Jamie here. What’s this? Jamie is actually doing stuff for Illumination Cinema? What? I thought he was Australian? WHAAAAAAAAT?!
Well I’m glad you asked. TIME LESS has arrived. Or its up. Or its here. TIME LESS is out is what I’m trying to say. I’m pretty proud of it... the script I mean. Tyler’s animation is woeful. Basically big man Tyler asked me to write a blog thing talking about the process. I said “Maybe” and then he said he would send me his secret stash of Chris memes and I was like “You’ve got yourself a deal mister!”
So on with the obligatory “This is how we got here.”
It was the summer of 2014 when I was sitting in my theatre scriptwriting class when suddenly I was confronted with an assessment: Write a script. Now me being me, I had written scripts before, all with great fame, such as Housemates, Between The Sheets and of course my most proud creation that I definitely will finish: Legacy. So I thought to myself “This is easy. I got this.” I was wrong. So, so wrong. Our first task was to write a synopsis in 5 minutes for the show we were going to write. And let me tell you, elusive reader, that that particular synopsis was horrendous. It was about two guys on a boat and some chick washes up. It didn’t make much sense. So I changed the chick to a clock and suddenly everything made sense. I decided that I would make it an absurdism piece in the vein of Waiting for Godot and Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead. I chose to do this because absurdism has always been absolutely fascinating to me, the idea that all these random conjectures and weird situations are all a reflection of who we are and what our world is. As I began writing one scene, I started this round in circles dialogue that would begin in one place, tangent out to somewhere ridiculous and miraculously end up where the
conversation began. It was entertaining to write.
So basically what I’m saying is, I wrote this to make myself have a giggle while trying to do a very serious assessment. I found writing the piece that it became about humans connection to structure and time, and how everything we do in this world is based on a clock. We wander about every day, doing menial tasks that really don’t do anything for our race as a whole and when the clock strikes 12 then “Oh, it’s lunchtime” and then everyone all at once, rushes out to grab food prepared by people whose lives are centered and dependent on the concept that everyone requires food at exactly 12pm. It’s weird. We’re all a bunch of weirdos.
So once I found this context, I began to layer the idea of existence and the idea that these two men are having an existential crisis aboard a vessel in a vast ocean with nowhere to go. Sounds a lot like humanity to me. So that’s it really. TIME LESS is us. It’s me showing everyone that our world doesn’t make much sense and we are constantly trying to control things that basically can’t be controlled. Like time.
So basically, we should all time less. Ayyyy.
In terms of the actual process of making this film, well Tyler just said “Hey I want to animate it” and I said, “Go for it”, then he kept bothering me every month or so with stuff like, “Hey is this animation good?”, “Hows the sound in this bit?” and I said “Yes” every time to shut him up. Now it’s done. I actually did something. Now I must disappear back to my family of Kangaroos and return every year or so to release a trailer for Legacy that actually has nothing to do with Legacy.
Thanks for reading, folks.
P.S. I got the Chris memes.
Hey everyone! Long time no post.
I mentioned a release date for TIME LESS in the previous post. That date being June 3rd. I can now confirm that it will be the official release date! We are now picture locked and Chris has done the sound mix. Basically all we're waiting for is the official seal of approval from Jamie. From there, we'll be working on a couple things for release.
The only other thing I have to talk about is the podcast. As you can probably gather, we decided against talking about Money Monster. Not because it's bad or anything. I haven't even seen it yet. I just want to take some more time before jumping back into it. Finishing TIME LESS was important to me and I've also been doing a lot of writing. Lots of work behind the scenes being done right now on various projects. We'll be returning at the end of June and we'll be talking about Mel Brooks films.
That's all I've got for you! Bye!
The movie is up on VHX. It's 3$ to rent, 5$ to own and 8$ to have the movie and the bonus features. I definitely think it's at least worth renting if you've liked our past content. But if you're interested in the process of how we made a feature for $4000 in the middle of nowhere in Kansas, then the bonus material is totally worth it. I'm pretty happy with our 30-minute behind the scenes documentary. There is also a commentary with Chris and I, an outtake reel and some other little gems hidden in the digital booklet we made.
But yeah, guys! It's finally out. This is the first of many features that we will be producing. Obviously we won't go into specifics yet. But it will be Chris's turn next. Not only that, but I'm already a third of the way into writing my next one as well. We intend to only make things bigger and better from here and any support for LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT will help tremendously.
It honestly feels really great to finally be at a point where we have gotten past the milestone. Now that we've made a feature film, it's just something that we do. I'm so thankful for everyone who was a part of making this one happen. My dedicated producers and the insanely talented cast made it a pretty good first experience for me. Can't wait to do more in the future. But this time, with much more knowledge.
So that covers that, I think.
We also just released a new podcast episode titled, "Francis Ford Coppola: The Rise and Fall of a Master". I know it's a little late, but I was juggling that with releasing the movie and finishing animation on Time Less.
Anyway, that's pretty much all I've got for you now, guys. More updates when something new comes up.
Hey! Just wanted to throw all of this out there before Living After Midnight comes out on Friday.
We recorded a podcast on Easter. We talk about a lot of different movies and even touch on Batman v Superman. It came out super late after because our podcast host had an uploading glitch. But who cares. It's up now!
We said we were doing Francis Ford Coppola next and we are. It's been super hard for me to find time to sit down and watch these movies with all the work I'm trying to balance. That and the fact that they are like, 3 hours long. Not sure when it will be recorded. I'm going to try to watch the movies here in the next week. Definitely won't come out this week though. What with the movie coming out and all.
Also, I'm nearly done animating Time Less. There will still be more work to be done after that. But I figured I'd give an update on that thing you know nearly nothing about. I'm going to ask Jamie to write his own post about that. Make that slacker do some work for once. He probably won't do it though since he's stranded in the outback eating tim tams or what ever the fuck they have in that third-world toilet. I'm really glad he never reads this stuff. :)
Stay tuned for Friday, guys!
Happy New Year, everyone!
I know what you guys are thinking. "Man, 2015 hardly had anything besides podcasts". Well, you aren't wrong. We released a short film and the finale to our series at the beginning of the year and not much after that. Not for lack of effort though. We've been doing a lot of work on our other projects here behind the scenes. Mainly, "Living After Midnight" and "Time Less". Both of which WILL be coming this year! We have a lot of plans for the new year. We're really trying to make some big strides forward.
I hope that you guys don't mind the podcasts being our main source of content. It's obviously not our main focus. In all reality it's just the easiest thing we can put out on a semi-regular basis. I'm happy with them and I think they are getting better as time goes on.
We have a pretty good schedule planned for podcasts this year. Hopefully we'll be able to follow it fairly well. Kicking off 2016 is the 8th film by Quentin Tarantino, "The Hateful Eight". Hope you enjoy!
Here's that update video we promised. Some news, some announcements, etc.
It occurred to me that I haven't updated the blog in a while. This is mostly because we haven't had anything to say. We have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work and can't really show anything for it just yet.
But I suppose there are a few small things I can talk about.
While working on a very big project, we've been slowly chipping away at some small stuff as well!
I think I mentioned some changes happening with the podcast. If not...there are some changes happening with the podcast. It's pretty much a solid fact that the full episodes are never going to be viewed on YouTube. It's just not the right place for it. We've been working very hard trying to get it on iTunes without using expensive hosting sites like Soundcloud, but we've had no luck. So we've been making alternative plans. We'll be running some tests to see what works.
Since the last update, we have released episodes over "Kingsman" and "House of Cards". The "Kingsman" episode features Jamie since he saw the movie and I didn't. So if you haven't seen those, you probably should.
Other than that, we've recorded a couple new episodes and should have them out in the next couple weeks.
More updates to come on all of that.
Thats all for now. Stay tuned.
-Tyler W. Moore
I have a lot of things to cover. So let’s get right to it.
Several new podcast episodes have gone up since the last time we updated the blog. You can find them all HERE.
We’ve come to realize that the podcast isn’t exactly popular on YouTube. For understandable reasons too. YouTube isn’t really the place for that sort of thing. But regardless, we don’t intend to stop making them. Chris and I thoroughly enjoy doing them and have plans for many, many episodes in the future. But to prevent from flooding our subscriber’s home pages with videos they don’t want to watch and cluttering up our channel, we’re working on providing a new home for the show. Mainly, iTunes. It’s just a matter of finding an easy and affordable way to do it. Hell, if you know a way, e-mail Chris about it.
Podcasts may be our main source of content for the next several months due to reasons I’ll explain in a bit. So if you like them, you’re in for a treat. If you haven’t listened to them, you should try one of the more recent ones. If you hate them, then why are you reading this part?
We have a couple things going on this year that we are very excited about.
Jamie may be putting a couple projects together this year and we can’t wait to see them happen!
The other thing is a very big project that I am helming. We can’t really talk about any of this stuff just yet. But this is where pretty much all of our time is going right now. We’re very excited about it and can’t wait to tell everyone about it.
WILL THERE BE MORE BRIMSTONE TERRACE?:
So it’s been a little over a month since the last episode of Brimstone Terrace went up and I still get the question, “Will there be more Brimstone Terrace in the future,” from time to time. I suppose I haven’t been totally clear about it. So let me take this opportunity to give you an answer and explain myself.
The short answer is no.
The long answer is NOOOOOOOO.
There’s a variety of reasons why. The show went into serious development a little over two years ago now. It’s been a long and very difficult journey working on the series. Each and every person who worked on it gave a lot of effort and I cannot thank them enough. Seriously, I’m so thankful for those people.
When I was developing the show, I had a plan for three seasons (each consisting of 6 episodes). Up until Episode 5 of this season, the plan remained the same. We were preparing to start pre-production on Season 2 as soon as Episode 6 was finished. So what changed our minds? Honestly, when we had our brief cancellation back in May, it got me thinking about a future without Brimstone. After getting things up and running again, it made me really consider if I wanted to spend another year (possibly two) and drop a bunch of money on another season of a show that no one is watching and the answer was no.
I would rather spend my time and money working on something that is going to move my career forward, something new.
This isn’t to say that I never want to revisit Brimstone EVER. I still have two seasons worth of material and if some other animation studio were to approach me wanting to work on it and someone else was willing to foot the bill, I’d totally be willing to write and produce them. But the fact of the matter is, that probably isn’t going to happen.
I just want to thank everyone who checked out the series once again. You guys are awesome and I hope you all enjoyed it. I’m sure there is a lot of people out there who are sick of hearing about Brimstone at this point and I totally get that. There may be a few little things here and there about it. But overall, we’re done with it.
Stay tuned everyone! We have some cool stuff coming up!
-Tyler W. Moore