They kick ass, take names, and look gorgeous doing it. Steve and Stephen, a pair of renegade vigilantes, are out for justice. But when a new, orgasm inducing drug known as “booche” starts becoming an epidemic, their once quiet streets are quickly transforming into a sex-crazed wasteland. Features stunts by Eric Jacobus and Ray Carbonel of The Stunt People.
Location: Roxie Theater
3117 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103 US
When: Saturday, May 30, 12:00PM
Jose Montesinos, brains behind The Deadly Finger and The Winds of Time, was featured in an SF Weekly article regarding his Hell’s Kittens trailer. They had some great things to say, as well as posting a photo of Anne kicking me in the gut:
This is exactly what DIY filmmaking should be: crude, odd, and rough, but easy to watch and funny. Jose Montesinos seems to have Robert Rodriguez‘ innate sense of nuts-and-bolts composition and sound, John Waters‘ egalitarian potty humor, and Russ Meyer‘s love of butt-kickin’ babes. Sharp editing means the pacing is right, and sharp editing is hard work. Montesino’s Hell’s Kittens, the boner-joke–spitting little sister of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, is currently our favorite piece, but his other work — a kung fu soap opera, for one — shows that he is reliably good at making movies.
Apologies to Jose for posting this so late. I told him I’d do it months ago and completely forgot.
Saturday December 6, 2008
Eric Jacobus and Ray Carbonel of The Stunt People performed stunts for Joe and Steve Greenberg’s action-comedy “Sexual Tension.” The action scene takes place in a drug hangout where the goons are all working in “booche,” a powder much like cocaine, except it’s green and causes its users to orgasm. Expect to see high-flying acrobatics and some hard falls from Jacobus and Carbonel.
The short was shot on the Red One camera, which produces images with up to 4000 vertical lines of resolution.
Tuesday Nov 25, 2008
I visited the guys up north to finish shooting some scenes for “The Tech,” Chelsea Steffensen’s new SP short. We hadn’t shot anything since March when we finished the end fight (photos below), so it was time we got back on it. First thing we did was get some dialog shots with Nathan on the phone, and we figured we’d just shoot the other end of the conversation (Gavin’s end) once we met up with Gavin the following night. We were shooting outside the downtown mall, and right when the take finished, a swat team member walked out the door right behind them carrying an automatic rifle. “Can I help you guys?” “Nn-no just doing a student film…” “Okay cool.” And he walked away….
Then we went over to a bar down the street. Jeremiah knew the owner, so we walked in and set up some lights to do a quick dialog where I annoy Nathan about backgammon and eat a whole apple core.
Back to Chelsea’s to do some dialog while Chelsea plays a crummy Playstation game (anyone remember Toshinden?), followed by him leaving and then arriving at his house, only to find his pink underwear not hanging on the line any longer.
Wednesday Nov 26, 2008
Met at Chelsea’s house and got dressed up as an old biker bum with long hair, a beard, and a handkerchief that read “CIA” on the front. We went out to the Civic (long-time viewers should be pretty familiar with this location, the brightest and easiest location in Redding) and started doing a comedic fight between me and Jeremiah. Apparently there was an “Elmo” show coming up that evening, so workers were getting the place all set up. We hooked up lights to some available outlets outside, and at one point Jeremiah even opened a door and told someone inside, “I’m gonna hook up some lights.” The guy didn’t even look at him, just asked, “What’s the wattage?” “250.” “Okay.” Guess they thought we were workers too… or they just didn’t care. We shot some of the scene and finished it just in case we couldn’t come back. I went home to eat.
Later that evening we had Gavin. First we went outside to do a funny stealth scene where he slows his breathing down, followed by the other end of Nathan’s phone conversation while Gavin’s in the bathroom. Went back out to the Civic and saw that the workers were breaking down the “Elmo” show, so we tried to shoot somewhere else, but they shut the lights off. We went back and the workers were gone, so we finished the fight between the biker bum and Jeremiah. Gavin jumps into the action and does something hilarious.
Finished up by shooting Nathan getting into the car but not being able to start it, which almost finishes off the movie. Should be done soon, TRT is 12-15 minutes.
Day 2 – Saturday – November 15, 2008
I started the day off by being dropped off at Micah’s place before any of them woke up. Showered, ate, and a bunch of folks arrived to shoot the big scenes for the day. We packed up and went over to a legal office building where Matt Sumner (from the restaurant fight in “Dogs of Chinatown”) and I had a comedic fight scene involving some decent stunts and a lot of powder… or ‘joint compound’ as the bucket described.
Manny and Shawn had their scenes with the girls and a few of the guys, including Brian Lee (Wei from “Dogs”), and they did some brutal Korean-style fighting upstairs.
End of the day, we all went to Andrew’s art studio and did a little more chaos fighting followed by some acting. Everyone went to Micah’s afterward and ate, and we called it a day.
“Dogs of Chinatown” producer Blake Faucette sent me this email today. It’s a list of short reviews from various important folks, all of whom seem to like “Dogs.” Rad.
Here’s a few recent quotes we got about Dogs Of Chinatown. There’s been a lot of positive response to the film and we are very appreciative of the following people for taking the time to give us some kind words that will help us promote the film.
Steve Wang, Director “DRIVE”: “Dogs of Chinatown is visually kinetic, full of fun action sequences and has a compelling story to boot!”
Impact Magazine: “not only delivers top notch action but takes the independent action film to new and successful stylistic heights…bursting with style, creativity and kick ass action”
HK Flix:The Stunt People’s Eric Jacobus is given an opportunity to stretch his acting legs in “Dogs Of Chinatown”, which is his best performance to date. Director Micah Moore’s visuals give The Stunt People their best-yet backdrop to kick some serious ass. All in all, a visually-pleasing crime-thriller with fight scenes to rival some of Hollywood’s best.
Quiet Earth: Dogs Of Chinatown is a great, fast-paced gangster flick which leaves no time to dwell on any philosophical or moral ramifications, it just gets right to the ass-kicking point.
Kung Fu Cinema: Director Micah Moore displays traces of filmmakers like Wong Kar-wai, Tsui Hark and Corey Yuen. The Hong Kong influence is strong with this one. Speaking of the Hong Kong influence, the action of Eric Jacobus and Ray Carbonel is first-rate. The level of their screen fighting is superior to Hollywood standards and favorably comparable to Hong Kong’s best standards. Dogs Of Chinatown displays a level of unapologetic audacity, visual panache and ass-kickery rarely seen outside of Asian action cinema.
Justin Richards (PhantasmaGoria film festival organiser): A ballsy love story, Dogs Of Chinatown should win over both fans of high-octane, high- kicking Hong-Kong style action films and those after something with perhaps a little more emotional substance.
Dogs Of Chinatown hits AFM Film Market starting November 5th with our good friends from Fantastic Films International. Hopefully they will do good business with it and Dogs can start hitting retail stores in 2009.
Thanks for all the support and we’ll update you soon,