is better.  When I was still in school, there were a handful of shows that I always made sure to watch.  The show that I watched with the most dedication was Lois & Clark.

It was 1993 and I was in fourth grade.  I remember getting very exciting about seeing the show, which aired every Sunday night at 7:00.  Getting so excited for Sunday night turned out to be a double edged sword because while I was always eager to see the show, I knew that after it was over, I had to get ready for bed so I could be ready for school on Monday.

At the end of each episode, there was a preview teasing what would be happening the following week.  It's commonly done today, but back in 1993, it was new.  That only got me more excited about the next episode, and waiting a whole week to see what would happen was torture.

Looking back, what surprises me the most is that my favorite part of Lois & Clark was the romance between the two leads.  Back in fourth grade, I was a huge Superman fan, and before Lois & Clark, I had all four Christopher Reeve Superman Movies memorized line by line.  So when a new Superman show was set to air on television, I was very excited.

But this Superman was different.  It was more adult.  It was about the relationship between Lois and Clark, and despite Clark's powers, he had very little control over anything, especially Lois, who was strong, smart, and beautiful.  For the first time, I understood why he pursued her, and I could see why Lois pursued him.  I could even see why she ignored Clark in the beginning.  The whole love-triangle was captivating, and the villains were almost always a throwaway element, who's main objective was to separate our two heroes.
What made Lois & Clark so good was that when you stripped away the fantastic nature of Superman and his world, the problems were real.  It was about two people finding love, the journey they took to get there, and the obstacles they fought along the way.  That's powerful writing!

Looking back, I took a lot away from Lois and Clark.  Both creatively and personally.  Maybe it took my day off to see that, as I watched an early episode I haven't seen in years on DVD.  Or maybe, I've always known, that deep down, we are the superheroes we watch.  

Friday, September 4, 2015

September is here!

September is here, and with it the beginning of the new year!

Wait, that isn't right!?!  Well, yes and no...

It is true, September isn't January, but it's still a new beginning.  And for me, it's always felt like more of the start of the year than January ever did.  

Here's why.  

September marks the beginning of fall, and with it comes the start of the new school year, the start of the holiday season, and the return of all new entertainment after the long summer hiatus.

All those summer reality shows are over, and the hard-hitting scripted series we know and love return with all new episodes.  At Perro Worldwide, we're launching a handful of new shows that are sure to thrill and entertain.  To check out what's coming, head on over to:  www.pwctelevision.com!

Summer is a great time for big-time comic & Sci-Fi blockbusters, but these movies are released on home video in the fall!  It's also the time to start reading up on what's coming next, and at Perro Worldwide, the Mission Park Quinology is happening now!  Find out more at:  www.missionparkmovie.com!

September is the time to check out the new fall fashions.  Beachwear is great, but the best styles have always been the fall and winter styles!  At Perro Worldwide, we've got the superhero looks that you can wear throughout the season!  You can see them now at:  http://pwcstyleandliving.wix.com/pwcstyleandliving

With the start of school, the holidays, new entertainment, new movies, and new fashion, we think it's clear that we're moving forward, towards the best time of the year!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Filming - MPSS

Over the past week, we have been busy filming Mission Park Street Stories.  The footage looks amazing, and we're even more excited for you to see the show when it premieres in October!

We have the majority of episodes 1-5 completed, with the final scenes for those episodes being filmed in the next few weeks.

Editing has already begun, and as good as the footage looked when we were filming, it looks even better after the post-production work is complete!  I'll be going into more detail about the project next week, but for right now, I have to get back to the editing room!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Reveal - Mission Park Street Stories Posters

Last week I talked about how I was putting the finishing touches on the Mission Park Street Stories posters.  Well, this week, they're online, and they're looking great!  If you haven't yet seen them, you can check them out below!

The goal for these posters was to mix both color and shadow.  Bright color makes a poster come to life, but without the heavy shadowing, the image can look flat.  Bringing both color and shadow together creates a dynamic effect.

To get this effect, the saturation and contrast were both increased!  I also colored the background image in darker blues and purples, compared to the yellows and reds that are used for the characters.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mission Park Street Stories Poster

Over the past few weeks, there's been a lot of Mission Park:  Street Stories talk, but that's just because it's looking so wild!

This week, I've been putting the finishing touches on the MPSS poster, and I'm hoping to have it online later on this week!

The poster will feature all five MPSS cast members, and it's going to be bright and colorful!  I'd like to say more, but the poster awaits, and I want to have it online as soon as possible!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mission Park Street Stories Symbols

This week has been non-stop busy.  We've been holding cast costume fittings and photo-shoots for Mission Park:  Street Stories.  We've also managed to fit in multiple training sessions to continue working out the stunts and action!

Everything is looking wildly cool, and you can see for yourself with this picture of the Chris Ember and Tessa Faux symbols as they will appear in Mission Park Street Stories!


Shiny, silver, and black, these symbols will compliment the tone of the series perfectly!  We're adding a whole new dimension to Team Mission Park, and the coloring of these logos is a part of it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mission Park Street Stories Cast Reading

This week, we held a cast reading for Mission Park:  Street Stories.  On set were: (yours truly) Chip Perro, Kacie Clinton, Kim Collazo, Christine Celozzi, and Jin Yang Brancalhao.

With the cast sitting around a small table, the reading began.  Immediately, it was exciting to see the story come alive.  Without any costumes, sets, or action, it was already obvious.  The show is looking amazing!

After the read through, we blocked out a short action scene that will take place in a car in the second episode.  Timing is everything, and from the beginning, it was clear that the cast has what it takes to come together for those crucial scenes!

It's exciting to see the script begin to come alive.  The story literally jumps off the page, and even though I've seen it happen countless times, it's always magic!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Humid Stunt Training

It's been a particularly humid month here in Boston.  Not just a regular humidity, where it's hot and sticky.  I'm talking about an intense, heavy humidity that feels like it's weighing you down with an extra ten pounds all over.

For that reason, this past week of stunt training has been exceptionally tiresome.  Even without the humidity, blocking a fight scene is quite the workout.  But with the humidity, well, it becomes something completely different.

Last week, I wrote a little bit about what it takes to successfully land a role as a PWC Superhero, and this week, I'm writing about what it takes to follow through.

Despite the humidity, everyone powered on.  Scenes were blocked, and the action is looking exceptional.  This is the passion shining through, even on the hottest of days.  And it makes every moment on set, even when it's unbearably humid, an absolute pleasure!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The "Mission Park: Street Stories" Casting Process

Over the last several weeks, we've held regular auditions for a very important project.

We're casting for Mission Park:  Street Stories, and to stay on schedule, all leading parts need to be cast within the next two weeks.

Already cast are the immensely talented:  Jin Yang Brancalhao, Christine Celozzi, and Kim Collazo.  Yours truly will be reprising the role of Chris Ember, which leaves one final role still available.  It's an important role, an absolute fan favorite, and if you haven't already guessed that it's Tessa Faux, you're at least one step behind.

What makes Mission Park:  Street Stories so different from anything else you've seen in the Perro Worldwide Universe is a twist so radical, you'll never suspect it coming.  It's going to require nuanced performances, and only the most talented actors will be able to pull it off.

But what does it take to score a leading role?  In a word, passion!  We're looking for enthusiasm!  We're looking for energy!  We're looking for fire!  Acting is hard work.  The hours are long, and the work is exhausting, but it's also a thrilling creative process from start to finish, which is why all the blood, sweat, and tears are well worth it.  If an actor is missing that essential enthusiasm, energy, and fire, something is very wrong.

We're also looking to see something unique.  It can't be easily described, but it's something that shows us the actor we're watching isn't like every other actor waiting to audition.  At Perro Worldwide, we call this the Hero-Factor.  And it's essential!

Mix that enthusiasm, energy, and fire with the hero-factor, and we've found ourselves a star!  At Perro Worldwide, we call our leading actors True-Heroes because the work required to play a PWC role demands it.  They work hard to embody the characters, doing everything from playing the part in front of the camera, to training behind the scenes, learning how to fight and move like a superhero should.  All actors play a role when they're in front of the camera, but a True-Hero needs to have something within.  Those are, and always will be, the only actors we cast at Perro Worldwide Comics.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Drawing With Chip

PWC Comics will be premiering "Drawing With Chip" beginning Monday, March 30!

Drawing With Chip is a new series chronicling the animation process, and will give an inside look at PWC Character Design and Animation! We'll be detailing each step, from character design, all the way through final animation, and throughout these videos, you'll watch the creation of a short superhero cartoon called Faux Duplicates.

More details are coming soon regarding this exciting project!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What is RainFire?

What is RainFire?

That's the question that we've posed at Perro Worldwide.  This blog entry offers three hints:

1.  It's a movie.
2.  It's feature length.
3.  It stars Chris Ember.

More on this exciting project in the coming weeks!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Liquid Meltdown Fight & Stunt Team Working High Heel Samurai: Power Trio

High Heel Samurai:  Power Trio is not just a spin-off of High Heel Samurai.  It's the next chapter in the larger HHS adventure!

When we first considered launching an HHS series featuring a new team of Samurai Girls, it gave us the opportunity to look closely at the original series, take what we liked best, and make it even better!

HHS:  Power Trio stays true to the original, with a new team of Samurai Girls taking to the streets.  There's action, drama, and complex story-lines that extend far beyond the punches and kicks.  

Probably the most surprising difference between the two shows is the lack of a tournament in Power Trio.  That fact probably begs the question:  If there's no tournament, how do they take to the streets? But if you take a look at the original HHS, the Samurai Girls spent very little time at the tournament.  The most compelling story-moments and action took place outside the tournament setting, and in HHS:  Power Trio, it's exactly the same.

The other notable change in HHS:  Power Trio is the elevated level of action.  More action requires more time.  For both rehearsing and for filming.  It also requires a fight & stunt team capable of pulling it all off.  

This season, HHS:  Power Trio is working with the Liquid Meltdown Fight & Stunt Team.  Many of the cast members are on the team, and we think you'll be amazed by what you see on screen!  All the stunts are filmed practically, and you can be sure that what you see really happened!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year, 2015

From everyone at Perro Worldwide Comics, we wish you a very happy New Year! 

It's going to be an amazing 2015! Last year was all about pre-production, with many new projects in development. By the end of the year, we were in production on multiple comics, films, and TV shows, and looking back at the past few months, it's been a whirlwind! 

This year at PWC, you'll be seeing new adventures in all mediums! Comics, Movies, Television, and More! As a tease, here's just a small sampling of what we've been working on, and what you'll be seeing this year at Perro Worldwide!

In Comics:

Tessa Faux Origin Comic
Chris Ember Origin Comic
Victor Strength Origin Comic
Timothy Note Origin Comic
Mission Park Origin Comic

In Movies:

RainFire - A Chris Ember Standalone Adventure

In TV:

High Heel Samurai: Power Trio
Mission Park: Street Stories

2014 was a busy year, and by the looks of it, 2015 will be even busier. We can't wait for what happens next, and we're even more excited about sharing it with you!