Guerrilla Motion Pictures

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

What the heck just happened? As I sit here at my computer pondering over what I should write, I’m half thinking I’ll wake up from a dream and the last two weeks would not have existed. Let me slap myself and see if that wakes me up…

Alright, still here, just a little sore now…but, I think it’s safe to say, I’m not dreaming and the last two weeks – possibly the greatest two weeks in our Guerrilla lives - did happen! What happened you might be asking? Well, let me explain.

This summer we submitted our music video for the Gelonius single, “The Last Slice, to the Edmonton Short Film Festival. We’ve always loved The Last Slice as it’s a perfect satire of all the sad songs out there today and I mean, it’s a song about pizza. AND WHO DOESN’T LOVE PIZZA?!?!

Anyways, we submitted it to the festival and crossed our fingers for the best. In September we received the incredible news that The Last Slice made the cut and was going to screen at the 2015 Edmonton Short Film Festival! What amazing news this was!

September 26, the red carpet was rolled out and our Guerrilla Team was out in full force. We had an absolutely amazing experience at the festival; getting our pictures taken on the red carpet, mingling with other filmmakers and most importantly getting to see our film on the big screen. The audience embraced Mark and his love of Pizza with open arms and heavy laughs. We didn’t win any awards but seeing the joy we brought to the audience was a very special experience and something that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

A very big thank you goes out to Daniel, Sharlene, and the rest of the organizers and volunteers of the Edmonton Short Film Festival for putting together this remarkable festival. Supporting the arts, especially film, is very important to us and this festival allows local filmmakers to showcase their work and for that we are very grateful we were able to be apart of it.

Seen from left to right; Mark Trudel, Nick Smith, and Justin Hardy representing Guerrilla Motion Pictures Inc.

Seen from left to right; Mark Trudel, Nick Smith, and Justin Hardy representing Guerrilla Motion Pictures Inc.

While the Edmonton Short Film Festival was going on, another half of our Guerrilla Team was competing in the 24/One Film Challenge as part of the 2015 Edmonton International Film Festival. What is the 24/One film challenge you may ask? Well, teams have 24 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film (no longer than 7 minutes). Not a very easy task, however, we were up for the challenge…again!

We teamed up with Justin Cauti at 201 Pictures and together (as 201 Guerrillas) we penned out a script titled “The Lobster” – a story about a man, Kevin, trying to win back his boyfriend’s love by cooking him a delicious lobster dinner. Things get “fishy” when the Lobster comes alive and offers Kevin a helping claw in his failing relationship.

We had our story and now we needed to hire a cast and crew. On the acting side of things, Andrew Joseph Pahlke (winner of the Best Actor for Overtime in the 24/One Challenge in 2014) would play Kevin, James Wilkinson as Cody (Kevin’s boyfriend), and Jeff Woodward as the voice of the Lobster – think Nick Nolte in 48hrs. -  Oh and the actual Lobster…Larry The Lobster!

Our crew consisted of Justin Cauti & Justin Kueber (Justin CK) as directors, Sam Reid as editor & cinematographer, Sushami Pomerleau-Piquette on sound, and Lany Bonneau on animation.

We started filming around 3pm and we were finished by 630pm. The editing took us until about 130am and we were in bed by 2am. Not bad considering the previous year we weren’t in bed until 6am the next morning. We felt good about our final product – hoping it would make the top 10 – and handed it in confidently to the judges.

Andrew Joseph Pahlke as Kevin and Jeff Woodward as the voice of The Lobster

One week later…

We sat in the Landmark Cinema, nervous, antsy, not sure whether we were going to leave happy or leave crying our eyes out. It was announced that there were 13 films that were going to be screened. Surely we were apart of that Top 13. Right? Film after film went by and The Lobster still had not screened. I was sweating bullets…I don’t do well with this sort of thing. I could even feel my legs shaking at one point, Until #11…lucky #11 there it was 201 Guerrillas. Our group of 7 let out a combined sigh of relief. We did it!

The Lobster was met with many laughs; more than we anticipated actually.  It was great to see people embrace the characters and our beloved talking lobster. This gave us hope for the People’s Choice Award that would be given out after the screening.

Ballots were handed out and the packed house voted for their favorite film. Awards were given out in many categories. Sound, Editing, Actress, and then came Best Actor…Best Actor, they announced…Andrew Joseph Pahlke! The repeat! This made us jump from our seats seeing AJ get the repeat Best Actor Award. He deserved it all, as he was truly fantastic in this film.

And then the Best Film Audience Choice Award…we sat there nervously. We knew we had the potential to win it but you never know when it is your peers voting for you. And then we heard it “Two-Hundred-One Guerrillas”! We jumped up from our seat, high fiving and cheering. What an amazing thing to hear. We won Best Film!! Best Film at the 24/One Film Challenge for the Edmonton International Film Festival. In the immortal words of Justin Kueber “THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!”

The 201 Guerrillas Team

The 201 Guerrillas Team

We had such a great experience competing again in the 24/One film challenge. It is a very challenging thing to do making a movie in 24 hours but we pulled it off with ease thanks to our fantastic cast and crew. It really was a team effort and I love working with these guys!

Another huge thank you goes out to the festival organizers and volunteers for the 24/One Film Challenge. And, as well, thank you to the audience who voted us for Best Film! We are glad you guys enjoyed our work and we cannot wait to compete again in 2016. 201 Guerrillas will be back!

Keep your eyes peeled after October 10th for the release of The Lobster. And if you haven’t seen it already, check out the Official Selection of the 2015 Edmonton Short Film Festival, The Last Slice.

Thank you everyone! 

 

Title card designed by Lany Bonneau

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Update

Holy time flies! We haven’t done one of these Guerrilla updates since January, so now that Sunday School is out, we feel it is a perfect time to let you know what we are up to.

First things first, Sunday School is out and we are extremely happy with the reception that it has received thus far. We put a lot of hard work into the show and we are glad to see it is paying off. We even have an article coming out in this week’s issue of the St. Albert Gazette (written by Scott Hayes), so we are very excited with the direction the show is going. Again, we would like to thank everyone involved in the process – it took us about a year to get everything to where it is now so it just goes to show things like this aren’t easy to make and require a lot of help. Lucky for us we had the best cast and crew that anyone could ask for. That being said, Season Two of Sunday School is looking to be bigger and better. We are hopefully starting to shoot that in June with our brand new camera!

Oh yes, we got a brand new Canon EOS C100 video camera and it looks so so soooooooo sexy. We are willing to rent out the Canon EOS C100 in Edmonton (and Area) for a price that is lower than the competition. If this interests you, drop us an email. Enough advertising though, we got to test out of camera on a few recent projects: three new music videos from Josh Williams and The St. Albert Raiders Hockey Club Awards Banquet.

If you haven’t checked out the music videos yet, I highly suggest stopping by our Music Videos page and watching them. The videos are all recorded live from Edmonton’s City Center. Josh Williams is a name you will most definitely be hearing about in the near future. He is extremely talented and competing in the 2015 Hot Factor sponsored by Hot 107. If you have some time, stop by the Hot 107 website and give him a vote.

This Wednesday, we are working with Rockland and Healthy Solutions on two different corporate videos, which we are very excited about. We can’t wait to show you guys what we have in store.

As far as short films go, we have many planned for this summer. It’s going to be quite a crazy summer with already 3 big short films, some fake trailers, a few sketches and even a couple episodes of People Watchers planned out. We will keep you updated as we go!

Well, that’s all for us now. Thank you guys for your continued support and we will catch ya later!

Justin Kueber

Sam Reid

 

Guerrilla Motion Pictures

Guerrilla Motion Pictures 2014: A Year in Review

It seems like just yesterday we were wrapping up 2013 with the release of Guerrilla Motion Pictures first short film, The Immigrant: Revenge of El Diablo. We were a couple of post-graduate aspiring filmmakers trying to get our feet wet in something that we hadn’t touched on since, well, The Immigrant in 2008.

 

Skip ahead twelve very busy months and here we are now at the end of 2014; we’re still the same aspiring filmmakers, except now we have a little more experience, a little better equipment, and a whole lot more to show for! There was a terrible movie trailer that repeated the phrase, “never forget where you came from” so, why not do that by recapping our year! Here is our extremely exciting Guerrilla Motion Pictures Year In Review 2014:

 

Our tale starts in January. It was snowing, it was cold, and it was also a defining moment for Guerrilla Motion Pictures. We had just finished The Immigrant: Revenge of El Diablo and we were back in the game (yeah, we just quoted our own movie). However, we really wanted to establish ourselves as a company that does Corporate Videos and Event Videos, along with short films and music videos. It was tough because no company wanted to hire us due to  “our lack of experience”. This was somewhat disheartening…

 

But, then it fell to us, like a Christmas gift one month late; we were asked to do photography and videography, along with the live streaming of hockey games for the 36th Annual John Reid Memorial Bantam AAA Hockey Tournament in St. Albert, Alberta. Four days of exciting hockey and non-stop filming had us gleaming with joy and caffeine from all the cups of coffee we were drinking! But, all in all we had an absolute blast shooting our first (of hopefully many) sporting events and we rocked our first Corporate gig like a Brian May guitar solo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hent5xOEQKY&list=PLvjE82mCi6a-FPY-I0edeLKmQmrDoAlYY

Our next big endeavor was the Peacoat Music Video for local artist, Gelonius, which we started filming in January. This was our first time using actors other than our friends, having a choreographer, and having nudity in one of our projects so it was exciting times for all of us. What started out being a fun little project, turned into something truly special. When we released the music video it reached 69,000 views before it was taken down for content (damn, nudity & lyrics). However, this was a feat that none of us even began to think of when we started filming, we just wanted to do something fun for an equally fun song. Seeing it take off like a wildfire was truly exhilarating but also frightening in a sense….much like an actual wildfire!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET5joooB4gw

 

Along with making new videos, we also got to invest in some new equipment; lights, cameras, a 12-foot jib, and a boom microphone just to name a few new pieces to our growing arsenal. We were able to use these tools for our first serious film, The Path. We shot the film in March, braving the -12 degree weather, with a full cast and crew. Riley Alexander, Jeff Woodward, and Carlee Ryski rounded out the star-studded cast, along with our beautiful extras, and an equally amazing crew assembling from all over Alberta. The Path also featured original music from Jason Medwid of The Smile Syndicate. The Path was a very special film because the story meant so much to both of us, as well as it was our first kick at something serious. Sure it didn’t get into some film festivals, but it was something that was true to us and hopefully it was able to affect the audience that did view it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOjvw0O-NLc

In April, we were given the privilege to work on the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation, 2013 Champions of Genetics video. Interview and laboratory footage was collected from nine Canadian scientists whose research in genetics will impact the way genetic diseases will be treated in the future. With this footage, we put together a 15-minute video that recognizes and honours these researchers who have "dedicated themselves to making the key discoveries [and have] put Canada firmly on the global scientific map.”

 

It was an absolute honour for us to make this video for the CGCF. We had a fantastic time putting it together and we even learned a thing or two about the future of Genetics in Canada, and ultimately, the World.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Z8MKhffYM&list=PLvjE82mCi6a-FPY-I0edeLKmQmrDoAlYY

At the end of April, we worked on the Roy Financial Mayors Walk for the City of St. Albert. The Mayors Walk is an event that raises money for local charities. The city mayor, Nolan Crouse, was kind enough to give us a few words about why this event is so important to the city of St. Albert. Our small crew consisting of Justin Kueber, Justin Hardy and Sam Reid had an amazing time shooting the event and we were happy to be a part of this great cause.

 

For our work on the video, we were awarded the 2014 Volunteer Friendly Business Award from the City of St. Albert and we are very grateful for this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWlaw-hbTu0&list=PLvjE82mCi6a-sMVhfqr2iJDCL616SzSOz

In May, we worked another non-profit event for Impossible 2 Possible Edmonton Run-A-Thon with Jon Sinclair and Melissa Gosse. We provided photography and video footage for the twelve-hour marathon.  Melissa and Jon are currently spreading their positivity and enthusiasm for running all around the world. They are in Chile right now and we wish them all the best in their endeavors!  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpGytL3WYok&list=PLvjE82mCi6a-sMVhfqr2iJDCL616SzSOz

 

In June, we got to shoot the first episode of our sporadic web series, People Watchers. The series stars Daniel James and Nick Smith as private detectives who break down society and all of its flaws. It ended up getting amazing reception, including an article in the St. Albert Leader by Glenn Cook. This is an idea we had for a web-series since September of 2013 so it was nice to finally see it in all it’s beauty. We can’t wait to film more episodes in early 2014!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqCQELXmB84&list=PLvjE82mCi6a-srJFwmOWARAiGeY0N2Vfl

In July, we were quite busy; we released our surprise music video for Gelonius’ song, The Last Slice, which was a love story about a man (Mark Trudel) and his last slice of pizza. Not even Gelonius knew we were going to do this, so the release was a complete spur of the moment surprise. The Last Slice was shown at the RDC Film Festival in Red Deer and The St. Albert Film Festival.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC8lXqFzEgU

We also started work on The Smile Syndicate’s music video for their hit song, “The Sun is a Jukebox.” One of our own, Justin Kueber, even got to dress up as a Hot Dog and have a cameo appearance. The second day of shooting occurred in October and we had over twenty volunteers participate in the choreographed dance (thanks to Kelly Weatherbee). If you’re ever feeling down this winter because of the weather, take a look at the video and all your troubles will be forgotten! Seriously though, the song is more infectious than Ebola!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNvchlaaafg&list=PLvjE82mCi6a8bnsU9cGEic1b-Pt2H4-ve

 

The concept of  “the Web Series” became something completely new to us this year. We went from not really knowing what a web series was, to having three in production. People Watchers, Ask Nima (featuring Nima Taef) and Sunday School, a co-production with 201 Pictures.

 

Sunday School, which we started shooting at the end of July features: “FOUR  FRIENDS [WHO] ATTEMPT TO ENTER A BUSINESS TOGETHER SELLING LEMONADE FROM A LEMONADE STAND. THEY SOON FACE COMPETITION IN A RIVAL UPSTART JUICE STAND BUSINESS, MALICIOUS EX'S AND SOME GUY NAMED TRANCE. WITH NO DESIRE TO FIND THEMSELVES IN SECOND PLACE YET AGAIN THE FOUR DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO ENSURE THEIR STAND COMES OUT ON TOP.” – 201 Pictures website

 

We finished shooting Sunday School in December and it was quite a sad last day of production. Wrapping the characters that we fell in love with was difficult to swallow but at the same time, it made us realize we were on to the editing stage and that much close to releasing this beast of a web series. The series is six episodes, ten minutes each; Justin Cauti from 201 Pictures, Justin Kueber (Guerrilla), and Sam Reid (Guerrilla) will direct two episodes each. The themes of each episode vary from Breaking Bad all the way to Martin Scorsese. The list of actors is way too great to list here but we can guarantee you will fall in love with this series when it debuts sometime in February!

 

http://www.201pictures.com/sunday-school

 

As the Summer came to an end, we closed it out by having Sam Reid do photography for Fiesta Mexicana Ronda 2, a music event just outside Sherwood Park. And we also provided music (Kueber & Brody Connolly) and photography (Reid) for the University of Alberta Pandas Soccer Team Alumni Event. We had almost too good of a time at both of these events and still love looking at the photos to this day. Take a look at the Photo Album tab on our Facebook Page if you want to see the fun times that ensued.

In September, Justin Kueber, Justin Cauti, and Andrew Joseph Pahle embarked on a mission to create a short film in 24 hours.  We called ourselves 201 Guerrillas, which was a combination of Guerrilla and 201 Pictures. The film was for the 24/One Filmmaking Challenge for the Edmonton International Film Festival. Our film, OVERTIME, ended up winning
Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Sound! I think we are still catching up on sleep from this event!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vucP_7nUVF8

 

In October, we started our work on our newest short film, Mindy. Our goal was to beat the snow and we did just that. We captured some gorgeous Fall cinematography and didn’t have to re-write due to the snow. Mindy stars the electric, Andrew Joseph Pahlke and a blow-up doll named Mindy. Yes, it is as weird as it sounds! Mindy also features the beautiful score by Jason Medwid and narration by Daniel James. Check it out if you want a satire on the romantic films that plague our society and film festivals.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgDWBsAGOK0&list=PLvjE82mCi6a-srJFwmOWARAiGeY0N2Vfl

 

We closed off the year by working on two more Corporate Videos; one for Moms Earning More and the other for Arcadia Bar (and Vegan Restaurant) on 124th Street in Edmonton. Both videos are still in the editing process but we can guarantee you will enjoy them once they are released. Check out our website for details on the release.  And, if you are in the mood for delicious vegan cuisine, live music or local craft beers, go check out Arcadia. It’s one of the coolest spots in Edmonton!

http://guerrillamotionpictures.com/corporateandevents/

 

Well, that brings our Year in Review to an end, and if you are still reading this we commend you for listening to our boasting for the past 1600 words. 2014 was a great year for us to grow but to quote The Carpenters, “we’ve only just begun!”

2015 is sure to be an even bigger year for us. Just to name a few of the events that we have already booked:

 

-       The John Reid Memorial Hockey Tournament (January 15-18)

-       Four new People Watchers episodes (two shooting in January)

-       The release of Sunday School (February 2015)

-       Weekly Film Reviews from Justin Kueber

-       Sunday School Season Two

-       A few secret short films (sorry we can’t spoil it)

-       A new music video for the Smile Syndicate’s next song

-       A feature film (hopefully being shot this summer)

-       Our first wedding video

-       And even more corporate and event work!

 

As always, we thank you guys for your continued support. Your feedback on the stuff that we make gives us great joy and happiness so…keep it up! We enjoy hearing from you!

 

From our Guerrilla Family to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

 

Signed,

 

Justin Kueber

Sam Reid

 

Guerrilla Motion Pictures