2021 was a pivotal year for myself and AJ Epyx Productions, LLC by getting back to what I love to do and tell compelling stories worth the investment. I pray in the new year that some unfinished business gets done and to have that breakthrough moment both personally and professionally. Success is what you make of it.
…and that’s a wrap on Dismissal Time: An AJ Epyx Short Film. I’ll have a lot more to say at a later time. But for now, I want to say it was an honor and a privilege to work with an incredibly talented cast and crew who put in 100% passion and more. Thank you.
More pics from Day 2 of filming courtesy of Lisa Regina! Big special thanks to The Philadelphia Clef Club and Victor Lofts in Camden, NJ for allowing us to use their spaces for our shoot!
While we are halfway through the production of our film, we still need as much support as possible to cover the costs for post-production in the coming months after we wrap. Especially the costs for producing music and marketing the final film. You can still make a fully tax deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas today at the following link: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/dismissal-time…
We’re gonna start winning the people over on the streets… soon.
We recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise production funds for the pilot episode of our upcoming crime drama web series, CALCULATED EGOS, a co-production of Source Life Entertainment. We are aiming to shoot around NYC this summer and need all the support possible to run a smooth and safe production for our cast and crew.
To contribute and see all the reward tiers, visit the GoFundMe campaign link here.
June 4th will be your last opportunity to purchase DVD and Blu-ray copies of THE SAXOPHONIST, DISHONORABLE VENDETTA, NIGHT STREAM, EVIL SOCIETY, and TEMPTED at Amazon. All films are available at discounted prices and have special features that you may not get on a streaming service. They are only worth having as collector’s items.
We have just completed the Safe Sets COVID-19 (Level A) course for certification today as we slowly begin to restart work on our productions in the coming months. We’re taking this VERY seriously. On a parting note, WEAR A MASK!
I want to personally take the time to let each of you know where we stand with the American Gunslingers project and our Seed & Spark crowdfunding campaign.
As I mentioned in an update days after our initial campaign launch, we had to postpone our initial planned shoot date from the end of May to late summer to ensure a safe film production for our talent and crew. It is no secret how the coronavirus pandemic has affected all artists around the world both professionally and personally. It is also very easy to stop moving forward on any artistic endeavors at such a difficult time when everyone is worried about their job status and putting food on the table. Trust me when I say that I’m scared at times too when I watch the news and I just want to fall back into my creative writing. All that said, quitting is not in my nature and this is the time to move forward.
What does this mean?
Since we have been quarantined at our homes these past several weeks, my team consisting of Chris Corulla ( playing the role of “Randy”), Drew Henriksen (screenwriter and playing “Dragoon”), Dan Griffin (producer), and I have had some serious discussions on how best to proceed with the project once we return to some sense of normalcy. With the theatrical business on the decline (especially now) and streaming platforms becoming the more lucrative wave of the future, the 4 of us agreed that American Gunslingers would work much better as a limited 10-part episodic, telenovela-style series. This new course in direction gives us several advantages in a revised plan that will ease the complications of producing a full-length feature film including the following:
• Using the most recent draft of the screenplay, scenes can be broken up into 10 episodes and better organized budgets by episode.
• The episodic format will add more creative breathing room to tell the fully layered stories of the main characters which would normally be cut down for pacing if it had been a full-length feature.
• We can craft a shooting schedule that works for the actors’ availabilities, more flexibility among our crew, gives us breaks in between to plan new episodes, and keeps our team focused on the specific needs of each episode rather than stressing ourselves with plotting out an entire 90 minute film.
• We will be able to save on specific costs on locations and props because we will take our time shooting and editing each episode.
• For audiences, we believe this episodic format will be binge-worthy on a streaming platform that they will return to time and time again.
We have already proved our capability in producing a western just with the teaser trailer which was shot in Long Island last summer. With additional funds, we can improve on all production needs including sound, lighting, costumes, locations, props, and horses. Once the series is completed, we will submit the pilot episode to film festivals and pitch the full 10-episode series to streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Tubi, etc.
With this new direction from feature film to series, we are now lowering our initial $25K goal to $15K. This will be enough to get the initial episodes produced. For us to receive the full funds, we only need to reach 80% of the goal and thanks to Seed & Spark, we were granted a 15-day extension meaning our new deadline is May 9th. So, all listed rewards have been reduced to increase our chances of matching our new goal.
We believe this direction will be the right way to not only tell our amazing story, but it also has the potential to be something groundbreaking in reviving the western genre to today’s audiences. The current crisis may have disrupted our path and we are mindful about everyone’s personal needs right now. But we started this journey on a dream and it is our determination to finish it.
• Please donate what you can.
• Share the link if you can’t contribute financially.
• Follow the campaign by clicking the “Follow” button on the right-hand side of the page.
• Most of all: STAY HOME AND BE SAFE!
For those of you who have been following our progress with AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS since the beginning, you may or may not know what it takes to bring a western feature film to life. Especially if you live in the tri-state area. We are offering a big opportunity to anyone who has an interest in financially backing our full-length feature for this coming summer. We have our entire production plan mapped out from the start of production all the way to worldwide distribution. If you are interested in investing in American Gunslingers or you have referrals for potential backers, please contact me directly at email@example.com for the full business proposal and additional info.
For those of you in the Long Island and Connecticut areas, we are looking for the following locations for this film:
– Saloon-style bars
– Wine cellar
– A vintage-style living room that looks like it’s straight out of the 1800s.
Anybody who can help find these locations or send us referrals, please let us know. We can offer a “Special Thanks” credit to you for the end.
Lastly, our screening date for the American Gunslingers trailer at Garden State Film Festival has been announced for SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at the Berkley Hotel Continental Room (1401 Ocean Ave, First Floor, Asbury Park, NJ)! We will be in the 2:15-3:30pm screening block. For tickets, order at the following link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4497449
In the midst of all of our hard work and film festival screenings, we are excited to share some major news later this week that could potentially launch AJ Epyx Productions to a whole new level. Continue to follow all of our news and updates here on the official website and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo as well as Instagram.
As we mentioned yesterday, for those of you in the Las Vegas area, our animated trailer for AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS will be screening as part of the Action on Film International Film Festival on Wednesday, July 31st at 8pm at the Brenden Theaters located inside the Palms Hotel & Casino. The trailer will be followed by the award-winning AJ Epyx short film, THE SAXOPHONIST! Get your tickets today right here!
We had so much fun filming the duel scene for the trailer this past weekend! Big special thanks to our equestrian Tony Simonetti for lending his horseriding skills to our shoot as well as Catherine Wilvert for allowing us to use her barn property for the production. And as always, THANK YOU to all GoFundMe donors who helped make this possible! See more pics on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/agsfeatures
We had an awesome first trailer shoot this past Sunday for AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS and a few pics to share with you all. Thank you to our cast and crew for their dedicated hard work today! Most importantly, thank you to each and every GoFundMe donor who supported this effort. As we resume filming next Sunday, our work is far from finished. Will be back with more!