The spirit of a murdered ninja named Kim AKA Mystic (Maria Romero) returns to her docile lover to seek revenge upon her killer. Will James (Renda Writer) be able to find the courage to defeat the Phoenix Star (Jean LeGrand), and avenge the death of the woman he loved?
Bulletfist was a first of many kinds. It was the first film project completed and screened. It was the first film directors Dawn Dubriel & J.Vinazza ever worked on together. It was shot with Dawn Dubriel's Sony VX2000 in 2006 for the Miami 48 Hour Film Project. It was also the first film Underlab Studios submitted to the esteemed Miami competition.
The first day of the competition JV and Dawn had went to Miami to draw the competitions requirements. They were:
Al or Amy Cordova
Line of Dialogue:
"Step aside, we have to get through!"
Nervously the Dynamic Duo draw their genre and at first they picked: "HOLIDAY FILM"
"NOOOOOO!!!!" Dawn and J exclaimed. A tough decision had to be made. Do they Keep what they have and suffer the consequences, or Discard their selection for a wild card genre risking getting a worse fate such as WESTERN? They opted for the latter and as luck will have it, they got
Genre: MARTIAL ARTS
This was great news having access to a talented team of real Martial Artists such as Grand Master of Lost Legacy, Jean LeGrand AKA Master Juice and Self: Direction 7 writer/fight choreographer Chopp Devize. Master Juice was ready for the challenge however Chopp was only available for a short time the next day.
This was quite the challenge. Luckily J recruited long-time friend and local poet Renda Writer to assist in Screenwriting. It turns out, Renda has never written a screenplay.
At the time of the production, J. Vinazza asked Liza Trainer to help with the project. She sent Vanessa Rolfe with a couple of Liza's props.
Vanessa was a big help having previous film experience she too also knew how to write a screenplay. Between the three writers they came up with a story that would work.
Although Vanessa provided some writing, the majority of the Film was written by J. Vinazza creating dialogue based on a book entitled "The 4 Agreements" by Miguel Ruiz.
As soon as the story was written Renda was cast as the Lead character of James, a confused man who receives a visit by the spirit of his murdered girlfriend Kim AKA Mystic.
Master Juice was casted as Phoenix Star, a name deriving from MJ's alter ego Lord Phoenix. He was to play the antagonist of the story.
Shooting took place right where it was written - Reverse Polarity Studios which has been working closely with Underlab Studios since their inception. Immediately the last scene was shot first, both by Dawn Dubriel then J.Vinazza.
The next scene was with the Psychic Amy Cordova, played by one of the writers Vanessa Rolfe. Vanessa bought a great performance although the space and lack of lighting made it difficult to shoot for Dawn.
After wards, J.Vinazza took Maria and Master Juice to a nearby alley behind Reverse Polarity to shoot the last scene of the evening.
The next day and night, Dawn shot Chopp Devize by a lake behind her own house. The writers had forgotten to include the needed line for the competition, so Dawn had Chopp improvise and say the line at this time. Chopp played Life Wolfskin who also happens to be the main character in J. Vinazza's Self: Direction Seven
No sleep and 48 hours later the crew wrapped production and barely made it in time. The initial piece was nothing to brag about as both directors will tell you. The sound was out of place and the color correction was still in its rough stages, but Underlab still was proud to be part of the event.
When Jonathan Maryweather is put to the test by his boss's son, Chip Dale, he has enough. No more can he tolerate the bullying of such an "a-hole". He Becomes the world's most efficient super-hero - Jonny Efficient and He can type a thousand words a minute.
Don't let the flashy pseudonyms fool you, Master Juice AKA Lord Phoenix is a real deal in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Real name Jean Le Grand is a family man whose talents include: Executive Protection, Personal Training, Community Organization, Musician, Humanitarian, and Master Martial Arts Instructor with multiple black belts including Kung Fu & Ninjitsu. Please don't test him unless you already lost your teeth playing hockey. Oh yeah, ladies: he does have the body to match it as his modeling and acting career prove. Star of local films such as Bulletfist: No Honor in Regret and up-and coming Self: Direction 7 show off his skills in choreography and just plain KICKING ASS.
Also, his instructional self-defense facilities are open to all comers, with a focus placed on the education and training of underprivileged youth across the country. He teaches discipline, respect, and confidence while conditioning and training the body to be an effective weapon, when pushed to any limit. Visit www.Lost LecacySystems.com and www.PrimeTimeBoca.com
There is something to be said about a positive educational establishment in a community, especially when, at least on the surface, it will be associated with one of the most brutal sports in the modern era. Let's face it: Mixed Martial Arts has taken the place of boxing in the realm of popular brutality. But the training facility that Le Grand is building is as much based on positive training and community building as it is the fine art of "beat down" - talk about contrast in art. Lost Legacy Systems is not just his company name but an actual fighting system which combines the top fighting styles in the world. Le Grand channels a sort of energy that helps young people and families alike come to explore their own potential.
Of course, looking good while you're doing it is all part and parcel of the game, too. Ladies and gentlemen, there's more to the realm of mixed martial arts than kicks and grapples. Maybe after an afternoon training session with Le Grand, you'll begin to see that. In the meantime, find a way to channel the angst you've built up with this disciplined master's tutelage.
The ART OF WAR:
According to Master Juice (LORD PHOENIX)
I write this as a guideline or handbook for the survival in Life for the INDIVIDUAL. It will instill or remind those of their moral values, common sense, and loyalty that is lost in each year a person ages due to being desensitized by what society has added to one’s Life. I will keep it short and sweet and straight to the point. I am a REALIST so if I offend any….. TOO FREAKING BAD!!!! MAN UP AND GROW A SET!!!
Chapter One: Calculations
One plans success in his or her life and by doing so takes mental stimulation and inspiration in order to have a passion to bring forth your dreams. One must be very careful how much of their ideas you will share with other for others can be leeches to ones artistic creations, plans, and dreams. Your dreams soon become theirs and they walk with it as if it is theirs. Plan accordingly and build a good strong team. Take time to evaluate each individual - not only by observation but by history. Keep in mind some followers become leaders. As a leader, we must expect and accept one to grow for they also have dreams. Keep people close to you who are honest, open, and creative so the energies will flow where all can be revitalized and grow. Your best man might not be there forever so you must build many best men so that when the time comes, you almost immediately have someone stepping in his or her place. The world revolves around recycling and evolution. ACCEPT THIS!!!
Chapter Two: Doing Battle
What happens when someone does steal your ideas and feels there is nothing you can do about it? I mean, you go beat his ass and you go to jail, right!!!??? That’s not what you want to do unless you know a NINJA of course! . It’s not so much about getting even, it’s more of the Element of Surprise! What I mean is: Why respond to a person who is screaming at you by screaming at him or her back? Kill them with kindness and calmly respond very formally with a smile. They won’t know how to take it. Who do you think looks stupid? Strategically plan and protect your resources immediately by building your empire just to rise and take back what it yours!!! Let those who took the other side see what could have been and should have been. Blood is bitter sweet!!!
Chapter Three: Planning Attacks
Patience is everything! Have very good advisers because your mental state at the time can be that of anger and you will need those with stable heads to go to and assist you with seeing things clearly. These will be your elders or head advisers. Understand it could take months before the plan of attack is a go. The plan must be almost foolproof. The hardest part will be not throwing what you are up to in your enemies face. When you get this feeling that’s when you know your plan is flawless!!
Chapter Four: Formation
Covering your angles and corners is a must. Be sure to take the right steps to cover your ass and make what is yours all yours. Copyright, trade mark, register, or voodoo (lol) whatever it takes to get their bloodclott rass!!! Once you do this, let them use your idea and build its name so that when you do take over the name it is already well known to the masses! Or, you can sue them for whatever money its worth and the mental anguish it put you through and still get your idea back! Again, it can take months to reap the benefits, but with patience you, will be more than happy you did.
Chapter Five: Force
Force is a word taken too literally for it's meaning. When I say "force" I think of the game of Chess. You must think 3 to 5 steps ahead of your enemy in order to force them to make a move you want them to make. NUFF SAID!!!
Chapter Six: Weakness and Strength
This is when you sum up your enemies pros and cons about them. This will help determine the proper steps you are to take to make your plan successful. You find their strengths and look for ways to transform them into weaknesses. Always understand with strength comes weakness and vice-versa. They need each other to co-exist. Keeping that in mind, this is the formula of how the world and universe we live in works.
Chapter Seven: Struggle
Take note of your struggles and look to improve self constantly. We are not all perfect but we can make things perfect for us and to us! Your mind is so powerful that it can set you in the wrong direction when looking for ways to get back what is yours. This is because we get too emotional. It is always good to sit with you advisers and express how one feels. Its therapy that works! Also take note of your enemy’s struggles. Especially if they are using your name and idea, it won’t be hard to track down what and when they do things. Get feedback from others and store it in your enemy files. This will make your ART OF WAR that much sweeter!
Chapter Eight: Changes
Life is change and change is evolution. Each second, minute, hour, day, month, year, decade, and century goes through a transformation. We as individuals go through this transformation. Truthfully speaking, how well do we know ourselves? Can you tell yourself what it takes to assist you to a healthier lifestyle or what it really sincerely takes to make you happy? I don’t think so. Not everything works for everybody the same way it works for another. We must take the time to love self and know of self and learn of self before we put that energy into the next person.
Chapter Nine: Army Maneuvers
This is where your dedicated squad comes in. This squad consist of those who know both sides and can determine who was wrong and know what the right thing to do is. It is always a touchy situation when a group of friends are separated and some take sides and others stay neutral. A chain isn’t a chain once this occurs. Links are broken obviously. It’s up to you as an individual or group to maintain their friendship but I advise you let them know how you feel and where you stand. They will always respect you for that. If they don’t then they are not true friends. Your true friends will listen out for what the enemy is doing and report back to you. They will not accept anything the enemy offers, for value of friendship is MOST important, rather than to sell yourself out to fame and recognition.
Chapter Ten: Ground Formation
Stand your ground in what you believe in. You will have those tell you otherwise. Everyone will have their own opinions but at the end of the day you will have the final say and decision. Again, when in doubt go hear your advisers out.
Chapter Eleven: Spiritual Grounds
Always good to give thanks and recognition to the Most High you believe in and/or worship. Faith is very important to one’s life. It is the foundation to one's inner self (most Ways of Life and Religions know universally as their deity, God). Pray, chant, meditate, move, dance, sing, smile, stretch, and laugh. Exercise your inner being for this is what reflects on the outside.
Chapter Twelve: Fire Attacks
Now finally you are ready to release your wrath on your enemy. Your months of planning, and improving self has successfully paid off. Don’t throw it in their face when your time to shine has unfolded but formally smile showing that you have successfully defeated them through strategic planning and patience. Your Fire will be Water for you have learned through your lessons that you need to balance things out to get a better result. Their fire will be fire and they will burn themselves out. So sad but too bad!
Chapter Thirteen: Using Spies
Of course after all is done, they will be looking for ways to get back at you but STREETS ARE WATCHING. Your spies are everywhere and you are kept abreast of all that goes on. You are the Master Chess Player. They will have no real way to get even with you but to accept a LOSS and DEFEAT.
Don’t eat from the hand that feeds you beyotches for when the smoke clears your ass is going with it!!!
About MASTER JUICE (LORD PHOENIX):
Father, Son, Master Instructor and Founder of Martial Arts System, High Performance Fitness Trainer and Nutritionist, Fitness Model, Music Producer and Manager, Writer, Photographer, Motivational Speaker, Spiritual Mentor, Counselor and Adviser to many, and most importantly A REALIST!
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