Finished the upscaling from 2:35 to 2:39 DCP widescreen. The DCP work begins Monday in Los Angeles. Here some screen grabs of how the film looks in it's final theatrical look. - Albert.
One odd thing about DCP masters for the theater, is their aspect ratios (image format). Our film and, I would think most widescreen films uses a 2:35 format. But DCP's are restricted to either a 1:85 screen aspect or a 2:39. I'm selecting the 2:39 aspect ratio. (see below with the green blue line shows the Road To Hell's original 16X9 Letterboxed image format. The image below is the Road To Hell picture re-formatted to fit the DCP's 2k 2:39 screen aspect ratio. - Albert.
While we are busy prepping for the upcoming THE KICKBOXER: City of Blood shoot in China, we've also been improving ROAD TO HELL with a better cut and soundtrack before sending it off to have a DCP made for it's theatrical release. A DCP is the modern equivalent of a print of film. Only better because its identical to the original master of the film, won't scratch or degrade and enabled for 7.1 soundtrack. I've made a number of theater contacts the past few months which will enable a select theatrical release. Now is the time to release with the European Film Market on the horizon. Stay tuned for updates to see which theater the film will be playing in the next few weeks. We have a lot of support from the large chains such as AMC, Brenden and Galaxy but also smaller specialty theaters like Alamo Drafthouse and Laemmle. Updated trailer and poster coming next week. This weekend we are trying to decide if we'll add a trailer to the head of the film. Maybe THE INTERROGATION OF CHERYL COOPER, maybe CYBORG NEMESIS? Or maybe??? - Albert
We're aiming to start the ROAD TO HELL theatrical screenings. Aiming for January 28. It depends on my health and energy this week. Details to come. First screening is here in Las Vegas. Amazingly we did yet ANOTHER 7.1 sound mix last week. Sweetening and adding a even more rock n roll feel. - Albert.
It would appear that my director's cut for The Kingdom of Metal had a fun midnight screening in Columbus, Ohio! Wish I could've attended. - Albert.
I'm really hoping 2015 is the year I get back to making my movies...my way. 2014 was a watershed year for me as I had just lost my two girlies Chiba and Nobu in the winter of 2013 and had welcomed three new fur babies into the family (BuBear, Chibu and Tess). 2014 had the challenge of my illness which I struggled with throughout the year. But I proved to myself I could still make movies by making one of my best (The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper) and finished the evolution of my most memorable film, Road To Hell. We bought a house suited to my condition and last February 5th, I married the great love of my life, Cynthia. Through all the testing and treatments, Cynthia has been at my side to give me strength. Yes, my seizures terrified us both and some of the dead ends medically were disheartening. But we came through the year with a better understanding of how to control my illness and how to minimizes it's affect on our lives. I met new producers and partners in filmmaking, Henry Luk of Ace Studios in China and renewed ties with a dear friend, Mike Leeder. Both will help me to my best film ever next month with some of my favorite actors (Sasha Mitchell, Clare Kramer, Dennis Chan and more). While I still grieve for the loss of Chiba and Nobu every day, my three new fur children have given me the love and devotion I need to muster my strength. My illness has given me a chance to take care of myself. Losing Chiba and Nobu told me how fragile our lives are. There's still much film work to be done, but I'm optimistic that 2015 will be a wonderful period of my life. I am continuing to work with collaborators from past films such as Dru-Anne Perry, and Rozanne Zingale. I am thankful to have reconnected with my school friends from Hawaii, Peggy Maltby, Debbie McCann, Belinda De La Vegas, Gary Morihara and more. I have been lucky to work with the very talented Glenn Cochrane this past year. I'm thrilled that I've been able to get closer my cousins, Glenn and Carl Carlson and their families. I am grateful my parents still have good health in Hawaii. I'm thankful to have have the support from fans throughout the world. You brighten each of my days and I think of you sitting beside me as I make decisions and choices. I have a great filmmaking team around me with Tony Riparetti, Michael Su, Kipp Downing and Chris Curnan. They fill in the gaps where I falter. They are not only gifted artists but fine people as well. So I am abundantly blessed and I have above all, my wife, Cynthia. . I hope you will all join me on my Chinese adventure to make The Kickboxer: City of Blood. I hope it pleases everyone here!Before leaving for China, I am trying to book screenings for Road To Hell in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I hope some of you can attend! As my friend Norbert always says "Onward!' - Albert.
Happy New Year everyone! I know I'm 14 days late but it's been ridiculously busy getting The Kickboxer: City of Blood ready. Lots of details and its been a nightmare scheduling it all. Because we could not getting schedules in sync to start shooting in January so we could be finished by the Chinese New Year holiday period, we've moved the start date after the New Year holiday in China. So we will begin shooting February 26th. Thanks to the two producers I'm working with, Jenry Luk of Ace Studios and Mike Leeder, they have made this all possible. They are probably the best producers I've worked with in 30 years. Mike has connected with an Indonesian actress named Julie Estelle and her manager to come aboard to play "Tun" the secret police agent who wants to capture and kill Jenny (Clare Kramer). Julie adds a lot to the film as Julie was "Hammergirl" in RAID 2. Ferocious. Dennis Chan is confirmed as well to join Sasha Mitchell and Clare Kramer. More news to follow as we begin lock cast in place. I've been trying new therapies and treatments to build up my stamina and mental clarity - Albert.
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