Although a ways until completion, I’m proud to announce that Payne & Redemption is now featured on RED.com, under the “Shot on RED” category of RED Digital Cinema’s website.

I feel extremely honoured to be part of the RED revolution and for Payne & Redemption to be included in their filmography, amongst many of Hollywood’s top billing titles as well as successful independent ventures.

Oh, and speaking of RED, we’re actually ditching our RED Scarlet camera and going with the Epic-MX. That’s right, boys and girls — We’re joining the big leagues. Payne & Redemption will be shot on RED’s elite, and nothing less. OK, so it’s not quite the newly announced Epic Dragon, but if it’s good enough for Peter Jackson, it’s good enough for me! I just won’t be shooting it at 48fps, with a shutter speed of 1/96th of a second. Love ya, Pete!

I know a lot of you are thinking that all it sounds like these days is “we need this, we need that; I’ve got this, I’ve got that”, but these are the steps we need to take to go the distance — these are the battles we need to fight to get to where we want this project to go. This isn’t some YouTube video shot with a bunch of friends on an iPhone or a DSLR, and I’m not dissing those films that are. But you have to remember, Payne & Redemption is a professional grade motion picture with professional — as well as amateur — cast and crew, and as a result, needs to be approached in the same way professional films are. We’re just doing it on a much, MUCH lower budget, and because of this, have to endure the many associated pitfalls.

We’ve come a long way since 2006, when we knew relatively nothing about the film industry or film-making, and during this time, we have made many mistakes. But we have always learned from those mistakes, pushed forward, and made sure we’ve come out on top. Any time we’ve been backed into a corner, we have stood tall and fought for what we believe in, and will continue to do this until we no longer need to.

Sure, it’s been quiet on the P&R front over the past 5 months, but plenty of work is afoot behind the scenes; including the writing and re-writing of treatments, test footage planning, location scouting, prop gathering, and much more, all of which costs time and money, and neither of which I have much of to put into a project that isn’t currently generating a return, so things have to be tackled as and when.

Perhaps one of the more important aspects many people neglect to recognize is “LIVING”, as without that single element, there would be no production at all. So, occasionally, Payne & Redemption has to be put on the backburner in order to allow me to concentrate on other aspects of my life, but by no means is it ever overlooked or forgotten. The enthusiasm and inspiration is and always will be there — we just have to find the right time(s) to apply it.

Big things come from humble beginnings.

Fergle Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

Roger Williams, the original Storyboard Artist for Payne & Redemption, who famously dropped out from the project after re-reading the script and deeming it “sick and perverted”, passed away on May 2nd, 2013, at the age of 71.

A true artist with an attention to finite detail and perfection; Roger’s career included working with “Oliver!” set designer Sean Kenny on various theatrical productions, as well as Expo ’67, and for the BBC on numerous television and stage productions, including Dixon of Dock Green, not to mention alongside Ridley Scott on many of Ridley’s earlier endeavours.

Roger Williams will be remembered by many. September 15th, 1941 – May 2nd, 2013.

Fergle Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

Alright, so a lot of you have been asking “Why don’t you start a Kickstarter campaign for Payne & Redemption?”. So instead of responding to everyone’s question individually, I thought I’d copy my response from the P&R Facebook page and paste it here…

Back when I first considered Kickstarter, the company was only accepting projects from individuals who had, or had access to, US based bank accounts. Whilst my Associate Producer, Dewi Morgan — who lives in the US — was willing to help me out, it just never happened. Since October 10th, 2012, Kickstarter have been accepting projects from individuals who have UK based bank accounts, so it is at least now a more viable consideration.

However, at this time of writing, I have orchestrated four fundraising campaigns for Payne & Redemption (one Fundable, two IndieGoGo, and one on the P&R website), and have raised less than £300 in total. We need one helluva lot more than that to get this project rolling.

I am a little dubious about starting a Kickstarter fundraising campaign because of the lack of success with previous fundraisers, but am not against the idea, and as the old saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I do, however, believe we need more material to show potential investors, as when you keep re-hashing the same stuff from six years ago, people become suspicious, and rightfully so. I certainly wouldn’t want to give someone my money for something I didn’t totally believe in!

While I’m not able to show any more material from the footage we shot back in 2006 — due to it being captured on a format that I can’t access without having a spare £2,000 floating around — I’m now able (well, almost) to shoot test footage, or a sort of Payne & Redemption inspired “demo-reel”, with the original cast. This is what I plan to do before starting another fundraising campaign, to show everyone that Payne & Redemption is still very much alive and kicking, and most importantly, progressing.

Fergle “No Half Measures” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

On October 14th, this year, “Fire Chief” Jarred Land from RED Digital Cinema — the premiere pioneers in the world of professional filmmaking technology — announced that RED were selling off a limited amount of used (or “Battle Tested”) Scarlet-X cameras for $7100 instead of the regular $11,900. When I saw this news, I thought to myself “Wow, the people who get in on that deal are going to be one bunch of lucky motherfuckers!”. But after further consideration, I thought to myself “Why can’t I be one of those lucky motherfuckers?”.

I mean, the only thing that stops us from moving forward in life is a lack of belief, right? Only problem was, I didn’t have £20 in my bank account, let alone $7100! But being the relentless bastard I am, this wasn’t a challenge I was going to shy away from. “NO HALF MEASURES”, and all that stuff. The first thing I did, was put down a £1,500 deposit — that I already had on credit with RED — on one of the Battle Tested Scarlet-X cameras. This was to buy myself some more time while I figured out how I was going to procure the remaining funds. However, all it bought me was 30 days until they released my camera back into the wild… But at least I now had a deadline, and being under pressure is when I really knuckle down.

After approaching every avenue I could think of at the time to raise the capital, which included many failed attempts at trying to negotiate with begrudging family members, and beating up people for meager amounts of cash who owed debts to local small-time organised crime syndicates, I quickly became stumped. What the hell was I going to do? As far as I was concerned, whether it was true or not, the progression of Payne & Redemption DEPENDED on that camera! Hell, EVERY project I had in the pipeline for the foreseeable future REQUIRED that camera! And at the price RED were offering it for, for the unknown amount of time it would available, I’d never forgive myself if I let it slip through my fingers.

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Alright, so things have been deathly quiet on here, as well as my Twitter profile, and the P&R Facebook page, leading some of you guys to believe that the project had been abandoned.

P&R abandoned?!

Not being able to pay the hosting fees and GoDaddy actually DELETING this website and visualfizzle.com, along with all the data belonging to both websites (at no fault of their own, I want to emphasise) didn’t exactly help matters, either. I ended up having to shell out data recovery fees (that I didn’t have, and now owe my bank) to get everything back, which turned out costing double the amount of what I would have paid had I been able to pay my hosting fees on time. But hey, there’s no price on pricelessness, and I am very grateful to GoDaddy for essentially giving me a second chance. I know, I know — next time, BACK UP!

What else is going on?

So, apart from the aforementioned, the reason for the silence has actually been for many reasons, but one of those reasons is because I’ve been working at a gym for the past 8 months, as a Gym Instructor / Trainer, for as many hours as I can, with the plan of using my wages to help fund P&R and other film projects. There just aren’t enough jobs going on in the film business for me at the moment to make ends meet.

But here’s the problem… I don’t think I have ever been as broke as I am right now. Ironic, as you’d think being “employed” would lead to being in the black, but with this particular job, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The paycheque just about covers expenses, I am never initially paid the full amount I’m owed each month, hours are erratic, and I spend more time as a cleaner and customer service representative than my official job title suggests. Oh, the joys of doing whatever you can to pursue your dream.

Hanging in there…

So why am I still hanging in there when I’m doing very little I enjoy, and working for eff-all? Well, for starters, with the economy the way it is right now, I’m taking what I can get, but also, I am working — albeit very loosely — within an industry that holds another passion of mine. Plus, as a lot of you guys know, I’m stubborn, and as potentially futile as it is, I’m hoping against hope, but also exploring a variety of different avenues within the fitness industry to make all of this slave-labour worthwhile.

And the plan so far?

The plan so far is to purchase a RED Scarlet-X (£3K, of which, I have already invested into all of the Scarlet’s required accessories) and FINISH Payne & Redemption as detailed here. There’s my commitment to you guys right there. I am in this for the long haul, and despite what some may think, I will NEVER give up. This is my dream, my career, and I owe YOU for your never-ending support and unyielding patience.

My reason for purchasing equipment as opposed to renting is two-fold. Renting is simply NOT financially viable for me, and I want 100% control over when, where, what and how I shoot. For example, if I have an idea for a shot or a scene at 3am, I want to be able to call up my actors, brush off their many insults and death threats, and start shooting! Freedom is one of the many keys to a successful low-to-no budget independent guerrilla film project, and I will stuff as much of that gold dust into my pockets as possible! But yeah, alright, I’ll try not to piss off the actors too much.

Freedom is one of the many keys to a successful low-to-no budget independent guerrilla film project…

Getting back on track…

I have a stack of e-mails from you guys that I am responding to as quickly as I can, and for those of you who wanted to know my thoughts on Max Payne 3… well, you’ll have to wait for my review. Which, OK, is less of a traditional style review, and more of a collection of bullet points, but you get the general idea.

Anywho, although not the most exciting news in the world, that’s what’s going on right now, and as always, I will be sure to keep you guys apprised of every new development that takes place regarding this project. In the mean time…

Stay frosty.

Fergle “Who really needs to change his avatar” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

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