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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

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Adult Content for Adults

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There’s a weird trend happening throughout the Entertainment Sector at the moment. Pockets of the next generation are becoming increasingly freaked out by particular types of art that challenge their sensibilities. It happened with movies years upon years ago (see the Video Nasties of the 80s) and now it’s happening with Online Content, Serial Dramatic TV and of course, video games. What’s most bizarre is that it’s being championed by elements of the press that should be both scrutinising and celebrating aspects of the art-form.

As a content creator, all that matters to me is that good art is made. Art deemed illegal or outside of the boundaries of good taste or consumption will not make it into the market. I can’t always speak to the quality of the decisions that Classification boards make (especially in Australia), but let’s use Video Games as an example and the ‘R’ rating in this country. It took years to happen and was established just in time for us to get ‘The Last of Us’. If you haven’t played this game – do it. Beautifully written, it has a  tremendously nuanced narrative that is one of my favourite stories, well, ever.

If there hadn’t been the work done to secure that rating, we would of gotten a watered down version of the title, or we wouldn’t have got it at all. But now as we enter a world of ‘Outage Culture’ and the continued assassination of artistic freedom it seems like ‘Adult Content for Adults’ is some kind of bizarre thing to aspire to. There is some especially sophisticated art being created across the spectrum – Games, Film, TV – but there is always this move to file the edges off. Or worse yet, brow-beat creators into self-censorship.

There’s a lot that can be said on why these particular narratives are bandied about and a lot of it comes down to the kinds of outlets we consume our news through. There’s an alarming trend of modern news outlets producing intentionally divisive content so they can basically make you fight in the comments and then sell ad space. Sadly a lot of the times, these outlets use Artistic Freedom as a crutch to do this.

That’s not to be said there are always things that can be improved across all industries – better developed and written characters with more representations of a diverse set of characters for one – but the freedom for Adult artists to produce content for an Adult market shouldn’t affected in the long run.

WKS

2015 and Beyond

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I didn’t write any New Years Resolutions at the end of 2014. In fact, I was so tired of 2014 I didn’t want to really spend any more time in it that I had to. For the record, I didn’t enjoy 2014. There was a truckload of things that happened that I could of done without – so I’m over the moon that 2015 is here.

And what a year it’s been so far. My partner and I have taken on a huge personal project, I’ve had some incredible progress with a new IP and I just spent a wonderful weekend away at the Wedding of Mr. Peter Gurbiel, himself. This is how 2015 will go, and so help me god if it doesn’t stay this way I’m going to drag this year into the direction I want kicking and screaming.

No excuses. No time wasting. Just do it. I spent a lot of time in 2014 developing things and keeping my head low, that’s not how this year will be going. I’m hoping for real, tangible progress this year. My company ENCRYPTION is launching a new IP. I’m starting a podcast. I’ll be doing more performance coaching. Barrow just had it’s World Premiere in California. More training and development. Never stopping.

2015 is all about action, and far less about being a spectator. I like that. If you’ve felt like me, all I can say is get up off your arse and do it. Over and over again until you’re happy or it breaks you. The first will happen before the other, I promise.

Also, I will wear suits and tuxedos way more this year because they are amazing.

WKS