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Sure, we been lax about posting stuff. But we’ve been busy. Busy making four short films! And we also shot/acted in/edited the opening scene for the “Slacker” re-imagining, “Slacker 2011.” And we just shot a super 8 music video for Ex Amigos. Give us a break already.

But about those short films, more info can be gathered here: http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/project/the_four_shortfilms_of_the_apocalypse

and then there’s this:

http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/project/the_four_shortfilms_of_the_apocalypse

and check out this promotional video for our fund-raising efforts:

now go here and watch it again and give us money:

http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/project/the_four_shortfilms_of_the_apocalypse

Here’s an update on the shorts:

We shot half of “Sacked” already and will be shooting the other half soon.  The film features the amazing acting talents of Michael Dalmon and Heather Kafka as well as puppets created by Beth Been.  I’m editing together the stuff already shot and it looks great!  And yes, we did start many fires, spilled lots of blood and blasted off live ammo.  That’s how we do it.

"Sacked"

We also shot “Road Kill” and sent the super 8 film off to the lab.  Unfortunately, the lab messed up the transfer and I had to send it back for a re-do.

"Road Kill"

The live-action component of the short documentary “Kicked in the Teeth” is complete.  I still need to do a lot of screen-shots and graphics work as well as edit the thing together, but it’s moving along nicely.

The fourth film in the bundle, the animated “Puppies vs. Kittens,” is in the animatic stage (meaning the voices and sound effects are recorded and the storyboards are edited together).  We still need to animate that one.

As you can see, I’m not waiting until this campaign (see above) is finished to start working on these films.  I have hope and faith that this fund-raising effort will succeed and we can finish these flicks properly.  And I didn’t want to delay the films.  I also owe some folks money who have worked on these film.  In part, that’s what we’ll use the funds that we raise here for (see above).  That, and for covering the cost of finishing the flicks.

We’ve got one week remaining on the fund-raising.  Thanks for your support to date.  If you know any rich people or even folks who can spare a dime or two for the sake of art, please send them our way (see above).  I have the easy-to-remember URL www.bobrayfilms.com and it automatically redirects to the USA Projects page for the Four ShortFilms of the Apocalypse.  So feel free to toss that around liberally.  Once again, thanks for your support and encouragement.  Cheers,
-bob

CrashCam Films & CrashToons year in review.

First off, thanks to all y’all for your help and support in making 2009 such a great year!

Admittedly, we’ve been posting more of the smaller updates on our Facebook pages as opposed to “official” blogs for our multitude of ongoing projects.

Here are the Facebook pages, if you wanna buddy-up:

CrashCam Films: http://www.facebook.com/CrashCamFilms

CrashToons (including APESH!T, Platypus Rex and more): http://www.facebook.com/CrashToons

Hell on Wheels: http://www.facebook.com/HellOnWheelsTheMovie

Rock Opera:  http://www.facebook.com/RockOpera

Total Badass: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Total-Badss/117590408128

And for you Twitter-heads: http://twitter.com/crashcamfilms

So what went down over at the CrashCam Films / CrashToons Global HQ in Austin, TX this year of 2009?  Behold:

The bulk of elbow grease went into the new feature doc, “Total Badass.”  It’s nearly finished and crazy-fun (more info below).  We also completed a re-write of the feature-length script for the dark comedy “The Down Side.” Slamdance Script Coverage Service raves about the Down Side “Hilarious and gut wrenching.  Pure Storytelling genius!“  On top of that, we finished the story for the new narrative feature “Reign in Blood,” and are now fleshing out the script with hopes of shooting it mid ’10.

Here’s a project-by-project breakdown of what went down this year:

Total Badass

Total Badass is the new feature documentary about my buddy (and notorious sex-fiend, writer-publisher-singer-trashcan-jumper, rabble-rouser and man-about-town) Chad Holt.  From May of ’08 through June of ’09 we shoot the new doc.  We quickly moved into post-production in the late summer and, as of today, are about 98% through with the edit.  The movie is NUTS!  You’ll surely be hearing about it a lot in the near future.

www.TotalBadassTheMovie.com and www.facebook.com/pages/Total-Badss/117590408128

CrashToons

Through most of 2009, we were screening the pile of ‘toons we made in ’08.  We screened “Spanish Lessons with Chupacabra Volume 7: Conversational Spanish” at SXSW.  Various APESH!T ‘toons screened at LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival and Animation Block Party (in both NYC and Austin).  And a mound of creatively curated CrashToons unspooled before the Rock Opera 10 Year Anniversary screening at the Alamo Drafthouse in October.

Online, we host all the ‘toons at www.CrashToons.com.  And a few ‘toons even popped up on Playboy Magazine’s site, www.Playboy.com.

As for new ‘toons, 2009 was a tad sparse.  We were pretty busy finishing up the filming and editing of the new feature doc, Total Badass.  But we did complete a new one called “Platypus Rex’s ABC-Hole.”  And it’s crazy-fun.  ABC-Hole is featured on the CrashToons home page, so swing by and check out the 28 seconds of hilarious and educational fun.

www.facebook.com/CrashToons and the ‘toons at www.CrashToons.com

Hell on Wheels

We released the doc through IndiePix (http://www.indiepixfilms.com/film/hellonwheels) in late ’08, and it was such a blast that IndiePix re-released it in Feb!  Double the fun!  And then, we launched the doc on SnagFilms (http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/hell_on_wheels/), where it remains as one of the highest rated docs on the site!  You can also catch the flick on Netflix and on Xbox and even on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewMovie?id=333912438&s=143441)

The great reviews continued to pour in over 2009.  Check the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HellOnWheelsTheMovie) for links to many of these reviews.  We also got a big plug from Texas Monthly magazine (www.texasmonthly.com/2009-10-01/hollywoodtx.php) and we landed on the homepage for Moviefone.com.

We screened Hell on Wheels in several cities in ‘09, including but not limited to theatrical screenings in Austin, Asbury (NJ), Sacramento, Boston, a fest screening at CineSol Film Festival in McAllen, TX, and even a university screening at The Southwestern University Feminist Studies Program with filmmakers Bob Ray and Werner Campbell and skaters Electra Blu (TXRG) and Smarty Pants (TXRD) in attendance for a lively and enlightening post-screening Q & A.

Hell on Wheels landed on a couple of those end-of-decade lists care of The Onion’s
A/V Club:
http://www.avclub.com/austin/articles/10-overlooked-austin-movies-of-the-00s,36275/, and a “Best Documentaries of the Decade” list: http://boomerbust-scooter63.blogspot.com/2009/12/top-documentaries-of-decade.html

http://www.HellOnWheelsTheMovie.com and http://www.facebook.com/HellOnWheelsTheMovie

Rock Opera

Holy poop!  We had our ten-year anniversary screening of Rock Opera at the Alamo Drafthouse in October with after party at the Highball featuring a Voltage and Pocket FishRmen reunion.  If you were there, you rocked!  If not, you missed out on some FUN!

http://www.RockOperaTheMovie.com and http://www.facebook.com/RockOpera

CrashCam Films

http://www.CrashCamFilms.com

http://www.facebook.com/CrashCamFilms

CrashToons

http://www.CrashToons.com

http://www.facebook.com/CrashToons

Twitter: http://twitter.com/crashcamfilms

Whew!  So there ya have it, the year in rewind.  We promise lots more far-out, and raucous flicks in 2010.  Keep up to date by signing up for the email newsletter (http://crashcamfilms.com/index1.htm) or palling around with the Facebook pages, if ya prefer.

Once again, thanks to everyone who helped make 2009 such a fruitful and fun year.  We cannot do all this alone, and are really appreciative of your help and support.  Best wishes in 2010!

Hugs and Happy New Year!

Bob Ray & the CrashCam Films / CrashToons team

New “Platypus Rex” CrashToons cartoon on Playboy.com!!!!

A brand NEW episode of Platypus Rex is now live on Playboy.com. APESH!T is already enjoying the thrill of being a Playboy cartoon (and the perks are perky!), and now the feisty platypus gets his debut.

So PLEASE swing on by the site and peep the ‘toons and leave a comment:

APESH!T:
http://www.playboy.com/articles/playmation-nation-butterface/index.html

Platypus Rex:
http://www.playboy.com/articles/playmation-nation-platypus-rex-half-mile-high-club/index.html

Please leave a comment as it’s very helpful to us and will help us be able to make more ‘toons for Playboy. it’s FREE to watch AND free to leave a comment!!!

Step 1: Watch, Laugh, Type
http://www.playboy.com/articles/playmation-nation-platypus-rex-half-mile-high-club/index.html
Watch the ‘toons, laugh, type in a comment and hit “submit”

A little pop-up box will inform you “Before your comment will be added, you will need to login”
Click the “Login” button.

Step 2: “Community Access”
The next page says:

“Playboy.com Login
Please login below to continue. Cookies must be enabled to login.
No account? For community access click here. For nude content, Join Now.”

Click the “For community access click here.” Button.

Step 3: Fake ID
You made it t to the Free Registration page!

Fill in a “name,” “password,” and “email” address***
<<< NOTE: you do NOT have to use your real name and email addy if you don’t want to. They don’t verify that it’s a valid email address.

Once the info is filled out, click “Get Free Access Now!”

This will take you to another page that has a huge button that reads: “Click here to return to previous feature.

Click that mofo and, pow! DONE! Way to help a friend out!

Simple, eh?

Now that you are logged in, pretty-please go leave a comment on the APESH!T page: http://www.playboy.com/articles/playmation-nation-butterface/index.html

Now, if enough folks love the APESH!T and Platypus Rex, we’ll get to make more. That’d freakin rule!

Thanks a bunch!
-bob

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No shit!  That fest was one of the most fun festivals I’ve ever been to.  Fucking ever.  I met a ton of great folk, it was organized like a well-lubed lubricating machine and I saw an ass-load of funny as hell shorts.  And parties, right?  Fuck!  I don’t remember leaving the closing night party… sorry if I broke anything or embarrassed you… I did loose my jacket, so if anyone finds a black windbreaker with Bultaco written on the back and a bunch of CrashToons DVDs and stickers in the pocket, I lay claim to it.

Aside from that, it was near flawless.  Amazingly, ridiculously fun.  And I got to hang out with Granny Squidbilly!

Thanks to Jeannie, Ryan and Gary for showing my ‘toons and congrats on hosting such an amazing fest.  I hope to be back for #2.

Hugs & shit,

-bob

From March 5-8 in Los Angeles catch a boat load of funny shorts, including TWO CrashToons cartoons at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival (http://www.lacomedyshorts.com/shorts/shorts.htm). The fest is screening the two ‘toons under the banner “CrashToons” on Friday afternoon at 2:00 in the “I’m Gonna Get You” block.

The screenings take place at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Bob Ray will be in attendance for the fest, so come on down and have a grand time with the CrashToons mastermind.