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Principal photography for The Legend of Grassman begins Sept 19 (tomorrow… well, technically today).  Follow MonkeyLtd on Twitter for live updates all during the shoot.  Do it!

The journey begins! Follow our crazy asses!

The journey begins! Follow our crazy asses!

We have not posted anything for the past 2 weeks, and for good reason: I have finished writing the first draft of the script for our next project. More details will be forthcoming, but suffice it to say this is a low-budget action/horror feature in the woods, with action and horror and woods. That’s right, I said FEATURE. Members of the Monkey Ltd Inner Circle of Truth and Justice have all been given the script and the verdict is unanimous: it is as good as I just described. Even gooder.

Tyler and I have been going through the script, making notes, discussing changes, contemplating feasibility. It is going to be a tremendous undertaking, under very limiting conditions. But we, like most independent filmmakers, are used to it.  Not nearly at this level, but who cares. We are ready to pwn this shit, and we plan to invite all along for our journey as we document and share the entire experience, good or bad, via blogs, behind-the-scenes videos, and podcasts.

The end goal being, of course, distribution.

Which leads to my explaination of the title of this posting. See, if there is anything we have learned in this dog-gone crazy world of film, it’s that audiences (and distributors, and marketers) love them some titties. There are what I call the 4 T’s of getting distributed: Talent, Terror, Titties, and Tae-Bo (a name cast, gore, the aforementioned breastacles, and action). In my opinion, the main reason you see some of these films on video rental shelves (and on Sci-Fi) is that they have at least 3 of the 4 elements.

[NOTE: This extremely shallow and one-side bullshit I am spewing is in regards to low-budget distribution. It in no way meant to discount or disparage the thousands, if not dozens of quality films that get distributed every year for legitimate reasons. I mean, if I was right would we ever get to see  movies like The Hottie & the Nottie, 10,000 BC, and The Love Guru. I think not.]

We have the action and the gore covered.  However, this script is severely lacking in the titty and talent departments.  It’s four dudes and a thing, and we have no budget for talent.  So unless we make the thing a she (we could call the flick She Nekkid!) or shift our target demographic by showing the dudes’ dingly-danglies, we got nothing.

So,  even though the script does not call for it and we can in no way justify it, I am putting it out there: shows us your titties and get in our movie*.  Then, distribution is inevitable!

That, or we just cross our fingers that someone out there will appreciate a smart, high-concept, low-budget action/horror in the woods, with action and horror and woods and no titties. But a damn fine story.

*This offer is in no way official or supported by Monkey Ltd, it’s Circle of Truth and Justice, or its subsidiaries. It is jokes. Put your titties away before you hurt someone.

The 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.