Thursday, October 27, 2016

Breaking News: Lawrence "Gato" Bermudez has Passed On!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; October 27, 2016)
     Today, we have some very sad news to share. Lawrence "Gato" Bermudez, the animal actor who played the Toymaker's Cat in A Very Patrick Christmas, died today after a long battle with oral cancer. We will always remember him in our hearts and in the roles that he's played over the years. Because of his passing, we have a slight schedule change for the next few weeks.
  • Special Delivery has been pushed off to a new release date: November 11.
  • An old slideshow, Lawrence: A Tribute, will be re-mastered and extended with new photos for a re-release this weekend.
Once again, we are all saddened by the news. He will be missed.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Studio Update: Preparing for This Halloween and Next Halloween!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; October 24, 2016)
     With Halloween around the corner, we would like to share a new update. Let's get started!
     First off, the end of round 6 of auditions ends on November 30, with a guarantee that all of the characters being introduced with The Third Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards have actors attached to them. In order to get these parts filled, we will be posting casting calls to both Bricks in Motion and the Casting Call Club right before Halloween.
     In other news, a new wiki page, Baron Von Stuka Jr., was published today for your enjoyment. Look at it by clicking here. With this page comes new official canon changes that directly connect our Indiana Jones fan films to A Future in the Past, among other things. Here's what's new:

  • The Indiana Jones, Marcus Brody, Henry Jones Sr., Dracula, 007, and Godzilla that appear in films that are part of the official canon are NOT the same characters that appear in their source material. Instead, they are identically-named characters that share many of the source material characters' traits and appearances. In the official canon, these characters also exist as the fictional characters that we know them as today.
  • In the German house of Von Stuka, the iconic giant mustache is considered an emblem of honor, and to shave it off is to disgrace the family. The brother of Baron Von Stuka, Vikki Von Stuka, has three children: Shaved Schmidt Von Stuka, Baron Von Stuka Jr., and Baron Von Stuka III. What alienates Schmidt (who appears at the end of Indiana Jones and the Egyptian Tomb) from the title of baron is the fact that he shaved off his mustache. However, his son, Baron Von Stuka IV (who will appear in the Project U film A Future in the Past), let his mustache grow out, allowing him to assume the title of baron. He never marries, and dies in the Battle of Monte Cassino, ending the Von Stuka line (Baron Von Stuka III dies in a plane accident during Luftwaffe training).
  • Why this hasn't been done yet is anyone's guess, but the Citrus Pass Memorial Zoo and World Compass Travel Guides, including author Blake Greenton, (this is all from some Typography assignments) are now part of the official canon.
These canon changes bring about some new possibilities for our cinematic universe, and while you may not see more about the house of Von Stuka, there are certainly more canon details that we will be filling in the future!
     Speaking of this new wiki page, instead of releasing a new villain wiki page next Monday, we're going to celebrate Halloween by selecting the fans' picks for our top ten Mustache Maniacs Film Co. villains! Voting is on the right side of this press room as usual, and it will only cover main villains from movies that we've released online. No henchmen will therefore be part of this vote. Voting will conclude on Sunday, and the full video will be released on Halloween!
     Right before then, on October 28, 2016, we'll be releasing a picture story that will be ideal for Halloween, Special Delivery! It is currently going through post production, with timing and sound effects in need of being added. Until then, here's a screenshot.
     However, our big news is to celebrate this month's anniversary! It's been five years since Forest of Fear was released, and to celebrate, we're announcing something new that we're going to be introducing in 2017: in-universe books! That's right! For your reading pleasure, Mary Rawlins' in-universe book Cities that You Must Absolutely, Positively, Stay Out of to Avoid Being Eaten Alive will be released October 2017! Written to match Forest of Fear's humor and writing, the book will be written as if Mary Rawlins penned the guide herself! It'll feature her impressions of Howling Hollow (the only city in the book), the movie's different characters, and the surrounding environment. Teasers will be released throughout next year.
     Speaking of teasers, here's another image from recent filming for Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra. It's been delayed into 2017, but don't worry, as this film is sure to be great!
     Now that all of that's done, it's time for our plugs with links. Click on the sentence for more info. SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS TODAY!

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

All New Ask Mark Matthew!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; October 2, 2016)
Today we bring you another 'Ask Mark Matthew,' containing 100% new material! Let's get started!

Justin Roig writes: When Jim was expaing his plan and left th gun on the table what stoped Jhonny from grabing it [in Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients].
Mark: Not only is Johnny not that type of person, but also he's technically out-gunned. Plus, if a stray bullet were to break one of the airplane's windows, the whole cabin would de-pressurize, which would not be good for anyone aboard.

Joshua Nelson writes: AWESOME! Just great! So what comes next [after Alpha Team:Mission Deep Jungle]?
Mark: For Project U, the next film will be Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra. It will be released soon.

     That's it for today's edition of Ask Mark Matthew! Don't forget that if you have a question, post it where ever we'll be able to see it and respond. Until then, we'll be making movies!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Studio Update: Winners for Ninjago Contest and New Picture Story are Announced!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; September 16, 2016)
     We've been busy this week with various projects, but we now have time to talk about what's been going on! Let's get started!
     To begin with, the winners for The Greatest Villain of All Time in Ninjago, which featured the release of Ninjago: Visions of Memories, were announced today. While our own film didn't win any prizes, we still congratulate all of the winners of the contest. You can find all of the winning entries by clicking here.
     Speaking of contests, we are still excited about THAC XIV, which is coming this December/January. As of this writing, no details have been revealed, but on our end, we can confirm two things about our entry:
  1. Our entry will flesh out another one of our characters, whether they've been previously introduced or not.
  2. We will once again be hosting a live update, so that non-participants can track our progress throughout the day.
We'll let you know more about this film as the contest date approaches.
     One thing we can talk about, though, is a new, upcoming picture story that will be designed in the same vein as A Battle to Remember and True Identity. It's titled Express Delivery, and will concern a postal worker who is delivering a package to Cal State Fullerton's Visual Arts office, but a stray dog, for surprising reasons, seems to want to attack the postal worker! If you want to find out how this will play out, just wait until October 14, 2016 to find out!
     The last piece of news for today, though, is some very sad, and very shocking news, for all of us. Tyler Shefton, who might be best known in the Mustache Maniacs Film Co. fandom for playing Jack Smith in Kilroy Was Here!, George in Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen, and X in Com 50-3: Raid on Central Island, passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. All of our hearts reach out to his brothers, his family, and his friends. We will always remember the joy, laughter, and charisma that he brought to each role that he played, and to honor him, our next two Wiki Mondays: Time Warp pages will be all about two of the characters he played: Jack Smith and George (a page already exists for X, which you can see here). Once again, we are all very saddened by this news. If you want to send out your thoughts and prayers, you can leave a comment below. We'll send our editor picks to the family to show how much their dearly departed brother is loved.
     That now concludes this update. Thank you for reading, and come back for more news and content.

Monday, September 5, 2016

All New Ask Mark Matthew!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; September 5, 2016)
     Today we bring you another 'Ask Mark Matthew,' containing 100% new material! Let's get started!

Doctor L. writes: what do you use for editing?
Mark: Over the years, we've used several pieces of editing software. Here's a quick timeline of everything that we've used.
  • LEGO Studios Steven Spielberg Movie Maker Set: 2002-2004
  • Pinnacle Studio 8: 2004
  • Pinnacle Studio 9: 2004-2006
  • Pinnacle Studio 12: 2007-2011
  • Magix Movie Edit Pro 17: 2011-2012
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS6: 2013-Present
I hope this answers your question!

Shadow Warrior writes: why is the first episode [of Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo] not avalible to See? sorry for bad english
Mark: While we do not have this problem here at the studio, my guess as to why you're having this problem is because part 1 was blocked in your country for copyright reasons. This is why we now compose our own music.

     That's it for today's edition of Ask Mark Matthew! Don't forget that if you have a question, post it where ever we'll be able to see it and respond. Until then, we'll be making movies!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Studio Update: "The Canon That Time Forgot" is Over!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; September 1, 2016)
     With most of August being uneventful, with the exception of the release of Ninjago: Visions of Memories, we have now come to September, with Labor Day weekend upon us! Let's get started!
     First off, "The Canon that Time Forgot" ended today with no entries. This means that no prizes will be handed out and that the contest will be suspended indefinitely. When we have refined the contest, we will revive it at a later date. Until then, however, you can write in the comments for this article about the contest and why you think it was so unpopular. We'll take these comments into consideration in the future.
     In other news, Labor Day weekend means that we have some new surprises coming! First, to compensate for the delay of the latest episode of Backstage Showcase, we're going to release the new episode on Monday! Here's the current release schedule for the next two episodes.

  1. Episode 07 - Patrick Hooligans: September 5, 2016
  2. Episode 08 - City of Stiix: September 10, 2016
After this, we're going to resume the standard release schedule for the episodes.
     In other news, it is confirmed that the winners of the Greatest Villain of All Time in Ninjago contest will be announced on September 19, 2016. We'll let you know that day if Ninjago: Visions of Memories won anything.
     Speaking of contests, THAC XIV will be kicking off this winter, and we'll be there with a new entry! In fact, we have a new policy that regards how we handle THAC entries.
Regulations Regarding THAC Entries:
 As the Mustache Maniacs Film Co. cinematic universe is constantly in need of expanding, all THAC entries from here on forward will concern one individual character from the universe and their back-story. For the sake of quality, THAC entries cannot exceed three minutes, excluding titles and credits. All rules regarding adherence to the official canon apply.
This is exciting news, because this means more character-driven videos will soon be available for your viewing! Because of this, expect our THAC XIV entry to be more like Rift than When Barrels Fly. These new regulations also pretty much guarantee a new THAC entry will be coming once every year.
     On the topic of new films, one film that is still coming along, but is falling behind, is Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra. We are still on the camp set, but are making steady progress. The good news is that much of the film's action, especially some of its important plot points, take place on this set. Because of that, getting these scenes done will be a major springboard for getting the rest of the film shot. In the meantime, here is a new screenshot to further tease the movie.
We won't say much about what's going on, but we're sure that you'll love it when the film is released late 2016/early 2017.
     In the meantime, a new Journey to Siberia comic page will debut alongside the next Backstage Showcase episode on Monday. Also coming that day are a new installment of Ask Mark Matthew and other surprises, so be sure to come back then for lots of fun!
     Now that all of that's done, it's time for our plugs with links. Click on the sentences for more info. SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS TODAY!
Update - 9/7/2016: The six finalists for the Greatest Villain of All Time in Ninjago contest have been unveiled, and Ninjago: Visions of Memories was not among them. Therefore, we will not be winning anything, but we wish the best of luck to these six finalists!

Friday, August 5, 2016

"Ninjago: Visions of Memories" is Here!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; August 5, 2016)
     After several months in development, our latest film, Ninjago: Visions of Memories, has now arrived for public viewing! You can watch it on YouTube here, or by viewing the embedded video below.
     This release comes at a time when several studio projects are shifting gears. Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra is chugging along for a Fall 2016 release, and preliminary work has started for The Third Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards, which debuts in January. A Future in the Past will be begin filming as the filming for Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra winds down, but that film's pre-production is essentially done, even if some of the parts haven't been cast yet. On top of all this, there's talk of doing another THAC entry this winter to introduce another upcoming character. We will keep you informed.
     Now that all of that's done, it's time for our plugs with links. Click on the sentences for more info. SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS TODAY! ENTER THE CANON THAT TIME FORGOT CONTEST!