Saturday, March 15, 2008, 01:14 AM
Hey gang,

Those of you diehard fans who have been following this project since the get-go, may very well recognize what you're about to see.

Back when first went online, and we barely even had a complete CAST, I released a rather badly made, amateur looking "teaser", containing no footage whatsoever, as an advertisement to let everyone know that we were a project in production... It didn't exactly scream "professionalism", and was met with comments such as "What the hell is this piece of crap?!" - We certainly had no idea it would lead to the million-strong audience "Payne & Redemption" has gained to this day... And that's without anyone even seeing the film! But my, what a long way we've come...

So now, I present to you, a totally re-vamped and re-mixed version of the first EVER, incredibly cheesy (but very macho), teaser trailer to Max Payne: Payne & Redemption (narrated by the fantastic Scott Pollak)... WITH footage! But OK, not a lot.

EDIT: Just uploaded a hi-res version of the new trailer here - Approximately 18mb in size. Right-click the link to download.

Enjoy. ;-)

Fergle "Larry David" Gibson,
Writer & Director.

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Back from the dead... 
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 06:32 PM
It's been over three months since my last post, but amidst the silence on this blog, much chaos has been a brewin'! At the moment, we're pushing to film the "extra scene" on our "to do" list, as we're unable to film any of the pickups until around June / July. The reason for this is, because of the amount of favours we quite often need to call in, we have to coincide our schedules with those of the people we're working with, and more than often, "those people" aren't as free as we'd like them to be.

Anyway, about this "extra scene"... As many of you know, the part of Payne & Redemption we have already filmed takes place in one location. The "extra scene" takes place in an entirely different location, and with totally different characters (some you'll recognize, some you won't), but within the same timeline. Make sense? OK, never mind.

The idea behind the inclusion of this "extra scene" is to intercut it with what we already have in order to bulk out the story a little, fill in a few holes here and there, and create a better sense of pacing. Now, before you sigh or scream and think this is going to delay the film even more, relax - It won't. Firstly, instead of picking a completely unsuitable location and going to the lengths of dressing it to match the script, we're picking a location that pretty much already *is* what we need it to be, save a few touch-ups here and there. Secondly, as sad as it is, we're saying goodbye to the beloved Arriflex D-20, and will most likely end up using the Sony F350 due to its ease of use, and extremely cheap workflow... Although the camera we ultimately decide upon has yet to be confirmed. But don't worry - We won't be compromising on quality! Thirdly, we're aiming to complete the shoot of this "extra scene" within one evening of hard, gruelling labour, and have it edited into the offline shortly after. After that, it'll be time to get those pickups done once and for all.

Now, I've received a few e-mails asking if we're going to be able to release Payne & Redemption before the release of the Max Payne film starring Mark Wahlberg, and thinking realistically, I don't believe we will. However, that's not to say we won't! But what a lot of people seem to forget, and what you need to remember, is that Payne & Redemption is a non-profit, independent, artistic interpretation depending on the *favours* of some of the film industry's most eligible professionals - We're not a heavily profitable, commercial production with millions of dollars backing it, and as a result, simply don't have the power and financial clout of a major Hollywood studio such as 20th Century Fox. However, what I can guarantee you, is that once Payne & Redemption is released, you will at least have a choice between two different interpretations of your favourite anti-hero, as opposed to being stuck with the one and the risk of not liking it. Which, in my opinion, ain't such a bad ending to this long-winded journey.

On a different note, I've put together a 48-second-long trailer "spot" for your enjoyment, and will be releasing it at the end of this week. Just a little something to say we're still here and still going.

Anyway, guys and gals... Until the next time!

Fergle "Larry David" Gibson,
Writer & Director.

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Happy New Year!... 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 12:43 AM
It's not much, but in light of recent events, and to welcome in the new year, we scraped together a few production photos for you guys, in hope to whet your appetites once again and bring back some of that good old camaraderie this community once had!

We will be releasing more and more of these photos in the run up to the release of the film...

*Click on the images to view the full-sized versions. As they are pop-ups, you will have to disable any pop-up blockers you have on your machine before you can view them.

Wishing you all a successful and prosperous new year!

Fergle "Larry David" Gibson,
Writer & Director.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007, 03:29 PM
You want updates? You want updates?! I'll give you some f**kin' updates! Well, if there were many...

Firstly, any of you who have heard I am working on another film have definitely been misinformed. I was, however, *approached* about directing a short film earlier on this year, but I never agreed to anything, and I am certainly not working on it now - I don't have the time, nor the money.

Payne & Redemption is absolutely and undoubtedly still my number one priority at this present time, but it *has* gotten to the point where I am needing to re-locate a lot (but not all) of my attention elsewhere in order to do that little thing we called "live". But please don't think that means I've forgotten about everyone, because that simply isn't the case.

Two years is a LONG f**king time to spend on a 20 minute film, and I laugh at it myself a lot of the time... usually in despair and over a large bottle of whiskey. But in the end, and as Mr. Combs once said himself, "it's all about the Benjamins, baby"... And I can't finance a non-profit film by making it my day job, or else it'll NEVER see the light of day.

Which brings me on to my next point - Money. As many of you know, our fund-raising programme (or "scam", as a few other people like to call it) didn't work out as well as we hoped it would. But luckily, we have many other options to exhaust before we go on a mass killing spree to relieve a little of the pent up tension this project is causing.

2008 will be a new year, a new beginning, and a new turning point for this film and the people involved in it. I know it's hard and sometimes you feel like throwing in the towel, but stay patient and keep the faith, because we WILL deliver.

It ain't over 'til it's over,

Fergle "Larry David" Gibson,
Writer & Director.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 06:38 PM
Here it is, guys...

The poster you've all been waiting for... The man who has been kept in the shadows for so long...

Oh, and to all those who think this project is dead, for whatever reason, you couldn't be more wrong.

I'm not the type of person to start something and not finish it, or make such a huge promise to so many people and not keep it - It's just not my style.

No matter how long it takes, we *WILL* prevail - I can assure you of that.

Stay frosty,

Fergle "Larry David" Gibson,
Writer & Director.

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