Our latest short film Rope A Dope will be premiering at the LA Indie Film Fest, come check it out! I’ll be there along with the producers and potentially the other cast and crew to answer questions afterward. I’ll throw in a live back flip for free if you show up.
Going South on Formosa from Santa Monica Blvd. it is the Blue Building at the end of the block. There is a 60 car parking lot that is on either side of the building feel free to park here. Additional street parking is available as well as parking in the Gateway Mall, home of Target.
Rope A Dope is in SHORTS PROGRAM 1
$10 online or $12 at the door
Donnie Yen took a flight to New York very recently because he was invited to attend the yearly New York Asian Film Festival as a special guest for special showings of the 1993 kung fu action classic Iron Monkey as well as his recent hits SPL (aka Kill Zone), The Lost Bladesman and Wu Xia (aka Dragon). Since last Sunday Donnie has been present at the festival talking about his life, career, The Lost Bladesman and SPL, as well as answering questions from fans. He’s currently continuing to be present over there for interviews and Q&As with special showings of Iron Monkey and Wu Xia.
Check out footage of his interviews and Q&As for The Lost Bladesman and SPL below.
The premiere for Death Grip on June 30th, 2012 was a night I’ll never forget. Two years of solid labor suddenly morphed into something real and alive. The audience reaction was incredible. They got every joke (and a bunch of others, which I didn’t expect), screamed at the gore, and cheered after every fight scene. They ate up the DVDs and shirts, people said they wanted to invest, and we’re expecting a bunch of reviews to flow in soon.
And now I’d like to extend a thank you to everyone for making Death Grip happen.
Cast – The overwhelming response was that while the action still beat everyone’s expectations, the acting was the ultimate surprise. The most frequent comment I received was, “I came in expecting just some action movie, but it was like a real movie.” The cast did an incredible job at taking Death Grip far and above the schlocky action film genre and into a new ballpark. Johnny, Nathan, Chelsea, Shaun, Amberly, LaChe, Cynthia, and Sean, I wish you could have made it for the show, but due to a combination of prior engagements and leaky car batteries weren’t able to attend, and the audience missed you all.
Crew – The audience was convinced that Death Grip was made for a few million dollars. This is largely thanks to the efforts of our amazing crew that squeezed every bit of production value out of our budget as they could thanks to their superb grasp of the art form. Drew Daniels (DP), Brett Perry (composer), Brad Wagner (sound recordist), Phil Gorn (sales agent), Justine Jacob (legal), and Matteo Grilli (sound designer and mixer), we missed you all.
Donors – The overwhelming support of our donors helped us meet our budgetary needs and showed us that there’s plenty of hope for the independent genre film. Thank you all. We’ll be sending out donor packages this week, with a short delay for those who requested the Blu Ray upgrade.
Family – Our families gave us extra support when we needed it the most. From financial help to location services, the Jacobus, DeGregorio, and Ahn families were invaluable to the production.
Fans – To readers of this blog, members of The Stunt People Forum who have pushed me since day one, the Facebook community, our Press contacts, and all the other forums and blogs out there putting the word out, we couldn’t make a splash without your support. Many of you came from a long distance to see the show and it as a pleasure to see you all!
Friends – To all the good people who lent support whenever it was needed, from handing out fliers to pushing us on social networks to just bringing people to the show, we thank you!
Investors – To the executive producers who truly believed the independent action film could hold its own in the market, we hope (and expect) to make it worth your while in spades, setting a precedent with Death Grip.
This weekend I spent about 48 hours finishing up the Death Grip behind-the-scenes featurette The Life of Death Grip, which clocked in at 75 minutes. I also finished authoring the DVD and the Blu Ray masters and shipped them off to Signature Media this morning. If all goes as planned, we’ll have 2000 DVDs and 1000 Blu Rays to sell at our June 30th Theatrical Premiere. We’ll also have shirts. And if you’re in California, please come to the premiere. You’ll like this film, I promise.
I made the cover artafter I finished the BD and DVD masters, so I ended up squeezing more onto the discs than it actually says on the artwork itself! So here’s an updated list of special features:
Blu-Ray: Even though the printing company will only burn a single-layer Blu Ray disc, which limited us to about 2 hours of videos, this version still has its share of special features and I loaded it to the brim, utilizing almost all of the disc. All special features are in 1080p HD.
Full film in 1080p HD
Commentary with me and producer/co-star Rebecca Ahn
The Compound – a 13-minute short action film, from which we cut the old teaser for our IndieGOGO campaign to raise funds early on
A deleted fight with Johnny Yong Bosch, which was part of our IndieGOGO campaign
A deleted fight with Yun, which was reshot in favor of a longer fight
DVD: This one’s a dual-layer disc, meaning it holds twice as much information as a regular DVD, but like any DVD it’s in standard resolution instead of the ultra-crisp 1080p you get in the Blu-Ray version. I used 5mbps VBR 2-pass encoding, and the film codec we shot on has a lot of bit depth, so it still looks damned good. I loaded this disc to the brim and had almost no space to spare from the 8.5 gigabytes available.
The Life of Death Grip – This will be the reason people might choose the DVD over or in addition to the Blu Ray. It’s a 75-minute behind the scenes look at all aspects ofDeath Grip, from casting Johnny Yong Bosch to budgeting, location scouting, and tons of making-of footage for the fight scenes in the film. Includes interviews with Johnny and two more industry pros, J. J. Perry and Shahar Sorek.
The Compound (same as above)
Outtakes (same as above)
The Art of Throwing – All the throwing outtakes from the film
Commentary with me and Rebecca (same as above)
Deleted fight with Johnny (same as above)
Deleted fight with Yun (same as above)
Deleted scene at a sushi restaurant
Deleted scene with Mark
Deleted segment of the end fight, which made Kenny out to be a little too ruthless
Deleted segment of the care home, which gives away too much of the film
Alternate car scene, which was funnier than we wanted at that point in the movie
Now we wait for the printers to get the shrink-wrapped units to us while we make the soundtrack CD for the donors, print Death Grip shirts, print new retro SP shirts (the “Our Pain Is Your Pleasure” ones), and attempt to get 800 people to our premiere.
We’ve posted one of the many fights from Death Grip online for your viewing enjoyment. This is the “Knife Fight” between myself and Alvin Hsing. If you dig it, please spread the word about the theatrical premiere on June 30th, and keep an eye out at our online store for the DVD and Blu Ray!
Visit http://tinyurl.com/DeathGripMoviePremiere to purchase tickets for the Death Grip Theatrical Premiere on Saturday, June 30 at 7:00 PM at the Bal Theatre in San Leandro. Tickets are $10 each and can be held for you at will call.