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.

8 Responses to “Rising from the ashes…”

  • Russell:

    Will you make the movie with the heavy snow? Couse the snow in the story was one of very important aspects.
    Sorry, if the question been already discussed, but I’m curious, cause I live in Russia and I loved to play Max Payne in snowy winter nights )))

  • Szabó Gábor:

    I’m believe in you guys! Show this world what you can!

  • Good to hear from you again! Been waiting (feels like) in a long time. I appreciate the words, and happy to know you still are with us. I am still a P&R fan, and supporter! Hope you sort things out, this project deserves completion.

    Thank you, and don’t ever forget you have supporters backing you up!

  • Rastislav Tisovcik:

    Good luck with the project. There are many of us who look forward to the final result no matter how long it takes (see recently released Black Mesa mod). Have you considered kickstarter to get more donations and spread the word?

  • Dee:

    Have you considered kickstarter?

  • Rama Dolman:

    been waiting for ever, even donated, but ill keep checking up on this project every now and then, i really want to see this, and support everyone on crew and cast. wish i was able to work on it, especially now that you are working with RED! sadly im in australia. good luck to you all!

  • Max:

    Please please please don’t ever GIVE UP and let us fans know what we can help!! We don’t want to see Max Payne story ended in a bizzare Max Payne 3 game and crappy FOX production…

  • Have you ever considered making a Crowdfunding campaign? I think you’d be able to draw much more attention, specially since you already have trailers out there.

    I bet you would pull it off without a problem! If you need any help, just email me. I’ve done a crowdfunding campaign to fund my first documentary and it went fine.

    I really do hope you can work it out, I love your project and your dedication to it!

    Stay strong and never give up!

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