… Just not in the way you may be expecting.

Alright, here’s the deal:

I plan to use the footage we shot for Payne & Redemption in 2006 and turn it into a narrative music video, intercut with band footage shot either by myself, or another DP, in keeping with the film’s theme. My reason? It’ll be the cheapest, easiest, and quickest way to release the project in a completed state, as it’ll bypass the need for most of the expenses required to finish the production as a narrative movie.

What’s a “narrative music video”?

Basically just as it says. A narrative music video is a music video that follows a story, with the odd snippet of live-action dialogue here and there. The only dialogue I will be using in the music video is a line or two from Nigel’s voice-over, which I will be re-recording for the purpose of the music video, and a few lines from John’s on-set dialogue. In terms of the length of this narrative music video, I will be aiming for a runtime of 10+ minutes. Opening and rear title crawl credits will remain, so everyone who has donated and continues to donate to the production will still have their name included, as promised, in the credits.

So why this decision?

Back in 2006, on the advice and recommendation of various professionals, we allotted four nights in which to shoot the entire short. In retrospect, this was an extremely bad decision, as it gave us little time to think, let alone actually film anything. But back then, we were young, inexperienced, and extremely ignorant, so we listened and learned the hard way. To cut down the already-limited-time even more, there were various technical problems, such as the camera not working for a good part of the first night, which ate up around three-to-five hours of very precious could-be filming time. And if that wasn’t enough, the genny ran out of fuel mid-shoot, as the amount of fuel needed for the four nights had been underestimated. Without a generator, we had no power for the lighting, and without any lighting, we couldn’t film a damn thing. Because extra fuel hadn’t been budgeted for, the money for the additional fuel had to be pulled out of thin air at a moment’s notice. This not only cost even more time, but a shed load of cash that no one had to spare. To top that off, at some point during the shoot, the audio failed to record for a good thirty minutes or more. Unfortunately, this was only discovered during post-production, as we didn’t have enough time to view the rushes at the end of each day. These factors meant that in order for the film to be an acceptable standard of quality for release, certain parts of it would need to be re-filmed, have pick-ups shot, and large amounts of dialogue dubbed, but it wasn’t going to be that easy.

The location we used was a derelict warehouse, in the middle of nowhere, which, due to its rather large size and the fact that we were shooting in the dead of the night, needed a ridiculous amount of lighting. Unfortunately, after going WAY over budget and running out of cash, I had to face the very real possibility that it was going to be highly unlikely for us to go back to the original location, re-light it, and rent the original camera, for what would have been a large portion of the additional work that needed to be done to complete the film. Because of this, I had to come up with a contingency plan, but a PRACTICAL contingency plan that could utilize what we already had, without adding much else and making a rod for my own back.

Now, although we started a donations programme, and are extremely grateful for the love and support you guys have shown us, we’re not going to reach that target any time soon. Let’s face it, Payne & Redemption isn’t the hugely popular project it once was, with its eighty-four-plus-million audience! Some people think it’s dead, or not going anywhere, and then you’ve got that other group of people whose enthusiasm for a similar main character died after watching a film that was supposedly based on a really AWESOME character written by Sam Lake. So this is why it’s important for us to do what we can do, with the money we have and continue to be donated, and deliver a production-piece worthy of everything that will have lead up to its release.

And that, my friends, is why I want to take the footage we already have and turn it into a narrative music video. The only question now is, what artist(s) do I choose, and how do I get them on board? I know who I WANT, but whether or not I’m going to be able to GET them, is another thing entirely.

So what’s happening with the actual film?

I’m going to start from a clean slate with Payne & Redemption. That means starting with a new script, and working my way up from there. I’ve no idea when this will be done, as I’ve only just begun writing the treatment, but I can tell you that this time, I will be working within the confines of my abilities, not relying on anyone else but myself, and taking full advantage of what I already have available to me. The production will be a next-to-no-budget, but professionally made short film, incorporating many of the aspects that everyone loves about Film Noir, as well as tributes and nods to films, characters and video-games that have influenced and inspired me over the years. I have also decided upon the lead character’s name, but I’m not dropping the ball on that just yet. Cast & crew will be confirmed at a MUCH later date.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for more info on the narrative music video.

Stay frosty,

Fergle “Larry David” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

24 Responses to “Payne & Redemption WILL be finished…”

  • I'll be back:

    Max Payne’s ghost will come back to revenge FOX. Aesir corporation killed his family, FOX killed Max Payne.

  • danielh:

    anythings better than mark wahlbergs

  • […] I can count on both hands. ONE of my many plans for Payne & Redemption, is to turn it into a narrative music video, because, like I said before, itÒ€ℒll be the cheapest, easiest, and quickest way to release the […]

  • Alan Payne:

    Man I’m disappointed! So many years waiting for this movie but please do not give the movie guy! Max Payne for Fox was a disappointment! You are the one who can make a decent movie after that who knows Narrative Video you can not help the film, but please! Even if I have to wait another 4 or 5 years do not give up the movie! I still want to see him.

    I am Brazilian and I can not speak English! I’m using Google translator did not notice the mistakes = P

  • Blaise:

    Hey! The Duke Nukem Forever is done! Why this movie won’t? πŸ˜€

  • Sneaky:

    I’ve been following the website for a couple of years now. I’m sad and happy at the same time to hear about this decision.

    Who you want is ‘Poets of the Fall’

  • HAL9000 hates FOX:

    Of course, dissappointing, but still very ambitious! Well… have you ever by chance seen that movie by Tom Tykwer “Lola rennt/Lola runs”? There were scenes where the main character runs through the city with music pumping and pushing it forward, harmonizing with the atmosphere. And it also was a rather short movie. Only about 70 minutes or so. But a lot has been told in that time with some quick cut in/cut out short scenes, or picture flashes telling the story(ies).. ahh too tired to explain now. This project could still be really great. I hope it all will become just like you imagined it. What I’ve seen so far has more noir quality than the whole mainstream version of it. But 10 minutes is a very short period of payne, indeed. Anyway, keep up the good work and good night!

  • Jack:

    You know what, I just checked this website tonight and was like(pardon my french) What the fuck was I thinking, this music video is gonna be freakin’ fantastical, Cant effin’ wait, dude.

  • Ashley:

    Well I have to say, I am disappointed like many others that after this long wait we won’t be seeing what we’ve been looking forward to for so long, but at the end of the day it’s nobody’s fault, it’s just one of those things. I’m looking forward to seeing how the music video turns out. Fergle you’ve done a great job along with the rest of the P&R production team, and I know that when the time is right you will give us the movie that “Max Payne” truly deserves. I myself am a budding screenwriter and of course I am a huge fan of the Max Payne video games and all film noir, if you ever fancy a collaberation on ideas, or someone else who shares your enthusiasm and passion for the character and the story then just give me a shout. It’s going to be someone like you who will redeem Max Payne after those bastards at FOX fucked all of us royally, and if you ever need any help, I’d be proud to contribute in some way to what I believe could be something truly exceptional. Best wishes.

  • james:

    hey! I watched that little lighter video and I must say I loved it!! I think you’re onto something good, I adore the Max Payne story and I think you should stick with it! Don’t give up! πŸ™‚

  • Toni:

    YOu know you want Poets Of The Fall? =D

  • Rama – The music video will contain most of the footage we shot, but because I cannot afford ADR for the parts of the film that need it, nor the additional shots and scenes required to make sense of the story, turning it into a music video is the best way forward. Perhaps consider it a very long, kick-ass trailer, instead.

    – F

  • Rama:

    im sure the music vid will be great, depending on the song aswell. but isnt there anyway we can see the footage filmed in the two trailers to be put in way as a short film? or anything, im dieing to see that stuff, it looks the best. and has total bad-assery

  • Kevin – “Payne & Redemption: The Independent Film” is still being worked on, but is being put on the backseat in favour of this narrative music video, as I simply cannot let the footage hang around collecting dust for any longer.

    Jack – We’re doing that. πŸ™‚

    Rama – Yes, your name will be credited in the rear title crawl credits. I’ve amended my post to reflect this.

    Cheers, guys!

    – F

  • Rama:

    so i donated money for what… a music vid… GRRR will i be credited when the actual short movie comes out

  • Davuvnik:

    too bad, although not surprising cuz of the amount of time on hold, what you need is a seriously rich max payne lover to fund your project hehehe who knows, with the music video footage you might have a nice bussiness card, good luck and anxiously expecting to see your work πŸ˜‰

  • Mr.Payne:

    So after all these years it’s almost over. The P&R Team put a great amount of work into this project and I want to thank each of them for all of their efforts. It’s a shame we may never see all of the footage that was shot. But regardless a release of any kind will be a victory.

  • TheBearPaw:

    Making a music video is pointless.

  • Dawn Can’t wait for the music video, this will be awesome…
    A’m still waiting movie from 2006, good luck!

  • Jack:

    Well, I’m not going to lie, I’m just as dissapointed as every body else. Hopefully someday someone will come along and redeem Max Payne’s Feature Film self. You guys sure did put alot of effort in this project. I wish you luck with your music video.

  • Julian Callan:

    Been following this since the early days.
    Good luck with all your work!

  • Payne:

    How well did not understand, You’ll Get the Movie from Zero or The movie is just a video Narrative?

  • Kevin Sheppard:

    This is a very interesting turn for this project, and though I am a bit disappointed that I won’t be seeing an actual film, per say, I completely understand the reasosn… trust me – I was in this situation a few months ago when the dream of a live action version of a project I was working on was crushed by similar circumstances.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys produce, dude. Good luck with this and future projects. Much love for the P&R team!!

  • Max Wake:

    Something is better than nothing I guess.
    Hollywood/Fox annihilated the Max Payne franchise. This project was my last hope of a descent movie that would be worthy of the Max Payne title.
    Thanks for the effort Fergle.

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