Wednesday, February 1, 2012

MAS8705 interview with John Perez

How is it going everyone? I’m MAS8705 and today, I’m actually not going to talk about video games!

Don’t look at me like that! Fact is that I have more interests than just simply video games, like movies. While I’m not much of a movie goer myself, I do normally enjoy the indy movies done in and around the el paso location. In fact I did star in one as a main actor’s stuntman; I was dragged away zombies by the end…

Anyway, back to my explanation… While there are many indy groups in El Paso, there are just as many people who like to make fan Parodies of their favorite shows. One such person is John Perez- Age 17.

Yea, he was very comfortable talking to me...


John has done a fair share of fan parody work, and now he is planning a Yugioh Fan movie. While Augmented Reality is working with John to make his movie, I was able to speak with him and ask a few questions.

MAS: Hello John, thanks for taking some time to speak with us

John: No problem, I'm honored to have this opportunity.

MAS: Alright then John, first off, tell us a bit about yourself.

John: Well I'm currently a Junior High School. I'm extremely involved in my school's theater program and I'm a youth leader at my local church, which I also volunteer for their drama ministry. Other than that, I've been directing for about a year now, including the Night of the Living Dead production that my school performed, the fan-made mini-series, Kamen Rider DX and currently this project, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Blood of Razel.

MAS: We will be talking about your latest project in a second, but first, go ahead and tell us about some of your earlier projects.

John: Before I began this project I was heavily involved in another fan-made production which was Kamen Rider DX. If you don't know, Kamen Rider is a yearly Japanese show. Well I decided to make a fan-made miniseries. I spent nearly a year on making costumes and creating scripts. It was very rough and eventually the project died out. I felt a little disappointed because both I and my actors spent a lot of time and we worked really hard especially on the stunts which on occasions were dangerous and it just didn't work out in the end. Other than that I directed The Night of the Living Dead play which my school's Theater Club performed and I'm proud to say that because of its popularity, my school will now be doing horror plays around the month of October.

MAS: Also from what you told me earlier, some of your action sequences in you Kamen Rider DX episodes were a bit dangerous correct?

John: Yes, actually most of them involved me. One stunt involved me jumping over an actress and kicking and actor. I made the jump but by the time I was in front of my fellow actor, I couldn't kick so I punched him and I actually connected with his chest, so what you see on the episode was real. He was fine but we decided another take was out of the question. In another scene the same actor runs away and I'm suppose to appear suddenly in front of him and he's supposed to bump into me and jump back. Well when he bumped into me, he accidentally shoved me, some of my armor went flying in the air and I nearly fell down a ditch. The last episode we filmed there was a stunt where I am kicked by an actress and I fly back and land on my back. We had to do several takes. On the second take I land really hard, and because the helmet was very hard, I actually was knocked out for a few minutes.

MAS: Scary, hopefully you don’t try and do anything like that again anytime soon. So now let’s talk about your latest project. Go ahead and tell us more about it.

John: Like I said, right now I'm directing a fan-made film based off the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series and franchise. I don't want to give much away, but I will tell you this: This movie will follow a whole new protagonist and will take place between Yu-Gi-Oh! And Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. Expect to see duel disks and Shadow Games galore.

MAS: Very nice. What do you hope to achieve by the time this project is completed?

John: I hope to be able to develop a great relationship between myself, my actors and Augmented Reality. I hope that not only I, but everyone involved will be able to make a name for themselves and become respected as actors, cameramen, make-up artists, hairstylists, etc. I want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves and for everyone who sees the film when it is finished will be able to enjoy it as well.

MAS: Alright then, well best of luck to you John. We hope your YuGiOh fan movie turns out well.
John: Thank you very much MAS.

So there you have it, the main actor taking a bit of time out of his busy schedule to speak with me. Of course, we can’t say for sure how the film will turn out (as it is still being planned out), but you can bet that Augmented Reality will be following John’s progress from beginning to end…

And I don’t mean because we are helping him produce his film and how a few of us are going to be in front of the camera.

Whatever gave you that idea? Anyway, if you want to see some of John’s work on his Kamen Rider DX Series, click the link below to go to his youtube channel, while the 2nd link is to his personal youtube page.

I’m MAS8705, and if you excuse me, I have to practice how to throw down a facedown without accidently hurting myself… Those duel Disks can be dangerous if left in the hands of an untrained professional…

Oh yea, one last thing… While John Perez isn’t working on fan projects, he also likes to do his own set of rants and reviews on his youtube channel… We here at Augmented Reality are always looking for those who want to take their creativity to the next level, so for the time being, we are letting John Perez in as a… a…

Well… I can’t say for sure since I’m not Mike or Alicia, so I can’t give John a proper title…

How about a special guest commentator? Yea, that will work for now…

So be on the lookout for Augmented Reality’s Special guest commentator: John Perez as he talk about Kamen Rider and other things of interest...

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