Masters Of Daring (2009)
In this homage to the black and white adventure serials of the 1940s ... our hero Johnny, AKA 'The Reflex', leaps into action with both fists flying as he faces down Nazi spies, gangsters, and the insidious Crime Wizard!
"Masters of Daring" was produced, in association with Inside Creative Minds, for the Almost Famous 72 Hour Heroes & Villains All-Star Challenge. The nature of this special invitation only challenge was unique, because in addition to the theme, prop, and line of dialogue we had to integrate into our film, each team was also given a randomly selected character. More specifically, a hero or villain designed by Kleos Studios. The character we drew was "Reflex", who wore a jogging outfit and could see ten seconds into the future. We were also given the character a full week in advance so that we could cast the role and make costumes.
We decided to fulfill one of our long standing dreams ... to make a black and white 1940's adventure serial. We changed Reflex's outfit to reflect the genre, and then went on a mad dash to secure props and locations. We mined the sets and props from other filmmaker friends and made the entire movie for only cost $200. The office scene with Logan and Gabby, there's at least fifteen era accurate props on the desk.
The production was a whirlwind. With a production crew of only two, Nathan Blackwell and Bracken, along with Art Director Basl McIntyre, shot at a blistering pace, racking up our then all time record of eighty-one camera setups in a single day (previous record was forty-six, later usurped by Voyage Trekkers with eight-nine). The film tied for First Place, won Best Use of Character, Outstanding Individual Performance for Gabrielle Van Buren, and Second Place Audience Award.
Released in 2009 Running Time: 9:50
Squishy Studios Blog: Making 'Masters of Daring'