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.

For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, or Facebook, I am currently reviewing a fantastic little electronic viewfinder / monitoring solution, made by North Carolina based company SmallHD, called the DP4-EVF. I plan to use the DP4-EVF on Payne & Redemption — alongside a RED Scarlet-X — to help maintain critical focus throughout the production.

Here is a 720p screencap from one of the tests I’m doing for my review, of a rather familiar looking character, enacted (for this purpose) by the one and only Antonio Geezahrelli…

Click the image to view in 1280×720.

Ant also portrayed this eccentrically dressed individual in a test I shot for my review on the Kessler Crane Pocket Jib a couple years back, which you can view here. In case any of you were wondering, Ant will not be replacing Nigel Billing’s role in Payne & Redemption, despite Patrick Streutjens (Cypress) from Payne Reactor trying to persuade me. Sorry, dude!

Fergle “That Max Payne Guy” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

As this project has matured and I’ve become a more experienced Film Producer, I’ve made a point in not making announcements unless I’m 100% sure that whatever I’m talking about in that announcement is either ready, or about to be. People often misinterpret enthusiasm for promises, and become upset when you can’t deliver on time. However, because I class the following announcement in the latter category, I thought I’d let you guys in on it…

Back in 2007, I shot a bunch of interviews with Nigel Billing, Kylie Cushman and John Mangan. Up until now, the tapes I shot on were just gathering dust. Luckily, I was recently able to transfer the interview tapes to my PC, and begin working on a new “Interview Series”, which will be a three part series, equalling around ninety minutes of total footage, released apart from each other, and starting with John’s.

The interviews provide an insightful look into the actors, their characters in Payne & Redemption, the work that went into Payne & Redemption at the time, and what Payne & Redemption means to them. I won’t give a release date yet, but rest assured, I am cutting the interviews together as we speak, so I will keep everyone up to date as and when.

On a different note, I picked up a copy of Alan Wake on Steam when it was released on February 16th, and my God, what an awesome game that is! Writers Sam Lake and Mikko Rautalahti have really out done themselves on this one. Here’s hoping the sequel, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, also sees a PC release in the not-too-distant future, as I already crave more of Bright Falls, and I haven’t even finished the first one yet. Remedy, you guys have been gone too long. Welcome back!

If any of you guys haven’t yet played Alan Wake, but own a PC, I urge you to get it NOW! At £22.99, it’s a deal, it’s a steal, it’s the sale of the fucking century! 😀

http://store.steampowered.com/app/108710

Fergle “That Max Payne Guy” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

Today marks the day of Payne & Redemption’s FOURTH trailer, and third fundraising campaign to help take this film one step towards the finishing line.

Gone is the idea to turn this project into a music video. Now, Payne & Redemption will be a FEATURE LENGTH FILM, and here’s how it’s going to work…

I’m currently writing a film treatment for Payne & Redemption, which serves as the scaffolding for the film’s feature length screenplay. From that, I’m going to select a handful of scenes to churn into a short, promotional film, using the footage we shot back in ’06, with a projected runtime of 45 minutes. This promotional film will be used to seek funding for the feature length production, or to attract the interest of potential movie studios. Also, it will be released online, to you guys, in high-definition. So, in the event that we aren’t able to raise the required funds for the feature length film, or no movie studios are interested, YOU guys will still have something for your patience and loyalty towards Payne & Redemption.

Before we get to that point, one of the steps we must take is to transfer the master tapes containing the footage we shot in ’06 to hard-drive, so that I can access that footage on my PC in its original, RAW, 1080p format, and use it to support the remainder of this film’s architecture.

That is what this particular fundraising campaign is for, and this is where I once again need to recruit YOUR help…

http://www.indiegogo.com/payneandredemption

Oh, and did I mention something about a new trailer? Check out the link above. 😉

UPDATE – Anyone who donated to the last IndieGoGo fundraising campaign, is entitled to a higher perk if they donate again. For example, if you donated $50 last time, you will receive the $100 perk if you donate another $50 this time.

Fergle “The Tank” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

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Luke Morgan-Rowe, who co-produced Payne & Redemption with Writer, Director & Executive Producer Fergle Gibson since its inception, has officially stepped down from his role as Producer for the remainder of the film’s production, as his medical career no longer offers him the flexibility required to dedicate to the project. For those who don’t know, Luke is a London based Doctor, whose job is very time consuming and is often accompanied by an unpredictable schedule. Luke Morgan-Rowe’s successor will be annouced at a later date.

Payne & Redemption will not suffer any set-backs as a result of this alteration.

And in other news, I’ve an exciting new annoucement for you guys very soon, so stay frosty.

Fergle “Who else but me?” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

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