Monday, April 8, 2013

Reel Good News

Hiya folks. As most of you know, we here at ABftS like stories. Novels, cartoons, comics...you name it. And, most common of them all, we like to watch movies. Partly because we enjoy them, and partly because we like to make fun of them, especially by putting ourselves in the movies.

Like "The Transporter," which is not only terribly entertaining...but, if you think about it, kind of terrible. And extremely unrealistic. I mean, no one believes that Jason Statham can actually drive an Audi for 2 hours straight without it breaking down on him.


On the other hand, there's also Sam Raimi's first film, "The Evil Dead," which is actually excellent despite the fact that it cost a pack of peanuts and half a decade to film.

(Sorry, Sam. This still doesn't let you off the hook for Spider-Man 3.)
Which brings us to the point of today's post. You don't need a million dollar budget to make a great movie, and well, we're going to be proof of that. See, we met a very talented videographer a few weeks ago, and he really wants to make a film. So do we.


Don't let the dreads fool you. Gregg's great with a camera and knows how to translate a story to the silver screen. The story he has in mind just so happens to be The Sensationally Absurd Life and Times of Slim Dyson.

That's right, Slim Dyson, the world's happiest homeless writer, is going to be made into a live-action film. And what's more, we're going to be acting in it (worry not - we've both acted before and will not be giving you porno-grade acting), and it'll also feature some of Denver's great local film actors, who we've been meeting with and holding readings with over the past few weeks.

We're still hammering out a few details right now, but what we can tell you is that we spent the weekend scouting locations around downtown Denver. In costume. And we had a blast.

(Click pictures for full resolution)

Meet Slim Dyson! Also, meet a random bag of potatoes some homeless people left before we got here!
And of course, there's Monty, Slim's douchey hipster best friend, clad in the tightest pair of women's skinny jeans money can buy (apparently I'm a size 4 - u jelly ladies?)
The homeless shelter, home of "Mustard and Spaghetti Casserole", hepatitis C, and of course the great Slim Dyson
Foreground: a literary icon. Background: said literary icon's public bath tub
What are friends for, right? The best stuff's always at the bottom... along with E. coli.
Forming his next literary masterpiece, or wondering what was in that garbage burrito he just ate?
So, stay tuned, friends. Because we'll have plenty of fun updates coming your way as production continues, and in the next month, a 2 minute trailer clip. Until then... will Brandon take up permanent residency at the local homeless shelter? Will Bryan's method acting earn him a week long stay in detox at the county jail? Only time and mugshots will tell!

Cheers and stay classy, folks!

-B&B

Beer: Goose Island 312
Music: Buckcherry

56 comments:

  1. Those are great photos! I can't wait to see the trailer

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  2. I am really, really looking forward to this. It's also kind of funny that in the book Slim's life is turned in to a movie and now a movie is being made of that. I hope it turns out well.

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  3. That is awesome, and no you don't need millions to make a good movie. All you need millions for is for the phone it in overpaid whiny actors.

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  4. Am I jelly of Bryan's jeans? Yes. Yes, I am.

    I'm also stoked to see this coming attraction!

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  5. You know, I remember you guys once promised us a cartoon series. Whatever happened with that deal? Is the promise of a movie also going to fizzle out or will you deliver?

    Also, is it weird that I'm strangely aroused by Bryan's THO in that last photo?

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    1. If you weren't at least a little aroused by the THO or the skinny jeans, then there's something wrong with you.

      The cartoon is still being worked on, but we're pushing that back until after we film the movie, which needs to be shot this summer. We need nice, warm weather since it'll mostly take place on the streets of Denver.

      Here's some teasers for you.

      Bryan rendered

      Brandon rendered

      After a night of delicious binge drinking

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    2. Awesome! Kinda makes me want to get back into blogging and make my own videos!

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  6. >> . . . Will Bryan's method acting earn him a week long stay in detox at the county jail?

    Only if he's doing it right.

    Ahh, yes, Method Acting! Just another name for Masochism.

    Break two legs, Beer Boys!

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. WAIT! That reminds me...

      I gotta get my arse to work now, but did you ever read my blog bit 'METHOD WRITING: How To Improve Your Writing And Get Thyself Published'?

      BBs, you might find it mildly amusing, particularly "The Incredible Hurk', being a Method Actor himself.

      http://stephentmccarthysstuffs.blogspot.com/2011/07/method-writing-how-to-improve-your.html

      Gotta run, Boys!

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  7. Skinny jeans will make you sterile, True story.

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    1. No kidding. I felt sterile after wearing them for about an hour.

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  8. Awesome!! You may eventually opt for jeggings over skinny jeans, because it's hard to breathe/move/function in those things for extended periods of time

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  9. Holy schmoly I am soooo excited about this! I can't wait to see the trailer. You both look perfect!

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  10. It looks like you're wearing jeggings, and Gregg looks like those twin guys from The Matrix Reloaded.

    Anyway, beside my random notes, I hope you get all the filming finished this summer. Is the film directly based off the novel, or is it a different storyline starring the same characters?

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    1. It's based on the novel, but a few things have to be changed to adapt to the big screen. For example, we can't have Slim buy an $8 million dollar mansion because that's not quite in our budget. But the core of the story will remain the same. :)

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  11. This is awesome news, except for the size 4 skinny jeans. You sure know how to make a girl feel bad about herself. Now, has the role of the gold digging bitch been cast? I've never been to Denver. ;)

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  12. Looks like it will be an instant classic!

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  13. That is unbelievable! A size 4 without holding your breath? The film is really exciting too! You guys are on the verge of fame and fortune, or at least fame and, hopefully, a small fortune. Major congratulations! Looking forward to more details.

    xoRobyn

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  14. Red carpet here we come....and plastic surgery obviously!

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  15. LOL! I couldn't stop laughing about your Jason Statham picture. I was so crushing on him several years back.

    Nice job, but is it really an 'action' movie? :) Don't forget about us when you're sitting in Matt Damon's basement drinking Boston Lager and burping to the theme song of Reservoir Dogs.

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  16. I am so happy for you guys!! I can't wait to see more pictures, behind the scenes footage, stories and the trailer.

    I'll bet you were fighting off the crowds of fans and the paparazzi. They can be soooo annoying.

    Congratulations and best of luck.

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  17. Wow first published authors, now movie actors. Pretty soon you're going to be adopting dozens of kids from third world countries.

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  18. Those photos are awesome :). And best of luck, hope it all goes well :)!

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  19. Thank God. I thought I was going to have to splurge and buy the book. Now I can relax.

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    1. And filming a movie saves us the difficult task of writing another novel. We all can relax!

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  20. You know, so much awesomeness contained in two dudes from Denver is just not fair. One or both of you needs to stop being awesome before the government catches on...

    I'm sure the movie is going to be fantastic, I'm looking forward to it. Brandon seems strangely at home as a homeless guy, and Bryan...I think those jeans may have turned your junk inside out...so should we start calling you "Brynn"?

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    1. Brandon's actually been homeless for years. Now he's just justifying it with a movie role.

      Oh, and it's not Brynn. It's Briana... Or Bryana I guess?

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  21. Excellente!!

    Can't wait to here what two good writers/bloggers actually sound like.

    Better get my arm into shape and practice throwing peanuts at the computer while saying "They don't know the territory!"

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  22. This has blown my mind guys, getting so excited for this now, it's just awesome! The Oscars 2014 aren't going to know what has hit them! Wow, I actually am feeling so pumped for this right now, bad porno level acting did inevitably cross my mind but I have a lot of faith that this is going to rock, well done on getting this together lads!

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  23. Guys! I'm excited! The pictures make this REAL somehow. I can't wait. Okay, I have to wait, but I'd much rather not. And a TRAILER!? I hope you're all as ridiculously scared as I am for that.But still, BRING IT

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  24. I love you guys! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  25. WooHoo!
    Still working on finishing (Spring Break stomped all over me), but, hopefully, the review should be up next week.

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  26. I can hardly wait. Judging from the comments you have already gotten more viewers lined up than a good portion of 2012's movie choices.

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  27. I can do punch-up. Which proves I know industry terms? Which is as valuable as Paris Hilton saying she's a movie star based on her night-vision porn movie she "accidentally" let slip on the internet. Oh god, please give me a job!?! Also, I can act. I've been acting like He-Man hasn't aroused confusing feelings within me for almost 30 years now. Gimme work!
    In all seriousness, this is great. If the pictures are any indication, I'm excited for what you two (well, three, well, however many people are involved) will put out (bad choice of words), and if I can help in any way, please let me know.

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  28. Holy moley!! I have to get through the book before the movie comes out... (I just got it in the mail a few days ago!!).

    Congrats, boys!

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  29. No porno quality acting? Is it wrong that I'm a bit disappointed about that?

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  30. That is awesome! Congrats! Does no porno acting mean no porn scenes? Just asking.

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  31. This is so exciting guys. So very happy this is happening for you

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  32. Is he single? cough cough

    I am excited if you raise to stardom don't forget about us little critters right? This is going to be so much fun for you guys!

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  33. Awesome news, when you have the right people making a movie can be fun. But when you don't it can be horrible.

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  34. Size 4- ugh, I'm totally jelly you're a skinny bitch B.

    Seriously, awesome news guys! I'm really looking forward to this. Although, I'm always a little cautious of blonds with dreads. The last dude I knew with dreads like that, used to hide his dime bags up in there. *True Story*

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    1. Don't be too jelly, now. That's just the absolute smallest size I can shoehorn myself into. I can barely even walk in them and can't even raise my legs above a 45 degree angle. I'm probably a lot bigger than a 4 in a 'real pants' size.

      Oh, and don't think of Gregg as a pot smoking hippie. Think 'eccentric film buff' and suddenly the dreads make a lot more sense.

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    2. all american sizes sound like super small here in Dublin...we have like size 8 - 16 or something

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  35. Congrats. (I tried to comment before and it disappeared) Albuquerque would make an excellent site for the non-Beverly Hills, Los Angeles locations, should you need it. (Just a short six hour jaunt down the freeway.) There are many fine local breweries here, and I would love to but you a pint or two. (To make up for not paying for your book.)

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    1. If a drive to NM is in our time-frame/budget, don't think we won't take you up on that offer. A comment on the Internet is legally binding in some countries. Not this country, but some. I think.

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  36. Fantastic news, congrats! Looking forward to hearing more about it. BTW, I love the pictures.

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  37. That is insanely awesome news! Do I qualify for saying "I knew them when!"?

    Congrats and can't wait to come to the premier...you'll be having one in NY right? I'll take the train up with Kat. :)

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  38. Remember, professional dumpster divers use a piece of cardboard that is placed between themselves and the dumpster so they don't get crap all over themselves.

    Why do I know this...?

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  39. That would be really cool!

    I have been reading about this time travel movie called "Primer."

    It's supposed to be a big deal that it only cost $7,000 to film.

    Where the hell is somebody going to get $7,000?

    Because if I can't film it, edit it, and send it out to the world on my phone, it's not going to happen.

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  40. I think I just went into shock. I'm also jealous that Bryan wears smaller jeans than me. But mostly I'm in shock because WOW.

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