It's funny, how much I missed making films. It's almost the only thing I've done since 1963. I started working as an editor in Honolulu in 1973. Its hard to stop something you've done during most of your life. I was very lucky - First Film Internship at 17 at a Honolulu doc and commercial production house (gofer, film developer, audio editor), First professional job at 19 in Tokyo, Japan (asst camera). Worked as a commercial editor, neg cutter, grip, sound recordist, etc at 20 (300 commercials), then First 35mm feature film filmmaking at 22, trailer editor at 23 (at Dimension pictures), at Feature Film deal at 26, First shot and completed 35mm feature at 27, first theatrical release at 28...and onward. So it's all I've ever done, all I ever dreamed of. Even the dementia can't diminish my dream to make more! Dementia, MS can not compete with dreams. Well, it can cross the wiring but not kill the drive..I hope! - ALBERT.
Here is the definition of what is affecting me. I have been fighting it to with my drive to make movies but yesterday it was clear to me I have degraded to far, and I could not overcome the disease. My dementia had progressed to the point I have lost to much brain, to much of me. The definition:
Cerebral atrophy is a common feature of many of the diseases that affect the brain. Atrophy of any tissue means loss of cells. In brain tissue, atrophy describes a loss of neurons and the connections between them. Atrophy can be generalized, which means that all of the brain has shrunk; or it can be focal, affecting only a limited area of the brain and resulting in a decrease of the functions that area of the brain controls. If the cerebral hemispheres (the two lobes of the brain that form the cerebrum) are affected, conscious thought and voluntary processes may be impaired.
Even I cannot make any more films because the Dementia progressed quicker than I thought possible. I will always consider it my final creative effort as a filmmaker. I know all of you are disappointed, none more than I. I so wanted to bring the talented cast and crew to the world's attention. They made my last days as a filmmaker so satisfying and a joy. But they diseased has truly dimmed my brain to the point I can no longer fight it. It's robbed me of everything. My ability to think and even walk.
With some of the comments the past several weeks where a few have taken the position the titles of my new film, namely they have appear an attempt to coast on abigger studio film's marketing and publicity. To this I say, well, I'm an exploitation filmmaker. I have always been that. I grew up on the great exploitation films of the 50's, 60's and 70's. And because you make an exploitation film, that doesn't mean you can't try for something creative that will find acceptance in a wider public. Good exploitation to me was a film that got made because of a studio (or independent hit) and yet succeeds in becoming a unique film all its own. So I grew up on Roger Corman, AIP, Run Run Shaw and the many Drive In movie producers. The movies were cheap rip offs of bigger studio films but they had a reckless, fearless creativity to them. Yes, everyone knew they were piggybacking on the marketing and promotion of bigger studio films, but many of the actual films were liberated in the making of the films and it produced a lot of creativity, even in the bad films. Without the "exploitation" of a bigger film's marketing and promotion, these films would have never been made. That's really wha my first film was, The Sword and the Sorcerer was pure exploitation. It worked because I wanted make memorable exploitation. I'm proud of being an exploitation filmmaker. It's given me a career and within it's narrow perimeters, a chance to try different ideas. There was a saying we use to quote early in our careers, "If its not trailer material, don't shoot it". I can't remember who said it, but it certainly influenced my first two films. So, to all my nay sayers and critical friends, tough. I embrace being a exploitation filmmaker. And yes, Interstellar War will be a pure exploitation film. We don't have "stars" to sell it to the public, but we can design the presentation of my film to exploit whatever is working in the public. The film itself will be inventive, creative and as well done as we can make it. Unlike the SyFy movies or the "mock blockbuster films by a company called Asylum, we respect our audience. We may not succeed at all aspects of what we are trying to make, and the budget may show from time to time, but we are trying to DELIVER THE MOST CREATIVE MOVIE we can. So there... - ALBERT
Another screen grab from a scene with Kelsey Carlisle as Lord General Kazan. These are still very early test comps and have no refinements yet, or color correction. Background sets are temp. But we are getting close. Kelsey is the perfect actress for how I want to shoot this. A big part of the film is the stylized look. Like with Sergio Leone's Once upon A Time in the West. Memorable faces, expressive eyes. Kelsey Carlisle is perfect for how I imagine the film looking. She's beautiful but in a unique way that captures not only the character but the film's visual style as well. Takes a great make up artist like Jacki Heston to make it all work at the film's 4K resolution.— with Cynthia Curnan, Kelsey Carlisle, Brad Thornton and Jacki Heston.
Here's a few shots of Fulvia Santoni in her first costume fitting session in mock up of costume design by Lenka Fucikova. very talented and creative design by Lenka Fucikova who will emerge as a noted designer after this film comes out. And Fulvia is such a striking assassin warrior. One of the most formidable warriors in Star Warfare Rangers and the Cyborg Witch of Endor - ALBERT
The Visual Effects have begun! Here are two screen grabs of the 3D modeling for STAR WARFARE RANGERS and the CYBORG WITCH of ENDOR. So its all progressing. - Albert.
The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival of Belfast UK is honoring me with their first Inspiration Award. I shot a video acceptance since I can't attend. Here's pictures of the award. So kind of them to recognize me in this way. It's very surprising that I might have inspired other filmmakers. Humbling, I must say! - Albert.
Here's a raw screengrab from the pick shot did for THE INTERROGATION OF CHERYL COOPER. Starring Tommie Vegas, Shane Ryan and Brittany Bochart. The shot explores Cheryl's inner mind as she is under interrogation, the shot reveals her mind splitting off into her murderous, sociopaths id. Tommie next appears in Galactic Knights and the Cyborg Witch of Endor. Beside having an incredibly beautiful exotic face, she's a very talented actress. She would have to be to shoot 50 pages of dialogue in one shot on Interrogation with only a blocking rehearsal before. - Albert.
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