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!

Monday, August 1, 2016

All New Ask Mark Matthew!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; June 6, 2016)
     Today we bring you another 'Ask Mark Matthew,' containing 100% new material! Let's get started!

A Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan writes: Who are the new casting choices?
Mark: Because of a lack of auditions, the only two new casting choices would be Chad Fischer as Dareth and Brian Quexyz as Sensei Wu. Even then, the only reason for that would be because of Ninjago: Visions of Memories. Here's to hoping that round 6 turns out better!

HollywoodLego writes: I have another question, do you remember a motion orient expedition comic on lego.com? If so, name the elements from that comic that you put in The Secret of Marco Polo. Also, were the riddles in your movie taken from the comic?
Mark: Yes! We do remember the Orient Expedition online comics! They actually played a very crucial role in the writing process for Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, and while the script ended up being a loose adaption of the comics, here's everything from every version of the script that had some basis in the online comics, in order of appearance in the comics.
  • At the beginning of the first comic, Johnny Thunder goes looking for The Horn of Africa (named after the geographic location). This beginning inspired the original beginning, when Johnny goes looking for the idol of the Wututu Bird, a character from Benin mythology. Just like in the comics, Lord Sinister is also there. Unlike in the comics, the temple does not flood.
  • The main riddle "My greatest secret I hold with me, and you should follow my footsteps to me, and know the world to be more than land and sea" is an adaption of the first riddle in the comic, "My greatest secret, I take with me, but leave for a clue for the man who sees more than others see, and knows the world to be more than land and sea."
  • Finding the map to India in Marco Polo's house is taken straight from the comics, as well as the clue "The sting of the jungle."
  • Something not featured in the LEGO sets, but in the comics and in the film is Babloo's pet monkey Pampa. In both versions, they're background characters, but Pampa has less of a presence in the finished film. This is the only real character trait of Babloo's that stayed the same when he went from being a slave to an elephant herder and guide.
  • In the comics, Lord Sinister and his men capture the adventurers at the Scorpion Palace, just like in the movie. However, the resolution is very different.
  • The film's dogfight between the Aero Nomad and Lord Sinister's bi-plane is almost identical to the one in the comics. The only differences are that Lord Sinister is defeated by a flare rather than not watching where he is going and the fact that there are more characters on both vehicles.
  • The yeti chase in the movie is almost identical to the one in the comics. The same goes for Pippin's discovery of the shrine and its gem. However, the movie widens the span of time between these two events.
  • Just like in the comics, the movie features the Great Wall of China, albeit briefly. However, unlike in the comics, there was never a time in the script's development where Johnny and the adventurers would be locked up inside. This is mainly because the film takes place in the present day, since the wall has become a tourist attraction.
  • Just like in the comics, a half-track is used to get across China.
  • The entire revolution sub-plot was based directly off of Johnny's stop in Xi'an, China in the comics. Just like in the comics, this is where the adventurers meet Jing Lee.
  • Just like in the comics, the adventurers reach the Dragon Fortress via rowboat, then by sneaking aboard a Chinese Junk. The film, just like in the comics, also places the Dragon Fortress at the edge of a lake.
  • The secret entrance into the fortress is in the same place as it is in the comics and also serves the same purpose as in the comics.
  • The scene when the adventurers get captured in the Dragon Fortress is almost identical to the same scene in the comics.
  • Just like in the comics (and the Dragon Fortress LEGO set), turning the gears opens the chamber to the Golden Dragon in the film.
We would like to thank the Biomedia Project for archiving the original comics and making this comparison possible. We wouldn't have been able to do it without their contribution.

HENNY4315 writes: What software did you use [to make Ninjago: Visions of Memories]? Its really awesome!
Mark: For all of the film's animation sequencing, visual effects, image corrections, and compositing, we used Adobe After Effects. Once that was all done, the sound effects and music were spliced into place with Adobe Premiere Pro.

     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!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

LIVE UPDATE: Voting, a Contest, and Auditions End Today!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; July 31, 2016)
     Have you finished your entry for The Canon that Time Forgot yet? All entries are due today! And because of that, we're showcasing a brand-new live update! Throughout the day, we'll be updating this post with important information regarding The Canon that Time Forgot, The Third Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards, and round 5 auditions! Stay tuned for more info!
8:38 AM PDT: With a bit of a late start, this live update is now...well...live. Stay tuned for more news and announcements, as we show off some new stuff and some reminders!
11:42 AM PDT: I apologize for the lack of updates in the past few hours, but I've been busy listing some items on Ebay! If you are interested in buying some older LEGO sets, follow this link to Ebay and check out all that's being offered! Here's a quick look at some of the items for sale.
Garan (Starting Bid: $3.99)
The Batman Dragster: Catwoman Pursuit (Starting Bid: $9.99)
The Grand Tournament (Starting Bid: $29.99)
The Batcave: The Penguin and Mr. Freeze's Invasion (Starting Bid: $99.99)
     In other news, we're super excited about the public release of Ninjago: Visions of Memories this Friday. The film, in its Rebrick previews, has already become a hit, so we can't wait to show it off to everyone else! To build up the hype, here's a screenshot from the film of Lloyd Garmadon performing Airjitzu!
We have some more announcements to perform throughout the day, so keep on coming back for more news, teasers, and all that fun stuff!
1:29 PM PDT: Today is the last day for voting in The Third Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards, so check out the ballot, submit your votes, and get them to us by midnight tonight! For the sake of convenience, here's a re-post of the ballot.
The Third Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards is a chance for the fans to give back to the studio with their vote on their favorite films! Every nomination has been selected through a committee so that your voting process is as easy as possible! If you are not familiar with a movie, click on the movie's name to watch it! The only exceptions to this are for best original score, where the links take you to the respective soundtrack. 
Rules of Voting: Only one vote per category is allowed. To vote, copy the ballot below into a message on the "Contact Us" page on our website. Indicate in any manner (bold, italics, removing other choices, etc.) which nominee per category you are voting for. Once you are done, send the message. Your votes will then be counted!

Best Picture:
A Bite of MyJobs
Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients
Attack of the Fifty-Foot Hamster
Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Daniel Bermudez as Johnny Thunder (Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients)
Andrew Bermudez as Lord Sam Sinister (Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients)
Andrew Adkins as Dash Justice (Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle)
Dylan Johnson as Ogel (Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle)

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Lauren Adkins as Pippin Reed Thunder (Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients)
An Pham as Sarah Thunder (Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients)
Jenna Gray as Super Hero Student (True Identity)
Elizabeth Scarheart as Cam Attaway (Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Garrett Schelske as Patrick Hooligans (Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients)
Wes Rudnick as Mob Boss (The Kingfisher)
Dylan Johnson as Flex (Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle)
Al Bermudez as Mr. Bruce Cunningham (Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Cathy Hoxie as Panicking Woman (Attack of the Fifty-Foot Hamster)
Teresa Bermudez as Nana (Attack of the Fifty-Foot Hamster)
Lauren Adkins as Radia (Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle)
Teresa Bermudez as Scientist (Rift)

Best Screenplay:
A Bite of MyJobs
Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients
Attack of the Fifty-Foot Hamster
Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle

Best Special Effects:
A Bite of MyJobs
Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients
Attack of the Fifty-Foot Hamster
Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle

Best Sound Design:
A Bite of MyJobs
Alms Pouch
Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle
Rift

Best Original Score:
A Bite of MyJobs
Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients
Alms Pouch
Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle

Best Short Film:
A Bite of MyJobs
The Kingfisher
Attack of the Fifty-Foot Hamster
Alms Pouch

If you want visual incentive to vote, we have some in the form of a brand-new teaser poster! We just finished it, and it's sure to get you hyped! Send out those votes today!
As stated on the poster, The Third Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards will be released January 20, 2017.
2:15 PM PDT: We wern't sure when we would launch this, if at all, but we are launching a brand-new paid service. Don't worry. This has nothing to do with our YouTube Red April Fool's Day joke. This actually builds off of the technology behind the DVD Archival Project. We are proud to present: The Remaster Masters!
This new service, soon to be promoted outside Mustache Maniacs Film Co., allows people to send in their abused photos and damaged video so that we can fix it and return it to them before a deadline specified by the client! It's not up and running yet, but the site should be ready to go in August. If you want to see an example of a restoration, one is provided below.
Image before restoration. Note the white blot on the left side of the image.
Image after restoration. Both the white blot and the image's border are now gone.
If you are looking to have some images or video restored, we'll let you know when The Remaster Masters debuts. We'll also be putting up a commercial that advertises the new site when it's ready to go. Stay tuned, fans!
2:39 PM PDT: Originally, The Canon that Time Forgot was going to end today, but after coming to a decision, we're moving the end date for the contest to August 31, 2016. The prizes, rules, and other specifications will remain the same. The updated contest video will be up later today.
4:56 PM PDT: The updated contest video for The Canon that Time Forgot is now online. You can see it here. We also would like to take this time to remind people that today is the last day for round 5 auditions. Here is our current roster for sign-ups:

Professor Heinrik Kowalski - Marcus Hutchinson
Tony Twister - Marcus Hutchinson
Baron Von Stuka IV - Marcus Hutchinson
Russell Spetre - Marcus Hutchinson; Jim Freeman
Judy - Chloe Zavaleta
Howard - Marcus Hutchinson
Dr. Frankenstein - Chloe Zavaleta
Theodore K. Monster - Jim Freeman
Marcus Von Welby - Marcus Hutchinson
Ernst - Jim Freeman
Philip Lugosi - Marcus Hutchinson
Pierre Newmorre - Marcus Hutchinson
Spy Clops - Marcus Hutchinson
Chief Marion Dunby - Jim Freeman
Officer Stanley Kenlow - Marcus Hutchinson
Vinnie Pappalardo - Marcus Hutchinson; Jim Freeman
Mikey Spoilers - Marcus Hutchinson
Felix Combo - Erasmus Zavaleta
Crab Vendor - Erasmus Zavaleta; Jordon Cooper
Sentinel One - Marcus Hutchinson
Valscone - Jim Freeman
Scooter - Jordon Cooper
Dr. Albert Overbuild - Jordon Cooper

We'll announce the results of round 5 auditions in next month's Ask Mark Matthew. Round 6 will start tomorrow and continue until the end of the year.
     In the meantime, our film crew is getting ready to film more of Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra! We'll share set photos when filming starts this evening.
7:12 PM PDT: We're getting ready to film more of Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra! We're filming on the Archibald's tent set today, so here is a snapshot of where we're at right now.
Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra will be released later this year.
8:50 PM PDT: We're done for the evening with filming and this update in general, but before we wrap up, here's a screenshot from today's shoot.
Good night, and we hope to see you again tomorrow for one last update.
8/1/2016 - 7:25 AM PDT: We have just received the last votes for the second fan choice awards, which are now over. We have compiled the final tally and winners, and writing for the script will begin this month. In other news, like mentioned before, you have until the end of this month to finish your entry for The Canon that Time Forgot, so that everyone's films can look great! Finally, there will be two updates to the website later today. First, a new play set will be out, and second, character bios will be added to the "Ninjago: Visions of Memories" page. Thank you for participating in this live update, as it will no longer be updated.

Monday, July 18, 2016

It's a Wrap! "Ninjago: Visions of Memories" Finishes Production!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; July 18, 2016)
     It's official: Ninjago: Visions of Memories has just finished production! "We are glad that production is over," said director Seth Masterson. "I'm not saying that we didn't have fun making the film, it's just that the deadline is fast approaching, so getting this film completed is a crucial step in getting this film done on time." In the meantime, we still do not have a composer attached to the movie, so once again, if anyone reading is interested in petitioning to compose the film's score, contact us via the Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Website with a demo reel of your work. The deadline for this will be July 29. Ninjago: Visions of Memories will be released August 5.
     In other news, after some set-backs, Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra will resume filming later this week. This next step in filming will be done on the Archibald Hale's tent set, where a bulk of the film takes place. Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra currently has a loose late-2016 release planned, but may change at any time.
     Finally, we have a new live update scheduled for July 31, 2016. It will begin roughly at 7:00 AM PDT and end about 24 hours later. However, this time, videos may be included in the live update! That's right: thanks to the new hardware set-up from the live interview earlier this year, we may be introducing videos throughout the day that will be showcasing news as it happens! Stay tuned for further details!
     Now that all of that's done, it's time for our plugs with links. Click on the sentences for more info. VOTE FOR THE THIRD FAN CHOICE AWARDS! SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS TODAY! ENTER THE CANON THAT TIME FORGOT CONTEST!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Studio Update: We Have our Sensei Wu and Dareth!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; July 1, 2016)
     It's a brand new month, the weather is getting warmer in the Southern California area, and we have lots of news for today! With that, let's get started!
     First off, with just a month to go before the release of Ninjago: Visions of Memories, we now have our Sensei Wu and Dareth! Thanks to the expansion of our network onto the website Casting Call Club, we now have two new actors on-board for the film (as well as Legends of the Universe). They are:
  • Sensei Wu - Brian Quexyz
  • Dareth - Chad Fischer
These will be recapped in August, when the current round of auditions ends. With that said, we still have no composer attached to the project, so we would like to mention that, if you know about a composer that is able to create an Eastern-influenced soundtrack that fits the style of the Ninjago TV show, just send us a heads-up via the "Contact Us" page on our site. We'll also be looking for a composer ourselves. Ninjago: Visions of Memories will be released on August 5, 2016.
     In other news, the new comic series, DINO ATTACK: Saga of a Conflict, has just been released on our website's "Comics" page. Based on BZPower's role-playing games Dino Attack and Dino Attack: At War's End, this new series, running indefinitely, retells the entire story in a brand-new way! Both newcomers and fans of the game will find something to love about this dramatic and humorous comic series! You can find it here. We also now have play sets based on the comics, which you can find here.
     However, we unfortunately have to make another delay. Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra has now moved to an unconfirmed late 2016 release date, which will vary between October to December of this year. This, though, will give us more time to refine the film to make it great! Filming is currently on-going.
     Now that all of that's done, it's time for our plugs with links. Click on the sentences for more info. VOTE FOR THE THIRD FAN CHOICE AWARDS! SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS TODAY! ENTER THE CANON THAT TIME FORGOT CONTEST!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Re-cap of "Ten Years at the Sail" and Looking to July!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; June 30, 2016)
     After an entire month of pirate fun, Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen: Ten Years at the Sail is now over. Here's a look at what went on over the past month.
     The main highlight of the month was, of course, the re-release of Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen. While it hasn't gotten the attention that we thought it would get, we are still happy to have this film online as a resource for anyone wanting to stage their own version of this popular play. We also added new Wiki pages, introduced the new show Backstage Showcase, and ran the unsuccessful Make-a-Pirate Contest. For the last point, no entries were made, possibly because of the on-going Canon that Time Forgot Contest, which ends July 31, so the contest results is that nothing happens. As for Backstage Showcase, as mentioned before, episode 3 will be out this Saturday, with future episodes coming every other Saturday.
     Another major release this month was Mustache Maniacs Film Co.: The Visual Dictionary - 2nd Edition. In addition to including remastered versions of the original book's pages, the new edition expanded the original by almost 200%, with over twice the number of pages! If you haven't read it yet, you can check it out by clicking here.
     In other news, we have a lot of content coming next month, with DINO ATTACK: Saga of a Conflict's first pages being released tomorrow. It's far from complete, and we still have Journey to Siberia to complete, but we hope that you find these first few pages to be a great way to build up excitement for our new permanent comic series. To coincide with the comics' release, we also have several play sets that we'll be releasing. The first wave consists of:
  • 30044: Trouble's Revenge
  • 30045: Kotua's Robo-Blade Rumble
  • 30046: 1000 Raptor Escape
  • 30047: Antarctica Infiltration (Coming Late July)
  • 30048: Ogel Drilling Vehicle (Coming Late July)
We have lots of additional sets that we'll be releasing in the coming years, so keep checking back for more info!
     Finally, we recently started production on Ninjago: Visions of Memories, which is currently filming on one of our most detailed movie sets to date. Don't believe us? Take a look at this production photo to see what we mean.
The film is currently scheduled to be released on August 5 as part of the contest Ninjago: The Greatest Villain of All Time. We'll be back tomorrow with more news regarding this film.
     Now that all of that's done, it's time for our plugs with links. Click on the sentences for more info. VOTE FOR THE THIRD FAN CHOICE AWARDS! SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS TODAY! ENTER THE CANON THAT TIME FORGOT CONTEST!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

"Mustache Maniacs Film Co.: The Visual Dictionary - 2nd Edition" has been Released!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; June 26, 2016)
     After over a year of preparations, our latest book, Mustache Maniacs Film Co.: The Visual Dictionary - 2nd Edition, has now been released! Go to the library page here to download and read the book today! As for the book itself, it's over 70 pages of facts, information, and fun regarding the entire history of Mustache Maniacs Film Co.! From our first films, like Trip to LEGOLAND and Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Leopard's Treasure, to our latest releases, such as Rift and Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle, the book covers every production that we have partaken in. Also featured in the book is a section devoted to behind the scenes, giving a peek at the development process, from script to screen! To further entice you to check out the book, here's a page sample.
     Today is also the last day for the Make-A-Pirate contest. If you haven't entered yet, the contest video can be found here. Whether or not we have any entries, we'll cover the contest results on June 30, when Ten Years at the Sail ends.
     Now that all of that's done, it's time for our plugs with links. Click on the sentences for more info. VOTE FOR THE THIRD FAN CHOICE AWARDS! SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS TODAY! ENTER THE CANON THAT TIME FORGOT CONTEST!