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A Glimpse At Penny Saved

Raiders of the Lost Ark with a Shopping Cart

The following day we wrapped the final opening and exterior scenes with Neil in hobo mode before relocating down to our Hock Shop location cheerfully open and donated by the Hock N’ Shop on Queen Street East (plug, plug).

Friend and first time 416er Stacey Iseman joined the crew and wrapped our shoot weekend within an hour and a half. Hit the marks and hit the lines.
We still have a few scenes to shoot, some effects to do.
So…with our track record…somethin to peruse by 2015.
Call it, done.

Costume Shopping

A week away from shooting.
Locations nailed down and after a possible slight rewrite of the short we might be ready to go on our latest 416filmPenny Saved.

Spent a couple hours with Eric Myles, Pamela Tophen and Pat Williamson hitting the ever reliable Value Village for our costumes. Pat in his always charming way managed to get us a 15% Canada Day discount on our clothing. Then we briefly perused the pawn shop location (Shameless Promotion: The Hock N Shop at 1608 Queen St. E, be nice to them) and perused the outdoor site where our homeless characters reside. The location is under construction but with some possible minor changes to the script we plan to go ahead with our shoot next weekend.

As always, excitement abounds.

Zombie Surfing Hitting the Film Festival Circuit

Normally we just go straight to the internet but we figured we are going to give this short a little run at some of the festivals out there.

I hope to have some good news over the coming weeks regarding this..with each acceptance I’ll update this post.
So if the post isn’t updated you can just imagine how happy I will be…

We will also be drudging up Book Club and Get A Life for a few festivals…so right now it’s just paperwork and dvd burning time.

Update: 2013

You can check out Zombie Surfing here:

Penny Saved – Short Shoot for 2012

We had a plan and have managed to avoid following almost every single step of it.

Eric, Sandy (joining us as cinematographer for the first time) and I wandered out to scout some possible locations for this shoot.

UPDATE: Since scouting this location we have discovered it is now under construction…however, we figure we can work around it and get the shots we need, so fingers crossed and wish us luck!

Two Rising Stars? Well, sure, ok…

Eric and I realized we are not going to be shooting Snuffed in 2012 as we had hoped…so we decided, what the hell, let’s submit this little raunchy nasty script to a couple of feature film screenplay contests.

So far, the news hasn’t been horrible…in fact, considering the subject matter…we seem to be doing ok.

2012 Rising Star Screenplay Competition

2012 Rising Star Screenplay Competition

We received Honourable Mention in a Table Read contest and just yesterday received 1 of 10 Rising Star awards in the Feature Screenplay competition out in Vancouver.

There’s still 3 or 4 more screenplay contests to go so hopefully we find someone who really just loves this thing to bits like we do.

Fractured – 100 Hour Film Racing

We finished our latest 416film contest recently, this time a 100 hour from writing to submission.

The task was to incorporate a lollipop as a prop, it needs to feature a button being pressed and the theme was broken. Those last two I think we nailed solidly enough, but we droppped the ball on lollipop including it only one shot and even then it being of no consequences to the plow it probably didn’t help us any.

The filme ended up being loaded up with 1 minute and 30 seconds to spare. It would have been earlier but at the first attempt to render the film, Eric decided it was time to take a break from the computer, and like a sitcom character, pulled the plug from the wall with his foot.

So there was a little panic but we were back on track in no time.

With a 100 hours to do this in we went a little overboard on the effects which makes Erics existence much more painful than mine. I was busy with sound and trying to make an interesting title that took way too long for what it is.

It’s done but we want to re-record some audio and make a few minor tweaks to the final version that we didn’t get a chance to implement.


It’s been a while since the last update.  Six months to be exact.  That might lead one to think there’s nothing happening at 416-Film, and that’s only partly true.

– We’ve been working on getting our feature film project off the ground.  To that end we’ve purchased a RV that plays a large part in the story.  Check out the picture of the fabulous 416-Filmmobile!

– And speaking of feature films, Alex Boothby, co-creator of “Cock-Knockers From Outer Space” is shooting his feature film starting this month.

“Psycho Susie” screened at the Barrie International Film Festival last month.  We didn’t win any awards, but we’re pretty sure we got the largest laughs and biggest applause.

– The holiday season tend to put a big damper on film production, but we have a project in mind for early next year.  So stuff is happening.  Trust me.

Team Kung-Fu Gaggle Squad does it again!


Psycho Susie is now completed and available for viewing in the films section!

– We also completed a 24 hour film challenge at Ed Video last month.  The screening is on May 16, when we find out how many awards we’ve won!  Positive thinking, I tells ya.  The film will be posted here after the screening.

– If we manage to complete “Zombie Surfing” this month, this will be the most prolific 30 days we’ve ever had.   …but don’t hold your breath.  We have so many ways to procrastinate.

– The screening for Ed Video’s 24 hour film challenge was the other day, and our team took the prize for Best Picture, just like we did for “Keychain of Events” two years ago. 

-Our offering this time, “ ‘Egypt Me ” had to incorporate the following elements: a relationship in time, the word “set”, and a body of water.  You can check out the flick here.

Psycho Susie

We have another short film in the can.  “Psycho Susie” was shot loosely in the film challenge format. Incorporating some random elements pulled from the internet, the script was written in 4 hours. Shooting was just 9 hours split across two days.  The film is now in post-production, where we tend to spend a lot more time on things.

– The exciting thing is that you’ll see a couple of new faces in this film.  Our casting call last month introduced us to Neil and Emer, who were quite game for our style of film making, and had a lot of fun helping us make this one.

– I’ve made an update to my HDV vs. AVC debate in the forum, HERE.

March 2010

As expected the holiday season slowed down progress on productions, but that doesn’t mean nothing has been happening.  Just nothing photo worthy, so excuse the text only update.

– 416-Film is having a talent casting call soon.  We’re looking for actors that share our twisted sense of humour.  Don’t bother submitting your name if you’re interested, we’ve already had a great response and everything is booked.  We can’t wait to see what kind of nut bars show up.