For every plan, you must have at least one contingency plan. In my case, I have more than 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, 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. But let me be a little more specific on that…

It’ll only “bypass the need for most of the expenses required to finish the production as a narrative movie” if I was still striving to complete the film as I’d originally envisaged.

If, however, I were to create a new and different story around select portions of the footage we’ve already shot, I could still utilize parts (if not most) of the original footage, yet take the film in any direction I wanted, and still end up with a narrative movie, but a narrative movie that’d cost about the same as turning it into a music video, which, for the most part, is just time.

So, in no particular order of preference, the two plans I’m making public are as follows…

1) Turn P&R into a music video.

2) Turn P&R into a different narrative movie than planned, utilizing select cuts of the original footage.

In terms of workload required for both of the ideas, there is very little difference between the two. Both require the original tapes to be transferred so that the footage from ’06 can be used in the end result, and both require additional footage to be shot. The only difference is, the music video requires a band and band footage, and the narrative movie requires more actors and scenes. So as you can see, it’s very much of a muchness. One just requires a different approach to the other.

My priority is to finish Payne & Redemption in any way that does the production justice, and I am working on both ideas at the same time, fleshing them out at every spare opportunity I get. I think we all know which one we’d prefer, but which will come to fruition first, and will it be the most feasible?

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

8 Responses to “Payne & Redemption – The Independent Film…”

  • Dear Fergle,

    I truly love all the work that has been put to this, but please don’t go for the music video. If all fails, the band should be Poets of the Fall. But lets hope that THAT isnt the case.

    I just hope that it will be done during 2012, as IMDB says it.

    Good Luck,

    Mert Karaca

  • Michael Walters:

    Hey, I have been following this project since its inception, and let me tell you from what I have seen in the previous trailers, I have nothing but love for all the work you guys have done. That being said, I feel that it may be kind of insulting to turn this into a music video……. All this time and effort put in for like a 3 minute video is kind of a slap in the face to your supporters and fans. I do have to afree with a previous idea though, that you should fill in the gaps with artwork like in the games…..the stuff you guys are doing makes it feel far more like the max payne I know and love, and less like that shit Fox and Rockstar are throwing out there…….all my support in the world..MJW

  • RT:

    Hey there, Fergle! Your project is awesome, you rock, Marky Mark and John Moore can suck it. Now to the point:
    If you can’t film all you wanted, why don’t film things you have money for and replace the rest with comics, like in the game? I’m sure there will be lot of artist who’ll voluntarily help you, just because they like the idea – just ask around on deviantart.

  • Zenithfilms – Thanks for the link! To be frank, I don’t want to go the music video route, but if I have to in order to get this thing released, then so be it.

    However, if I do go down the path of turning this film into a music video, I’d prefer to get a band involved, as not only would I like to shoot a band doing their thang, but also, band footage would fill in a lot of the gaps present in the current cut of P&R.

    There’s a reason behind my madness.

    – F

  • Yeah! Don’t give up!!! The fans did not forget the P&R!!!
    Gooooooooooood luck!!! /maxpayne.hu/

  • Dude, have you considered Royalty Free Music for the Music video idea? CCmixter has a small but pretty decent selection of Noir tunes, follow the link http://dig.ccmixter.org/dig?dig-query=noir
    could save you having to find a band that will fit to the feel of Max =)

  • Always wait and hoping 🙂

  • Ha!

    I knew you were busy doing something mate, glad to see that you’ve still got plans for P and R. Of the two options mentioned I’d be stubborn and go the shooting new footage way. While I have no doubts that a music video would rock I’d rather have pure Payne and nothing else.

    Good luck as you continue in your project…don’t give up.

    R.

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