To date, two online publications have given us the honour of reviewing our little-short-film-that-could and both have had nothing but good things to say about it.
Back in July we invited Eoin Friel from The Action Elite to attend our private cast & crew screening in Toronto and he had such a great time that he wrote us a generous review on his blog the next day. You can read it by clicking HERE.
More recently, a man by the name of Michael S. Moore (no relation to the chubby documentarian) found us on Facebook, purchased a BluRay copy of the film off of our website (something that anyone can do by simply sending us a message on the CONTACT page) and then wrote us a shining review on his martial arts movie blog: KiaiKick.com
You can read that review HERE.
Thank you, gentlemen, for taking the time to review our film. We’re glad that you both enjoyed it!
Last night we were pleasantly surprised and honoured to receive two awards at the Action On Film Festival’s annual black tie dinner and award show: Best Fight Choreography – Short and Male Action Performer of the Year for Tyler’s turn as Cade Mercer.
Tyler was incredibly humbled to accept the fight choreography award after having seen some of his strong competition at this year’s festival. One contender in particular, Vlad Rimburg (pictured above in the white suit), entered an amazing short film called Men In Suits featuring nearly ten minutes of non-stop action performed by some of Hollywood’s best upcoming talents. It’s so good we just have to share it. Check it out below and hold on to your socks!
Tyler and Vlad hit it off so well in LA that Vlad asked Tyler to perform in his next short film, Right Handed, which they filmed up in the mountains the day after the awards show. Stay tuned to Vlad’s youtube channel for the release of that film in the coming weeks!
Take a gander at our “Hollywood Poster” courtesy of artist Dany Gehshan! A Q&A with Dany follows after the jump.
Q&A WITH POSTER ARTIST: DANY GEHSHAN
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO.
Happy Valentine’s Day! To show you how much we love you, today we are releasing our first official poster design.
This poster art comes courtesy of artist Mark Yungblut and was inspired by the old fashioned hand-drawn movie posters of the Alfred Hitchcock and Akira Kurosawa films. But rather than try to explain it for him, let’s hear from the artist himself.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO.
I am currently a Master’s of Social Work student at Wilfrid Laurier University, and my paying career up to this point has been in jobs in the field of social work. I have been creating art for the past 13 years in my spare time, making some modest income from it. I’ve had a number of displays in Southern Ontario and Japan, and look forward to devoting more time to it again when I’m done with school.
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED WITH “ALL-IN”?
I first became involved with All-In through the director. I have known him for a number of years and heard that he was asking for someone to design a poster for his movie. As someone with a high interest in films I felt it would be a good opportunity.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE PROJECT?
As an artist and film enthusiast, I have always been interested in the visual marketing of films, and appreciate when a movie poster is well thought out and has an element of art to it, rather than just a bland visual similar to every other movie poster being produced. I know Tyler and how long he has been working on this type of thing and that he is very dedicated to what he is doing, so I had no reservations about the quality of the work he is producing. I thought it was something I could get involved with, not only for the enjoyment of it but there was also the opportunity to have my artwork seen by a new/broader audience.
WHAT ART STYLE HAVE YOU USED TO CREATE THIS POSTER?
The art style I’ve used to create is called kiri-e, or paper cutting.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE ART STYLE ITSELF. THE HISTORY, ETC.
The art style is based around the use of cut paper as the base of the work, and varies from there. I have seen works incorporate painting, and other media in addition to the cut paper. To my knowledge most people use a knife to cut their paper, although I have seen extremely small scissors being used. The style that I use has its roots in Japan, being relatively new (1960s) compared to other art forms in that country. There are also paper cutting styles in other countries as well, varying to a great degree, mostly in terms of stylistics.
HOW DID YOU COME TO LEARN THIS STYLE OF ART?
I learned this style of art through a coincidence/twist of fate. My wife is Japanese, and during one of our trips there (in 2003) I was showing one of her friends my artwork, which was mostly pencil drawings of Japanese castles and temples up until that point. Her father happened to teach paper cutting, and also mostly used temples as his subject matter, so there was an immediate connection. He gradually introduced me to the art form, giving me new information each time we went over to Japan (usually once a year). Most of the learning I have done has been through trial and error, and figuring things out as I go, since it’s a bit of a long commute to attend his classes on a regular basis.
DESCRIBE THE PROCESS THAT YOU UNDERWENT DURING THE CREATION OF THIS POSTER. HOW MUCH DID IT DIFFER FROM YOUR PAST WORKS?
The process that I underwent for this poster was similar in most ways to the usual process. One of the ways it differs was the selection of pictures to work from. With this style of artwork, or the way I do it anyways since I usually work exclusively in black and white, the most important thing is to find pictures/subject matter that rely heavily on shadow. It was a bit of a challenge to go through all of the material Tyler sent me to find the right pictures to work from, but I eventually found some. After selecting the pictures, I came up with a few layouts to work from, and after a painstaking process of consensus with Tyler, we found a workable layout. From that point I take the pictures and manipulate them to create the best possible image to cut out (i.e. draw them out with a black marker). Another big difference was the subject matter; I don’t usually work with faces. Not because I avoid them per se, I just prefer architecture. When I was using pencil as my main medium I did a lot of portraits, but it’s a completely different process to use paper cutting.
WHAT CHALLENGES DID THIS PROJECT PRESENT? WERE ANY OF THEM UNEXPECTED?
As I mentioned I like to work mostly with architecture, so working with faces was a bit of a challenge, especially with pictures I didn’t take myself. Two of the faces had a lot of shadow, which worked out well. The one that didn’t was a bit of a challenge, but I think overall it came out well.
WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR INSPIRATIONS FOR THIS POSTER?
I drew a lot of inspiration for this poster from older movie posters. Some of my favourite posters are from older Japanese films (big surprise, I know). I particularly enjoy the older Kurosawa posters made from paintings, there are a couple for Seven Samurai and Throne of Blood that stand out in my mind. I have also always liked the posters that were made for some of the older Hitchcock movies, like Vertigo and Psycho.
WHERE WE CAN SEE MORE OF YOUR ARTWORK?
I will be displaying my most recent set of paper cuttings, which all depict the Nikko Shrine in Japan at the Japan Foundation Library on Bloor St. W. in Toronto, tentatively scheduled to start on March 3. I also have a blog/website where my artwork is displayed: www.japanesepapercutting.wordpress.com.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO ON A FIRST DATE?
What an odd question! But since you asked, I have three words for you my friend: all-you-can-eat tacos.
The final product is amazingly unique and represents the film well. Thank you, Mark, for your time, patience and dedication to our project!
It has been a busy week but I haven’t forgotten that thanks to all of you our project can go to the next level. We didn’t reach our full goal of $10,000 but we came close! $6,760 — not too shabby!
We still have a good deal of work to do in post production before the film is complete and we can start sending out your perks so please bear with us; we are working hard. Tyler or one of the producers will contact you personally to ensure that all information is correct and your order is fulfilled.
Rest assured, we will be continuing to release official artwork, promotional stills, behind the scenes photos, videos and other fun tidbits to help tide you over until then. So keep checking the website every once in a while. If you’re not following us on Facebook and Twitter yet, join up!
SPECIAL THANKS (in order by donation date)
Robert Maltais, Nick Oddson, Chris White, Esther Brown, Richard Lee, Blake Grendus, Michele Williams, Bruce Williams, Tyler Grendus, Hugh McFarlane, Betty Williams, Sue Dunn, Steve Dunn, Brad Williams, Kim Williams, Barry Dowling, Simon Fon, Matt Dale, Steve Dale, Will Jahnke, Tom Evelyn, Dr. Jory Basso, Peter Davis, Kathryn Tom, Marie Nelson, Hubert Davis, John Mastromonaco
VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR NEW ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
DL MacDonald, Karen Molnar, Tom Molnar, Yaz Rabadi, Nigel Oliveira
AND CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Watch for your names in the credits of the film!
Once again, thank you so very much!
More to come…
Last night I welcomed producers Vincent Galvez and Jonathan Popalis into my home for the first official “ALL-IN” post-production meeting. The three of us watched the latest cut of the film and discussed a number of ideas for our next steps in this journey we are on, many of which pertained to this website! We are not stopping at just a completed film, folks. Stay tuned for regular updates to including stills from the set and from our photo shoot, teaser clips, behind the scenes interviews and featurettes, and the film’s official trailer. We will be keeping this site active all throughout post-production and even through our festival run. If you have ever wanted to see an independent film being made against all odds, this is the place to be.
Today Tyler and Charlie shot the photos for our promotional artwork at the Light & Hevvy photo studio in Toronto and they looked very comfortable being back in their characters. We would like to thank Steven and Carina at Light & Hevvy for their help and support with our photo shoot, Samantha Pickles for coming out to re-create her make-up work from the film and of course our photographer, Jason Gosbee, for taking some fantastic shots. Stay tuned as some of these photos make it into the Gallery section and make an appearance on our future movie posters.
After an ulcer inducing 2-week wait, Justin and I excitedly transferred the film in the very comfortable client lounge at Frame Discreet and I can finally very proudly say that we have a film! The footage looks great. Shooting on 16mm (while quite nerve-racking when you do not have video playback) certainly did not disappoint. Of course not everything was perfect but it’s up to the editor to pick the best takes and stitch it all together the way that it was meant to be seen. Speaking on a very biased level, I think he is up to the task.