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Don’t be distracted, always be creating.

I’m on a huge positivity kick at the moment. It’s not a new year thing. It’s not some great breakthrough. It’s just the one thing I can control: me. I’ve just been pushing and pushing with every aspect of my company and career and things have been really changing. I have been really changing.

One of the biggest things I’ve changed is what and how I engage and consume content. I’ve stopped watching the news. I’ve stopped reading reddit threads that are about industry drama or negativity. I try to be kind to people everyday. I always engage with content that inspires me, educates me or straight up makes me feel good. Do you know why? Because I can control just about everything.

I can’t control what’s happening in the states. I can’t control the weather. I can’t control the markets. But I can control my company ENCRYPTION. I can control the growth of my brands. I can control the amount of work I put into the things I love. Inspiration, is hard – but it gets way easier when you are consistent. I just started a new Podcast, which I will do every week – so help me god. But how am I able to be consistent?

Because I won’t allow myself to be distracted. I haven’t had a chance to play video games at all this year (which is a bummer, because I love video games). I’ve just chosen to work those Friday and Saturday nights, as opposed to jumping online. I took my first day off this week to enjoy the Super Bowl . I had earned a day to get crazy with the boys. I’m now scheduling time to play games, but it’s few and far between.

I’m doing everything from a place of planning and control – not weakness. I’ve also decided that I’m going to do everything now. Not just focus on Skourge Legacy (of which I have some very cool ideas for). My company has a stable of small brands that I want to make HUGE. And do you know what? There is no one to stop me, but me. It really is that simple.

 

 

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New Podcast: #WadeWeekly

I’ve just started recording a very simple podcast, that I will be doing week to week. The #WadeWeekly is a creative industry podcast that explores my thoughts on what I’m currently working on.

In my first episode, I talk about my company Encryption, Skourge Legacy  and getting into everything about Gary Vee. I also talk about how I no longer watch the news, because all it does is bum me out. I can’t really stand how we present information to one another anymore, and the fact that major companies continually profiteer off misery and manufactured division between people.

I also chat about how I’m feeling really focused and I’m obsessed with growing my brands and companies this year. As well as getting up a whole host of different projects. I’d really love you check it out. Be sure to give me any thoughts and feedback you have.

Wade K. Savage 🎬

Come say hi to me on Twitter @WadeKSavage and Instagram Wade.K.Savage 

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On Returning to Fallout

A few days ago, I teased the fact that I’ve been writing a new Fan Film script based on the character Joshua Graham from Fallout: New Vegas (and especially the DLC Honest Hearts). To say the response was huge would be an understatement.

I love the Fallout series of games a great deal, and I would love to return to the series and make another fan film. I can see from the way people have responded that there is a definite audience there. When we teased that image on our Official Facebook Page for Fallout: Lanius – it was liked over 200 times. On reddit, a post I made on r/Fallout was upvoted over 2000 times.  Which means, it’s time to get serious.

If I was to push ahead and make this film, we’d need a much bigger budget than Fallout: Lanius ($19,000 AUD) and we’d be making a very different film that you’d have seen before. The excellent YouTube series NukaBreak blends comedy and drama in the Fallout world – this would be none of that. ‘The Burned Man Walks’ would be a gruelling exploration of faith, war and civilisation.

The story about Joshua Graham’s rise and fall, is really the story of two men who wanted to change the world by enslaving it. You’ve got these two educated ambitious young men, who use a combination of old world prowess and military strategy to shape a whole region. If anything, my film would be like a Western or even something like Last of the Mohicans or even The Revenant. A brutal film exploring the nature of ruthless men.

The core challenges of a film like this will be locations and scope. Recreating things like the First Battle of Hoover Dam are very close to impossible for an independent production. I would want to focus on the relationship between Joshua and Edward Sallow, and how with every personal compromise Joshua edges closer and closer to brutality. Coming from a traditional film-making background, this is the kind of stuff that’s fascinating to me.

Ideally, I would want to blend Joshua’s voice-work from Honest Hearts into the film as narration, and let the performer voice him otherwise. I think the fact that the film would centre on Graham and Sallow as younger men would help us here. Think of what they are doing with the Han Solo spin off film, for example.

I think the key to this film would be two things: a beautiful, poetic and compelling script and performances that match. The two young men who would play Joshua and Edward, would have to have a  deep understanding of the nature of these two men. How at their core they are not villains – but see themselves doing what must be done to change the world for the better.

From here, I’ll keep writing. I’m already speaking with Bethesda to ensure we’re okay to progress. We just released a little teaser online (which is in fact, the closing credits sequence from Fallout: Lanius). People seem to be digging that too. As this process moves on, I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Here’s hoping I’m up to the task.

Wade K. Savage 🎬

Come say hi to me on Twitter @WadeKSavage and Instagram Wade.K.Savage 

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2017 and Encryption

Hello!
2016 was a solid year for my little company, ENCRYPTION.
We continued developing a plethora of entertainment IP’s, and grew both our knowledge base and project scope.  In 2017 we’re hoping to leverage our experience in the entertainment industry and announce a slew of new projects. 2016 saw us continually pitching and expanding Skourge Legacy. Our kid’s series aimed at 9-12 year old Boys and Girls.  This project is aiming to combine video games, animation and a cutting edge toy line.
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As we grow the Skourge Legacy brand, we produced a series of fun fake commercials, all set in the 90’s. We’ve released two and have a third dropping early in 2017.
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We’ve also produced an animatic of our first episode, which we’re excited to present to prospective buyers. If you or your company is interested in seeing this short animatic, be sure to respond to this blog post. We’ve extremely happy with the pitch and tone of the series and just need the right home.
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Our co-produced short film Barrow, has also one another Best Film Award. This time, at the WildSound Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. This is our second such award, after winning Best Film at the prestigious Strasbourg International Film Festival last year.  A huge congrats to our Co-Producers Hometown Pictures. We love this film and it’s some of our finest work to date.
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In 2017, we’re planning on working on two new feature film projects – one of which is a 80’s inspired horror film. This project is a low budget Western Australian based film inspired by ‘slasher’ films of the 1980’s. Our second ‘in development’ feature film is a teen comedy horror film based around psychological programming and government experiments.
I want to wish you a great start to 2017, and I look forward to working with you as the year moves onward. Be sure to get in contact if you want to know more about the kind of projects and content we create.
And remember:
ENCRYPTION: There is No Stopping Us
Happy New Year,
WKS

Joining 88 to 1 Productions

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I’ve had the pleasure to work with Damien Giglietta and Peter R. McIntosh countless times in the past, so when they offered for me to come on board and direct showreels for their new shingle 88 to 1 Productions, I was thrilled.

The team has partnered with New Faces Talent Academy – a huge entertainment and performance academy developing the biggest stars of tomorrow. I’ve worked in the past with this organization, so I was interested to see what it would be like to work for them. I’ve done ‘one off’ course work before, but I’ve never directed traditional showreel material.

It’s an interesting process, as you are primarily working with younger performers and you have to work very quickly to ascertain the motivations of a scene and what each character wants. I’ve been able to cheat when I’ve directed my own projects, as I already have a relationship with both the performer AND the character. This however, is very different as you go in ‘cold’ and have to find the truth of the piece as you workshop it.

Luckily, the talent I’ve had the chance to work with has been really great. I normally have the performers run through the piece once for me, as this informs be on their approach – as well as it provides a ‘block through’ for our Cinematographer and Sound Recordist. I then discuss what notes I have for the performers and then send them away to run through it without me.

I find I won’t give a lot of notes when we start to cover the scene in the master wide, as I don’t want the performers to expend their energy on a shot that is mostly used for setup, coverage or tailing out the scene. It’s when we hit the close ups, that we’ll start to really work. I personally like to listen to the delivery of the dialogue a few times, and then provide notes on pace, pitch and tone. Pace is especially important to me, as I feel the viewer can bore or tire of a scene if the pace isn’t perfect.

However, I’m finding that I’ve been really lucky, as our clients are very switched on and driven. It’s always refreshing working with younger performers, as they haven’t developed the usual set of behaviors that can sometimes restrict what we can achieve in a scene.

I can’t wait to see what this new role brings on next!

WKS

 

2016.

I update this personal blog about three times a year, so I won’t faff about too much. We’re a month into 2016 and I’m all about learning. I’m reading anything I can about Disney’s business strategy, PR and Entertainment PR principles, and how you create long lasting and real relationships with an audience.

If you weren’t aware, I announced Skourge Legacy last year. It’s a tremendous concept, that will be HUGE one day. For now, I’m just having fun. It combines all the things I loved as a kid – adventure, storytelling and a real sense of scope. We’re in the process of developing a series pilot and building an incredible brand from the ground up – no easy task.

For the rest of 2016, my plan is to do nothing but learn, grow and turn my company ENCRYPTION into something very big.  I’m also developing lots of other things, but that’s a discussion for another time. What are your plans for 2016? Why not drop me a line on twitter at @WadeKSavage.

Hope you are having a great 2016 so far – I know I am.

WKS

 

My First Ever Podcast: Director’s Commentary Episode 1

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After purchasing a basic USB mic a few months back for an interview, I thought it was time to try my hand at a short podcast. My idea is to interview a range of artists and get their opinions on all kinds of things – but mainly to explore their work and how and why they do things.

In this first episode, I blather about artistic freedom, “outrage culture”, #changethecover, the Charlie Hedbo attacks and Bill Burr. I’d love any feedback you have and would appreciate you sharing it around if you like it. Until next time.

WKS

https://soundcloud.com/wade-k-savage/directors-commentary-episode-1-552015