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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Who the hell looks good in spandex?

Making a superhero costume isn’t as easy as it looks. When I decided to make this web series (after getting really drunk one night – okay, not really), I knew coming up with the costumes was going to be really challenging. How do you make cool-looking superhero and super-villain costumes when you’re working on basically no budget?

The first thing I did was design the costumes. Now you might be thinking I did some sketches, drawings, that kind of thing. Nope. My drawing ability is nil. I have about as much chance of doing a decent drawing as Taylor Lautner does of keeping his shirt on in a Twilight movie.

Luckily, I remembered a couple of cool games I owned – City of Heroes and City of Villains. In these games, you create your own hero or villain and then proceed to save the day or do dastardly deeds. Great idea for a game. And what’s really awesome about them is they have a fantastic character creation program. You can create virtually any kind of hero or villain you can imagine. Sweet!

I plunked down the $15 to re-establish my account and got cracking on designing the two lead characters in the web series: super-villain Jessica James, aka Darkstar, and superhero Michael Masters, aka Captain Amazing.

After spending about an hour on each character, I was happy with what I came up with. Now it was time to try to turn a three-dimensional computer design into reality!

I purchased two unitards from a local costume shop. What the hell is a unitard you may be asking? Basically think of a leotard but it covers your entire body. We then dyed them the colors we needed using fabric dye that you can use in the washer.

Justine (who plays Geeky Scientist in the web series) did the bulk of the wardrobe. But Producer Michalina, crew member JC, and I also pitched in, scouring stores for superhero accessories.

When the Darkstar costume was all put together, it looked great! The Captain Amazing one? Not so much. How did it look? Let’s see, what’s the word? Lame. The problem was that something that looks great in a video game or in a comic book doesn’t necessarily look great in real life on a real person. I had made his costume light blue in my design, because I wanted a bright superhero color to contrast with her darker villain color. But the light blue costume in real life just wasn’t cutting it. It did not look superhero-ry at all (yup, I just made up a word).

And I almost settled and left it that way. Fortunately, Michalina could tell I wasn’t happy. She told me if I’m not happy with it, then let’s change it. Let’s do whatever we need to do to make it awesome. And she was totally right. The problem is, this conversation happened the night before the Episode One shoot. Less than a day to totally revamp the entire costume. Something we had spent weeks talking about and working on. What happened?

I’ll tell you next week.

Arrgh! Jeff, how can you leave us hanging like that? I know. I know. I’m horrible. But c’mon, cliffhangers are fun :) And I promise I’ll complete the tale next week when Mark and I tag team for the coolest blog post yet!

Until then, try not to knock up any super-villains. And for the girls, try not to let any superheroes knock you up :)

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Hey it looks easy in the movies

It was 8:00PM on a Tuesday evening and I was getting my hair pulled by an attractive brunette while a videocamera captured the action. No, I wasn’t at a shoot for the latest late-night Cinemax movie. I was at our very first rehearsal for the fight scene in Episode 1 of Super Knocked Up.

Although they’re generally brief and look effortless on screen, movie brawls take quite a bit of preparation and planning. Every move must be choreographed to not only maximize the desired effect of the director, but to minimize bodily injuries to the actors. On top of that, the actors (and the action) must convey their character’s state of mind and personality while engaging in fisticuffs and also be mindful of their partners well-being and actions as well. It’s one gigantic trust exercise. Luckily we had some trustworthy people helping us out.

Professional actor and stunt coordinator David Bunce was on hand to help director Jeff Burns plan out the best way to not only make the scene exciting, but work within the context of the episode. Jeff wanted the scene to be action packed, but comical as well. David worked through some moves with Jocelynn and me, and we finalized 7 main beats of the fight (in this order): hair pull, arm lock, elbow to the face, jump onto back, fall, leg grab, and choke. Of course, there was a whole set of sub-beats within these 7 actions, but splitting the fight up into these specific actions made it easier to remember everything that came in between.

At first we struggled, but David and Jeff were very patient. Juggling every aspect is, at first, daunting for an actor who has limited experience with such things. In essence, you’re practicing a dance with your partner. And I’m a terrible dancer. The rehearsal location (which also functions as the set location) was a small room not conducive to this sort of thing. But eventually we smoothed out the rough edges, such as timing, where to put our feet, how to fall, how to grab Jocelynn’s hair without ripping huge chunks of it out accidentally, how to properly breath, and, most importantly, how to act while doing everything else. I learned more about acting in those first 3 or so hours of rehearsal than I have since I started dabbling in the art 5 years ago.

When Jocelynn and I finally realized (after a few more rehearsals – with blankets and an air mattress as padding!) we had the moves down pat and we could do them in our sleep, it was a great sense of accomplishment. It was a good experience and, even though it was frustrating at times, a fun one. When you see it onscreen, I hope you dig it.

Side note: I’m happy to report that the only injury I sustained was a shallow gash just below my left big toe, where my sandal strap had rubbed the first layer of skin off. Life is dangerous, when you do your own stunts.

Video after the jump.

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The Proposal (no, not that kind)

“So, want to play a superhero?”

It’s not every day that someone asks you that question, and as a part-time actor whose biggest project to date had been as one of a thousand extras in Stephen Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (who never made it on-screen in the final cut) and mostly plays characters who meet a grisly end in short horror films, I was a little taken aback.

“Jeff, I don’t think I could play a superhero.  I mean, I don’t have the body ty-”

“Shush up, you,” replied director Jeff Burns. “You’re the only one I can imagine in the role.”

The conversation took place a day before I was scheduled to leave for vacation to Cape Cod, and Jeff and I were having a meeting along with an actress Jeff wanted to play super-villain Darkstar, Jocelynn Joy Murphy. He pitched the idea to us: playboy superhero knocks up his uptight arch nemesis. Hilarity ensues. We took a look at the first two episodes. We committed.

We knew that coordinating everything would be tight: my schedule for the next month was hectic, and it just so happened Jocelyn was moving to another state in August. We had less than 4 weeks to work in rehearsals, stunt coordination, costume fittings, figure out promotion, and shoot the first episode. Sounds like plenty of time, right? Well, factor in our full-time jobs, my vacations (Cape Cod and Comic-Con baby), and Jocelynn’s move and what started out as “plenty of time” became “do we have time for that?”

We did. And it’s amazing we got it done. Then again, maybe we’re superheroes.

Welcome to Super Knocked Up.

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SUPER. BLOGGED. UP.

Greetings, readers, and welcome to the first entry to Super Blogged Up, the official blog of the hilarious upcoming web-series Super Knocked Up, about a female super-villain who gets (you guessed it!) knocked-up by her arch-enemy superhero. The series is shot in upstate New York and is written/directed by Jeff Burns and stars Jocelynn Joy Murphy as the villainous Darkstar and Mark Pezzula (also your humble SBU writer!) as the heroic Captain Amazing!  With kick-ass cinematography by Justin Maine, super-cool producing by Michalina Almindo, and lightning-like editing by Tony Grocki (we don’t really know what lighting-like editing is, but it sounds cool). The first six episodes are set to be released in Spring 2011.  Which of course will make 2011 the coolest year ever :)

In the time between now and then, Super Blogged Up will be the place to come to read about cast and crew experiences shooting the series. Expect an entry about once every week, with subject matter varying from week to week! Want to know what it was like for the cast to work with professional stunt coordinator David Bunce? How Mark reacted when his super-belt was stapled to his back? Or how Jeff came up with his crazy idea in the first place? Then keep on coming back to Super Blogged Up each week! You never know when a guest writer will drop by, a super-villain will hijack the blog, or when we’ll release the first pics from the series!

So thanks for reading, and come back often!

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