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The Hatred – Making a Movie from Idea to Lionsgate Distribution

Brief Intro

What if you could follow a movie from idea to getting distribution from Lionsgate?

I first met Michael Kehoe on Instagram (no, not on my trusty Twitter but I digress), and I had him on my podcast to discuss how he turned his short film, Hush, into the feature film, The Hatred.

The episode was extremely well received and now, The Hatred is ready for release on September 12th, 2017.  So now I’ve interviewed several members of the cast and crew and we went through the process of how they become involved with production.

If you’re a new filmmaker, curious about distribution, or just interesting in the whole process this entire post is for you.

Hush (short film) – This film won 1st place at the First Glance Film Festival

The Hatred ( trailer – which has over 27 MILLIONS views)

EP – 148 Michael Kehoe (Writing & Directing The Hatred)

I interview Michael back on EP 148, just as filming the Hatred finished. In this episode we chat about making the short film Hush, using Hush to get funding to make , The Hatred, and tons more.

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EP 178 – John Connor (Cinematographer for The Hatred)

John Connor has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Quentin Tarantino, Tony Scott, David Fincher, and Alejandro G. Iñárritu to name a few as apart of the camera department.

We then go into discussing The Hatred and the approach John took on the film, and tons more (and yes, I do ask him about the Terminator 😉

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EP 179 – Shae Smolik (Acting in The Hatred)

Shae Smolik is a child actress, and plays the role of Irene in The Hatred.

We chat auditions, acting tips, how she got the role in The Hatred, and tons more.

 

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Des Moines Registar – 10-year-old girl is latest Iowan to make splash in Hollywood

EP 180 – Thomas Fleming (Post Production Supervisor on The Hatred)

Thomas Fleming is the Media Manager for Trancas International Films, and was the Post Production Supervisor on The Hatred.

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EP 181 – Michael Trent (Editing The Hatred)

Michael Trent is an editor with over with over 40 credits including working as an assistant editor on, Saving Private Ryan, AI, and Catch Me If You Can. He’s  the editor for films like Joy Ride 3, The Marine 2, and The Hatred.

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The Hatred on Blu Ray

The Hatred arrives on Blu Ray on Sept 12th, 2017.

The 20th Annual First Glance Film Festival

Want to meet up with Michael Kehoe and I?  We’ll both be at the 20th Annual First Glance Film Festival here in Philly. Buy your tickets here => http://firstglancefilms.com/tickets/

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Episode 177 – Rhonda Shear (UP All Night!)

 

Rhonda Shear was the host of USA’s Up All Night! from 1991 – 1998. She’s also acted in TV shows, Happy Days, Married with Children, Duckman to name a few.  In 2001, Rhonda launched her own line of women’s intimates and has the #1 selling bra in the world.
Her new book,  Up All Night: From Hollywood Bombshell to Lingerie Mogul, Life Lessons from an Accidental Feminist is out October 3rd, 2017.

In this episode, Rhonda & I discuss her most well known role hosting, USA’s Up All Night!, finding the courage to follow your dreams, reinventing yourself at any age, and tons more.

Pre Show Notes

— Backstage –  Use code dbcast at checkout when posting a casting call for a FREE basic listing

 

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Show Notes

USA’s Up All Night – was an American cable television series that aired weekly on Friday and Saturday nights on the USA Network. The show aired from 1989 to 1998.  This show exposed me to so many new and wonderful movies. 

The Toxic Avenger – A 90-lb nerd is transformed into a Hideously Deformed Superhero after falling into a misplaced barrel of nuclear waste

Lloyd Kaufman –  is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. With producer Michael Herz, he is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio.

Gilbert Gottfried is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice actor.

Duckman – was an American adult animated sitcom that aired on the USA Network from March 5, 1994 through September 6, 1997. The series centers on Eric T. Duckman (voiced by Jason Alexander) a lascivious, widowed, self-hating, grouchy anthropomorphic duck who lives with his family in Los Angeles and works as a private detective.

— Rhonda’s Women’s intimidate clothing line 

— Rhonda’s new book, Up All Night: From Hollywood Bombshell to Lingerie Mogul, Life Lessons from an Accidental Feminist  which will be released October 3rd, 2017.

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Episode 176 – Len Kabasinski (Indie Film, Martial Arts, and Zombies)

Len Kabasinski is a filmmaker, fight choreographer, and martial artist from Erie, PA.

Len holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Gannon University and also an Assoicates Degree in Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He also works as a fight choreographer for many stage productions at the Erie Playhouse working with both the adults and also the children’s theater , and has choreographed such plays as Carrie: The Musical, The Fantastics, Treasure Island and more.

Len’s has appeared on the popular Youtube channel, Red Letter Media, multiple times, and his latest film, Warriors of the Apocalypse (as well as his entire film catalogue) is on Amazon now, and he’s currently in pre production for Swamp Zombies 2.

In this episode, Len and I discuss what inspired Len to get started, finding the resources to make his first film, Swamp Zombies, standing out in a crowded movie market place, and so much more.

Pre Show Notes

6 Filmmaking Tips from Tobe Hooper – Tobe passed away on 8/26/17 leaving a collection of work including Poltergeist, Salem’s Lot, and of course, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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— Dave Bullis Podcast Filmmakers Group on Facebook – a FREE filmmaking group I made on Facebook.

 

Show Notes

Zombiegeddon – Cops and kids battle an army of zombies sent by Satan to take over the world.

— Red Letter Media – is an American film and video production company operated by independent filmmakers Mike Stoklasa (formerly of GMP Pictures) and Jay Bauman (formerly of Blanc Screen Cinema).

— Len’s Movies on Amazon

— UFC – The Ultimate Fighting Championship is an American mixed martial arts organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada, that is owned and operated by parent company WME–IMG.

— Dan Severn – is an American mixed martial artist, actor and occasional professional wrestler, notable for his success in the early years of Ultimate Fighting Championship tournaments, and starred in Len’s first film, Swamp Zombies.


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Episode 175 – Jeff Willis (Screenwriting & Script Consultants)

Jeff Willis has worked in production, development, and business affairs for companies both large and small, including Marvel, The Weinstein Company, Beacon Pictures, and a few startups in between.

Jeff sold his first feature, The Right Girl (written with Bob Saenz), in 2012, which was released on the PixL Movie Channel in November 2015.

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— Backstage –  Use code dbcast at checkout when posting a casting call for a FREE basic listing

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Pick my brain for free on Office Hours or Hire me on Fiverr for only $5. We can chat podcast concepts, episode ideas, gear, marketing, and anything else you’d like to chat about.

— Dave Bullis Podcast Filmmakers Group on Facebook – a FREE filmmaking group I made on Facebook.

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Episode 174 – David Feinman (Marketing Through the Noise)

 

David Feinman is the CEO & co-founder of Viral Idea Marketing, and he gained national recognition for creating The Zombie Run , a zombie obstacle course, that went viral across the country and sold after nine months in business.

In  this episode we chat the best places to get cheesesteaks in Philly (as well as pretzels and pizza), creating the Zombie Run, marketing through the noise, and so much more.

As always if you find anything of value please share the episode as it helps dramatically.

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Total Rewrite (aka How I Would Have Written It) – Pilot Episode  – Suicide Squad
Very soon this podcast will be getting it’s on feed, etc. The feedback for this test pilot has been terrific so thank you to everyone whose listened and has given feedback. If you’re interested in listening and want to give some feedback please do.

— Special shout to past guest, Michael Kehoe, and his upcoming film, The Hatred. The trailer has over 20 MILLION views and counting. The film released on Sept 12th, and I’m going to be releasing several podcasts with the cast and crew of the film showing everyone how a film goes from concept to distribution.

 

Show Notes

Temple University – Temple University is a state-related-public doctoral university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It was founded in 1884 by Baptist Minister Russell Conwell.

Pat’s – The self-proclaimed “inventor of cheesesteak” offers classic versions of Philly’s favorite sandwich.

Geno’s – Diehards line up 24/7 for the cheesesteaks served up at this no-frills veteran spot.

Tony Luke’s – a sandwich shop that specializes in Philadelphia favorites including cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches and chicken cutlets.

John’s Roast Pork – Iconic roast-pork sandwich & cheesesteak joint that only accepts cash & closes by late afternoon.

— Jim’s on South Street – Original 1939 location of local chain serving authentic Philly-style cheesesteaks & hoagies.

Lazaro’s Pizza –  Family-friendly spot offers thin-crust pies & a lengthy list of subs including 18-in. cheesesteaks.

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza – Unique $1-a-slice pizzeria known for its “pay it forward” program that feeds the homeless.

Nathan For You – Writer, director and comedian Nathan Fielder (CBC’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”) also has a business degree, and he combines that knowledge with his unusual life experiences to help struggling small businesses boost their sales. However, Fielder’s marketing campaigns for each business can best be described as unorthodox, to the point where no traditional sales consultant would ever attempt what he does. Episodes in this docu-reality comedy include Fielder creating a distinctly smelling flavor for a yogurt shop, devising a plan for a pizzeria to guarantee delivery in eight minutes or less, and finding a way for a gas station to charge less that $2 a gallon and still be successful. 

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Episode 173 – Sevier Crespo (Producing a Film Within Your Resources)

 

Sevier Crespo p.g.a., is a dynamic force in film and television production, known in the industry as the man who conquers impossible circumstances to bring projects in on schedule and on budget. Accolades for his projects include BEST AMERICAN COMEDY at the NY International Film Festival, TV GUIDE’s Hot List (the only web series to make the list), a Parents’ Choice Award, and a Mom’s Choice Award. And it’s no wonder, since he learned the ropes from heavyweights Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Mann.

 

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— Backstage –  Use code dbcast at checkout when posting a casting call for a FREE basic listing

— Need help with your podcast?!

Pick my brain for free on Office Hours or Hire me on Fiverr for only $5. We can chat podcast concepts, episode ideas, gear, marketing, and anything else you’d like to chat about.

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How I Would Have Written It – EP 01 – Suicide Squad

How I Would Have Written It

EP 01 – Suicide Squad

Better late than never. I had an entire other idea sketched out then decided I just hated it and wanted to start over from scratch.
I know I promised this like 1-2 or 20 so weeks ago (whose counting?) but this is something I had an idea to do and what better way then to pitch this as a podcast. So in a way this is like a pitch meeting just very public and anyone who wants it can download it.
The two recent DC Movies both have bombed with critics and audience alike but they still made nine figures apiece at the Box Office. Why? Well what else can we say other than the fact that Super hero movies are whats hot.
I know what DC is trying to do they’re trying to set up tent pole movies to set up more tent pole movies.
The problems with Suicide Squad were many, and there are other channels like Red Letter Media and What Culture who’ve gone into them as well so I won’t repeat them here. I’ll just tell you my two big problems with Suicide Squad were:
1. It wasn’t entertaining. The cardinal syn of any movie.
The movie needs to be fun and it needs to be entertaining. What if I told you I had an idea to not only could have made a better Suicide Squad but set up all the rest of the DC Movies?
2. There was no clear goal or motivation for anyone.
Regardless of whatever big tent pole movie comes out, the movie has to have a story. I know what you’re thinking, Dave haven’t you seen the latest Fast and the Furious movie? Well yes I have but I’m telling you that those movies do well for a reason. They’re not just mindless fun but they’ve created a cast of characters that pop culture has latched on to. So there’s no reason we can’t do that here.
3. How do we handle a comic book movie?
Do we stay true to the comics or do we make up our own worlds? Well I say why not do both?
One quick note. I was incredibly tired when I recorded this so my apologizes for mumbling and talking too fast (yes, more than usual), and if I sometimes skip over important details of my story pitch. 
So without further delay, this is the end of our prologue, and lets get right into it.
My Pitch
At the end of the day, the Suicide Squad are villains. They’re not going to change to fit into any rigid idea or story conventions. They’re villains because of their actions. How they can change is what finding this item will do for them and what it will mean to them.
Everyone Loves a Clown… 
We open in complete darkness. Florescence light bulbs turn on temporary blinding us, the audience.
Into the room comes two guard both in bomb proof suits (think Hurt Locker or if you play a lot of video games, the Juggernaut suit from Call of Duty). They take all of the packages placed on the floor.
Not a word is said they’ve done this a million times before. They turn on a machine. Large, grinding gears come to life as the machine well past it’s prime sparks to life.
The machine’s conveyor belts pulls as the men place the packages on there one by one.
The X ray screener reveals various items such as love letters, weapons trying to be smuggled in, and the occasional person.
A select group of packages are chosen to be shipped. They’re placed in a small bin and carried down to a waiting truck. Since everything has been checked, security and handling becomes normal again.
The truck travels through the streets of Gotham and finally arrives at, Arkum Asylum. As the mail truck gets to the gate,
A candle lit vigil is held outside. As the camera moves in closer, WE SEE that every mourner is dressed in various designs of Joker makeup.
This isn’t a vigil, it’s a tribute to their imprisoned God.
Inside of Arkum, Dr. Harley Quinzel sorts a large pile of mail all addressed to one person, ‘The Joker’.

Dr. Quinzel is looking for an answer. Why do these people worship him as a God?

It’d be easy to label a few as crazy or losers but it seems the fan mail grows and grows and this is just the stuff that gets in. Inside of Arkum, Joker sits in his cell. The cell isn’t too crazy and he’s not allowed to have anything foreign like newspaper clippings, etc or a special cell like in the other Suicide Squad movie but I digress.

A KNOCK on the door. Dr. Quinzel looks over. A guard enters and tells her that it’s time.
Under the careful watch of two security guards the Joker lays on the couch. Dr. Quinzel takes various notes as the Joker talks. Not of a grand scheme but of a longing… he’s seen an actual God come to this planet and he absolutely DESTROYED Batman and he wants that same power because after all, he asks to Harley and us the audience, who wouldn’t want to be a God?
Harley goes home that night. Her apartment is cramped and oddly enough, it looks a lot like her office. She has photos up of the Joker everywhere. Out of the darkness comes, Mercy Graves. Dr. Q is scared but Mercy tells her she means her no harm.She has an offer for her. Her boss is imprisoned but wants to see someone crazy enough to cause chaos without Superman now dead. It’s a gift. Help the Joker escape, and the Joker can access the weaponry of Luthor corp.
Dr. Q ponders over her dilemma. Help the Joker escape confess her love and escape to become a criminal or stay with the life she has but at least she’s not running from the law and him… (Batman)… Dr. Q thinks about what Joker said about finding the answer in her heart. She turns back to Mercy and accepts.
The 1st Suicide Squad
A dark room illuminated only by the large bank of monitors in front of her, Amanda Waller.
On the monitors, Waller watches as Suicide Squad beta has failed and all members are killed one by one by the terrorist organization (which sets the stage for the Suicide Squad sequel) they are battling. Everyone is now dead on both sides. While the mission is a success because the opposition is dead, it’s now back to the drawing board.
A Beautiful Dream
The next day at Arkum Asylum. Harley launches her plan.
She asks that the Joker be brought in again for a therapy session. Once the Joker is wheeled in, she tells him everything. He grins, and the two embrace in the weirdest kiss in cinema history.
Various criminals sit in their cells… nothing out of the ordinary until all of the doors open one by one. The guards look at each other then all hell breaks loose.
A complete riot overtakes Arkum and soon the entirety of Arkum Asylum is in flames.
Dr. Quinzel and Joker break out in the confusion and they speed off (secretly) in a stolen car.
From the Ashes of Arkum Asylum
A police investigation into what caused this fire. There are casualties of inmates and guards among the burnt out building.
Gordon in the shadows chats with Batman…
Gordon removes a sheet revealing the two bodies believed to be Joker and Dr. Quinzel. Batman examines the charred remains, the large skeleton (Joker) is stabbing the small skeleton (Dr. Quinzel) in the heart.  Batman knows that something isn’t right and he’s going to figure out whats going on here.
From Ace Chemical plant with Love
Joker speaks with Dr. Quinzel about their life together. Harley makes the decision to jump into the chemicals to change for the Joker.
Harley falls out of the vat. On all fours she’s puking up the chemicals in her lungs as she gasps for air. Joker slowly rides down the elevator down to meet her. “Have a nice trip?”, The Joker quips.
She looks up at him, as she’s now Harley Quinn.
Harley’s Apartment
Joker and Harley enter. Joker is annoyed they had to make a stop here before going to Thunder Corp.

Joker goes into the kitchen to grab a drink/food while Harley digs up her secret box. She pulls it out from underneath the rug, to find a wilted rose. This is the rose Joker gave her when they first met (shown in quick flashback). She looks up to be greeted by Batman.

Joker here’s whats happening in the next room and has to decide. Harley or himself. He choices himself.

Batman KICKS open the kitchen door to find the gas from the stove on HIGH and an aerosol can in the microwave. Batman grabs Harley, runs the length of the apartment, and dives out the window just as it explodes. The blast rocks the entire apartment.

A Beautiful Dream
Harley Quinn is now marched into Belle Reve prison.
We, the audience, are now introduced to the other (soon to be members) of Suicide Squad.
El Diablo –
Deadshot –
Captain Boomerang –
Slipknot –
Killer Croc –
No Enchantress. Why? I think the character was boring and she really doesn’t fit into the current iterations of Suicide Squad as shes overpowered and there’s really no clear opposition for her. In the real Suicide Squad movie, she could have teleported to Wallers office and gotten her heart back with little to no effort. In fact the first version of this story involved the Joker going to Blood Castle to resurrect the Enchantress in order to grant him powers. But I think this version works better. Anyways…
Col Rick Flag – (yes I know I messed up and called him Rick Blade at first during the podcast)
Katana –
Meanwhile….
Thunder Corp
Apple meets Google HQ in the DC Universe. A bustling campus with the absolute cutting edge technology.
A tour guide takes a small group into the lobby. Rather than a typical break in lets do something different. Something fun. Something Joker like.
Outside. A crazy man stares in the large glass window into the lobby.
The guards inside panic and realize they have to take out this loon before anyone sees him. The one guy calls for backup and together they proceed outside to take out his hopped up loon, who is still just staring into the window not moving an inch. The guards approach him just a huge truck SLAMS through the from of the building. People start to panic and flee to the exits.
Phase 2 starts. The guards are taken out.
The Joker and his Freak Show (name for his new group) descend further into the building as the leave the lobby a mess of broken glass and bodies.
The Joker is back and everybody knows it.
Suicide Squad – Take 2
Amanda Waller marches down a long hallway. A hint smile of victory as she knows shes right and has the perfect pitch to fix this situation.
Waller sits in front a board of various heads of State. Waller pitches the idea to form a new Squad of villains. If they succeed, great. If they fail, it’s just a bunch of villains no one will miss. No real harm happens if they die. Why risk good people when we can sacrifice bad people? Its a win win Waller assures the room, if they succeed the threat is stopped. If they fail, well it’s only a bunch of criminals anyway.
Waller knows at the end… the council has no choice. The other alternative would be to send in the police or other super heroes.
The Pitch
The plan, Waller explains, is to find the Joker and bring him back dead or alive.
Dead, got it, says Dead Shot.
Harley says, “You’re not kidding.”
So now we know why each certain character is being brought in. It’s not a random assortment of characters. There’s a reason for it as the Suicide Squad changes on each mission.
This mission requires stealth which every member has. While sending Harley into do battle against Joker maybe a mistake as she could get took angry, she does know him better than anyone on the planet.
We (the audience) know that the SS are going to go on this mission. We’ve seen the trailer, hell that’s the whole reason we came to see the movie, right? So we don’t need any sort of conflict from the characters deciding if they’re going or not.
MONTAGE – Team getting ready to lock and load putting together all of their weapons, picking out their outfits from a collection of. They also insert the bombs into each member.
Setup: Think they’ll be allowed to pick out weapons and outfits but instead they’re given what they’ll need.
Deadshot: “Why can’t we pick out what we need?”
Waller: ” If I leave it to, you’ll pick out the biggest explosives.”
Harley’s about to speak. Stops. Thinks. And sheepishly says, “Yea you’re right.”
They get to the make shift run way. The state of the art stealth plane awaits…
In a homage or nod to Escape from New York. Deadshot releases the safety off of his gun and fires at Waller and his guards. Nothing happens. Blanks. Deadshot laughs it off as he was, ‘just playing’. The guards stare daggers into him as he disappears in the armored plane.
Waller and the Guards watch as the plane takes off into the night.
Waller to the guard, “Do you think they’ll make it?”
The guard pauses: No.
Waller laughs.
Waller sits in front of the same bank of monitors as before. The next show is about to begin.
On the plane.
It’s a windy night but quiet in Metropolis. Too quiet really. No rain to mask their arrival. Nothing.
The SS yet again have the deck stacked against them.
Killer Croc leaps from the plane and hits the water. He swims deeper and deeper under the water until he gets to a security grate. He breaks it off and continues into Thunder Corp. He stops. There is a huge turbine in front of him. Croc has to think of another way in…
“Okay it’s time to jump.”
The SS parachute leap from the plane and glide down to the rooftop of the building.
Down at the ground the police have surrounded the building BUT Joker’s followers made up of ordinary citizens have started to surround the police. Everything is starting to become harder to control.
Joker associate comes to the main doors of the building. A gaze that pieces your soul.
The police veteran doesn’t want to show any sign of weakness stares back at him.
He looks like a Ghoul come to life. He tells the police to back off or they will start executing the hostages inside. The Ghouls produces an eyeball as proof.
No Laughing Matter
The Squad get into the building via the rooftop with the plan being to working their way to the penthouse suit of Thundercorp’s CEO, Lucius D. Tommytown.
The get into the penthouse no noticed taking out a few thugs along the way.
In the main office, they carefully enter with weapons drawn. Someone is sitting in the big chair.
“Hey we’re the good, er, guys here to save you” says Deadshot. No response.
They spin the chair around, and the person is dead painted like the Joker with a tape recorder around his neck that says, ‘Play Me’.
“Should we press it?”
As they guys argue, Harley presses the button. The Joker’s voice comes on welcoming the Squad. How’d he know they were coming?
Goodbye stealth mission.
He offers them a deal. He’ll help them if they’ll help him and to show he’s a good sport. BAM! A special EMP blast. All of the bombs in their neck are off.
Captain and Katana look nervous because they’re at a disadvantage.
SS are conflicted. What will each of them do?
Run and continue being a criminal OR will they stay and fight to receive their reward at the end? Deadshot tells Flag, they’ll stay and Harley wanted to stay regardless to get revenge against the Joker.
Col Flag tells to everyone (including Waller that the new plan is to flush the Joker down and right out the front door if they don’t find him sweeping through the rest of the building. Croc enters and says, there’s no sign of Joker anywhere below as he just came up that way and there’s no activity whats so ever.
Harley then goes over the backcase to reveal a secret elevator. She explains on the way down how she knew (Mercy told her) BUT what she doesn’t know is where this elevator leads.
The Abyss
The elevator goes down forever. The door chimes, and the doors open.
A virtual concrete (and lead) labyrinth. The reason Superman could never see it was because of the lead over the walls that mimiced nothing out of the ordinary.
The Squad goes further and discovers what this underground bunker really is. A collection of super powers from various villains and superheros. A collection of the DC Universe’s best weaponry and equipment.
As they progress they battle Jokers henchmen made up from villians thought to have died in the fire at Arkum like Bad Cop, a new version of Bain (made from the Toxin formula stolen from the real Bain), a healer using a makeshift Lazarus pit, Superman’s blood, and the tech of various villians and heroes.

Twlight of the Gods

A diminished Squad consisting of Harley, Deadshot, Flag, and Katana enter the end of the bunker. This also houses the weapon Joker is really after.
Joker gets into Mech Suit… the top secret invention of Thunder Corporation.
Hes now never been closer ot being a God. The suit has a downside thog… it turns it’s operator insane (which explains why Luthor acted the way he did in Batman vs Superman) and its going to turn the Joker whose already crazy & mentally unbalanced to a literal time bomb. The longer the fight goes the stronger but weaker Joker gets.
Joker breaks out of the bunker, and now his followers see he has become a God, and they start to attack everyone and everything like a hoarde of zombies.
Joker flies into the air, firing bombs from the suit in a similar fashion to Iron Man.
The Government gives the okay… launch a missle and destroy the city.
Just as the Joker looks invincible, and the Squad seems helpless.
It’s the return of… Superman.
Joker and Superman fight throughout the city and even into outer space.
Finally Superman slices through the suit, and Joker plummets back down to Earth.
Joker lay dying, and Harley stands over him. He begs for her forgiveness and tells her he’s always loved her. He tried to get them to join him but they’re too stupid to realize what hes fighting for.
Joker dies.
A dead man switch activates causing a bomb to explode, leveling the whole building.
The Suicide Squad, this version of the Suicide Squad, for all intents and purposes is dead. The troops were not killed in this bomb blast but rather will be labeled decease one by one later on in various made up incidents to cover up their involvement.
The only surviving members, Deadshot and Harley are taken back into custody.
Col Flag and Katana are listed as leading a team of spec forces into the building and successfully killed the Joker. The blast was explained as damage from a bomb triggered as a last ditch effort by the Joker. Everything is now contained… until that is the screen goes black. Steppenwolf has arrived. A new battle is beginning… the cycle starts all over again.
In a small non descript cell, Harley lays down in her bed. Facing the door. As Harley opens the package, she finds a new rose, and she swears her revenge on Batman. She’s locked up and her love is dead. A tear rolls down her cheeck… She looks into the sky as if for a sign to find there’s nothing there.
FADE OUT
So what have we done?
Well we’ve set up the Justice League movie better. SteppenWolf would come to Earth to battle a very weakened Justice League.
We would also set up a stand alone Harley movie, and a stand alone Deadset movie.
The Harley movie would focus on her revenge against Batman, think Oldboy meets Kill Bill or Sympanthy for Lady Vengeance, while the Deadshot movie would revolve around a new host of enemies/missions.
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Episode 172 – Gary King (Creating strong Female Protagonists & Making Among Us)

Gary King is a writer and director. His latest film, Among Us, is out on August 8th, 2017 through iTunes and Amazon.

 

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Blockbuster video – was an American-based provider of home movie and video game rental services through video rental shops, DVD-by-mail, streaming, video on demand, and cinema theater.

— Brian DePalma – is an American film director and screenwriter. He is considered part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. In a career spanning over 50 years, he is best known for his suspense, psychological thriller, and crime films. He directed successful and popular films such as the supernatural horror Carrie, the erotic crime thriller Dressed to Kill, the thriller Blow Out, the crime dramas ScarfaceThe Untouchables, and Carlito’s Way, and the action spy film Mission: Impossible.

Sisters  – Jennifer Salt is a reporter with more moxie than tact or skill who sees the killing from her apartment window across the way. When the police fail to turn up any evidence of the crime, Salt investigates with a private eye,  uncovering the secret story of a pair of Siamese twins and a weaselly, stalker doctor. It’s a mystery simmering in a stew of voyeurism, guilt, sex, and obsession.

— Kevin Smith – is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, public speaker, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy film Clerks (1994), which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and acted in as the character Silent Bob of stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob. Jay and Silent Bob have appeared in Smith’s follow-up films MallratsChasing AmyDogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which were set primarily in his home state of New Jersey.

Tusk – A chilling horror tale about the perils of storytelling, Tusk follows a brash American podcaster as he braves the Canadian wilds to interview an old man with an incredible past–only to discover the man’s dark secret involves a walrus.

Conception of Tusk – The idea for the film came during the recording of SModcast 259 The Walrus and The Carpenter. In the episode, Smith with his longtime friend and producer Scott Mosier discussed an article featuring a Gumtree ad where a homeowner was offering a living situation free of charge, if the lodger agrees to dress as a walrus. The discussion went on from there, resulting in almost an hour of the episode being spent on reconstructing and telling a hypothetical story based on the ad. Smith then told his Twitter followers to tweet “#WalrusYes” if they wanted to see their hypothetical turned into a film, or “#WalrusNo” if they did not. A vast majority of Smith’s following agreed that the film should be made.[9] The post on Gumtree was in fact a prank post by noted Brighton poet and prankster Chris Parkinson, who upon hearing of the planned film said he was a big fan of Smith and that he would love to be involved. Smith eventually hired Parkinson as an associate producer in November.

Smith wrote the 80-page screenplay while waiting for Bob Weinstein’s approval of his Clerks III submission package. It was originally titled The Walrus & the Carpenter, but he changed it into a single-word title, saying he “knew what a movie about a walrus had to be called.” The film is set in Bifrost, Manitoba. The movie was originally going to be produced by Blumhouse, but due to Smith’s expedited timeline for filming the two amicably parted ways.Tusk was eventually financed by Demarest Films. Smith had planned on premiering the film at Sundance 2014, but this was later changed to allow more time for the score to be completed.

Smith was excited about making Tusk, saying “I wanted to right what I felt was the only wrong of Red State by scripting something with no religious or sexual politics that could grow up to be a weird little movie and not an indie film call-to-arms or a frustrated self-distribution manifesto. I just wanted to showcase Michael Parks in a fucked up story, where he could recite some Lewis Carroll and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” to some poor motherfucker sewn into a realistic walrus costume.” Unlike Smith’s previous film Red StateTusk had a conventional theater release, with distribution handled by A24.

— Tim Ferriss – is an American author, entrepreneur, self-proclaimed “human guinea pig”, and public speaker. He has written a number of self-help books on the “4-hour” theme, some of which have appeared on the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, starting with The 4-Hour Workweek.

Tools of Titans –  tactics and routines from some of the most popular guests on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast.

Eyes Wide Shut – is a 1999 erotic drama film directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926 novella Traumnovelle(Dream Story), the story is transferred from early 20th century Vienna to 1990s New York City. The film follows the sexually-charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated having an affair a year earlier. He embarks on a night-long adventure, during which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an unnamed secret society.

The Grey – is a 2011 British-American survival thriller film co-written, produced and directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson. The story follows a number of oil-men stranded in Alaska after a plane crash, who are forced to survive using little more than their wits, as a pack of grey wolves stalk them amidst mercilessly cold weather.

Three Colors Blue – is a 1993 French drama film directed and co-written by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski. Blue is the first of three films that comprise the Three Colours trilogy, themed on the French Revolutionary ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity; it is followed by White and Red. According to Kieślowski, the subject of the film is liberty, specifically emotional liberty, rather than its social or political meaning.

Set in Paris, the film is about a woman whose husband and child are killed in a car accident. Suddenly set free from her familial bonds, she attempts to cut herself off from everything and live in isolation from her former ties, but finds that she can’t free herself from human connections.[3]

Insidious –  is a 2010 American-Canadian supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell, and starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. It is the first (chronologically, the third) installment in the Insidious franchise. The story centers on a couple whose son inexplicably enters a comatose state and becomes a vessel for ghosts in an astral dimension who want to inhabit his body, in order to live once again.

Descent –  American thriller film directed by Talia Lugacy and produced by and starring Rosario Dawson.

Rust and Bone –  is a 2012 French–Belgian romantic drama film directed by Jacques Audiard, starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts, based on Craig Davidson’s short story collection of the same name. It tells the story of an unemployed 25-year-old man who falls in love with a woman who trains killer whales.

— Steven Soderbrough –  is an American film producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. His indie drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and became a worldwide commercial success, making the then-26-year-old Soderbergh the youngest director to win the festival’s top award. Film critic Roger Ebert dubbed Soderbergh the “poster boy of the Sundance generation”.

— Richard Linklater – is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. Linklater is mostly known for his realistic and natural humanist films which mainly revolve around suburban culture and the effects of the passage of time.

Everybody Wants Some – is a 2016 American comedy film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, about college baseball players in Texas in 1980.

The World’s End – is a 2013 British-American comic science fiction film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike. The film follows a group of friends who discover an alien invasion during an epic pub crawlin their home town.

— Among Us (8/8/17)

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Episode 171 – Danny Mac (Unprofessional Wrestling – Making Heel Kick)

 

 

Danny Mac is a Canadian filmmaker & actor. His latest film, Heel Kick is in select screenings and festivals Summer 2017.

Heel Kick: A “documentary” that chronicles the journey of two wannabe pro-wrestlers, Reggie (Danny Mac) and Maurice (Chris Wilcox). Despite lacking any trace of athleticism, intelligence or drive, these backyard wrestlers are certain they’ll become the next big thing in the business – no matter how many years they waste boozing or mooching off their parents.

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This Is Spinal Tap –  is a 1984 American rock music mockumentary comedy film directed, co-written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, and co-starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.

— Backyard Wrestling – is a controversial, underground hobby and sport involving predominantly 11–30-year-old males in usually untrained practices of professional-style wrestling, typically in a low budget environment.

— ECCW – Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling. The Pacific Northwest’s premiere indie wrestling federation.

 

 

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Episode 170 – Sal Conca (Online Marketing & Making Seymour the Unfortunate Vampire)

Sal Conca is a digital marketer, entrepreneur, podcast producer for the Imperfect Podcast, and filmmaker with Heckler Kane.

His latest project, Seymour the Unfortunate Vampire, is crowdfunding now on Seed & Spark from July 17th to August 17th, 2017.

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  • EO Fire by John Lee Dumas – EntrepreneurOnFire is an award winning Podcast where John Lee Dumas chats with today’s most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week

 

  • Once Bitten – Jim Carrey plays a hot-blooded teen who becomes the reluctant donor to a sultry and extremely thirsty nocturnal nymph (Lauren Hutton) in this funny’sexy (Boxoffice) send-up of the horror genre! Mark (Carrey) has just one thing on his mind: going all the way. But while his girlfriend keeps telling him he has to wait, he meets a beautiful vampire countess (Hutton) who’s ready for action! Mark’s just happy to get past second base but after a one-night stand with the sexy seductress, Mark starts behaving more than a little batty and realizes he must find a way to break his lover’s fiendish spell…or be prepared to work the graveyard shift forever!

 

  • What We Do In the Shadows – chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their daily-make that nightly-routine. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.

 

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