Post Production begins and this teaser trailer was made to gather interest in the film.
Movie Trailer #1 11/5/07
After several revisions in the cutting room with various cuts tested, the picture is finally "locked" and a new trailer was created to advertise the movie.
Movie Trailer #2 9/24/08
After signing on with a sales agent and submitting the movie to various film festivals around the world, color correction and sound mixing was complete. So, the trailer was updated.
After a successful private screening of the movie, the first video clip is released.
Big Boss & Dr Brain Bender
Often times, cult films use quiet moments to reveal an unexpected emotional side of their off-the-wall characters. Personally, I could never understand the trivial backstabbing in soap operas such as "Days of Our Lives" or "As The World Turns." Here is my interpretation of a soap opera.
"The science fiction film genre has long served as a useful vehicle for 'safely' discussing controversial topical issues and often providing thoughtful social commentary... Presentation of issues that are difficult or disturbing for an audience, can be made more acceptable when they are explored in a future setting or on a different, earth-like world with hot chicks. The altered context can allow for deeper examination and reflection of the ideas presented..." Uhhhhmmm. Yeah. Okay. What's better than a hot chick? Two hot chicks in ACTION!
The advent of HD video marked a turning point in cinema. Movies were no longer an elitist artform. Creating films became accessible to the masses. In 2005, we saw a movement called "MUMBLECORE" -- a bunch of hipsters getting emo in front of the camera. For me, I saw the opportunity to do the opposite. I dramatized a screenplay that was "NERDCORE". For those of you who don't know... best get educated by the Mighty Stephen Hawking and watch
Minty: The Assassin.
While everyone in film school worshipped Jean-Luc Godard and Federico Fellini, I oddly obsessed over the cult masters, Jean Rollin and Jess Franco who had fantastic visions of female vampires. Minty: The Assassin = nerdcore + cult film... And when you throw some "L Word" vampire drama into the mix, you get the following scene.
The most iconic lizard in Japan is Godzilla. Born roughly a decade after the bombing of Hiroshima, Godzilla's myth would leave a giant footprint in the collective unconscious of its citizens -- an expression of the impartial power of scientific advancement that influences the turbulent force of mother nature. Our Godzilla was the film, Cloverfield. We never saw 9/11 coming, In the movie, we never saw the monster. What we saw was ourselves ...through the POV of a personal video camera. Is narcissism the new nuclear threat to our society?
And then there's the twisted fascination of terrorists to videotape their violence, which is obviously more EVIL than our own self-indulgence. Cameras are the new weapons of our information age.
Watch Minty: The Assassin and get dropped with some knowledge.
As a child of the 80's I had the pleasure of living through an era of videogames defined as "platformers." Donkey Kong, Pitfall!, Mario Bros, Contra, Prince of Persia, and many others dominated the imaginations of many American youths and even caused a health problem called "Nintendo Thumb."
A platformer is basically a 2D side scrolling game where jumping from one suspended platform to another is the main action employed in gameplay. The most successful games in this genre would have natural feeling physics -- the realistic way your character experiences gravity. The movement of an object through time and space is calculated by scientists and mastered by animators. The next time you watch Bugs Bunny thump across a field, pay attention to the sense of gravity his body contains in his environment. It's magic.
The animation in my Minty: The Assassin is very basic and took a whole month to create, but it opened my eyes to appreciating the natural world in a new light.
Where I'm from... Bruce Lee was born -- San Francisco, California. In my early 20's, I studied Wing Chun Kung Fu just like the Little Dragon did in his teens. Bruce Lee is one of the most influential martial artists that ever lived. So, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to integrate his character in my first feature film.
After Bruce Lee passed, many imposters hit the scene; Bruce Li, Bruce Ly, Bronson Lee, and many more. Here's my take on those idiots who couldn't hold a candle to the legend. Bruce Zee! He is brilliantly portrayed by my high school friend, that I reunited with at the audition, Elan Tom. It must have been fate that over 10 years later, this would all come together.
Movie Trailer - HD
World Public Premiere!
on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 8 pm
Get out and see Minty: The Assassin and meet the cast & crew at...
5253 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Saturday, September 18, 2010
General Admission: $5
Doors open at 7:00 pm
- 8:00 pm - SPEK.TER - Get mind screwed by a fetish model horror short film directed by Terrence Kelsey - 14 mins - Website
- 8:15 pm - MINTY: THE ASSASSIN - Experience a nerdcore cult film directed by Eugene Baldovino - 80 mins - Website
- 10:00 pm - THE MIGHTY RUSSIAN WINTER - Feel the aural fury of an indie band that will also play pieces from the Minty soundtrack - Website
- 12:00 am - ZENITH - TekAndHaus San Francisco - Website
- All Night - PAUL LEE - Witness an award winning photographer, whose work will stun you like a gamma ray gun to the forehead - Website