Showing posts from February, 2009

The Adventures of Legoman Trailer is Here!

By: Andrew Bermudez (Lego Studios; February 28, 2009)      As people go to the Legotown Cinema to watch their favorite films, they may notice that a new trailer has shown up. That new trailer is for the studio's latest project, The Adventures of Legoman. "The movie looks great," said a resident who had just seen the trailer. "It's nice to see a director break out of the mold of the typical dark and mysterious superhero film that we've seen lately."      The trailer features several scenes from the film, including a woman smacking Captain Bill, the film's fist fight, and even some clips from the street pursuit. "We are hoping that this trailer will get people excited about the finished film," stated Simon Johnathon, the film's director. "The 1960's Batman TV show has become popular in recent years through its frequent reruns, and the similarities between it and The Adventures of Legoman will certainly make the film a winner fo…

Studio Updates: Substantial progress has been made on The Adventures of Legoman, Ghost Pictures, and Johnny Thunder 2

By: Andrew Bermudez (Lego Studios; February 20, 2009)      Yesterday, the head of the Lego Studios board of directors, Mark Matthew, announced the progress that has been made on the studio's three current projects: The Adventures of Legoman, Ghost Pictures, and Johnny Thunder 2. "We have certainly been working hard to get these productions out at their scheduled times, and I can certainly say, We will most likely do just that, even though we're currently updating our editing systems."      Right now, The Adventures of Legoman has finished production. The film is now awaiting the new editing system so post-production can begin. Simon Johnathon stated, "We have high hopes for The Adventures of Legoman, especially after the success of Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo." Editing for The Adventures of Legoman will begin in early March, with expectancies of finishing before spring break. The film will be released April 24th, 2009.      Also, work on Gh…

The Complete Guide to all of the Hidden Extras in Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo.

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; February 11, 2009)      Recently, the public asked the head of Lego Studios, Mark Matthew, about the hidden extras in Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo and where to find them. So, director Steven Lawrence compiled this list yesterday, telling the location of every hidden character, stagehand, and gold brick in the film:
Gold Bricks: Gold Brick 1: This hidden extra is actually a piece of the chair that MongHu sits on inside General Mao's headquarters. It's a little hard to see, but it's there. Gold Brick 2: Inside the Coughing Dragon Opera House, a gold brick is part of the post that supports the balcony that Johnny and his friends sit at. Stagehands: First Unit Cameraman: This one is very hard to see. When we see Xi'an for the first time (near the beginning of the film), some guards execute two civilians. On the other side of the shooting, you can see the 1st unit cameraman taping the action. Wind Machine: In Venice, you can see …

Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Dissolves Brick Tales

By: Andrew Bermudez (Mustache Maniacs Headquarters; February 9, 2009)      Today, the company, Brick Tales, a sub-division of Mustache Maniacs Film Co. that finances the company's brickfilms, was officially dissolved. Now all brickfilms made by the company will be under the control of Mustache Maniacs Film Co. "It was just shocking to hear. I didn't even know Brick Tales existed," said Simon Johnathan, director of The Adventures of Legoman.      There has been much skepticism as to why Brick Tales was dissolved. At a press conference, Steven Lawrence, Director of Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo,stated, "Mustache Maniacs Film Co. has been hit hard by the economic turmoil, and it only seems wise for the company to get rid of unnecessary expenses, and Brick Tales was the first to go. If the economy gets worse, who knows what'll happen to Mustache Maniacs Film Co. and its other sub-divisions."      Regardless of such, The Adventures of Legoman

A Ghost is Coming this Halloween.

By: Andrew Bermudez (Lego Studios; February 3, 2009)      With the light-hearted, family film, The Adventures of Legoman, well underway, the studio has decided to make something a little spookier, a short film called Ghost Pictures. "Our popularity has certainly blossomed with the release of Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, which will certainly develop with The Adventures of Legoman. It only seems natural to do something different to attract an even wider audience," said Mark Matthew, head of the board of directors.      Based on a dream that one of the heads of the studio had, Ghost Pictures will concern a family who is called by their relatives. The relatives ask to move in with the family, arguing that a ghost is haunting their house. The only evidence that they have of the ghost is an envelope full of photos. Is this spector real, or is it a hoax?      Although it will be a little spooky, the film will also contain some light-hearted humor. "The film wi…

Production for Legoman Well Under Way.

By: Andrew Bermudez (City Street; January 3, 2009)      Although it was delayed for almost half a month, the filming for The Adventures of Legoman is running smoothly. Today, The cast and crew finished shooting the street pursuit that concludes the film. “It was breathtaking," said Officer Max, who is playing himself for the film. “I had to perform a stunt where I leapt off of one
police car onto another and let me tell you, I can now see why stuntmen are so well-paid.”
     Unlike the filming for Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, which was frequently running into trouble, the filming for The Adventures of Legoman has been smooth-sailing since it started last Sunday. “So far, it’s been a wonderful experience. Director Simon Jonathon has been really nice to everybody, the presence of Fireman Bill Simon really gives us a sense of security, and Dracula’s not here, so there won’t be any deaths on the set,” stated Clapper Loader Sally Cartwright. Sam Reynolds also added, “U…

Studio Updates: Legoman to begin shooting and Johnny Thunder 2 already in pre-production.

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; December 9, 2008)      Everywhere, everyone is getting into the holiday spirit and getting a little jolly, especially at Lego Studios, where the board of directors is feeling confident about the success of The Adventures of Legoman, which begins filming this Saturday. “I can’t believe that the film is finally going into production,” said director Simon Jonathon.
     For The Adventures of Legoman, filming will begin on the backlot, where the legocave and segments of the street chase will be shot. After that, the cast and crew will head off to the Legotown Museum to shoot the gold heist. From there, the crew will visit various locations around town to finish shooting. “We expect to have the filming done by the end of the year,” said Captain Max Reikin, Coast Guard team member and the film’s animal trainer.
     Also, word has gotten out that work has begun on the script for the next Johnny Thunder film, scheduled for release in July 2010. “I’m still …

'Secret of Marco Polo’ is an International Success!

By: Andrew Bermudez (Lego Studios; November 6, 2008)      While The Adventures of Legoman is still in production, Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo was officially declared an international success. “We haven’t seen such popularity since the heyday of Dinocop,” said Mark Matthew, head of the studio’s schedule committee. “All I can say is that we sure hope that this popularity continues to grow with the release of The Adventures of Legoman,” said Earl Johnston, head of the board of directors.
     The reports from the international market center said that the film is most popular in the United States. Other countries where the film is seeing success are Ireland, Argentina, Denmark, Australia, and even the Czech Republic. Below is the entire statistics sheet released by the international market center.
(Actual YouTube statistics)
Age ranges for both genders (in order of popularity):
13-17 -- 47%
45-54 -- 21%
55-64 -- 15%
35-44 -- 11%
25-34 -- 4%
18-24 -- 4%
65+ -- 1%


The Committee has Spoken… Dracula Stays!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; October 31, 2008)      Over two months ago, the location manager, runner, and blood-sucking lawyer for Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, Dracula, was in danger of having his contract terminated. However, the Lego Studios board of directors has decided to keep Dracula.
     “It was a move we had to make,” said Earl Johnston, head of the board of directors. “Even though he did kill two people on the set, you have to remember, it was only two people. Besides, if we fired Dracula, we probably couldn’t find another location manager, runner, and blood-sucking lawyer. So, we kept him so that the next Johnny Thunder film can be done on time and on budget.”
     When Dracula heard this, he became elated. “This is probably the best moment in my life, besides the first time I had coffee.” said the count. “It’ll surely be a fun experience and all, since the only job I could hold down for the last month was in a funhouse at a fall carnival not too far…

The Classic Masked Crime Fighter comes to Town

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; October 23, 2008)      The studio has nourished great success with the Fall’s box office smash, Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo. “It’s almost a miracle,” said Earl Johnston, head of the studio’s board of directors. “In just two months, we made double the revenue we made back in 2007.”
     Now, the studio has plans of reviving the crime fighter, Legoman, for the big screen in the studio’s next project, The Adventures of Legoman. Based on a series of stories that were released six years ago, the film will follow Legoman as he pursues one of his most notorious enemies, Brickzo the Clown, who has stolen the ancient gold of the African tribal king, Wu-Wa-Pu. Some of the scenes will include a museum robbery, the villains at their hideout, and even a final confrontation between Legoman and Brickzo the Clown on the streets of Legotown.
     Unlike Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, which was meant for older audiences, The Adventures o…

A Vampire’s Bad Day

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; August 24, 2008)      Today may not be a good day for Dracula, the location manager, runner and blood-sucking lawyer for the new Johnny Thunder movie. It appears that the Lego Studios board of directors may terminate his contract.
     “He was sometimes a bad sport on the set,” stated Peter Philips, the film’s producer. “But that was nothing compared to what happened three days ago.”
     Here’s what happened: The Lego Studios board of directors decided that since Dracula played a minor role in the production in the film, and that he killed two people during production, he would not be participating in the premiere’s red carpet event. Once Dracula head this, he got enraged and demanded that he walk down the red carpet. If he didn’t, he was going to suck out the blood of the studio’s treasurer. He was allowed to walk down the red carpet, but there was a chance that his contract would be terminated.
     “It’s not fair,” said Dracula, “it was such a f…

Move over, Rick O’ Connell, Johnny Thunder’s Here!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Legotown Cinema; August 23, 2008)      After 3 years of writing, revising, casting, shooting, editing, sound mixing, composing and voice recording, the newest brickfilm, Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo finally arrived in theaters.
     At the premiere, almost everyone involved with the production showed up to view the nearly 100-minute spectacle that they had helped create. Also among the crowd were critics, news reporters, TV newsmen, the Lego Studios board of directors and all of the employees from the newly-reopened Legotown Museum of Natural History, Science and the Arts.
     However, the actors who played Nevada Smith, Billy the Kid and the three thieves were unable to make it to the premiere. Apparently, Nevada Smith is working on another film titled Squirm: Requiem, Billy got the flu, Thief 1 is working on a remake of Indian Superman, Thief 2 has been hired by Turkish film industries for Turkish Lord of the Rings, and Thief 3 refused to show u…

Lego Studios Spills the Beans on ‘Secret of Marco Polo’ … Somewhat.

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; March 19, 2008)      On March 19, 2008, after many rumors circulating at the local hair salon about the latest epic brickfilm, Lego Studios has agreed to release a few plot details to the public.
     “In the movie, there will be a revolution going on in China,” said Mark Matthew, head of the schedule committee. “This revolution will be like no other in the history of brickfilms. This sub-plot serves as a backbone to our main story, which eventually comes together with the revolution. This also gives us a chance to get the evil tyrant from the Orient Expedition Lego sets, Chang Wu, more involved in the story.”
     The film crew’s location manager, runner, and blood-sucking lawyer, Dracula, also had a few spoilers to reveal. “The story will remain relatively the same to the online comics on, with only a few changes. The most notable is that the Maharaja Lulla character and his whole sub-plot have been removed, and Tygurah now acts as a guard…

The Scoring of ‘Secret of Marco Polo.’

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; March 16, 2008)      In the first week of March, the Lego Studios board of directors found the perfect band to compose the score for Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo. For the movie, Squidward Tentacles and his licensed band will be composing and conducting the score. “It’ll surely be a great experience to do this. It takes away from the same, old routine of cleaning up Wayne Manor,” said Al Fred, Bruce Wayne’s butler and the orchestra’s trumpeter. “Even though the last time I’ve led a band was at the Bubble Dome, I’m sure we can pull this off,” said Squidward Tentacles, the conductor for the orchestra.
     However, when production first started, Squidward Tentacles and his licensed band was overlooked as a potential choice. Instead, the board hired famed composer John Silversmith. This composer has assembled several B.A.M.P.A. winning scores in the past, including America: Outlawed, Unmasked, Lego Wars Part 2: the Staff of Maniac, and ot…

On Location to China

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Xi’an; February 20, 2008)      In mid-February, the crew for the latest epic brickfilm, Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, arrived in China, the last country that needs to be visited for the shooting. Currently, the crew is shooting a major action scene in the streets of Xi‘an.
     Unfortunately, during the last week of February, the press managed to catch up with the crew, causing irritation on the set. “They just wouldn’t leave,” said Steven Lawrence, the film’s director. “We tried everything to get them off the set, and they wouldn’t budge. Even Dracula couldn’t do anything. It wasn’t until we moved to a different set that they left us alone.”
     Also, an earlier scene in the film was not found to be satisfactory. “Steven has been really upset about how the shooting turned out at the military base,” said boom operator Sarah Williamson. “He keeps on telling us how the lighting is constantly changing, how props keep moving around, and how the cinema…

Shooting for ‘Marco Polo’ to Restart!

By Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; December 26, 2007)      Last week, the Lego Studios schedule committee announced that, after the holidays, on January 1st, 2008, the cast and crew for Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo will be returning to the Orient to finish shooting the movie. “I can’t believe that we’re finally resuming shooting. It’s been such a long time and I’ve been yearning to finish the film,” stated Sam Reynolds, gaffer on the film. “It’s actually a very fun experience. It’s something I can really sink my teeth into,” said Dracula, the crew’s location manager, runner, and blood-sucking lawyer.
     However, during the delay, some of the footage was not found to be satisfactory. “That boulder scene really irritates me,” said Steven Lawrence, the film’s director. “Looking over it, I realized it never truly concludes. We have Lord Sinister say a line, and then suddenly, they’re outside. It makes absolutely no sense.” So, it has been decided that the crew will shoot …

Uh, oh… We are Having Problems on the Set.

By: Andrew Bermudez (Yeti Claw Studios, Kathmandu; September 15, 2007)      The worst of the worst happened today while the cast and crew was shooting the bi-plane fight on a Nepal soundstage. First, the lighting equipment stopped working, then the film’s color contrast refrained any blue screening effects, then the studio called and said that the filming had to be pushed off due to a lawsuit against the studio.
     “It’s just unbelievable,” said Mark Mustache, the film’s clapper loader. “One minute, the filming is smooth sailing, and then the next minute, it’s over. It’s almost surreal.” Dracula related, “Just the shock of it all just ending like that is almost as painful as being impaled by a stake.”
     However, the filming is not over yet. Earl Johnston, head of the studio’s board of directors, said, “Although it may be heart-breaking to the cast and crew, we had to push off the filming for two very good reasons. First, we are dealing with a lawsuit right now that is involving …

Cow Chaos in Lucknow

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lucknow; August 9, 2007)      The filming for the latest epic brickfilm, Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, has mostly been running smoothly and on time. Yet, there have been a few problems.
     Take the cow incident in Lucknow, India as an example. No shooting was done yesterday, so the cast and crew could be given time to relax. It was during this time that the camera truck was repositioning for the next day’s shoot when a small herd of cattle hobbled out into the street, blocking the camera truck’s path. Knowing that he needed to get the truck into position within 20 min., Peter, the crew member driving the truck, blew the horn as loud as he could.
     Unfortunately, this did not get the cows’ attention. Instead of budging, the cows laid down and slumbered. Incidentally, a man in his late 30’s darted over to the truck and started cussing Peter out. It was at this point when Liame Lense, another crew member, ran over to soothe the local. However, th…

Filming for ‘Marco Polo’ will begin!

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; July 28, 2007)      After two years of writing and revising the script, Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo will finally begin shooting two days from now, on the 30th. “It’s hard to believe that the film is finally getting off the ground,” said gaffer Sam Reynolds.
     On July 30th, the crew will begin shooting the film at the Legotown Museum. From there, the crew will head to Venice to continue shooting. After that, the crew will also film in India, Nepal, and China. “It’s such an honor to work on this film,” stated boom operator Sarah Williamson. “It’ll surly be one of next year’s big blockbusters and I get to visit all of these cool sites.” Director Steven Lawrence related, “I’m sure that this film will be the best that it can possibly be.”
     However, the shooting for the film will take a long time, since it is not expected to be finished until December 2007. Also, the film is expected to be released around Spring Break 2008.