Sunday, December 1, 2013

On location of SILVERMANIA's "Paperboy 3 The Hard Way"!

By - Steve Mezo

Newt Wallen and Justin Silverman loved an arcade game that was reworked for the N.E.S. just as much as any of us and the name of that game is...


Back when that game was out I wouldn't be a paperboy if I had to, but I was at that arcade every day paying to work the most dangerous route ever known!
And a few later years Nintendo had made their version of it. Fast forward a lot more and Newt Wallen writer director of the soon to be released MIDNIGHT SHOW had this great idea for a parody of the game and teamed up with Justin Silverman from "SILVERMANIA" to write the script. It's done in the style of a movie trailer like the one's in Newt's soon to be released movie "MIDNIGHT SHOW", but is a "SILVERMANIA" episode. 

On the location that day as crew members were:

Director Isaac Williams
Production Managers Justin Silverman and Jarrett Courtney
Filmed by Isaac Williams & Kieran Fallon
Boom Mic Operated by Will Rivera
Location Manged by Newt Wallen
Custom Props & Weapons by Tony DeBartolis
F/X Make Up by "Tattooed" Steve Mezo & Jackie Mezo
Production Assistant - Justin Haller
And the actors that day were:

Paperboy - Newt Wallen
Papergirl (from the NES game Paperboy 2) - Kristy Richman
Editor in Chief - Kevin Riordan
Secretary - Jo Pincushion
Recumbent Bike Thug - Harold Fuimaono
Grim Reaper - Will Rivera
Skateboard Thug - Kieran Fallon
Hoop Thug - Isaac Williams
Dragged Paperboy - Justin Haller
It was really cool having Kevin Riordan there because he had interviewed Newt and a few of us for an article for The Inquier's Web Edition. And he did a great job in his role of The Editor and Chief. 

My wife Jackie and I were there to do F/X makeup and help with the production wherever needed and it was a great day out too. Jackie had never been to Liberty Lake before so when other shots were being done we were able to walk around the park and spend some much needed brain break time together. 

Jackie Mezo applying Kevin Riordan's F/X battle damage. 

      Kristy Richman "Papergirl" after being attacked by Jo Pincushion's Secretary character.

  Jackie applying Newt's F/X base makeup.

 Paperman ready for action!

The Paperman after going rounds with countless thugs.

Me  messing around with Tony DeBartolis's torched Paperboy prop between takes.

 And I took a much needed ice cream break.

 8 - Bit artwork by Frank Browning that could have been used in the Super NES version. 

I had read the script three times in one day because I loved the plot and the gags. And to see quite a few of them acted out (Including the Bounus Level locatioin) was hysterical.

Everybody there that day had a good time and really worked hard at getting all of the shots needed done with the daylight we had. And it was really cool getting to meet new people that we would be working with later on other projects coming up. 

And the best part was getting our names on a episode of SILVERMANIA!

Since it's release the video is getting great reviews and comments and getting a lot of recognition from some of the biggest names on the the internet. 

Give it a watch with the link below and make sure to leave a comment on the SILVERMANIA YouTube wall.