Tuesday, January 17, 2017

After Hiatus, "Backstage Showcase" is Back and Better!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; January 17, 2017)
     Happy Cable Car Day! Before you ask, yes, that is a real holiday. To celebrate today's holiday, "Backstage Showcase" has ended its hiatus with a brand-new episode! It's all about the cable car battle in "Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients," so its sure to be fun! Also, this video marks our first-ever YouTube custom thumbnail! We're currently working throughout this week to get custom thumbnails in place for the other episodes of "Backstage Showcase," (episodes 1, 2, 10, and 11 are already done) with custom thumbnails coming to other videos soon! We'll fill you in on the details as they emerge, but until then, here's today's episode!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Opinion Survey!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; January 12, 2017)
     We're conducting another survey for our audience today to see what they want to see more of from us. The poll runs from now until the end of February, but if I were you, I would vote today by taking a look over the four polls on the right side of this press room.
     This is in response to an internal decision to address our fan base and see what they really want to see from us. This is an especially important time for us to do so, since we released New Year's Resolution back on Sunday and plan on releasing the next Backstage Showcase episode this Saturday. At the same time, we'll be creating a video that covers the same issues outlined here and uploading that as well. If there is something that you want to explicitly tell us that the polls don't address, just leave a comment down below.
     Speaking of leaving comments, we're also pulling up this old questionnaire from over a year ago that uses the comments section of this post for responses.
  1. How did you first hear about Mustache Maniacs Film Co.?
  2. What is your favorite Mustache Maniacs Film Co. movie?
  3. Why is this your favorite?
  4. What is your least-liked Mustache Maniacs Film Co. movie?
  5. Why is this your least-liked?
  6. What do you like about our brand?
  7. What do you think we could do better?
  8. How do you think we could reach more people?
  9. Besides movies, what would you like to see more of from us in the future?
  10. Would you recommend our channel to your friends?
If you responded to this originally, there is no need for you to respond again, unless you feel like you need to change one or more of your answers.
     Regardless, we only have one request for you when responding to either survey: please don't take these surveys lightly. We feel like we need to refocus our brand, and your opinions are what matter in the coming years. This does not mean that we'll immediately cancel our current line-up of projects, but it does mean that, with recent time crunches, we need to hone in our brand to best economize the time that we have. In order to do that, we need to put our time where it counts.
     Again, for both surveys, you have until the end of February to complete them. In March, we'll compile and release the results, along with a long-term plan crafted from what you have said.
EDIT 1/12/2017: I just got word that I should clarify what is meant in the fourth poll by "Other Content." Essentially, this is anything that we've released that is not a movie or short film. This would include:
  • Board Games
  • Point-and-Click Video Games
  • Comics
  • Shows
  • Promotions
  • Contests
  • Books
  • Documentaries
  • Animation Reels
  • Recipes
If you need anything else clarified, just let me know and I'll get back to you with the answer.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Our January Sale is Here!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; January 10, 2017)
     If you didn't know, we operate an online store on our official website, which sells merchandise under four different brands: Solarum, Classic Logo, Patrick, Shut Up!, and Andrew Bermudez Art. Today, all of the merchandise is now 50% off until the end of the month. So, if you want to buy something but felt that the regular prices were out of reach for you, take advantage of this limited-time offer and buy some merchandise today! You can go to the store by clicking here.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

"New Year's Resolution" Kicks Off Resolve for Wellness Week!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; January 8, 2017)
     THAC XIV has officially ended, which marks the release of our entry, New Year's Resolution! Just like films like Rift and The Kingfisher, this film introduces an original character who will be appearing in a large way in the future. For today's film, the character is none other than Zac Fernstein, a millennial who, on the brink of his life falling to pieces, decides to make some changes about himself. You can watch the film here.
     In addition to today's film, we have some important announcements to make. The first is that we have officially revised the canon again to integrate one film and to remove another. Here is what has changed. Be careful, because the first change log entry has spoilers for today's film.

  • New Year's Resolution has officially entered the canon. It takes place over the time span explicitly stated in the film. In the film, the job that fires Zac is Amenity Warehouse, the name of the gym where he works out is an independent establishment named Jim's Gym, and the job that eventually hires him is New Silicon Networks.
  • The film Freddy and Joey in Corn Farm has officially been ret-conned, so all of the Freddy and Joey characters are no longer part of the cinematic universe.
  • World Compass Books, the fictional publisher of Blake Greenton's travel guides, is now a subsidiary of World Travels Publishing, Ltd. This is the same company that publishes World Magazine and has Pippin Reed Thunder on their payroll as a photographer.
  • The Super Hero Student in True Identity was not born with her super powers. Instead, she was visiting the power plant where her father worked during "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day" when a catastrophic accident left the plant in ruins. She was among the few survivors, but the only one who gained super powers. The details of the accident are still undetermined.
     But that's not all! We also have something else to unveil: Resolve for Wellness Week! To celebrate our THAC XIV entry, we're going to encourage healthy and beneficial habits, and each day of this week (except for today), we're going to introduce something new under a different theme to help you along! The changes we make may be that day only, all week, all month, or permanent! Here's a timeline for this week, laying out each theme and what we're introducing to coincide with it.
  • Monday - Educational Wellness: Wiki Mondays: Time Warp - Wonders of Buoyancy
  • Tuesday - Financial Wellness: January Sale at Mustache Max's Merchandise Market (until 1/31/2017) & First Artist's Tuesday blog post on Art of Andrew Bermudez
  • Wednesday - Physical Wellness: New Year's Resolution merchandise and The Kingfisher merchandise arrives at Mustache Max's Merchandise Market
  • Thursday - Thoughtful Wellness: Opinion Survey about Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s current state (until 2/28/2017) & First-Ever book trailer for Crazy Compendium
  • Friday - Nutritional Wellness: Zac's New Year's Apple Platter recipe
  • Saturday - Channel Wellness: Backstage Showcase Episode 13 - The Preserver
There's a lot that's going on this week, on top of our site update, so be sure to check here frequently all week, as we'll let you know when something goes live.
      Now that all of that's done, it's time for our plug with link. Click on the sentence for more info. SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS TODAY!

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Our New Year's Resolution: to Bring You the "New Year's Resolution" Theatrical Poster!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; January 7, 2017)
     After a long day assembling and submitting the film New Year's Resolution for release tomorrow, we felt that it was time to start our own campaign for New Year's resolutions! We'll fill you in on the details tomorrow, but tonight we have a wonderful surprise for you: the official poster for the film!
     If there's one thing that all of us that have made New Year's resolutions know, it's that they take time to achieve. So since the film's only point of focus is the character of Zac Fernstein (who will later appear as the protagonist in the Project U film B.I.O. Corps), it shows him literally traversing time to reach his goals. Instead of being a gloomy story of defeat of not actually keeping your resolutions, it instead is a success story about how one's self-reliance and own decisions to change for the better will lead to a healthier life.
     In addition to the film's release tomorrow, we'll be ceremoniously inducting this film into the cinematic universe as we tweak other parts of the canon. In addition, we'll also be talking all about Resolve for Wellness Week, which will kick off Monday with a Wiki Mondays: Time Warp article about Wonders of Buoyancy. We'll see you tomorrow!

Make your Resolution to Watch "New Year's Resolution," Coming Tomorrow!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; January 7, 2017)
     THAC XIV is on, and for our entry, we're exploring another one of our future characters! The film is entitled "New Year's Resolution," and centers around the character of Zac Fernstein, a lazy and undisciplined millennial whose latest job loss forces him to make some life choices. Determined to become better, he eats better, sleeps better, exercises more, and manages his time better. But will his past mistakes catch up with him?
     We're currently working on the film, so we don't have much time to fill in the details. However, we will have more details regarding the film both tonight and for its release tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Year in Review: 2016

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; December 31, 2016)
     2016 has been a very interesting year for us. While we didn't release as many films this year as we had hoped, we still accomplished a lot in not only preparing for 2017, but for the rest of Project U as well. Keep reading through the rest of today's review, though, because at the end, we have some very important announcements to share! Now let's begin our re-cap!
     January: As always, January started off the year on a strong note, with the release of Rift, a film that introduces the character of Dr. Wallace Bishop. While it didn't get into the top ten entries for THAC XIII, it was still highly revered by those who viewed it. January also saw the release of part 2 of Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle and the cancellation of the comics Out of His Time.
     February: People got sick, and filming for our projects fell behind schedule. That's February in a nutshell. At least we made the short film Shootout! an official part of the cinematic universe.
     March: March surprisingly marked the conclusion of filming for Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle, as well as extensive sneak peeks at The Canon that Time Forgot and Mustache Maniacs Film Co.: The Visual Dictionary - 2nd Edition. However, this month, LEGO Island: The Animated Series was cancelled due to lack of resources.
     April: At long last, the final part for Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle was released online, after months of delays. In the meantime, for our birthday, we showcased some new images for Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra, including the film's title treatment. For that film, April also marked the beginning of that movie's production phase.
     May: Announcements! In May, both The Third Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards and Ninjago: Visions of Memories were announced for release in January 2017 and August 2016, respectively. We also took a look at the then-upcoming return of Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen. The big news, however, was Richard Czajka's interview with Mustache Maniacs Film Co. head Andrew Bermudez! This three-hour live interview covered a wide range of topics, from the films of Mustache Maniacs Film Co. to personal aspirations and road plates, oddly enough. You can watch the interview by clicking here.
     June: ARGH! Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen returned to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the play's debut! To celebrate, the month of June became Ten Years at the Sail, which featured behind-the-scenes content, a mini contest that went nowhere, and information about the film's role in the cinematic universe. However, releases outside of the promotion were equally exciting, as both the new series Backstage Showcase and the book Mustache Maniacs Film Co.: The Visual Dictionary - 2nd Edition were released in June.
     July: Filming for Ninjago: Visions of Memories was conducted in July, but this month also saw the ending of voting for The Third Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards and the announcement of the still in-development paid service The Remaster Masters. July also marked the debut of the new graphic novel series DINO Attack: Saga of a Conflict.
     August: This month, Ninjago: Visions of Memories was released to widespread acclaim. However, other than that, very little happened in August.
     September: While Ninjago: Visions of Memories did not win any prizes, September did have some very notable news. The film Special Delivery was announced that month for a November release. Also, after a long battle with cancer, Tyler Shefton, actor who played George in Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen and X in Com 50-3: Raid on Central Island and Shootout!, passed away. We all miss him.
     October: This month started out with the announcement for the book Cities That You Must Absolutely, Positively, Stay Out of to Avoid Being Eaten Alive: by Mary Rawlins, to be released October 2017. Also, our resident animal actor from A Very Patrick Christmas and furry friend Lawrence "Gato" Bermudez passed away from oral cancer. This led to the re-release of the old slideshow Lawrence: A Tribute. We all miss him as well.
     November: This month, both the film Special Delivery and the teaser trailer for Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra debuted. Also this month, the book Crazy Compendium: Literature from Mustache Maniacs Film Co. was announced for a February 2017 release.
     December: The long-stagnant blog Andrew Bermudez Art was rebooted this month for future updating and adding, with a plethora of artwork added in the first few days. An entry for THAC XIV was announced to be coming January 8, 2017 and a massive update for our website began, which now allows for easier navigation across our network!
     And that brings us to now, where we are on the cusp of a new year. Remember how I mentioned some surprises that we're announcing? Well, they're here!
     First, I would like to say that Bart van Oosterhout will be playing the part of Hayman Talon! Congratulations for receiving this very important role, and we look forward to having you perform for B.I.O. Corps. Now let's get to our announcements for the coming year!
     2017: Our flagship film for 2017 is Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra, obviously enough. However, we have a whole plethora of new content coming in the new year! Here's what's in store.

  • Saharan Summer: To celebrate our flagship film Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra, we're going to have a summer filled with Egyptian fun! We're going to be hosting a new contest about the adventures of Jake Raines, create brand-new Egyptian-themed recipes, and so much more! The capstone will be the official star-studded premiere!
  • Special Editions: With our advances in technology, it's time that our original four online films get the "From the Vaults" treatment. To celebrate Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo's tenth anniversary in 2018, we're starting in 2017 to remaster our first four online films. For Saharan Summer, Johnny Thunder and the Gift of the Nile will be the first to go "under the knife" for a July 2017 re-release. This will be followed up with A Very Patrick Christmas in December 2017, The Adventures of Legoman in April 2018, and Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo in August 2018. The changes that will be made include HD conversions, reconstructed audio tracks, newly-recorded dialogue, original music, and advanced VFX.
  • Case Files - Shady Acres: Mystery at Shady Acres turns ten years old in May 2017, and we're celebrating with new behind-the-scenes material, as well as new canon information surrounding the film. In addition, fans can visit the network to take part in a mystery where the true identity behind Secret Agent X is uncovered and so much more (but not a re-release of the film, as that's already a done deal).
  • New Merchandise: A new design is coming to Mustache Max's Merchandise Market in January 2017, which will be based on the upcoming THAC XIV film. You'll have to wait to see what it looks like! Also, to encourage shopping, prices will be lowered in our first-ever THAC celebration sale!
  • Other New Content: In addition to the films already mentioned, we're also releasing The Third Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards and Crazy Compendium: Literature from Mustache Maniacs Film Co. in February, Cities That You Must Absolutely, Positively, Stay Out of to Avoid Being Eaten Alive: by Mary Rawlins in October, A Future in the Past in December, the return of The Canon that Time Forgot in March, and so much more!
With that, next year is shaping up to be great! To all of our fans, thank you for your support this year, and we hope to see you all again in the coming year.