Ends, Efforts, and Editing!

Twelve-thirty-two-thousand-twelve: With the End of the World safely past (again), we at least find ourselves proceeding toward the End of the Year! With much of the pick-up work done, we’re looking at the end of work on the pilot, too! With that, we have been making some effort to getting our schedules together for filming the rest of the Season One story… and in fact, we’ve been filling in some of the holes in the upcoming scripts while waiting on people we need for the pilot.
We’ve also been getting some of the editing done (although we’re saving the best parts–the special effects–the actual series… although it’s not going to look like what you think!). Here’s a scene we’ve been working on from… well, the episode number is secret, but if you can tell me who you can see in this film, prizes await! If anyone can guess who is wrangling each of the vehicles in the scene, mention those, too, and even bigger prizes await!

Sure as Shootin’, Sugar.

You’d think that we’d be slowing down around Xmas-time–heck, I know I thought we would–but Director and Head Honcho Michael “Freon” Andaluz stepped up his game with this week’s shoots, including some clever footage using rather unique local architecture to his advantage.  (Get well, by the way, Autumn! We’ll get your scene when you’re better!)  Some preliminary game-play is opening up for people who want a sneak preview of LEA$E FOR LIFE… and for people who missed it, read last week’s post and get involved with the poll.  It’s good for you. <hint hint>

Man, Myth, and Michigan

The fundamental question that the average viewer is going to have with The Adventures of Jack Uzi is going to be, “Why would there be so many spies in Michigan?”  Despite a tendency for the rest of the country to ignore the state, it’s a critical area in many ways:

  1. Perhaps most importantly, Michigan is a crucial trading point with Canada, both over the bridges and through the Great Lakes waterways.  Not only do goods flow in, but (and most people may not know about this) people do get smuggled in and out over the border.
  2. In terms of high-tech, Ann Arbor has some of the crucial Internet networking points, joining east to west.  The opportunities for cyberspies are tremendous.
  3. The automotive industry does more than just inspire new cars–General Motors’ technology, for example, gets used in artificial hearts.  The business market up here is swarming with prototypes, ripe for corporate espionage.

That brings us to the types of agents (and those that police them) that we have (or do we?) in Jack Uzi?

Spy Tech:   Laser Vision Goggles

Oh… so *that’s* what they’re doing!

  1. Corporate spies focus, of course, on stealing the best business ideas for their employers… or sabotaging those same ideas and plans.
  2. Cyberspies typically work on gathering information or trading in it.
  3. The U.S. Border Patrol deal with smuggling of goods… and people.
  4. The NSA works with all manner of cryptology, cybercrime (including espionage), and data collection (including GPS technology).
  5. The Central Intelligence Agency is our own spy organization working abroad… but Canada’s just on the other side of the border, and we have spies everywhere.
  6. The FBI look for all manner of criminal activity and coordinate with Border Patrol, NSA, CIA, and other factions of the Department of Homeland Security.
  7. Other countries, and other political factions, have their espionage units here, ready to steal from corporate and National properties alike.
  8. Then, of course, there’s that shadowy organization that somehow exists all over the world, and yet we only know of them as GGNS.

So here, then, is the more general question:  If you could be a member of any of these types of groups, which would you want to be?

Linkage, Laughter, and LEA$E FOR LIFE!

As you know, we’re using this frenzied time of the year as an opportunity to write script and fill in some of the “blanks” that link parts of the story together.  One of these “blanks” is the scripting around our custom-made game, LEA$E FOR LIFE!  Designed as a prop for the series, the game is meant to be a dark, horrible satire of post-college rental nightmares and the resultant homelessness and insanity (“Save your boxes, folks!  You might be living in them!”).  While looking at the product, our Fearless Leader, Mike Andaluz, decided he wants to shoot a commercial for the game, as well, and the best way to find the best comments about the game will be some playtesting sessions.  If there’s anyone out there who would enjoy playing a game with such dark humor, please contact me, and we’ll put some games up on the schedule.  Bring some chips, soda, and plenty of tissues for your sweet, sweet tears.

Impulse, Identity, and IMPACT IN FIVE SECONDS!

So, we’ve somehow reached December, and as we approach the End of the World, we’re also reaching the End of Episode Zero.  Hopefully, we can get the last couple of shots wrapped, destroy a building, and then edit the whole thing together.  However, it’s also starting to get chilly out there, and people are being dragged off to holiday parties left and right, college and high-school actors are preparing for finals, and the rest of us are just in hiding from the nonsense that is Xmas Buying Panic.

While we’re waiting, and since none of the other cast or crew responded yet, I’ll go ahead and do a profile on myself.  My name is Michael Marcus, and behind the scenes, I’m helping Mike Andaluz with story design, taking on the role of a script supervisor, a production assistant, and generally helping out with some of the more dangerous aspects of the show (like driving the “spy car” around switchbacks at unsafe speeds and praying the damn thing doesn’t suddenly lose a wheel).  In front of the camera, I play Simmons, the high school janitor at the school Christy and the other kids attend.  Aside from the series, I run the various creative services at Hamtramck Idea Men, where I’ve been editing and publishing comics, designing games, and generally been selling my creative services to those who need them.  I’ve recently been commissioned to do one of the Audience Choice Awards to be given out at the Mitten Movie Project this month.

I’ve also been asked to SHARE THE AWESOMENESS of this blog over on Facebook with our project fan group over there, IMPACT IN FIVE SECONDS, saving everyone yet another click and providing more “Facebook Feed Fabulosity” for everyone.  After all you know what They Say… but I don’t.  I never listen to Them.  As always, send your questions, requests, and other Jack-Uzi-related madness to me, and I’ll get back with you as soon as possible.