My name is Kaylyn Saucedo, though you may better know me as MarzGurl, a video contributor on That Guy With The Glasses. I’m here to tell you what this page is about, and why you should be behind our project.
But first, I want to talk about somebody very important. His name is Justin Carmical, and he was my friend. Over more than four years I’d grown to know Justin, better known online as JewWario, and we’d done quite a bit together. We were in anniversary movies and crossovers with one another. We were even supposed to go to Japan together along with Nash (also of TGWTG) within about another year.
However, on January 23rd, 2014, Justin committed suicide. And if you knew him in any capacity, you were shocked by this knowledge. This man always put forth so much positive into everything he did and gave so much encouragement and love and joy to everyone around him, even if things were difficult for him. That’s the kind of person we all knew. In his many different video series such as You Can Play This and You Can Cook This, Justin was very much a teacher, encouraging his audience to get out there and do things you might have never tried to do before. This is the person we all knew and will always remember. And we don’t get angry because he made a mistake. We learn and grow from his life experiences, and we share the life and the love he gave us all for years.
One of the many things that Justin created over time was the FamiKamen Rider. This character combined two things that Justin had grown to love – retro video games, and the Japanese super hero franchise Kamen Rider. This was a huge labor of love for him, and it really showed. He got help in designing his own super hero suit, and even built the helmet himself. He wrote scripts for his show, You Can Play This, to introduce his Rider story line and weave it into his review show. Justin had personally asked me to compose the melody and write the lyrics to his fake TV show opening song called Be Za Game.
After a couple of years of using the FamiKamen Rider character in his review series, Justin decided he wanted to make a FKR mini web series. This series was funded by passionate fans who believed in Justin and in the project he wanted to make. The idea was to have an 11 episode short series that could stand alone from the reviews he’d already made. He’d managed to raise over $10,000 in order to complete the project.
Sadly, this project was never completed, and only so much of it was ever produced. This has left an empty hole within a lot of people, those who donated to his project, and those who genuinely wanted to see his project through to completion. After the loss of our friend, many others and I couldn’t help but wonder if there was some way we could still bring Justin’s concepts to life.
And that’s where we now step in. After many people surprisingly came to me asking if there was some way to continue the project, my husband Josh and I have decided to pick up in a way where Justin left off. We had friends ask Justin’s wife, Jenny, if this project had her blessing, and once we got the okay we got started. The original idea was to complete the series, at least in some small way, the way Justin would have wanted it. However, it would seem that with as little was found to be anywhere near complete, and without Justin being able to play his multiple character roles that he was so well known for, this simply could not possibly be done. It even came to a point where we wondered whether or not a project like this should even be accomplished, or if it would simply taint the idea Justin had originally created.
What we’d eventually decided on, with the assistance of many great and trusted creative friends, was to create a short movie to give the FamiKamen Rider one last opportunity to shine. We’ve written up a three-act script. After passing the synopsis around to many of these fantastic friends, it was agreed that what we were planning on creating was the most heartfelt send-off to the character we could have possibly written without the actor truly being there, while still managing to have Justin’s brand of humor and action. We truly wanted to give the audience a real chance to say goodbye. And after combing through countless videos produced by Justin as well as many other additional photos and videos in regards to the project, we’ve managed to dedicate and solidify much of the very same story development and canon that Justin himself wrote. The end result should show very little conflict with anything Justin had previously given his viewers, if any at all.
We want to make it very clear that, while Justin is not physically here with us, we do not intend to make anyone else into the FamiKamen Rider. FKR was completely Justin, and passing the torch to someone else without having Justin here to give that blessing doesn’t necessarily seem right. So how do we manage to bring Justin’s character to the screen without taking it away from him? I hope that you will trust us when we say we’ve thought very long and hard about how to accomplish this, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results. We plan on showing you plot points and progress over the course of the project.
Now, unfortunately, this project is under a number of stressful constraints. The first and largest of these constraints actually is time. We were contacted by a member of MAGFest staff who had a passionate desire to have something presentable by MAGFest 2015. Is it possible to have the whole movie filmed and edited by that time? Maybe, maybe not. But we want to try. And whatever we don’t have, we want to fill in with storyboards so that we can at least present a whole story to the MAGFest audience, and then release a completely edited piece to the Internet sometime in the near future. The MAGFest deadline is important because it marks the one year anniversary of when we lost Justin. That’s why we feel so strongly about getting the bulk of the project done by this time. So we only have a handful of months to get this off the ground.
Secondly, yes, of course there’s the money issue. We are not working with the funds that Justin raised through his IndieGoGo campaign. For that reason, for the time being, we’re working entirely out of pocket. However, we aren’t completely rejecting the possibility of accepting donations toward the project. If that’s something you would like to do, by all means, do so (we’ll have a means for you to do so soon). But we don’t want to completely milk people who have already given toward a previous version of this project, especially when we cannot promise any physical rewards.
Instead, the best way we can think of to accept outside help is to request items or services toward the production of the project. We want to supply a list of things we need to complete the project. If you can contribute these items, it would be most helpful. Otherwise, if you provide a service such as art or music, we would like to hear from you. Basically, we’re on the good graces of many, many people who just want to see the project reach completion. We’re willing to work with as many people as possible in order to create the best project we can on a less-than-shoestring budget and an insane time crunch.
Soon, we will also be showing other ways you can get involved in the project. We will be asking viewers to submit their own videos that we will be using in the movie. We’ll write out the requirements for this as soon as we have all the details hammered out (which, in the grand scheme of things, should really be quite soon). This means you’ll be able to see yourself in our movie send-off to Justin. It’ll be fun, and it’ll be a great thing for a great person.
For now, these are the details we have ready to give out to the public. We plan on updating as frequently as possible to keep all of you in the loop, show you our progress, and give you information on how you can contribute and participate.
We hope you’ll stick with us as we finish this project in memory of our dear friend, Justin Carmical. We’re excited to be working on the project, and we can’t wait to give you more information as soon as it’s ready.