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"Payne & Redemption seems very ambitious and impressive. Good luck with your project! Looking forward to seeing it." - Sam Lake, creator of Max Payne & writer of the Max Payne videogames.

NEWS FLASH! Country boy has 20th Century Fox quaking in their boots! 
Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 05:04 PM
G'day, people!

Received a rather interesting e-mail this evening...
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Dear Mr. Gibson,

My name is Mei-lan Stark and I am Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property for Fox Group Legal. As part of my responsibilities, I am charged with protecting the intellectual property rights of Twentieth Century Fox ("Fox"). While we appreciate your enthusiasm for the MAX PAYNE property, as you are likely aware, Fox acquired the exclusive motion picture rights from Take Two Interactive for the MAX PAYNE property. Fox further acquired an exclusive trademark license for the mark MAX PAYNE for a wide range of goods and services, including motion pictures. Your activities and materials, including your film, trailers, and one-sheet posters violate Fox's rights as well as the rights of Take Two Interactive in the underlying video game. As a result, we must demand that you immediately cease all further development and/or distribution of your film and accompanying materials and remove the film and materials, including any clips, trailers, one-sheet posters and other materials bearing the MAX PAYNE mark or elements of the MAX PAYNE property from this website and anywhere else you have posted them on the web.

Please provide written confirmation by email to
[censored] that you have complied with this request.

Sincerely,

Mei-lan Stark
Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property
Fox Group Legal


Flattery, indeed. But does the phrase "using a PILEDRIVER to crack a nut" come to mind? OK, probably not, because normal people would usually use a SLEDGEHAMMER!... Or is that just me?

Anyway, all comments are VERY welcome. :-)

UPDATE #3 (06/05/08) 03:30 GMT - Results posted. See entry above.

UPDATE #2 (05/05/08) 18:00 GMT - Negotiations have been settled. Results will be posted later on tonight.

UPDATE #1 (03/05/08) 22:00 GMT - We are currently in negotiations with Fox, and will keep everyone updated as things progress.

Fergle "Larry David" Gibson,
Writer & Director.

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MySpace account SHUT DOWN!... 
Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 01:56 PM
OoOoOo... It would appear someone high up has thrown a little bit of a tizzy and had our MySpace account shut down. Alleged "copyright infringement", I hear.

Seems like someone's a little scared... :-)

Thousands of friends and comments lost, thousands of loyal supporters left in the lurch... Oh, what a world, what a world...

Now to find out which one of the many people and / or multi-million-dollar corporations that we're a threat to have had a hand in this inequitable affair.

Luke,
Producer, with more hoes than a garden centre.
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NEW TRAILER!!!... 
Friday, March 14, 2008, 06:14 PM
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 Payneandredemption.com 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, 11:32 AM
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!... 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 05:43 PM
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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