Last chance to see: The Compleat Wrks of Wllm. Shkspr (Abridged)

Do you want to see future stars of stage and screen Sean Cummings (John, USFG) and Vvinni Gagnepain (Dog, USFG), plus talented actress Chelsey Linclau and bit-part nobody Parker Cagle-Smith LIVE and IN PERSON? Of course you do, and here’s your chance.

SHKSPR!!!11

The We Three Shakespeare Company (Sean Cummings, Vvinni Gagnepain and Chelsey Linclau) are putting on their VERY LAST PERFORMANCE of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Compleat Wrks of Wllm. Shkspr (Abridged) at Bas Bleu theater on SATURDAY, AUGUST 4th at 2:30 PM. I’ve now seen the show twice and it’s incredible. On top of the sheer awesomeness of this production is the fact that I’ve heard the company is planning to have some extra fun with the final performance, so you better believe I’m going again!

Highlights of the show include the Othello rap, Sean having a nervous breakdown, the backwards Hamlet, and Vvinni threatening to kill someone (maybe even YOU!) Due to a great deal of improv and the actors’ insectine attention spans, every show is different and my impression that this last show will be the differentest yet! If you’ve seen it before, SEE IT AGAIN! If you haven’t seen it, FOR GODSAKES THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE! IF YOU DON’T GO NOW YOU’LL REGRET IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and can be pre-ordered from basbleu.org or purchased at the door. Does anyone want to go with me? Let me know.

Holy crap RRRR is on TV right now

That’s right, our little crazy short RRRR (2006; written & directed by Ethan Holbrook and Parker Cagle-Smith) is showing on Comcast Fort Collins channel 22 right now, and again at 10:00 PM, and on the hour at 7, 8, 9 and 10 PM Saturday.

www.fcpan.org

USFG: A Brief Primer

UPDATE: The Fort Collins Coloradoan printed an article on us today! This is what’s called good publicity.

Below: Sean Cummings as John Porter
John screams

WHAT MOST OF YOU ALREADY KNOW: Exploding Goldfish Films recently wrapped principal photography on a full-length feature film with the inscrutable working title of Untitled Search for God, written by Ethan Holbrook and directed by Andrew Gingerich.

WHAT MOST OF YOU DON’T KNOW: What the movie is about.

WHAT THE MOVIE IS ABOUT: It’s complicated. (That answer would get me drawn and quartered in Hollywood; luckily, this is Colorado.)

Anyway, what follows is my attempt to explain the basic plot of the film (I make no guarantees):

Untitled Search for God: What the movie is about

John Porter (Sean Cummings) is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life and an ordinary house and an ordinary job, until he discovers that his girlfriend Fran (Rosalie Robinson) has been keeping severed heads in the trunk of her car. She claims that the heads were removed from vampires.

Meanwhile, John’s best friend Richy (Andy Mitchell), a crooked accountant, has just embezzled twenty thousand dollars from the Mob and is now being hunted down by mob boss Antony (Richard Ney) and his goons, Gus (Andrew Gingerich) and Reggie (Mikhail Twarogowski).

IS Fran a vigilante vampire hunter, or just a psychotic serial murderer?
WILL Richy escape certain death at the hands of vicious organized criminals?
WHAT have people been hearing out in the woods?
AND WHAT OF the man in a dog suit with a God complex (Vincent Gagnepain) who keeps tormenting John?

Check back in the summer of 2008 to find out!

I could sit here and write a few thousand more words about why this movie is so cool, but instead I think I’ll just show you a quick clip. Keep in mind that this is a rough cut with a very rough sound mix, but it should give you a good idea of what the movie will be like.

This is the beginning of the movie, in which we first meet Richy, John and Fran. Enjoy!

Click here to watch the video (QuickTime 7 required)

Fran at night
Above: Rosalie Robinson as Fran Ferris

Sweet Land now available on DVD

I’ve got mine… have you got yours? Because you should. In fact, you should get two.

USFG has wrapped (ish)!

  • 20 days
  • 24 MiniDV tapes
  • 137 pages of script
  • 2 miles of videotape
  • 171.2 gigabytes of video files
  • 921 distinct takes
  • 4 gallons of fake blood
  • 1 dog suit

After all that, Untitled Search for God has wrapped on principal photography! Without getting too wordy (because I’m tired and don’t want to spend too long on this post), let me just say that this is an overwhelming achievement for everyone involved in the production. It’s the largest scale I’ve ever worked on (even as crew), and I was lucky enough to direct the fantastic script that Ethan wrote, and work with the fantastic cast and crew we were able to rope in.

If you had told me a year ago that I would shoot a 137-page script in 20 days, I would have laughed until soy milk sprayed out of my nose. And I don’t even drink soy milk. Anyway, I think what I’m trying to say here (I’m not sure, and I’m still kind of in a daze) is that I have a newfound respect for everyone I got to work with these past few weeks, and I am absolutely astounded at the fact that not only did we shoot an entire feature in three weeks with no money, but that it’s shaping up to be really good.

Now it’s on to approximately a year of post-production: painstaking sound mix, effects and compositing drudgery, and of course editing. Ugh. But watch this space, because I’ve got a month until I head back to MCAD and I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself, so I’ll probably be posting clips and stories from production and who knows… maybe I’ll even revive the vodcast for a few episodes.

I have the next viral video hit

Ladies and gentlemen, there comes a time in the lives of a lucky few, when they realize that they have in their possession a remarkable creation which will unite humanity. Gutenberg had the printing press. The Wright brothers had the airplane. And now, my friends, I have the single best film outtake ever recorded. And so without further ado, here it is (keeping in mind that donations can be made by clicking the link on the right side of the front page):

Doggie bumps his head

If that doesn’t work, try this lower-quality version:

Doggie bumps his head (MP4)

You’re welcome.

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