November 2008


The MonkeyLtd.com site has been full of lots of crazy this past year, enough crazy to make it difficult as hell to figure out what is really going on around here.  So, here is a brief rundown to help you out.

First of all, Tyler has been hard at work on two brand new, never-before-seen shorts. Both projects were written, directed, shot, and edited by Tyler and are perhaps our purest realization of what I call Tylermedia.

The first short, Richard, is being plugged on our homepage as we speak. The image used was at the center of a controversy within Tyler’s own mind, that resulted in his latest insane posting rampage on the site (documented here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and the controversial conclusion). It’s a updated retelling of a short that Tyler did in his youth.  It is getting some final tweaking, then it will be cut loose upon the world.

The second short is entitled Night of the Invisible Man and is about exactly what the title says.  The special thing about this little gem is that it will mark a couple of firsts for us: 1) it is our first digital “animated” film, and 2) it is our first fully HD short (full 1920 x 1080).  So, stay tuned for that one, which is in the ending stages of post-production (a lot of rendering going on with this one).

As for myself, I have one short in pre-production.  Titled Applied Science, it will be my first directorial effort in 5 years.  The script is done and storyboarded, the actors are ready, and many of the props are chosen.  I need to finalize the location and to determine how to do some of the mechanical effects.  It was put on hold for a big when we planned to work on a feature this fall (see below).  But, I am eager to work on it and, time and money permitting, it will be shot in the next 3 months.

As mentioned above, we had planned on filming (guerilla-style) a low budget action/horror/thriller feature film this fall.  We took some time to deliberate on the story, and, once settled on, I began outlining & writing.  Anyone who follows or has seen the Monkey Ltd Twitter or my Facebook knows that I am still working on this script. So, obviously, we are not shooting yet.  Suffice it to say, I am nearly as anal about my writing as Tyler is about his editing (it is a wonder we get anything done).  But, I am well on my way and we hope to shoot in the spring.

Should we not decide to shoot the feature, we have one other short film that I have written. This short is a indirect tie-in to our other feature-in-progress, Consumed.  Consumed is a dark horror/thriller set in the 1800s, and the script has been recognized in two screenplay competitions (Slamdance and BlueCat) with excellent critiques from both.  The short deals with similar subject matter in the same time period on an abbreviated scale.  Asside from being a good, scary story, it would also serve as a demonstration of what the vision for Consumed is.

In addition to all of that, we have both been working in various ways to promote Monkey Ltd online and get a handle on this wonderful techno-fad known as Social Networking. Blogging, RSS Feeds, MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and anything else we can get a hold of, are all being used and abused to the best and worst of our abilities. We have even talked about doing a regular podcast, which would be hosted on this blog (which is meant as a supplement/link farm for the parent site).  Anything that will bring us closer to our fan, and hopefully allow us to someday use that word in the plural.

So, between working our grown-up jobs and doing normal human activities, we are managing to entertain ourselves if nothing else.  So, if you like our brand of madness, stay tuned: there is more to follow.

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Let me take a second to demonstrate what exactly I, Dennis, have to work with here as we attempt to make movies, nay, entertainment history together. You may email your condolences to info@monkeyltd.com.

Tyler and I have recently been checking out Facebook lately. It has changed a bit since I last attempted to figure it out.  It now includes cool functionality where you can link your Facebook to your other social networking accounts at sites like Flickr, last.FM, Picasa, and YouTube.

We use YouTube.  Cool.

So, we both linked our Facebooks to the MonkeyLtdFilms YouTube account.  Sweet! Now our video updates will post on Facebook automatically.  We are on our way to making it big now!

Not so fast…

See, we forgot one thing: Tyler is a jackass.  Since I have the same YouTube account linking on my Facebook, and since I have no actual control over said account, he thought he would do jokes.

He begin clicking on and making favorites of man-ass videos on YouTube.  And by “man-ass” I mean videos of dudes shaking their asses and other parts in the camera for other men to enjoy.  Then, my Facebook would be updated with things like “Dennis has picked Spandex Male Package Floppy Dance as a Favorite video on YouTube.”  Funny, right?

Not so fast…

In the process, Tyler somehow hosed the link with Facebook (which may not allow man-ass vids) and none of the updates were posting.  Not knowing what was going on, I removed the broken YouTube link and linked to my own YouTube account, which has all the Monkey Ltd films as favorites.

And now, according to YouTube, Tyler is gay and LOVES the man-ass vids.  Loves them so much, it keeps recommending them to him.

New vids, old vids, butt vids, wang vids.

No matter how many other types of videos he clicks on, YouTube presents him with a virtual Mantopia of dude-flicks for him to enjoy in the privacy of his office.

Now, you may laugh.

On the plus side, Naked Towel Dance should get another boost from this.

Nearly in time for Halloween, Monkey Ltd. presents Lon Chaney’s triumphant return to cinema in BADNESS: Live and Not Plugged In now available on the IMDb right here:

http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2825256985/

Lon Chaney was at one time the top horror star in the world, appearing in over 150 films, including his famous titular roles in The Phantom of the Opera and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Reknowned for his ability to change his appearance through the use of often physically arduous make-up effects, he was often referred to as “The Man of a Thousand Faces.”  His career was cut short in 1930 due to his untimely death.

But leave it to the digital wizards at Monkey Ltd to find a way to bring back the legendary screen icon back for one more film – BADNESS: Live and Not Plugged In, an internet rock extravaganza.

“You couldn’t have done this just two years ago,”  says BADNESS: Live producer Dennis Meyer.  “We’ve really had to push the envelope in terms of what was possible, relying on state-of-the-art cutting edge digital effects technology to make this happen.”

“Yeah,” director Tyler Meyer chimes in, “Photoshop.”

“We wanted to give you the sense that Lon Chaney is right there in the room with BADNESS, interacting with them as they perform their hits,” says Dennis, “It’s a difficult mandate.  People know Lon Chaney.  People know how he would act.  What he would do.  So it really became our mission to get as much of his personality in there as we could.  If wasn’t enough that he look like Lon Chaney.  He had to be Lon Chaney.”

“It is Lon Chaney,” confirms Tyler, “I used the eraser tool to to cut him out of a picture…  Then stuck him on top of our video.”

If the return of one of the most beloved stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age isn’t enough, BADNESS: Live also features a cartoon giraffe and monkey.  So if you’re a fan of classic cinema, or just like cartoon jungle animals, be sure to check out BADNESS:  Live and Not Plugged In, available for the first time ever this week on the brand new IMDb Theater.  Or you could watch it on myspace where it’s been sitting stagnant for seven months.

Lon Chaneys Triumphant Return!

Lon Chaney's Triumphant Return!

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