Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Q&A with Stephen Velichko

Film: Lost Penny
Actor: Stephen Velichko
Role: Gadget

Gadget, played by Stephen Velichko
Q: What attracted you to working on this film?
A: Watching Under Jakob's Ladder, I thoroughly enjoyed the film visually, but moreover the character development. After seeing the character breakdowns for Lost Penny, I instantly connected with Gadget.

Q: Which role do you play in Lost Penny?
A: I had the pleasure of walking in Gadget’s shoes. Gadget is in love with the girl next door, his best friend, Penny. Only problem is that he’s a bit of an oblivious dork. A lovable one, but a dork at that. He puts the well-being of the ones he loves before his own. He defines the very definition of what it is to be someone’s best friend.

Q: How did you prepare for your role?
A: Gadget is a bit more high strung than me, so I definitely was aware of the pitch in where his voice lived. His relationship has never progressed with Penny to certain capacities, so to speak. So I definitely took some strolls down memory lane to find those certain people from my own life that I’ve had similar relationships with. I also had to learn a new skill – gypsy cup shuffling! That was a nightmare. However, now I forever have a spontaneous party trick to dazzle and amaze people!

Q: Did you identify with your character?
A: I definitely identified with Gadget from the get-go. He strongly supports his friends, almost blindly at that. He finds himself deeply mixed up in Penny’s problems at a certain point in the film, all because he thinks he’s responsible. Which is true to some extent, but really he’s just not the kind of person that stands by idly while the ones he loves are struggling or in pain.

Q: What was your favorite scene to film?
A: I really enjoyed the scene between Gadget and Penny in the woods where he gives her the magic number. You really see for the first time just how much he really cares for her. I also really enjoyed the scene where Gadget offers to take Penny’s place in the club to save her. There’s no greater sacrifice for the ones we love than offering our own life. Most people are afraid to love another that much.

Q: What was the most challenging scene for you?
A: That darned gypsy cup sequence! Wait I take that back. The most challenging scene I had to partake in on this film was by far... the “OH YEAH!!!!” scene.

Q: What did you enjoy the most about working on this film?
A: Well that’s easy. The cast and crew were all crazy. But you know, the good kind of crazy. Some of the kindest, hardest working individuals I have ever met in my life, I met on that set.

Q: Do you have any funny stories or anecdotes about working on the film?
A: Miq and I had the pleasure of driving back and forth to set basically every day. And for what seemed like the whole first half of the production, we couldn’t find our way out of a paper bag! No matter where we were going, we would get lost.

Also, the first day [Chef] Guy came to cook, we just happened to have a crazy day and I was starving by the time lunch came around. So I gave him the biggest hug and thank you ever. Of course Jill just HAD to be there for that moment. So it LOOKED LIKE I was saying this was the first great meal we’ve had, and everything else was slop! When IN REALITY, EVERY MEAL WAS WONDERFUL, but that specific day I was just so hungry I would have cried with joy over the sight of cheerios.

I was told there was also one day in particular that I was crewing, where I may or may not have had too much enjoyment operating the fog machine in the field.

Gadget (Stephen Velichko) with Penny (Rachael McOwen)

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Since I take it Batman it not an appropriate choice after age ten, (which is totally bogus. I mean who doesn’t want to be a billionaire by day, and kick crime butt by night?!), I would have to say my parents and their unshakable faith. Through good years and bad, they have always set the best example on how to live life best both in the Lord’s eyes, and for our family. [As an actor] Jack Nicholson is hands down! Yeah you got Brando, De Niro, Pacino, Michael Caine, Duvall, Bing Crosby... the list goes on and on. But Nicholson is a nut! Can’t get enough of him!

Q: When did the acting bug bite you?
A: I was 17 years old. I was the playing McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Still to this day, one of my favorite characters. It was opening night and I heard the crowd roaring the with rise of the curtain from backstage. Awaiting my first entrance I thought to myself, "I’m going to do this for the rest of my life!"

Q: What is the best advice you ever got from Mom?
A: Whenever at a crossroads, and you don’t know which road to take, simply ask the Lord.

LOST PENNY - Film Festival Info

Lost Penny will be screened at the following festivals in June 2015...
Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13 » Get tickets
Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21 » Get Tickets

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Promo Videos with the Lost Penny Cast and Crew

We're doing a series of promo videos featuring the cast and crew of Lost Penny! Check out the playlist below...

We've posted the first two. More to follow!

» Watch the Movie Trailer
» Who's Who - the Cast and Crew
» Photos from the Film Shoot
» Like us on Facebook

LOST PENNY - Film Festival Info

Lost Penny will be screened at the following festivals...

Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13
» Get tickets

Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21
» Get Tickets

Friday, May 15, 2015

Q&A with Victoria Guthrie

Film: Lost Penny
Actor: Victoria Guthrie
Role: Mother

Penny (Rachael McOwen) with her Mother (Victoria Guthrie)

Q: What attracted you to working on this film?
A: I was attracted to working on the film once I saw a clip from Under Jakob's Ladder ... The film quality, direction and acting was all of a high caliber and I knew immediately that this was a production group that I wanted to work with and build a working relationship with into the future.

Q: Which role do you play in Lost Penny?
A: I play Penny's mom. She is a single mom who really dislikes her ex and doesn't want Penny to be influenced by his bohemian half-hazard ways. She isn't in touch with him and likes it that way. Mostly, she wants to be a great mom and protect Penny in a positive way and give her the best opportunities in life.

Q: How did you prepare for your role?
A: I worked on finding similar circumstances and using them as substitutions. I.e. What or who am I very protective of and how would I react if that person or thing were in danger.

Q: Did you identify with your character?
A: I can definitely identify in her wanting to be and provide the best world she can. I am a type A personality so it is natural for me to strive for perfection. Penny's mom is also different than me in many ways. Mostly in that she wants to control her daughter's actions too much. I am a very free spirit that has always desired freedom above everything else. As a result, I tend to give people a lot of leeway to find themselves.

Q: What was your favorite scene to film?
A: The fortune cookie scene was my favorite scene to shoot because it was the second of a two-day shoot, at the end of the day. I felt more comfortable and more rapport with the other actors and crew. The scene also was longer than the others and had a nice emotional arc.

Q: What was the most challenging scene for you?
A: The first scene we shot where I talk about the to-do list, emergency #s and what Penny is wearing. I think coming straight off a plane to the set and not having barely met anyone before is a more difficult environment to step into. Plus, there was a fair amount of blocking in the scene which added more complexity to the scene overall.

Q: What did you enjoy the most about working on Lost Penny?
A: The collaborative spirit of the Munoz family and the actors is what I enjoyed most about the film. It was a joy to have welcome and open discussions with the Director and DP about how I saw/felt the scene. I believe much more creativity is discovered this way and it's fun!

Q: Who inspires you as an actor?
A: Meryl Streep for her versatility and natural capacity for accents; Sylvester Stallone and Chaz Palmenteri for their ability to stick to their guns and their dreams no matter what; Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron for their beauty, intelligence, depth and willingness to be ugly.

Q: When did the acting bug bite you?
A: In my late 20s when I was looking for alternate future careers transitioning out of modeling. Originally, it was very therapeutic for me and enabled me to become a very centered person by learning about myself. After that came the real addiction for me which is the honor of being able to step into another person's shoes and understand the world from their perspective. I find that a fascinating game.

LOST PENNY - Film Festival Info

Lost Penny will be screened at the following festivals in June 2015...
Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13 » Get tickets
Niagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21 » Get Tickets

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Film Festivals in June

Here's a quick update about our feature film, Lost Penny...

When can you see the movie? Well, we have two opportunities coming up. Lost Penny will screening at two -- yes, two -- film festivals this June!

Manhattan Film Festival
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Players Theatre, 115 Macdougal Street, NYC
Tickets are $12   » Order Tickets (Manhattan)

Niagara Integrated Film Festival
Date: Sun, June 21, 2015
Time: 12:30 pm
Venue: Landmark Cinemas - Pen Centre, St. Catharines, ON
Tickets are $12.50 and $10 (stu/sr)   » Order Tickets (Niagara)

We'll keep everybody posted about further details once they are available.

We're also planning to post some Q&As with the cast for you to read. Stay tuned. Also, if you haven't already done so, please LIKE US on Facebook. Or watch the movie trailer.

See you at the movies...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Film Day 13-14 - Wrapping it Up

Date: Friday, August 22 to Saturday, August 23, 2014
Film: Lost Penny

Final two days of filming during principal photography in August. We shot the Runaway/Enforcer scenes (Hannah Ladwig & Robert Tanos); Jake the Bouncer (Isaac Mitchell); and the Security Check scene (Todd Melville and William G. Hobbs).

Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny...
Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8 - Film Day 9 - Film Day 10 - Film Day 11-12 - Film Day 13-14

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lost Penny Poster

Been working on some publicity materials for Lost Penny. This includes a poster for the movie...

P.S. Again, thanks to all who voted and gave input on the tagline! You can see the tagline we eventually decided on in the poster above.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lost Penny needs a Tagline!

Our feature film, Lost Penny, is nearing the end of post-production. Which means it's time to work on posters and press kits and such.

And we need a good tagline!

We've come up with a few options. Vote and tell us which one you like best. Which tagline jumps out at you and makes you interested in watching the movie?

Voting ends tomorrow, Friday, April 10th at noon. (Need to watch the movie trailer again? Go to https://youtu.be/R9Xg-S86kBQ )

Please note: The results will be private as we do not wish to sway your decision in any way. Of course, you'll see the one we choose in a later blog post.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hiding the Easter Eggs

What do Easter Eggs have to do with Movies?

An Easter Egg is essentially an inside joke. It's intentional, but hidden inside a movie. Most audience members will never notice or even know about said Easter Egg.

Easter Eggs are meant to be fun. A little something extra... that are not key to understanding the story or plot.

While there's no one reason for filmmakers to put an Easter Egg in their movie, often they do it to add their "signature" or as a tribute.

Think: Alfred Hitchcock's cameos. For every single one of his movies, Hitchcock made a quick appearance and it became a game of sorts to "Find Hitchcock". Actually, for some of his movies, he had to be pretty creative. For instance, Lifeboat (1944) takes place exclusively on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. Hitchcock couldn't exactly just swim by. So, for his cameo, he appears in the Before and After photo on a newspaper that one of the characters is reading.

Some other Easter Eggs? Try finding a little Pac-Man hidden inside the computer game world of Tron (1982).

Disney and Pixar movies love Easter Eggs so much that you can find them all over their movies. They'll place characters from one Disney/Pixar movie into another. For example: You can see a Buzz Lightyear toy in Finding Nemo (2003).

In many ways, an Easter Egg is like a wink. A fun way for the filmmakers to interact with the audience...

If you can first find the Easter Egg!

[Photo by Jan Herbert]

Thursday, March 26, 2015

5 Quotes About Acting

"I don't think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You've got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition's an opportunity to have an audience."
~ Al Pacino

"Acting is the ability to dream on cue."
~ Ralph Richardson

"Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there."
~ Meryl Streep

"I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don't be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice."
~ Robert De Niro

"Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation."
~ Bette Davis

[Photo by Teatro Escola de Pelotas]

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring DVD Sale

It's the first day of spring. So, we decided to have a 2 for 1 sale! You buy one DVD, you get the second one free. Don't want two of the same DVD? You can get a bundle of two different titles for one price. Check out the details at our website: http://www.cubecity.org/store.htm

Get them while we have them in stock! Offer valid while supplies last, or until March 31, 2015.