I have an EEG test this morning. I think they use electrodes attached to my head. I did a few scenes like this in my movies. Will they discover I'm a cyborg?? Hmmm...
Some pics by Cynthia of my EEF testing yesterday. These of getting the electrodes on. In the dark, they flashed a powerful light strobe in my eyes trying to reveal my cyborg brain. I resisted and fought my way to safety. Both Techs morphed into vicious Fender creatures I had to fight off in a battle belonging in Nemesis. - Albert.
Created a screener for ROAD TO HELL using a format known as DCP (Digital Cinema Package) which is widely used by the studios to send their films to theaters. A DCP is a bunch of digital files with information that a theater's server can read and playback as a feature film! It is one more of the amazing advances that feature films are going through. It's beyond Blu-ray and HDCAM SR playback, its now all DCP! I made my first self created one as you can see using free software called OpenDCP that was created by some genius and kind hearted man named Terrence Meiczinger, who I guess is a Boston based developer. All I can say to Terrence is thank you. I'll be testing this DCP at the AMC theater in Town Square and the Brenden Theater in the Palms here in Las Vegas. I hope it works. if it does, I will screen ROAD TO HELL next week! - Albert.
Albert Pyun yesterday completed 61 years of life. To celebrate, we, the crazy Radioactive Dreams , decided to prepare lists with our 15 favorite films of the director. Lists have short lifetimes and are generally frivolous, but they are always fun to do and from time to time may be useful. In this case, beginners interested in career Pyun already have a nice selection to start ... If you are someone who still has the "audacity" to be interested in the work of man. Anyway, below is our Honorable choices: Click here to read full article.
Shane Ryan and Tommie Vegas have completed their ADR for THE INTERROGATION OF CHERYL COOPER. So now the final dialogue editing is happening along with final sound editing. The final mix should start next week and then final picture grading. Then we'll screen! Its exciting to see a film come together like this even after 50 films and 30 years. It never gets old. The film features outstanding performances, great cinematography, sound design and a very devious and clever screenplay. Everyone is in top form. Its likely at the top of my 51 films and 30 years of filmmaking. I'm very proud of the film and can't wait for it to begin its festival screenings this fall. - Albert.
Since ROAD TO HELL has already secured distribution, I get asked all the time, why don't I just surrender the film to the distributor and allow the film to go out in all the home video channels. I haven't because I believe in the film and believe in the big screen experience is the best way of seeing the movie. I realize that I can't reach as many viewers this way but I have been given the luxury of pursuing my dream so I'm taking it. For many years (decades) I was content to finish a film and turn it over to the studios for distribution and then forget about the film and move on to the next. It was a big regret now that I look back. Yes its important to get your film out to the world, but only when you feel you've done as much as you can to make the film work. I'm lucky I reached the stage in my life where I can do this. But I've got enough experience to do it, hopefully, in a non-destructive way. I believe ROAD TO HELL is one of my best, if not my best film. So its a legacy work. It's not the biggest budget, it won't have the biggest success, but its a huge success in my heart and soul. It's certainly the most visually stunning film of my career, its got the best music and best performances thus far, from veterans like Michael Pare', Deborah Van Valkenburgh and Clare Kramer to newcomers, Joei Fulco, Roxy Gunn, Paige Billiot, Chris Reject and Anita Leeman. It's really my best work to date. Unless until THE INTERROGATION OF CHERYL COOPER gets finished this month! Shane Ryan and Tommie Vegas really knocked it out of the park and delivered extraordinary performances. Just wait until you see it! I do expect that the KICKBOXER 2 remake will benefit greatly from the path I've chosen. All my films hereafter will. Cyborg Nemesis already shows a difference in the way I make my films. If these were to be my last films ever, I have no regrets. - Albert.
Welcome back to a weekly installment on The Liberal Dead, IT CAME FROM 1980X. This column has been on hiatus because the world makes it impossible to enjoy creative endeavors without a certain ere of brilliant disastrous comedy. In short, having two kids, a day job, a wife and a mortgage means that every word you write must be matched with the equivalent inkwell of blood. I am absolutely ready to meet and greet you with open arms regarding the films of yesteryear from the late great nineteen-eighty-X. The X stands for anything I want, so let that be fair warning to you dearest reader. Today’s X is 1985, and the cinematic vision of the future post-nuke world is Radioactive Dreams. Click here to read full article.
Holy cow, just heard the first two minutes of the film's revised soundtrack by TONY RIPARETTI. It's amazing. Wow, its the greatest first two minutes of any film I've ever done. The type of opening that pins the audience back in their seats and makes them go "wow...what am I in for?" Both picture and sound are brand new as Tony and I really wanted to stun the audience right out of the gate. We did. The scene is of the arch angel Gabriel (JOEI FULCO) coming soaring over purgatory, tearing through the sound barrier as she does. With her is her "road crew" (JESSE FULCO). JOEI essentially explodes sonically into purgatory. I can't show you the opening yet but its all new and is as close to perfection as imagined as Tony Riparetti has done his greatest work. Its pure artistry and its breathtaking. Some stills of Joei Fulco in ROAD TO HELL as Gabriel. - Albert.
One of the best things about getting sick has been how it slowed me down and left me a lot of time to consider and to rethink ROAD TO HELL. I've always been one to try to keep evolving my films, but being ill forced me to focus on getting better and not my movies. For the first time in my life, I was not making or thinking about a movie I had made. I was forced to think about, well, me and my health and family. When I started feeling better I revisited the latest version of ROAD TO HELL (version November 2013). I was also deeply changed by the loss of Chiba and Nobu. I was a different person and my outlook on life had changed. So when I looked at ROAD TO HELL after so long away from it and now with different eyes and views, I really saw how to improve it so the movie would reflect who I was now and how I had changed. I traveled my own road to hell and, like Cody, came out on the other side a different person. I went back and re-read all the comments and critiques of previous versions and let them sink in. I had the benefit of 6 months of reflection and consideration. As I was going through all these opinions, my spirits were lifted. As a side note, my doctor at the time thought I showed enough depression tendecies to be suicide risk. I had to meet with a therapist for the first time in my life. But in that talk, I talked about filmmaking and what it meant to me. What I had sacrificed to do it. I realized as that talk went on, that ROAD TO HELL reflected my own life journey. That I had to bring more of that into the film as if it were a song or novel. Where a creator brings their own life journey into it. I had the luxury due to a very loving and supportive group of friends and family, of not having to need the movie to be a financial or critical success. I only needed the movie to do the one thing all the medicine and treatment in the world couldn't...heal my soul. So what people will see, first in Las Vegas and then in LA will be a film that is deeply personal and reflects my own journey. Yes, many of the characters and incidents are metaphors for what has happened in my life. But the more I work on ROAD TO HELL now, the more I see that. I hope audiences respond, but if they don't, well, its the movie I needed to make. I am spending more money on this last version and screening this version than I can ever make back, but in the end, its not about dollars and cents or success, its about healing for me. I do it also to honor those most important to me, my parents...and Chiba and Nobu. ROAD TO HELL goes along ways to healing my heart over their loss. And as these pics show, both were always ready to accompany me down the road, no matter where it took us. Chiba and Nobu knew, the destination didn't matter as long as the journey was with their Dad. I feel the same way about ROAD TO HELL. Its all about the journey...together. - Albert.
Albert, along with Dennis Chan & Mohammad Qissi, recorded an exclusive video for the Melbourne screening of KICKBOXER 2 & DOLLMAN. The audience embraced the films, loved the intro video and purchased a heap of signed posters!! It was a fantastic night had by all. Visit the VIDEOS section of this site to see the other exclusive Melbourne promos. - Glenn.
This booklet is from the 2013 88 FILMS Blu Ray release of DOLLMAN. Click the images to enlarge.
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