|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on August 25, 2011 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Great news for “Cosplayers” fans, we have about 10-12 shorts in various stages of development to keep the character development for the series rolling. Look for some fun antics with more of a focus on everyone’s favorite side characters (Including the CEO). Some music videos are also in the works to keep you entertained. We are really working hard to develop our Youtube channel (mforcemaniac) so if you haven’t subscribed, make sure you do so! There’s a lot coming up in the next bit so please stay tuned for more fun and excitement as we branch out. Also, if you have any ideas for the next shorts we do or any music video ideas (Cannot be copyrighted material), please let us know and we might film them!
The music videos will entail some minor filming at our next two conventions (Anime Syracuse and RocCon) so if you’re dressed in costume don’t be surprised if we stop to film you doing something for one of our upcoming videos.
We also had a lot of people from ConBravo ask if we were going to be at FanExpo this weekend which I will sadly have to inform everyone that we will not. The schedules of the cast unfortunately did not fit in with the timing of the convention. We wish that we could be there though and hope that all of you have fun as well.
Make sure to stay tuned for further updates on what we’re doing and we will see everyone at Anime Syracuse!
|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on July 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM||comments (0)|
So yeah, all my good intentions about updating this thing on a regular basis....yeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhh. Not so much :(. Sorry about that. But I thought I'd take a minute to reflect on our tour so far while I've got a minute here at ConBravo.
We have run into some amazing people thus far (Rohrschach FTW) and have to say that for the most part everyone's been very receptive to the movie. We've been able to do some good work for charity thus far, and hope to continue to do so as we hop around from convention to convention. Next weekend we are bringing things back to what seems like my second home in Rochester (Living there for 6 years has that effect on a person) at Anibash for an appearance and panel (Look for the giant Ciel...then again, I can always just say "Look for the giant __________ when I'm telling people how to find me. Usually it works pretty well). We'll also be in Rochester on September 24th for a showing at RocCon, where I've been asked to be the guest host for the Masquerade! This will undoubtedly be a new experience for me and hopefully one that is enjoyable for everyone in attendance.
Speaking of being an MC, I will also be the MC for the masquerade at Anime Syracuse as well. We're doing a panel and screening there and everyone that I've been in contact with there has been awesome too. We're certainly looking forward to that.
As for ConBravo, so far it's been a great event and a chance to see old friends again. Amazing turnout and the staff is incredible. Tomorrow I'm going to be in Link for the first time in a year and a half, so that will be a lot of fun (What, me cosplay as a guy? Blasphemy I say...).
|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on February 5, 2011 at 8:44 AM||comments (0)|
It's hard to believe that the rough edit is completed! What amounted to two and a half weeks of continuous work on the movie (Other than my normal 9-5) turned out to be probably the best 2 1/2 weeks of learning I've had in front of an editing program. There's something to be said for being thrown into the fire. I learned a lot of things about Premiere Pro in that time. Yes, there's still some things that need to be done for it to be a final edit, but in comparison to what the rough had to go through I'd say we're in pretty good shape. Thanks goes out to my family and friends that supported me and helped out during this time period. Alana did an amazing job coordinating sound effects and music for the project and Mike Kinzly and Frank gave a lot of valuable feedback. My mom and dad were there once again providing much needed support. I learned a lot of lessons for the next project I do, that's for sure.
Next comes the promotional material. We're filming something I think a lot of people will like today before having the rough edit showing for my cast and crew. A...tasty something... I also have a lot of footage with the crew talking about their experiences with the movie, which I'm not sure whether I'm going to put out before the DVD or on the DVD release itself. There's some pretty fun stuff there too. And finally, another trailer is forthcoming. I can't wait to get that out there, probably some time next month as we start ramping up for our big premiere at Anime North.
HUGE news (Billy Fuccillo joke) for our Rochester, NY fans as well...we are going to be featured guests at the Rochester Sci Fi and Anime convention September 24th at the Rochester Armory. The con is shaping up pretty nicely right now and should prove to be a great one day event for everyone. Our screening will take place at 1 PM, followed by a Q&A session afterwards. You can visit their site at http://www.rochesterscifianimecon.com. Should be a great time and I hope to see everyone there.
Well guys, it's time to get the bacon started and get Sora ready. It's gonna be a long day.
|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on December 23, 2010 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
For myself and the cast and crew of "Cosplayers", we wish you the happiest of holidays, no matter what you celebrate (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or even Festivus). It's a time for friends, family, and reflection. For us at Linkwise, it's time to really get cracking. Rough copies are coming due, promotional materials are being made, DVD extras being planned out, and dates are being worked out for showings.
May seems like such a long time from now, but it will be here before we know it. Warm weather also seems like such a long time away as we continue to shovel our driveways and freeze our butts off being out and about. It's been a good half year since I've done anything cosplay related (other than Halloween of course) and I'm looking forward to having a slightly less hectic Anime North this year (It would be very hard to not have it be less hectic, trust me). Looking back on our footage though, it seems worth it. I definitely got some laughs looking back on some footage that I needed to organize for Nate King as he continues to edit the movie. I personally can't wait to see what he has accomplished. Based on his previous work, I'm expecting an awesome product!
I think the thing that I'm most excited about with the movie is the amount that we may be able to do for charity. 25% of our proceeds will be going to the event's charity of choice wherever we show the film. It's a principle that I set for this project and the company before we even set forward on this project. Our graduation speaker in 2006 was Dean Kamen (Yeah, that guy who invented the Segway), who told everyone to give back for what they had received. This will hopefully be our chance. If its not in money for charities, then at least give the Anime and Cosplay communities something that they can sit back, relax, not take too serious, and watch for an hour and a half and enjoy. It's not a Hollywood production, we won't win any emmys, but hell, we are pretty darn proud of what we've done and what we've made.
Happy holidays once again from all of us, be safe and merry in this holiday season!
|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on August 23, 2010 at 8:13 PM||comments (0)|
On Saturday August 21st, 2010, we finished with filming the first motion picture from Linkwise Productions. Most people wouldn't understand how much of an accomplishment this is, but for the cast and crew of "Cosplayers", we understand perfectly.
While filming has been a relatively short time period in the grand scheme of things (4 months), it allows me to breathe a ever so small sigh of relief. The amount of work that had to be done was astronomical. It really makes me respect all the work that everyone does on a film, and the amount of people that work on a film. It also makes me appreciate the amount of effort that everyone put into this film. And although we don't have the film crew that most of the "big guys" have, I think we're going to have a pretty darn cool movie. So this isn't going to be the Oscar speech I plan on doing after the movie premieres, but to those who have helped, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for believing in me, in us, in this. This movie, which has the potential to be something that people love and can get behind, would not be possible without you.
So now work continues on editing and getting the trailer out. I also want to do a second trailer closer to the premiere. Editing is the bittersweet step between myself and a finished product. It's awesome getting to see the great footage we shot, but it's still difficult to put it all together. I'm looking forward to the challenge, but it's going to be tough and sometimes downright unpleasant and frustrating. No matter what though, it's going to happen and it's going to be awesome.
I'm asking that anyone who is following this would get the word out to anyone who might be interested. We'd love to see a huge turnout at Anime North for the premiere.
I'll see everyone once the trailer is out!
|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on June 20, 2010 at 8:47 PM||comments (0)|
So I know that last time I said that I was going to talk about the amazing cosplayers we found at Anime North, but it is father's day so dad gets the main spotlight on this one. I will get to the subject of cosplay in a minute so hold on.
My dad isn't really my father, my mother and father divorced when I was 8. I call my stepfather my dad because of what he has done for me and what it means to me. It took me a while to realize how much he has done for me (And I'm still finding out more every day) that he never really had to do. He's always been there for me, even if it's been a bit trying at times, but he always has. So I'd like to take the time out to thank him now for all he's done. Thanks dad, I love you and appreciate the support so much. Hopefully your computer stays operational btw.
In other news, editing has come along pretty well. I have a few scenes edited (A bunch to go still) but if I chip away at it, I will eventually get everything taken care of in a timely fashion without huge headaches/pains/strings of obscenities being uttered, etc. I'm trying to do five scenes a week if possible, some of the shorter scenes have gone fast so that has helped as well.
So in the 18,500+ (Imagine HSBC arena at an anime convention for those Buffalonians out there...) people that attended Anime North, we found a few people that we needed to help us with a couple of scenes (I think it was either Jay or Frank who found these two (Three if you count the guy outside), I'm not positive though). Most notable, we found a Cloud and Zack that were both not only had epic costumes, but were super nice as well. I'm not going to let any spoilers out about what they were there for, but it will suffice to say that they were a great help. It's nice to know that there are such good people in the costuming community. Granted, it helps that there's credit in a movie involved, but they had to take time away from preparing from the masquerade to help us, which I can definitely appreciate. These two were a lifesaver to me, so if you're reading this (And you know who you are), thank you very much. I hope that you guys enjoy this scene, because we enjoyed filming it with them.
Talk to everyone really soon (hopefully),
|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on June 8, 2010 at 11:44 AM||comments (0)|
While I sit here on my lunch break at my normal 7-4 job, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what has occurred in the past couple of weeks.
We almost have everything filmed that we need, with the exception of the scenes taking place in Rochester. This involved shooting scenes in Toronto and multiple locations in Buffalo. The people in Toronto at both the Holiday Inn Select airport and the Anime North staff were both helpful and very accommodating to us while we shot there. We had some issues with the one location in Buffalo, but that was a result of a miscommunication.
I have learned through this experience how important good communication and feedback is incredibly vital to a project of this magnitude. I felt that I have failed in this regard, mostly by not communicating and keeping good enough records of what was going on. Despite that, because of my cast and crew we have a lot of good solid footage, much of which will not need to be edited a whole lot. Setbacks were overcome, goals were achieved, and some fun was even had. I will keep this fact in mind as Linkwise tackles other projects in the future.
We also did not have a whole lot of time to play around with, something that was complicated further by unforseen illness on the set and personal issues. Still, we were able to get everything shot on time, with a little flexibility on the script. I even got to shoot some very nice scenes at Niagara Falls, due to time constraints prohibiting initial plans, which turned out better than what I had envisioned.
All in all, it was a tough task to accomplish so much in such a short period of time, but I believe we have a great product on our hands. We shall see what we come up with once the cutting room floor is swept up. Next time I will talk about a small part of our experience at Anime North that makes me smile every time I see the footage...the Cloud and Zack cosplayers.
|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on May 9, 2010 at 8:09 PM||comments (0)|
I just wanted to take the time to say Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there. As we celebrate this day, we look back on how much our moms mean to us (And yes, I will be doing this about father's day too). I can honestly say that I'm 99.7% positive that this movie wouldn't have happened without the support of my mom. She's always told me that I could do anything that I put my mind to, and has almost always been supportive of my decisions (Although I'm sure she'd rather me have a bit more "normal" hobby at times).
Mom helped immensely in getting my awesome Peach costume done (Along with a ton of work by Sharon Schneider), is helping with the filming, gave me moral support and direction in my decision to go ahead with this movie, and a bunch of other stuff I can't mention without giving out spoilers (Plus I wouldn't be here in the first place without her).
So while this mother's day comes to a close, don't forget to appreciate your mom every day if you have one...most of us will never know how much they do for us.
Happy mother's day mom!
|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on May 5, 2010 at 9:26 PM||comments (0)|
Wow, time sure has flown since I last updated (Eons ago)
Scripts have been changed, scenes have been filmed, domains have been purchased, outtakes have been plenty, and support keeps coming!
We are working with a local band called Black Summer Suicide for music on the movie (They're also going to be in the wedding scene, excellent!). We're going to film a scene at their showcase on May 22nd, which will be very very cool. Make sure you swing by and say hi that night, and party afterwards with us.
I secured http://www.cosplayersmovie.com as our main domain name for the movie, so that should be up within the next 48 hours. Hopefully a lot of people will be using it after Anime North.
But why would they be doing that you might ask yourself? Well, for one, we may be getting a lot of traffic from people seeing us film up there. But more importantly, depending on the skit competition timing, there's a good possibility that our new preview trailer with a full 1 1/2 minutes from the film will be showing up there! That's right, 1 1/2 minutes of glorious footage taken directly from the film! How awesome is that?
Linkwise Productions, inc. will also be featured an upcoming issue of the RIT University Magazine as I was interviewed last month. They also sent a camera crew to photograph us filming at Toracon on the 24th of April. I'll give you guys more details as I get them, as always. Hopefully since I'm paying for web hosting now I'll make updating more of a priority.
|Posted by Linkwise Productions, inc. on December 25, 2009 at 12:49 PM||comments (0)|
Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope Santa was good to everyone, he certainly was to me. I am grateful around the holidays for family and friends, which this project would not be possible without the help of. I also hope everyone is in good health and with good family/friends for the holidays.
Santa (Mom and Dad) brought me some SD cards and case, a dry erase filmtools clapboard, and some dry erase markers amongst some other great stuff! It's been a great Christmas so far, and it's sure to stay that way as we have a busy schedule of food and fun coming up today.
Speaking of schedules, shooting will be coming up soon. I plan to get the first few scenes knocked out in January if possible. Anything we can get done ahead of time would be great, plus there is training to be done for my camera people (Mom and Dad).
More updates will come as they become available. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!