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True Adventure: The Key to Eternity – Part 1

This is the video we raised $10,000 to make. It’s been a long time coming but it was well worth it!

We’ve put so much into this video. Time, effort and the money of our friends/families/fans. We ask that you watch and share with your friends and family and help us take this video viral. Thank you to everyone for your support!

True Adventure: The Key to Eternity

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Game of Thrones: The Red Letter

This movie was truly a feat. We shot it on March 2 & 3. Started post on March 5 and released it on March 12! This is one of my favorite things we’ve ever done. It just shows you don’t need to spend months in post to make something quality.

We planned it out from the script (which came out the night before we left) to our stunts (most of which were re-choreographed on set) to our costumes (some of which were finished during shooting.) But we knew how we were going to shoot it. We planned our VFX shots… and then, when our blood sprayer had missing pieces, we added a few more but kept it manageable.

Planning will save you, experience will let you know how to plan. Go make a bunch of movies! Make mistakes! Get better!

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Stay Teachable – Jon Enge’s Filmmaking Blog

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J. Michael Straczynski – A Writer

A friend of mine is friends with J. Michael Straczynski. I’m not going to explain who he is, you either know or you can look him up on IMDB.

She was explaining to me how she’d been out to lunch with him and (to sum up) how well his career was going and what was happening at that time.

She couldn’t help but ask him about his colleagues of the past. How is it he had climbed so high and the other guys he’d grown up writing with… hadn’t?

He said something to her that she relayed to me that really stuck with me. Truthfully, it’s one of my weaknesses I get to work on from day to day.

He told her it was because he had always stayed teachable. A lot of the other people he’d worked with earlier in his career had decided at some point that they knew all there was to know about their job and that they had nothing else to learn.

Because he knew that there was always something new. Because he didn’t close himself off to input, to learn new tricks, he was always able to grow.

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My old band, Betty Oyskin, in the ’90s. Me slackin’ on guitar!

He went on to explain that when someone decides they have nothing more to learn, they either plateau or they slide back down.

You ever hear something you have never heard before but you know is true? And even worse, that you’re guilty of?

In my guitar playing, I got to a place where I was pretty comfortable but when things got too hard, I stopped. I remember in my old band, hitting this wall. I wasn’t willing to take lessons and learn and I stagnated. Accordion was pretty much the same deal. Well, I would be DAMNED if that was the thing that was going to hold me back from being the best filmmaker I could be.

Since hearing that little piece of advice I’ve had to put aside my pride, drop my defenses and really listen when someone had something to say. Even people who may not know as much as you do might have a nugget of knowledge you have not picked up yet. Listen to them and mine that experience for all it’s worth! Sometimes you might not learn anything but better to listen and be open and not get anything than be closed off and miss something.

Sometimes it’s not easy but I’ve picked up so much by paying attention, listening to other people as well as reading books, watching DVD extras, watching other people’s YouTube channels.

Example: I am a DVD extras junkie. I’ve bought DVDs for movies I didn’t even like *coughskycaptainandtheworldoftomorrowcough* just so I could learn what they did.

Skydiving: Abrams style!

I watched the J.J. Abrams Star Trek extras, listened to the director’s commentary and there was a bit in there about how they did the skydiving scene. They put Mylar on the ground so it reflected the sky had the actors stand on it and shot them from above, giving the impression to the camera that they were falling downwards. We used a similar technique (using a greenscreen instead of Mylar, that shit’s expensive!) in our Teleport: Steampunk video. If I hadn’t taken my time out to learn from other filmmakers, I’m not sure we could’ve done the freefall bit.

So, as has been said to me, take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth and listen hard! You’ll be surprised what you pick up.

We are almost to our goal! – Jon Enge’s Filmmaking Blog

We have been running our IndieGoGo campaign for the past 60 days. It’s amazing! We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of our friends, family and fans! Thank you all!

We are now only $680 away from our goal and there are only 6 hours left in the campaign! If you can help at all, throw us a couple of bucks to see this masterpiece finished! Here is the teaser trailer again so you can see how great it’s going to be!

The Key to Eternity

Key to Eternity teaser trailer

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Sneak Preview – True Adventure: The Key to Eternity

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Key to Eternity teaser trailer

Did you catch our new teaser trailer?

True Adventure: The Key to Eternity – IndieGoGo

Hey everyone! We’re currently ramping up to do something REALLY big for our 1-year anniversary! We want to give you something  you can really watch and say, “Wow! That was epic!”

It’s a pulp-style action/adventure movie about two wise-cracking treasure hunters who are hired by the nazis to retrieve an artifact. When they betray them they have to fight their way to freedom… if they don’t kill each other first.

In order to do it we’re having to raise money so we set up an IndieGoGo campaign. Your contribution would mean the world to us and even if you can’t contribute, if you could pass the word to your friends and family, we thank you!

Jon & Tom
Mars Rising Films

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Zombies, Run! – Fanfilm

Just in time for Halloween! Our Zombies, Run! fanfilm!

Check it out and tell your friends!

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New Video! – Total Party Kill – Episode 2 – When Healers Attack!

Have you ever been forced to heal? Be sure to share if you like it!

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New Video! – Night Terror!

Our newest video is up!

Night Terror

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New Video! Total Party Kill Episode 1: Orc Problems!

Any of you with a geeky bone in your body should love this one!

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