Stuffed animals inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’

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The team of Re-Cyco Dogs has been fully assemble and ready to rock their first movie trailer parody.

As you all know, S is an aspiring film maker and his favorite director is Quentin Tarantino. I started making these little guys and popped a collar and tie on one and bang, an idea was born. I asked him to recreate one of the official “Reservoir Dogs” movie trailers using these cute guys.

But of course there are more than just Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Orange, Mr. Brown, Mr. White and Mr. Blue in the trailer so other characters were needed.

Joe and Nice Guy Eddie put the team together in the movie, but Sam thought they should be Bulldogs rather than Scotty Dogs. I decided to use a left over log cabin quilt block of blues and purples to make Nice Dog Eddie to sort of match the windbreaker worn by Nice Guy Eddie played by Chris Penn in the movie.

Speaking of left overs. All the stuffed animals are hand sewn using recycled materials. That’s why I call them the Re-Cyco Dogs.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.
We also needed four police officers to complete the trailer. Three that chase Mr. Pink when he makes his getaway and the one officer, Marvin Nash, who is kidnapped by Michael Madsen‘s character, Mr. Blonde.
Given we were making a spoof on a Tarantino movie where the criminals have zero respect for the cops, we made the cops pigs.
 Here’s my little handmade version of Mr. Blonde and police officer Marvin Nash with a quote from that iconic scene where he cuts his ear off. I stitched long strands of red thread for the blood where that little pig’s ear should be. Now I’ve got “Stuck in the Middle with You” stuck in my head.

Thank you Quentin Tarantino for all you do.

The Soon to be Deceased Accepted into Film Festival

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By Sam Kench

My western short “The Soon to be Deceased” was accepted into the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.

The short will be shown at Red River theaters in Concord NH on May 24th. To go along with the news I released a short blooper reel from the short.

 

 

NRHS Project Promise Head Not Qualified for Job

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By Sam Kench

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When Beth Colby left the district this school year her job of running after school Project Promise and handling the school’s ELO program was split into two positions. Amy Yeakle took over the ELO side of her duties, and the Project Promise aspect was filled by Lori Lane. Before Christmas break Ms. Lane viewed the Newfound Filmmaking Club’s sketch comedy show “Yes Son That is a Lion” After viewing it and deeming it offensive she informed the superintendent of her opinion. Without watching the video, superintendent Stacy Buckley ordered that all copies of the DVD be confiscated. Vice Principal Paul Hoiriis confiscated the remaining DVDs so that they could no longer be sold, with the stipulation that they would be returned at the end of the day. The DVDs were not returned at that time.

Ms. Lane offered to go through the video and point out which parts she found offensive. After the offer was accepted she recanted and refused to discuss the matter further. Ms. Lane has not responded to emails regarding the matter.

While in possession of the DVDs, Mr. Hoiriis and Ms. Lane claimed that the school (Project Promise) had ownership over the DVDs. Ms. Lane claimed that the school had paid for the DVDs and cases making them school property. The DVDs and cases were not purchased by the school. The materials used in the production of the DVDs were purchased independently by film making club members, as proof of purchase receipts illustrated. Mr. Hoiriis and Ms. Lane continued to claim the school’s ownership over the DVDs. Their stance was that since the school owned the camera that was used to make the video, they therefore owned the video itself. In a meeting the point was brought up that: This would be akin to the school claiming ownership of a students painting, because the school owned the brushes and paint used to make it. Mr. Hoiriis and Ms. Lane changed that claim of ownership, from physical ownership, to intellectual property. “Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works” (World Intellectual Property Association). Mr. Hoiriis and Ms. Lane stated that the school owned the intellectual and creative property of the film club. This would mean that the school owns the scripts written, the performances given by the actors, the actual footage, editing, effects, etc. This point was argued extensively.

During this time of deliberation Mr. Hoiriis stated that the video was not allowed to be sold within the school or elsewhere, he also said that the video could not be made available to the public through any means. It was not allowed to be shown anywhere, to be available for check out at the public library, to be shown on the public access channel, or to be available through any other avenue.

Eventually a document was signed saying that the school had no ownership over the DVDs and that they were a product of Brickwall Productions. The DVDs were then returned. After the DVDs were signed over, Ms. Lane stated that film making is not an art and that there is no education involved in it. She was not open to argument on this subject and insists that there is no artistic, creative, academic, or educational merits in the medium of film making.

Upon pressing Ms. Lane on this issue she revealed that she had officially disbanded the club. This decision was made of her own volition without consulting the administration, or anyone else. Mr. Hoiriis was not aware of this until it was brought to his attention after the meeting.

Ms. Lane disbanded the club on the basis that there was no educational or artistic aspect to filmmaking. She has no issue with the Geek Club, Anime Club, Cooking Club, Drama Club, Thespian Society, or Camera Club, so why the filmmaking club is being targeted is unknown.

Mike Place, a film professor at a local college, wrote in a letter explicitly stating how film making is educational. He detailed how filmmaking enriches academics and demonstrated the ways in which it teaches core subjects such as reading, writing and mathematics.

The New Hampshire representative of the 21st Century Community Learning Grant (The grant that Project Promise operates by), does not feel that Ms. Lane’s decision was justified. She also made aware that there are several film clubs supported by the grant around the country. Many students, staff, and community members have given their support to the former members of the filmmaking club and a petition on the matter has garnered over 50 signatures from people who find Ms. Lane’s actions unacceptable.

 

 

Movie Recommendation of the Week #6

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Assault on Precinct 13

For some reason a lot of people seem to think that Halloween was John Carpenter’s first movie. It was actually his 3rd feature length film and it wasn’t even his first great film.

Assault on Precinct 13 was John Carpenter’s 2nd feature film and it came out in 1976, two years before Halloween in 1978.

The movie’s title is actually a big misconception. The assault doesn’t take place on Precinct 13, nor is there a Precinct 13 anywhere in the movie. The precinct in the movie is actually Precinct 9, District 13. John Carpenter’s original title was “The Anderson Alamo”, he later changed it to “The Siege”, but the movie distributors changed the title when they released it to “Assault on Precinct 13”, because they thought it sounded cool, and they were just not bothered to check their details.

Reasons to watch:

John Carpenter is in great form – Even though this isn’t a horror movie, it has Carpenter’s signature dark and foreboding style. It’s an action thriller (idealized as a western) that has a horror like atmosphere that works surprisingly well.

Great action – While there may not be a ton of action, what is there is great. The effects are fantastic. This is back in the 70’s so we have all the glorious assaultsquibs that sadly aren’t as prevalent in more modern films. The action is well shot, well performed, and is very intense.

Good characters – The acting is very good and the characters are very well rounded. The character development is done surprisingly well.

It seems like the kind of movie where you wouldn’t care about the characters, but John Carpenter did a great job as writer/director making the characters napoleon wilsonlikable and relate-able. They are believable in the situation and the good guys are fun to root for.

One character in particular is just so damn cool. Partially because of the excellent writing and partially because of the fantastic performance given by Darwin Joston. That character is Napoleon Wilson. This character is so Goddamn cool, he has to be on a list of coolest movie characters, but I feel he often goes overlooked.

It’s an overlooked classic – Assault on Precinct 13 is one of John Carpenter’s best films and it really is a classic.

The Soon to be Deceased (Original Western Short Film)

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I recently released my western short film on youtube titled “The Soon to be Deceased” I wrote, directed, edited, and acted in the short. The other actors in the short are Shaun Hathaway, Andrew Fortier, and Emmett Morrill.

Here’s a little written behind the scenes.

The Soon to be Deceased was filmed in one day and we actually shot this and then went to a different location and filmed “Max Payne: A Reason to Live” in the same day. Emmet who played Pete in The Soon to be Deceased went on to play Max Payne and Andrew and myself played henchmen in Max Payne. Shaun didn’t come with us, but we were joined by Logan Frye and Eli Redcloud at the Gordon Nash library where the other short was shot.

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The guns in the video have a variety of different backgrounds. None of the guns are real. The double barrel shotgun is a knockoff Nerf gun. The brand is called Airblast, and is actually better because they look more realistic. I hand painted the gun myself and gave it a rusty look on the barrels by using metallic gold paint and then stripping it off with electrical tape. The shotgun shells in the gun were however real. The shotgun shells were real, but were empty, and instead filled with little magnet balls to give them a little extra weight.

There are 3 other shotguns in the video, but there were only 2 other prop guns. two of the shotguns you saw in the video are actually the same prop being used by both actors, and cut together to make it look like two separate guns. This shotgun cost 5 dollars and was meant to fire little suction cup darts, and after I painted it, it was ready for filming.

The remaining shotgun was a malfunctioning Airsoft gun with the stock removed and the orange tip painted black.

The revolver is a a plastic replica that I’ve had since I was a little kid. It’s actually one of my favorite prop guns to use because it looks realistic and has a really nice feel so it’s easy to work with. Plus you can do all the cool western spinning.

Both Emmett and Andrew each play two parts in the video, it’s pretty easy to tell if you know the people.

The rain featured in one quick part of the video was real. It spontaneously started to rain out of nowhere, we kept filming and got that shot done, then it stopped. The rain only lasted for a few minutes and then it was sunny again. We didn’t plan on this but it ended up adding a nice little something to the video.

The Soon to be Deceased was filmed at Shaun Hathaway’s house and the barn and horses in the video are his.

A Yes Son That is a Lion Christmas Carol

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red dawn cameo and carol thumbnail 001I do a sketch show called “Yes Son That is a Lion” and this year we made a Christmas Special. It’s our comedic interpretation of the classic Charles Dickens story. It’s funny, it’s sad, but most of all it’s christmassy. So give it a watch, it’ll keep you in the holiday spirit until new years.

Here’s some extra information. This special was Written by Shaun Hathaway and Directed by myself, Sam Kench. It stars the two of us as well as Cassy Kneeland, Jami McClay, and Logan Frye.

The special was filmed over the course of 4 days for a zero dollar budget. Filming of this video occurred both before and after christmas and two different cameras were used.

The two videos featured in the flashback are “You’ll Never Catch Me Alive Copper” (which is no longer available) and “Fading Humanity” which you can watch with this link right here

A Descent Into Insanity Double Feature Movie Premiere

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The Newfound Film Making Club (NFMC) will host a double-feature movie premiere event on June 26 starting at 6:00 pm at the Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton, NH. The club will be showing two of it’s original short films. Both are horror movies with a similar theme of “descending into insanity”, but each is filmed in a very different style.

The two original, short films being featured at the event were written, directed, edited by and star members of the NFMC. The Club was founded in 2012 by Newfound Regional High School students, Sam Kench andShaun Hathaway.  Since its inception, in addition to making short films, the club has filmed several short comedy sketches and action shorts which can be viewed on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/tamguardians2.

The first short film of the evening will be “Fading Humanity”. The original screenplay was written by Kench and Hathaway. They drew inspiration for their short film from the book “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding and the movie “The Shining” directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the Stephen King novel with the same name. The film stars Kench and Hathaway as well as local theater favorite, Rebecca Turmel who starred as Peter in this year’s Newfound Community Theater production of “Peter Pan”. The gorgeous colors of autumn along the Pemi River are a bold contrast to the dark subject matter of the film.

The second film of the evening is the premiere of “A Lapse in Sanity” written and directed by Sam Kench. This is short black and white film with a very creepy,Darren Aronofsky feel. The director described the movie as “ a surreal nightmarish descent into insanity.” Kench gave further insight into the film saying that, “Some say your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. “A Lapse in Sanity” can be seen as an allegory for what your mind creates in those precious seconds before death. The mind creates a false, dream-like, reality to try and escape the imminent death, but the mind cannot fully distance itself from the true horror and instead throws the main character into a demented frenzy of horrifying images and brings him along a trail of his deepest phobias on his path towards death. A lot can happen in the blink of an eye.

Scavenging Episode 2 ~ A web series filmed in New Hampshire

This episode picks up right where the first episode left off. The two protagonists JuanDingo and Alverez have just killed the guy that attacked them, and are now able to see what is in that mystery case. They accept a dangerous mission to plant a bomb. The bomb alerts nearby “Enemies”. That is where the next episode begins.

The show is filmed in real-time, meaning; 1 minute of screen time = 1 minute of actual time.

The show is inspired by many things, a great influence comes from the Fallout games. But this is not “Fallout the movie” it is its own thing.

The Billboard intro was a green screen effect created by movieshop1000, and will be the intro from now on in the series, but each episode will have a slightly different intro.

SNOB Festival Reviews Part 2 ~ By Sam

The Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) Film Festival “is a grassroots effort to showcase and support independent filmmaking. It strives to bring films to the area that local audiences might not otherwise see. ”

I saw a total of 23 films, mostly shorts, and here are a few of my reviews.

The Eater: Rating 2/10

The Eater was one of the animation films at the festival. At 3 minutes long it just feels like a surreal messed up experience. I must say the animation is not good and it could be done better by people with very little experience. A surreal soundtrack that I don’t quite want to call a song, could set a weird atmosphere, but the plain stupid plot destroys that notion. The plot is a man eats these little demon things or something like that and then goes through a very boring set of “rooms” eating people and even bullets. He then gets knocked out of a window and dies. to which the movie says FIN. The whole animation is completely pointless and is the kind of thing that is looked into as having a deeper meaning and being very artistic. But really it’s not.

An Evening With My Comatose Mother

An Evening With My Comatose Mother: Rating 9/10

This was one of my favorites of the festival. It aired during the grindhouse event. It is 33 minutes, not very long but longer than a lot of the other shorts. This movie had a professional special effects team, and it really shows. They have amazing effects for scenes like the ones with a very creepy Tiny Tim like thing and the comatose mother that acts like the girl from the exorcist. This is the only movie that I could say was the least bit frightening, which I expected a lot of movies to go for, but really didn’t. Even though it had scary moments, it kept a fun attitude and jokes throughout. The protagonist is the stereotypical slasher movie girl, which is used in a good way, who goes to house sit and gets haunted by everything in the house on Halloween. A very good short.

Falling Overnight

Falling Overnight: Rating 9/10

This was another feature-length movie, about twenty-something Elliot Carson, and chronicles the night before he has surgery to remove a brain tumor, which he may or may not survive. I am not the target demographic for this movie, seeing as it’s a romantic dramedy, but it was an extremely well made movie. The writing was excellent. All of the dialogue was extremely well done and it all sounded like something someone would actually say. In fact none of the jokes seem staged they all just come about like friends hanging out just talking and it is all handled very well. I think it’s the type of comedy that is the hardest to pull off. The acting was great, it surpassed my expectations. To go along with the great dialogue, the actors have great delivery, all seeming very natural and real. One character seems like he’s trying to impersonate Seth Rogen though.

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The Houseplants Picnic: Rating 6/10

This is a short 2 minute stop motion film about houseplant’s that drive a car to a park, play cards, and have a cook-out. It’s funny because of the charm it has and the music fits it so well.

Just Remember That They’re Dead: Rating 1/10

this Is a mockumentary made for the 48 hour film project. The 7 minute plot consists of a family in which the father has kept the re-animate corpse of his friend as a sort of pet. All of the acting was terrible especially the zombie whose make up only covered half his face leaving his neck, arms hand’s, everything uncovered. This short was not funny at all. All of the jokes failed because of horrible acting and the fact that all the jokes had already been done before but a lot better. The worst part about it is that it won an award. My rating 1/10

SNOB Film Festival Reviews ~ by Sam

On September 16th and 17th I volunteered at the Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) Film Festival. This event is in its 10th year, running four days and screening 60 independent films from around the world. I spent most of my time working and watching movies at the Red River Theatre in Concord, NH. It was a great experience, the people running the event were great and I got to meet a lot of writers and directors.

I saw a total of 23 films, mostly shorts, and would like to share my reviews of them over a few blog posts.

29 Reasons To Run

29 Reasons To Run is a comedy about 2 guys who go cross country for a few different reasons (there aren’t 29), meet with friends along the way, and get into various comedic situations.

A simple formula that’s been done before and 29 reasons to run doesn’t really bring anything new to the sub-genre. Even though the actors are only in their 30’s the movie can be boiled down into a mid-life crises movie. The characters experience events such losing their jobs, being framed for embezzlement, a cheating girlfriend, and other events that send them on their journey.

At one point they find themselves at the Grand Canyon when their mini-van breaks down. They have a deep philosophical talk about life, but the whole time I just kept wondering whether they were actually there or if they were just on some rocks and used some establishing shots.

The movie was funny at times and was never really boring, but some lines and jokes felt really forced. One of the main characters seems like he’s trying to impersonate Adam Sandler. The actor overall was nothing great, but not bad except for sometimes seeming really unnatural. I couldn’t really see this movie playing in theatres but I can definitely see it playing on TV. Near the end there are some lame plot twists and an extremely built up joke that falls flat.

The writer, Gary Weeks,  co-stars in the movie, and is a successful actor, writer and filmmaker. He has appeared in several movies and TV shows including roles on Burn Notice, Monk, Wicked Wicked GamesNCIS, Parks and Recreation, All My Children and the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse with Ving Rhames’s.

Alter Ego: Rating 2/10

Alter Ego is about a man in world that has super humans and he kills them for a really vague reason. The movie likes to pretend it is led by a strong narrative but really it just comes off as convoluted and doesn’t make a whole of sense. He is basically a serial killer, who’s target is super humans.

The superhuman concept is completely pointless, it could have been replaced by any other group or minority. (He kills a man who can breath underwater, by drowning him. How does that work?) even though its only 15 minutes long, it feels like half an hour of a very boring confusing mess, centered around a very lacking protagonist who’s main target looks like three different people and I couldn’t tell who was who, but that was most likely because I didn’t care enough to really pay attention to the names. That is a sign that your movie has failed

Cravings: Rating 1/10

This is the type of movie that gives independent films its bad reputation. The stereotype that this movie gives off is what you see when someone is making fun of an art house film. No sound just music over the visuals, which can be done well, just not here.

The movie is 5 minutes long and consists of a model being followed around by these people with pig masks on. I understand it is to represent her “cravings” and how she runs away from them because she’s a model, but that doesn’t really matter. Just having symbolism doesn’t make it a good movie. That’s all it is a woman getting followed around by pig people, nothing else to it. The director should be ashamed for confirming a bad stereotype.

The Dance

The Dance: Rating 8/10

This is an example of how you make a movie that’s sound track is only music and have it be really good. At 8 minutes long it doesn’t really have any down time, but manages to not feel rushed, which is an important but difficult task for a short film.

The plot is simply a man wants to ask a woman to the “the dance” who works in the cubicle on the other side of the room from him. It goes through about a week overall. Each day he does and wears something to get her to realize they have something in common. For instance one day she wears a dress that has cupcakes on it. The next day he wears a cup cake suit and tie and makes her a tin of cupcakes. Unfortunately, the cupcakes get eaten by another co-working.

The entire short is very funny and has a nice ending, where he stops trying to impress her and just acts like himself. He is wearing a puzzle piece shirt with a piece missing. She happens to be wearing a shirt that has the missing puzzle piece on it. This is the day after the dance, so they end up dancing in the office, and it turns out, she liked him all along. Very funny and has good energy to it while pulling off the music only style.