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!