If you're unfamiliar with the Fallout universe, then let me educate you.
Fallout is a series of video games that take place in an alternate history time line. The Action RPG (Role Playing Game) created by Bethesda is a cult sensation.
The premise for all the games is along the lines of this. Nuclear Winter has swept the globe and most of the only survivors made it because they were in underground bunkers. Those on the surface have struggled and scavenged, become murderous raiders or even mutated into zombie looking creatures called ghouls. Mutated creatures and monsters lurk around every turn, and you have to rely on skills and fighting abilities to make it.
Needless to say, with my passion for dystopian and alternate history stories; I have been a fan of the Fallout saga since Day 1.
When a great friend of mine, Comic book writer/artist Shane Ronzio told me his brothers production studio was making a Fallout Fan film, I jumped at the chance for an Interview! As happenstance would have it, Shane and I were both at Steel City Comicon a few weeks back and his brother showed up. In COSTUME! SO AWESOME!
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Shawn Ronzio and I hit it off! Such a great dude, and his passion for Movie Making and Fallout may actually be the only competition I have for Dystopian Zealot of the Year.
IMP- What inspired you to make a Fallout universe fan film?
A&O- Well, Long ago in a place called the 80's, Before our minds were saturated with mass media. I spent a lot of time with our VCR watching movies like Damnation Alley, Mad Max, Space Hunter, Escape from NY, Night of the Comet, Battletruck, Hardware, Warrior of the lost to name a few. The wheels of the post apocalypse were always spinning in my mind. in 1997, I got my first taste of fallout on PC and it started there, burning in the back of my skull, keeping me up at night, imagining about survival in that place of suffering and loss.
The movie has been brewing in my mind for quite some time, The world of Fallout was reborn into my life through my children, I had left home to go to LA to work in the special fx film industry in 2000. as my kids grew, My Daughter Zoe was the one to bring Fallout back into my life with Fallout3. We would spend hours role playing inside the wasteland, creating our own stories and having adventures. Then, we caught word of New Vegas was soon to break loose, and That is where this all started. I sculpted the Ranger mask well before the game came out from screen shots and concept art.
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IMP- How long did it take to make the movie?
A&O- It took one day to shoot, about a month to edit. 4.5 months to create all of our weapons, costumes, Bloat fly and sculpt and mold the Protectron.
I teach a class at the Savini School of Special Makeup Effects at DEC in Monessen PA, day one of class, on a whim, I walk in and say, you guys like fallout?? And just like that, My students lit up like a nuclear explosion and we worked like crazy people to create the opportunity to tell a short story in that place we only get to visit in our imagination, video games, and movies.
So It took about 15 weeks of build and prep for a one day shoot, the process of writing a gigantic story and breaking it down into a little chip of a tale to shoot for a one day project with my class.
IMP- What are some of the challenges of making an Indie Fan Film?
A&O- Well, the biggest challenge is the team, there are so many aspects to creating a film that require the right minds and energy, you have to really have to give it the best you got and nothing short there of when you make something like this. Location is huge, you have to have the locations and imagery that coincide with the story, costumes and acting has to be spot on or the translation will not work, and to get everything and everyone on the same page is an entire dance of nimble feet that is not easy to learn or perform. Time spent in the film industry really helped me prepare for such a thing, because if you want the world to see what is in your head and put it to moving pictures, you have to wear many hats. You must do everything to lead the crew to victory, and you must stay awake longer and finish what others can not, make phone calls, have meetings, sculpt. I could go on and on, the mind is never silent and you must also listen to everyone and their advice and concerns too, you must bend in the wind and not stay rigid or the whole synergy could break and derail the momentum of the project.
IMP- Do you have other projects already made/in the works?
A&O- I always have something brewing in the back of my brain, We are always up to something creative at Standard Art Works, plotting the next project or story. We have a massive Fallout story we would like to continue, but we need to see there are people who want to see it. We always have projects in the shop, that is what we do, I have been building things for over 30 years.
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IMP- What are some of the difficulties in adding special effects/cgi?
A&O- Well, The biggest difficulty with CG is having the right person to assist with the knowledge of adding CG and when to add it, We were blessed to have Dorian Cleavenger, who is a world reknown artist and is a visionary himself, cover our sound enginerring and CG elements. In his hands, you can always expect to be blown away and he delieverd. He got together with me and we decided on a few green screen pick up shots to pull elements of the film together that we missed during the shoot. Very blessed to work with that type of mind when creating art work, So happy he just stepped up and loved what we shot and then wanted to add some pivotal visuals to make it a better film, we worked very close together to get things tight, he is an amazing artist.
IMP- Will we get to see some power armor in the next films?
A&O- I would love to include power armor and we have some great stuff story wise to tell yet, we have one hell of a story, we would like to make the prequel to Angels and Outlaws and then the sequel. there is a lot of ground to cover and a lot to break down into story boards and location shot lists, a whole lot of work is ahead of us, and a lot of budgeting to come in the future, takes a long time to make things right and to get the support needed to do more.
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IMP-How long have you been making movies?
A&O- My Brothers, Shane and Terry and I have been making movies since the early 80's when we were kids, I went on to earn my degree in Industrial Design and then went on to Hollywood to work and have been working in film now professionally for almost 20 years. I had the opportunity to work with Oscar and Emmy award winning FX teams and work in and behind the scenes to block buster motion pictures, it changes how you see the world, I have never been the same since returning back to the east coast and instead of seeing wreck and ruin, all I see is Opportunity.
IMP- Need any actors? (I perform for beer...LOL.)
A&O- Things go right, and we get to finish this story, we will need a LOT of actors, a literal TON of talent! The best is yet to come with this tale from the world of Raiders, Robots and Radiation!! Working for beer, beer is always good, lol. especially after the shoot, for safety ;)
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REAL BULLET PROOF CAPTAIN AMERICA SHIELD vs. LIVE AMMO! | (SUPER SlowMo) Can you protect yourself?
The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil-operated pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1986. It was first used in later stages of the Philippine–American War, and was widely used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
The pistol's formal designation as of 1940 was Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 for the original model of 1911 or Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911A1 for the M1911A1, adopted in 1924. The designation changed to Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic, M1911A1 in the Vietnam era.
In total, the U.S. procured around 2.7 million M1911 and M1911A1 pistols in military contracts during its service life. The M1911 was replaced by the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol as the standard U.S. sidearm in October 1986, but due to its popularity among users, it has not been completely phased out. Modernized derivative variants of the M1911 are still in use by some units of the U.S. Army Special Forces, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
Designed by John Browning, the M1911 is the best-known of his designs to use the short recoil principle in its basic design. The pistol was widely copied, and this operating system rose to become the preeminent type of the 20th century and of nearly all modern centerfire pistols.
It is popular with civilian shooters in competitive events such as USPSA, IDPA, International Practical Shooting Confederation, and Bullseye shooting. Compact variants are popular civilian concealed carry weapons, because of the design's relatively slim width and the power of the .45 ACP cartridge.
So when you think "Airsoft" what is the first thing that comes to mind?
For many, it might be, "that's that wanna be paintball game, with BB's and the guys all dress up like 'Call of Duty' and run around the woods shooting each other like they're commandos and stuff..."
For me, and like minded individuals, we think AWESOME! We think Brotherhood! We think, a cost effective way to hone your training and stay frosty when it comes to all the weapons training we have. We also think FUN!
For me, I think; Stress relief. I think, good times and friends. I think, ... Airsoft @ The BATTLEGROUNDS PITTSBURGH!
I had the honor and privilege of being the General Manager of the Battlegrounds under Owner Matt Krupp. We had a blast, and at the same time; a TON OF WORK! I came in towards the tail end of initial construction of the original opening of the BG. Long hours, blood sweat and tears; we worked tirelessly to get that place going. After I left to start Irregular Mischief Publications, Matt and the crew kept on.
Initially starting with just one indoor field with an EPIC post apocalypse setting of an invaded town. Complete with a Junk yard, bank, row homes, grocery, pizza shop, carnival and with no less than 8 actual cars on the top field. Yes, that's right. I said "top field", the BG Pittsburgh, now has multiple fields, a full service armorer and top of the line Pro-shop!
The Battlegrounds Brigade has added 3 more fields to this Historic 3 story building. Now not only is there a dystopian invaded town on the third floor, but there is a Night Club/Casino on the second floor and a CQB (Close Quarters Battle) room called the 6-6 room. With no more than 6 on 6 players it is a field of pure intensity!
I headed down today and met players, staff and family. The consensus is that of AWE! Manager Jake, my successor and friend, says that with the new fields opening they have had to run anywhere from 3-4 groups of two teams in each group.
The owner Matt and I have a long running "grudge" match going when it comes to playing against each other. It's all in good fun. For having no military or law enforcement training, I have to say Matt is pretty good. He gets some good hits, and when in rare occasion we play on the same team; the other team almost always get's decimated.
So, taking pictures and talking to player he comes to me. "Get your butt up on the field, grab a mask and gun. I'm going up against you on the new field!" he says to me.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED OLD MAN!
Years of Military and Police training come back to me in an instant. Clearing my corners, working the angles and cover; I start to hunt. Matt has me at a distinct disadvantage as to I have never played the new field. Bar, kitchen, casino teller booths, a tricky and winding hallway are only some of the obstacles on the new field. The built in sound system is cranking out AWESOME house music, which only adds to the adrenaline level. The hunt was tit for tat. I'd get him, he'd get me. It was good to play again.
I have to say, the Battlegrounds Pittsburgh is a true ICON in the Airsoft community. I have seen tons and tons of arenas. Outdoors, Indoors...but never have I scene themed fields that were invaded towns, the inside of casinos and clubs. All of which are indoors. I can't wait to go back!
I'm not going to show you TOO much in this article. I'm saving that for when I go back to play this week! If you're an Airsofter, you have to go PLAY HERE!!!
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THIS STUNT WAS PERFORMED BY A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL! WITH DECADES UPON DECADES OF EXPERIENCE!!! DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF!!!
Now that being said, this video is pretty freaking cool!! Jerry Miculek is hands down one of the greatest shooters on the planet! Known for his lighting fast speed with a pistol and revolver, Jerry is also known for his witty and dry sense of humor.
Jerry tests the myth that you can "flip cock' a mares leg M1887 shotgun as seen in 'Terminator 2' & video games such as 'Call of Duty'- All in super slow mo & 4K resolution!
Please, for the love of God don NOT ATTEMPT THIS! Just watch Jerry do his thing, laugh at the jokes in the skit and enjoy the awesome SUPER SLOW MOTION FOOTAGE!!!!!
If you are interested in learning more about firearms, contact your local sportsmans club/gun store. They can point you in the right direction of getting training from a certified professional instructor.
Remember, SAFETY FIRST!!! It's okay to be a #GunGeek and Guns aren't evil. People are.
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