SAP here ~
Well, dear blog peeps. I think it’s clear we love you. We post here and you read and enjoy and share in the love. That’s a much more fulfilling experience than dealing with trolls on youtube.
That said, here’s our new youtube video. Posting here to give YOU, the diehard friend and fan some inside scoop on the video and such.
So, here’s the video followed by a little self-Q&A:
APOCALYPSE: PONCEMAN GONE WILD!
WHY IS THERE A TITLE OVER THE TITLE LIKE IN A FOREIGN MOVIE?
Because I want people to think it’s been censored or that it is foreign or, basically, to mess with people.
WHERE DID YOU FILM IT?
Los Angeles, the former estate of Eric Curtis and the back alley of my girlfriend’s crib.
HOW DID YOU DO THOSE SPECIAL EFFECTS?
Just like the MC Outdoorz stuff, photoshop and final cut. In one instance, a water bottle was utilized.
DOES PONCE REALLY LOOK AT PORN?
Does the Pope shit in the woods when his mom isn’t there to hear his log fall?
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA?
End of the world approaching, my friend had a, apocalypse themed film festival at his place, I like puns. Ponce can take a simple idea and make it hilarious. Add those things together and viola! Or whatever favorite stringed instrument you want to say at the end of that sentence.
END LIL’ Q&A
Feel free to ask your own questions. Or if someone knows how to set up on of those REDDIT Q&A’s we’d do that too. Add us on Google plus and we might do a hangout too. All links on out youtube page.
It’s fitting our last Los Angeles area signing ends at The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. Posse in effect, Doug Jones, Eric Curtis, Scott Allen Perry and special SKYPE in by Costumer Connie Perry and Fallen Superhero Josh the Ponceman Perry. Stay tuned for possible bonus guests. Come out and get some hugs, buy a book and get it signed by the deranged people who put it together.
COME ON OUT!
8PM, The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
This was for the book signing we did at the Grove Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles last night. More signings coming up. Enjoy this as much as we enjoyed making it.
Fallen Superheroes: Jupiter Boy & Captain Sensitivity
Models: Lucas Dick and Andy Dick
Shooting with Andy Dick was a definite departure from the way we shot the other superheroes. We hooked up with him through his some Lucas. Lucas is an actor and comedian, and he and Eric are friends. We loved the idea of a father and son superhero team. We also loved the idea of seeing Andy Dick in a pink superhero costume with a flower cape.
Originally, Captain Sensitivity’s costume was made for Eric Roberts. But as fate would have it, Eric went into rehab when we were supposed to shoot. He was on that show, REHAB. Bad timing for us, great timing for Eric Roberts to get himself together.
Cut to Eric Curtis talking to Lucas about being a superhero and the notion of the father son angle with Andy. He loved the idea. He called us after he talked to Andy and said he was into it. We set a shoot date and messed around with some basic father/son superhero story angles. Estrangement, neglect, the child who is more the parent than the father. All of these ideas resonated with us and, more importantly, with Lucas.
Now, I’ve loved Andy Dick since I first saw him on News Radio. He’s one of my favorite people to see on screen. So making him into a superhero was a great way to work with him. And Lucas is one of the nicest guys I’ve met. Together, we knew they’d look amazing as a superhero duo.
It’s no secret that Andy Dick has had a ton of bad press, a crapload of crazy stories written about him and more than his fair share of being tazed. I’m not gonna trash talk because I really had a great time shooting with him. Mostly because of…. well, I’ll dish the highlights of Andy putting on his costume. Here’s a snippet, as close to verbatim as I can remember.
A very flamboyant Andy, “People are going to say this costume makes me look gay.”
A very deadpan me, “You think they’re gonna say it’s the COSTUME that makes you look gay.”
A very eyebrow raised Andy, “It’s playing into a stereotype.”
A very amused me, “You’re beyond a stereotype. You’re a 5.1-surround-sound-type.”
A very smirky Andy, “Can I take the shorts off? They’re blue fur.”
A very cocky me, “That’s the pimp factor. Lose the pimp factor you just got a hot pink suit. Now who’s playing into a stereotype?”
A very excited Andy, “I have fur on my balls! My furry pimpy balls!”
A very happy me, “That’s it. We can lose the shorts on the last shot if you want. Pimpin’ ain’t easy, gotta let your boys breath at the end of the day.”
A very sarcastic Andy, “It still makes me look gay.”
A very antagonistic me, “Can we talk about vaginas or something?”
A very aroused Andy, “Vaginas!?!?! Why do you want to talk about vaginas? Vaginas are gross! (Long pause) Actually, I love vaginas. I love the word VAGINAS VAGINAS VAGINAS!”
A very happy me, “Dear god, man. I love vaginas too!”
A very sly Andy mouths the words “Vaginas rock….”
And so it went, a conversation full of left turns, outbursts, delicate moments and, most importantly, vaginas.
We shot in the most amazing location, Andy’s ex wife’s backyard. She has an airstream and tons of random art and odds and ends lying around. There’s also some nice little work-sheds and an old baby grand piano in the middle of the yard. Eric setup the shots. First setup was in front of the airstream.We got singles of our heroes and moved on to the two of them, either working together or against each other. They really popped in the pics too. Andy and Lucas share a great energy onscreen and when they turn it on it’s quite captivating. We cranked the shots out and moved on to the baby grand. Andy lost his shorts for this one. His boys needed air.
The most amazing thing happened on the final setup with Eric’s lighting and some unexpected rain. Somehow the light hit the raindrops in a way that made them look like they were comets, or sperm, shooting upwards into the heavens. It was absolutely magical. And tied into our superheroes from another planet quite well. Here’s an outtake of some of that magical rain-comet action. Click the image to see it full size. The final shot is in the book.
NEXT UP: Spiral modeled by Dirty Jenny aka Jen Leigh
Fallen Superhero: Iron Meng
Model: Mario Durant
Mario D is one of my favorite people in Los Angeles. He’s a rapper, a bartender and an all around good guy. He’s totally captivating on camera so he was a natural as a subject in the Fallen Superhero world.
This costume was one of the most fun ones to make. I didn’t sketch anything, just got the stuff I wanted to build the character out of and went for it. I started with an XXLarge blue body suit and a crap load of tubing, bolts and other stuff from Home Depot.
Iron Meng’s mask is a combination of a Man in the Iron Mask mask, a welder’s mask,some tubing, flashlights, duct tape, a broken wine opener and some pimp-ass headphones. I had to build it on Mario so it fit right. Since this is still photography the costume just had to look good on, not necessarily be easy to get on or off. I did try my best to keep the comfort factor as friendly as possible.
His shoulder armor is actually a floor mat from Home Depot, sprayed gold, cut and folded to the shape you see in the pics. It had the look of a tamale husk which really worked out better than imagined. His left shoulder gun is a Frankensteined old tripod and his right chest laser sighted impulse blaster is leftover bits of the old tripod mounted on a reshaped Hannibal Lector mask with some big gold washers…. all of it hot glued together and zip tied to the mat.
His belly piece, an homage to Iron Man’s ARC reactor embedded in his chest, is a spray painted stovetop drip pan with a gaudy giant “Mexican” diamond in it. I call it a “Mexican” diamond because it has all the colors you see Mexican women wearing if you ever go down to Mexico.
Throw in some knee bads, PVC pipe, chemical gloves, duct tape and boots and the whole suit came together quite nicely. The belt is all duct tape with a buckle made out of carabiner locks.
The decision to write all of his captions in Spanish was a gut thing. Just happened when I sat down to write and it’s one of those things I think add to the uniqueness and humor of the book. I wrote everything in English, dropped it into Google translate, then had Arturo at Medallion Press check it for accuracy. I’ll give props to Google translate for being about 97% accurate.
As far as backstory goes I just went with the notion that Iron Meng is a superhero who could totally kickass but is focused on being a hip hop artist. Just like so many people out there who take the road of struggle to pursue their art instead of the easy road, Iron Meng follows his heart even though he never breaks through on the music scene to achieve the notoriety he desires.
The song lyrics and all other info is totally made up, just went with the theme and it worked out great. Definitely one of my favorite costumes and totally stoked that it came together so quickly and didn’t fall apart. And Mario D was amazing. The shot of him taking in the garbage is one of Eric Curtis’ most brilliant 11th hour creations and the humdrum vibe that Mario gives off in the photo just hammers the character home even more.
NEXT UP: Jupiter Boy & Captain Sensitivity modeled by real life son and father Lucas Dick and Andy Dick