More updates and more thanks!

Every day we’re working a little bit on pre-production, and every day somebody surprises me with kindness, generosity, and love.  Big thanks John and Robert for their financial contributions, as well as to Stephen for helping us to acquire one of the most important pieces off of our costume list.  We’ve also tackled the acquisition of a couple of great deals that were on our list, so we’ve moved those to “purchased”.  Later today we’ll be adding a couple other small things that we need to the list, so keep an eye on that address.
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Past that, I think we’re very near ready to start filming a few small scenes that don’t require a lot of additional work!  I’m hoping that within the week we can announce the major cast to the public and give a list of characters and basic descriptions.  That way, you can really start to feel out what this story is somewhat going to look like.

As I said before, we’re working hard every day on something, whether it be reaching out to people and places or building costume and prop pieces ourselves.  Heck, I’ve even reached out to some local recording studios this past week!  Not making any promises, but we’ll see where that goes.

Expect to hear more news and see more photos very, very soon.  I’m excited to be sharing this love with all of you people who have shown such love and passion, too.  Take care, talk to you more soon!

Small Updates and Thanks

We wanted to keep you guys updated on just what’s been happening this week.  We received a couple more financial donations from Esteban and Nicholas, as well as prop contributions off of our Amazon wish list from Paul and Bob.  Thank you to all of you!

There’s still a number of things we’re looking to acquire, but thankfully we’re still busy building a number of costumes and prop pieces on our own.  We’re busy thinking about the movie every single day!

A couple days ago, we did our first read through of the script with a couple of our actors together.  While we can use some adjustments to our script, we’re otherwise very pleased, and in fact we got a lot more realism and emotion out of our actors than we actually expected.  There are a handful of scenes that are basically ready to be shot immediately, and I’m greatly looking forward to doing so.

We hope within the next week or so to unveil a few actors and the characters they’re playing in our movie in something of a playbill/press release.  We’re working hard on making sure all of it is ready for you, so I hope you will wait eagerly for us!

Finally, we want to ask for help from cosplayers as well.  There’s only a couple of pieces that we ourselves are not especially skilled at creating.  We don’t want to give anything away, but we want to look into who may be available to drop what they’re doing and commission a thing or two for us right away.  We realize that many cosplay commissioners always have a long list of costumes they’ve already been commissioned for.  But we feel that we have a worthy cause that we’re working toward creating.  If you create costumes of any variety and you are willing to help us complete our goal right away, we would be very happy to hear from you.  Please send us a portfolio of your work, and if you are a good fit for our project, we would like to reach back out to you and work together.

Thank you, guys!  We’re very excited about the way the project is moving along.  We look forward to sharing more with you very soon!

FamiKamen Rider: What to Watch?

Some folks have been interested in knowing what we were pulling from to build our story for this movie.  I’m happy to say that we’re keeping it about as canon as we can possibly make it.  For those of you who may not have seen some of the things we’ve pulled from, or if you need a refresher course, we encourage you to watch the WA*RI*ON Saga followed by the YCPT 3rd Year Anniversary videos.  We have them embedded here, all five episodes, in their appropriate order so that you can catch back up on the events of the Juu WaRiOn and how he became the FamiKamen Rider.

WA*RI*ON Part 1 – Mario & Wario

WA*RI*ON Part 2 – Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku: Soreyuke D

WA*RI*ON Part 3 – L.S.D.

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YCPT – 3rd Year Anniversary – Part 1
Can’t see the embedded video?  Click this! http://blip.tv/play/AYLjzjsC.x?p=1
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YCPT – 3rd Year Anniversary – part 2

Introducing Matt Burkett, Suit Actor and SFX Coordinator

We are very thrilled to announce our suit actor for the FamiKamen Rider, Matt Burkett, also known online as Apollo Z. Hack. For his previous involvement in projects with Justin and someone who would truly know and understand what kind of project we were trying to film, it was clear to us that he was the appropriate person for the job. Matt will also be providing many of the visual effects in the post production of the movie. We are very fortunate and very grateful for his acceptance and involvement in this project, and we think you will be satisfied with the results as well.

Catch more examples of Matt’s work on his YouTube Channel, MONSTROSITIES: Tokusatsu Vlog.

The FKR Completion Live Q&A

Yesterday, we did a live Q&A on Hitbox to answer some questions some people may have had when it came to what exactly we were working on and how people could participate.  Hitbox managed to save about the first two-thirds of the Q&A which you can watch here.

http://www.hitbox.tv/video/233441

If you can’t watch the video, or if you get to the point where the video cuts off, here’s basically a lot of the answers that were covered during the half hour we were live.

There are currently no plans for a professional stunt team, as we are working completely out of pocket, however we have stage/movie choreography in place to create convincing fight scenes.

We’re attempting to use as many elements from the original IndieGoGo campaign Justin set up as possible.  However, we are not working with that campaigns funds or reward system.  But any and all contributors to that campaign will receive credit during the credits sequence of the movie.

Any contributor to this project in any variety, whether it is monetary or with props, costumes, or services will also receive credit within the movie.

We have basically the same body suit that Justin was using (though not HIS specifically) and are rebuilding elements.  We will try our best to get as many costumes and prop pieces as possible that Justin already planned on using, but right now we have a lot of plans on building and rebuilding what’s necessary to fulfill our current script.

There is another hero aside from the FamiKamen Rider.

The majority of the movie takes place through the eyes of a completely unknown person within the Internet reviewer community.  This is done with the purpose to make JewWario/FKR shine more brightly.  This character has no idea who JewWario was or why everybody loves him, or why our Rider hero is needed so badly.  Through him, we get to relearn the story that Justin had already set up throughout his videos and learn about how special JewWario really was to the community.

The new, unknown character will not ever at any point become the FamiKamen Rider, nor will he obtain WaRiOn powers.  No one could ever possibly replace or recast Justin.  FKR will always be him.  So, when the Rider DOES eventually appear on screen in any capacity, for all intents and purposes, that will be HIM, and no one else.

We do have a suit actor for the FamiKamen Rider, to be revealed very soon.

The bulk of our major characters have been cast.

The movie is written to be both an inspirational piece for those who want to get out there and do something their passionate about, as well as being an appropriate loving send-off to the character and to our friend.  While this sounds heavy and dark, the truth is that it’s chock-full of fun, funny moments that reflect Justin’s brand of humor and his passion for games and Japanese special effects shows.

While we don’t have any special music composed, we would like it if any talented composers would like to join together with us to help us work out an insert theme/ending theme.  If the composer thought that MarzGurl’s voice would be appropriate for the piece, that is fine.  Otherwise, there are currently no plans for an insert theme featuring MarzGurl’s vocals.

This movie gives a canon explanation for why it is that the FamiKamen Rider goes missing in the first place (after the events with Doctor Holocaust in 2012) and for why he is no longer there.

If money was not an object, we would include a lot more crossovers and cameos with other people.  At least one person involved will be using his own funds to get to us here in San Antonio from his location.  Other than that, we can’t currently afford to bring many people to us in one place.  That is not to say you won’t see cameos, but they may not always physically be there with us.

More info is coming soon on how to submit your own video cheering the FamiKamen Rider on in battle.  We can say that submissions will likely have to be kept short, likely around the 1 minute mark.

Although we don’t have a hard deadline for anything just yet, we’re expecting to want to have the majority of submitted materials of all varieties in to us by mid-December so as to be ready for MAGFest in January.

We strongly believe that the motorcycle we would like to use will make a very strong statement in the closing of the movie.  However, we do have an alternate version of the script should it happen that we can’t acquire it.

If you have your own fan-made “hero” character that you would like to do something, we don’t have any strong plans for incorporating other heroes, but send us an E-mail and tell us about your character along with images, and we’ll see if there’s anything we can do.  We can’t make any strong promises, though.

At no point do we plan on making any money off of this movie.  Of course we will likely eventually have it available for streaming on the Internet.  If eventually there is enough demand for something like a DVD release, proceeds would very likely end up going toward a charitable cause.

Also, today we would like to thank Grady, Thomas, and Mitchell for their financial contributions to the project.  It seems we may have some props in the mail as well, and we’ll give a more official thanks once they’ve arrived and we have all the details.

And thank you to all of you who have given your support in any way, shape, or form over the past couple days.  There is an intense amount of love coming from the community, and it isn’t because of us, but because of our friend Justin that everyone so very passionately wants to celebrate.  I think we’re all feeling the same way.  We love the love that you’ve received and you continue to share.  Thank you once again.  We’ll update you again soon.

Welcome. Why Are We Here?

Hello everyone.

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.

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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.

X0cXDOne 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.

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