â€¢ The film will be distributed for free online, and an exclusive screening party will be held in London’s Notting Hill.
â€¢ Between January 1st and December 31st, 2008, Payneandredemption.com had received eighty-four million, fifty-three thousand, and one-hundred and twenty seven unique hits.
â€¢ On April 22nd, 2008, 20th Century Fox demanded writer / director Fergle Gibson cease and desist work on “Max Payne: Payne & Redemption”, a non-profit production, for unsolicited use of the Max Payne property. This news was met with infuriation by millions of Max Payne fans around the globe, who threatened to boycott Fox’s “Max Payne” production if they didn’t reconsider their position. For two weeks, Fergle and producer Luke Morgan-Rowe, tried to negotiate with Fox, but their conciliations fell on deaf ears. Undeterred, Fergle dropped the “Max Payne” name and continued working on his project. Although a Box Office success, Fox’s Max Payne film was critially panned, scoring 18% at Rotten Tomatoes, and shot down by Scott Miller, Producer of the Max Payne videogames.
â€¢ In July of 2008, Payneandredemption.com hit an all-time-high, receiving over twelve MILLION unique hits in that month alone.
â€¢ Despite the lead character being portrayed as a heavy smoker in the trailers to Payne & Redemption, Writer / Director Fergle Gibson is staunchly AGAINST smoking of any kind.
â€¢ With pre-production taking place over the course of a year, principle photography begun on October 4th 2006, with a crew of over twenty industry professionals. Lasting four long rainy nights of gruelling guerilla film-making in sub-zero temperatures, the production wrapped on October 8th, with cast & crew quite happy to leave the sodden, depressing world of Max Payne behind them… for a hot bath and the promise of a summer shoot for the remaining story.
â€¢ In its first week of release, the teaser trailer to Payne & Redemption gained over twenty-three thousand views on Youtube.com alone.
â€¢ Payne & Redemption was one of the first films in the UK (and the first independent film) to be shot on Arri Media’s THEN prototype Arriflex D-20 – A revolutionary high-definition film-style digital motion picture camera with a CMOS sensor the size of a Super 35mm film gate aperture.
â€¢ Before working on Payne & Redemption, John Attwood, the filmâ€™s Chief Lighting Technician, had completed work on The Bourne Ultimatum. John has also worked on many other major releases, including Die Another Day, Tomb Raider 2, Alexander, Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy and Casino Royale.
â€¢ Initially, the story of Payne & Redemption was written as a twenty minute short, but writer / director Fergle Gibson felt the storyline could be greatly expanded upon, and proposed the idea of making six twenty minute short films, with the idea that they would come together to form one feature length piece. This idea has since been scrapped due to financial difficulties.
â€¢ John Mangan’s arrival necessitated a total re-write of the antagonist’s role to accommodate the character’s new, and very different direction.
â€¢ John Mangan is in fact the second actor to be cast as the antagonist, as John Ramirez, who was initially selected to play the part, had to pull out due to personal reasons.
â€¢ Approximately 1260 hours were spent on the storyboards for Payne & Redemption, consisting of around 350 shots within an estimated runtime of 20 minutes. These storyboards were then condensed down to around 150 shots whilst still keeping the estimated runtime.
â€¢ The Director, Fergle Gibson, and replacement Storyboard Artist, Ben Dean, worked on the storyboards, consistently, for an average of 18 hours a day, over the course of around 70 days, on a diet comprised of mostly cookies, energy drinks and toasted sandwiches.
â€¢ None of the storyboards were ever used for the final shoot.
â€¢ The original Storyboard Artist (Roger Williams) dropped out after re-reading the script, deeming it “sick and perverted”.
â€¢ Writer & Director, Fergle Gibson, is a trained & qualified special effects makeup artist.
â€¢ Producer, Luke Morgan-Rowe, when not producing films, is in fact a Doctor at a well-known London hospital.
â€¢ Kylie Cushman, who plays the femme fatale in Payne & Redemption, hosts a popular quiz show on Sky Digital. She also appeared briefly in the British film “Love Actually”.
â€¢ The location for some of the publicity stills is in fact one of the schools that the Director and Producer both used to attend.
â€¢ For one of the yet unreleased publicity stills, the production team flooded a church with 20 SWAT team members, all carrying M16 assault rifles, tactical knives and Sig Sauer handguns – This was met with some concern with the local Women’s Institute.
â€¢ The Writer / Director’s favourite film is Terminator 2: Judgment Day. His least favourite film is Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.