Behind the Fan-Film: Jason Beware 2

Now that Jason Beware 2 has been out in the wild for a few months I figured I would offer a little behind the scenes look at how this fun project came together.

Back when we created the first video for Jason Beware we had no idea what we were doing. We went to a park, dressed up as some creepy characters and did a couple shots on an iPhone. I think the idea was originally just to do a photography session with the kids dressed up but it kind of turned into it’s own thing and we made a very short movie with no lines and really no plot.

A year went by and my son asked if we were ever going to do another movie and I said “absolutely!” So we got to work on the sequel. I had an idea of how we could make the sequel really a prequel that tied into the first movie so I got to work writing the script. Before I knew it, I had written a nice draft that actually could work with our zero budget, non-technical skill, and amateur child actors. By April 2021 I had the script finished and started planning the production, however there was just one issue. I had 1 extra role than I had actors and that’s when I thought of a cool idea. Secure a popular actor or celebrity to perform this extra role. It was a voice only role, so I figured it could possibly be easier for someone to lend their voice than it would be to schedule them to be on set. So I started my search.

I began my search by just reaching out the easiest way possible, social media. So I crafted a message that I could send to various people with the hope of getting someone to reply and hopefully join our cast. I must have sent out a dozen or so messages to different voice actors, screen actors, YouTube stars, and more. I casted a wide net and I wasn’t very confident that I would even get a reply, and I was right.

A little bit after my contact blitz I learned about a website called Cameo. On this website there are dozens upon dozens of celebrities that will send you a video message for a fee. I thought, maybe this is how I can make this happen. So I got myself a budget of $20 and found who I thought would be an amazing additional to the cast, George Hardy from Troll 2. His Cameo was only $20 and it looked like he was pretty responsive to previous orders, so I figured why not, let’s try it out. I will admit, I was very disappointed in Cameo’s interface, you are very limited in what you can send to the actor. You only get so many characters to type out what you want. So I had to convey a message of what I am trying to do, as well as send him the script, all in under 150 characters. I figured this wasn’t going to go well, but I got to try for the sake of the fan-film. I trimmed as much from the lines I needed as possible and sent the message. The next day George Hardy sent his Cameo, and it was nothing like what I thought we would get. What I was sent though, is still amazing and something that we will cherish forever.

@dadstl

It’s George Hardy from Troll 2! I reached out via #cameo to see if he would do a part for our Friday the 13th fan-film Jason Beware 2! #excellence

♬ original sound – dadSTL

Now a month after the script had been finish I was dead set on making this happen. At this point I got the bright idea to start reaching out to former Friday the 13th actors, writers, and directors. First I started with some of the actors like Adrienne King, Derek Mears, Warrington Gillette, and several others. I never got a response from anyone and I was feeling a bit defeated until I tried one more, Victor Miller. He was the screenwriter for the original movie and I had read that he had also done some voice work. So I reached out and not even 20 minutes later I had a reply! Mr. Miller agreed to help with our fan-film. So I sent over the small part and by the end of the day Victor had already recorded and sent his part back to me!

After three months of searching for an actor for this very small role. We were finally ready to make this movie happen.

Everything really started to come together once that piece of the puzzle was found. I gathered up props and did some scouting for a nice creepy shooting location and made a plan for it all to happen. Luckily for me, my other actors and actresses had been practicing their lines this whole time. So when the time finally came for a table read, they were ready!

Because of how organized I was with everything, and how prepared the kids were, we only had two days of shooting! The kids did great, from the acting, to helping with set design, handling clapsticks, props, and other behind-the-scenes stuff, I am very proud of them all and the work they put into the movie.

Editing took a bit longer to finish up. I knew I would need some sound design for post-production, so I reached out to my cousin to see if his aspiring beat making son would like to produce some scary music for the fan-film. I wanted to create some creepy tunes as well to really round out this production.

After about a month in the editing bay, things were looking good and I could see a target goal of August 13th, 2021 for a release date. It was going to be Friday the 13th after all. With the final things left to do being designing the movie poster and planning a premier party, I would say things were just rolling right along.

Our party was a success and the fan-film has been getting some views. We are all extremely proud of the work we all put into making this and we all honestly cannot wait to make another. My wife and I even decided to get little Oscar awards to give to the kids for things like best actor, best death, etc. They loved getting them and also enjoyed the goodie bags with fake weapons, Jason mask, and candy!

It’s crazy that even a small project like this can take months to come together, and then when it finally does, it is amazing. This crazy cast of characters are sure to make you laugh and probably wince a little too. Our movie is creepy yet funny and definitely worth the watch.

So please, enjoy our Friday the 13th fan-film, and also be sure to like and subscribe to our Facebook page for Jason Beware, the kids love seeing the views go up, likes, shares, and comments! Anyways, without further ado, may I present, Jason Beware 2: The Origin.

Snake Eyes Now Available on Digital!

Like many sneaky ninjas, Snake Eyes, has surprised all as his movie has come out of the shadows and will be available on digital and VOD platforms earlier than most expected. Paramount Pictures has announced that starting Aug. 17, consumers can get early access to Snake Eyes via digital and VOD.

Snake Eyes is a G.I. Joe franchise origin story that released exclusively in theaters on July 23.

Paramount Home Entertainment sent over a great promotional kit to help announce the release of this action packed movie! Be sure to grab the popcorn and the family for an origin story you never knew you needed!

WIN A DIGITAL COPY OF SNAKE EYES!

If you are on a budget this summer, well you are in luck as I have one digital code available for one lucky commenter! Just comment below with who you think deserves the next origin story from the G.I. Joe franchise! On August 31st I will randomly select a winner, so be sure to use an updated email address!

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Welcome to Earth with Men in Black International!

Sony Pictures has recently released the hit Men in Black International on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital and you can pick up your own copy today! We here at St. Louis Dad love all things aliens and so when Sony Pictures and Budsies reached out to help with a promotion for the upcoming release we could not pass up this awesome opportunity.

Our task was to create our own alien that would fit right into the Men in Black universe and then Budsies would take our drawing and turn it into a reality. Being the excellent delegate of the family I assigned the task of illustrating this creature to my favorite artist, my daughter! With her materials she went to work crafting an alien that represented her, our family, and of course the Men in Black!

In no time our master doodler had an alien worth bringing home to Earth to send over to the wonderful folks at Sony Pictures and Budsies.

Here is Sillie The Alien! Sillie was created by my 8 year old daughter and she said that Sillie is a small, soft, friendly, green alien that floats around the dark side of the Earth’s Moon! Sillie has a big blue and pink heart that is separated by an EKG line that beats to the rhythm of Sillie’s favorite music! With big adorable black eyes Sillie is sure to steal hearts, and when Sillie is happy, big blue circles and hearts appear!

This drawing was submitted to Sony Pictures and Budsies and they immediately got to work on the alien creature! A few weeks later and there was a box on this dad’s doorstep with a very recognizable creature inside… it was Sillie The Alien!!!

Along with a blu-ray copy of Men in Black International was this amazing plush alien provided by Sony Pictures and Budsies. So now not only can we watch the new Men in Black International movie with Sillie at home, but we can watch it on the go with digital as well!

Grab a copy of MIB anywhere you grab your favorite movies and enjoy another amazing installment to the MIB universe!

And if you want your very own alien creature… just head on over to Budsies and get started today! Act now to take advantage of their early bird discount for the holiday season that is quickly approaching!!!

Sony Pictures and Budsie provided this opportunity in exchange for social media postings to promote the new MIB blu-ray release!

 

World War Movies You Should See

When it comes the learning about the war and everything which happened during those stressful 6 years, there are so many things we can do as parents to teach our kids as well as to find out more for ourselves.

With the rise in pop culture and technology, it is easier than ever for us to answer questions like How Many WW2 Veterans are Still Alive? Or what date did the war officially end? However as well as reading information online it can be good for us to be able to see the war first hand and experience things in a new and unique way. This is where movies come in and make an impact. Movies can be a wonderful way to submerge ourselves in the worlds of others and it will allow us to think clearly about the sacrifices made by those brave soldiers and this is something which can allow us to appreciate it much more. Today we are going to take a look at some of the best war movies we can watch to really understand what happened nearly 80 years ago.

Stalingrad

This is a Russian film and it is one which gives you a uniqyue chance to see a complex love affair happen on screen during Nazi rule. It is a celebrated film and one well worth the watch.

Defiance

In this film, 4 brave brothers join the Russian resistance who are fighting again the enemy and the Nazis. During the film you will be able to see them build refugee camps for Jewish folks and try to hide them from their fate at the hands of the Nazis.

Black Book

In this film a Jewish singer goes undercover for Dutch resistance fighters and this helps them to infultrate a Nazi headquarters in the Netherlands. It is a film full of surprises and one which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Son of Saul

In this high suspense film a prisoner of the Auschwitz camp saves the body of a boy from the crematorium. It is a film which focuses on morality and can be a real tear jerker.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

This film is one of friendship and tragedy and focuses on the friendship between the son of a Nazi leader and a Jewish boy who is working in a concentration camp, and the bond that they form in the midst of the war. It is a true tragic story and one which shows the cost of the war.

Patton

The story revolves around the general George S. Patton and the choices he made during the years of the war.

Letters From Iwo Jima

Clint Eastwood stars in this film about what happens when you find sympathy for the enemy in a war.

The Dirty Dozen

This is one of the best known films on the list and is one which deals with D-Day on the 6th June 1944. It follows a group of convicts who band together and fight for the good in a suicide mission on D-Day. It won an Oscar and many othe awards.

From Here to Eternity

Pearl Harbour is explored in this film and we see the eve of the day of Pearl Harbour. On this day we see a few soldiers sharing loving moments in Hawaii and it follows the human connection we have with these people.  

Downfall

Adolf Hitler is easily the most famous dictator in history, and the things he set in motion during the war were things which could never be forgiven. This film focuses on what happened to him after the war as he hid himself away in a bunker. It is a film which explores the mind of a man who committed some of the worst atrocities in the world.

The Thin Red Line

This film looks into the real horrors of war and the effect it has on people.

The Longest Day

D-Day remains the most famous battle of the war and it is one which took a hell of a lot of planning and foresight. This film delves into the day as a whole and it shows the day from the perspective of a few different people on the battlefield.  

Life Is Beautiful

In this film an Italian father shelters his son from the Holocaust and this proves to be a powerful and moving look at the reality of war.

The Diary Of Ann Frank

Perhaps one of the most famous jewish victims of the war was young Ann Frank, who wrote a diary about her time hiding in the roof of a home to escape the forces of the Nazis. However after being caught, it shares the story from inside a concentration camp.

Das Boot

This film allows us to learn a little more about the drama inside a German U-Boat and gives us a unique chance to see the way it works from the other side of the war.

Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino takes the war and makes this entertaining and poignant movie which follows a woman whose family is murdered by the Nazis, and ends with a plot to kill Hitler himself in the most brutal of ways.

Grave of the Fireflies

This story follows the lives of two Japanese children who struggle to survive in the middle of the world. It is an animated movie which makes it a little different than the other ones that you may have seen before and this can be a great thing for those of you who don’t regularly watch them.

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List is a film which is one of the most dramatic of all war films and it is one which had won a number of awards. It follows Oskar Schindler, a German man who decides to make it his goal to save as many Jewish people as possible in the midst of the war. He saved many lives and some of them are still alive today living a long and happy life because of his bravery.

Saving Private Ryan

One of the most famous war films of all is one which depicts the D-Day landings from the perspective of a small group of soldiers.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.