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From Screenplay, To Scene Drawings, To Comic Book Pages, To Web Series – “White Jade”… 13 Years In The Making

Posted in Legends Productions, Video, Web Series, White Jade with tags , on November 12, 2015 by darkjade68

wjFrom Screenplay, To Scene Drawings, To Comic Book Pages, To Web Series – “White Jade”… 13 Years In The Making

In 2002, I moved to Eugene, Oregon for the second time

The first time had been to begin pursuing Film Making via Experimental Film Making with my Brother

But the second time was to work on Short Films with my Brother

To my frustration, my brother was unable to work on projects, due to his personal life which was falling apart… Something he had failed to mention whilst wooing me to return to Oregon to work on Film/Video Projects (I don’t mean to sound heartless, I had just moved my whole life there to do it, couldn’t get work there, etc. In the end, I think he really needed me there, so I’m glad it happened)

Out of frustration, I wrote a Short Film about two brothers…

Convinced him to give me an hour or so of his time…

And this was the Outcome

“If Not Now…”

“If Not Now…” was shot in about an hour and a half

My brother had never seen the Screenplay

I then submitted it to a New York Film And Video Festival, and got in

What does this have to do with “White Jade”?

During my 7 months time there, I stumbled into a Chinese Restaurant one night by myself, and a Film Story Concept came to me

But this story wouldn’t take place in China… It would take place in Future Japan

This story, was “White Jade”

White Jade Cover Book 1I went home after dinner, sat down, and wrote an 80 page First Draft…

…and sat it aside

My thinking was maybe I’d sell it someday, and use the money to fund my own Film Projects

That September, I went to New York with my Dad, and watched my Short Film “If Not Now…” on the big screen… It changed my life… I was a Filmmaker

Sadly 3 months later, I would end up in the hospital for 10 days

It was a combination of a 1 month long flu, and not being on my medicine for a year (I have an irregular heartbeat, but during 2002, I couldn’t afford my medicine)

The result, I weakened my heart… But this isn’t a sob story… And don’t worry, my heart was strong again within a few months

The problem was, they installed a device to protect my heart while it was weak, and this device ended up traumatizing me

Long story short, it zaps you if your heartbeat gets too fast, but it malfunctioned and read my irregular heart beat as a higher beats per minute… (This medical stuff will be over in a minute, I promise)

As it turned out, the device just needed to be adjusted, but by the time I found out, I had already received several shocks in a short time period, and have dealt with anxiety issues since

I’m not trying to make you sad here, it was just a bad series of events/accidents

Anyway, after the trauma, which was in July, 2003, I stepped away from Film Making, and turned to Screenplay Writing

The first thing I did was pick up my 80 Page First Draft of “White Jade”, and poured a couple hundred hours into Editing it into 2004

The finished product was 124 Pages (In film, one page equals a minute of Film)

I then wrote, and sent out a Query Letter (A short letter designed to tantalize an agent with your Story Concept) to several Agents, to no avail

I sat it down again

But in 2005 I picked it up again, and hired an Artist to draw me some Scenes from the Script…

Scene 4 of 4 Ti LiThese scenes were meant to be used as what I called ‘Eye Candy’

I would use them as Visual Aids to show the Story Concept to Investors who might consider purchasing the Screenplay

For some investors, reading the Screenplay isn’t enough for them to understand the Writers Vision

She drew me 4 Scenes… The one above, and

Scene 1 of 4 NayokoScene 2 of 4 Ben and Ti LiScene 3 of 4 NayokoI was so impressed with the drawings, that I decided to convert the Screenplay into a Comic Book, and hired her to Draw me a Cover, and the First 8 Pages

Page 8I loved them…

I then shopped the Comic Book Pages to two or three Comic Book Publishers, including “Dark Horse Comics”

Once again, to no avail

And so once again I sat the project down

Until 2012…

I had begun a Creative Writing Blog in 2011 (This Blog), and in 2012 Self Published a Poetry Book, a Novella, and an 8 Page Partial Comic Book, using the Pages that she drew in 2006

In 2013 I kinda took a break from Writing, as I had achieved my goal of averaging 1,000+ Words Per Day for a year and a half

But in 2015 I hit a point where I wanted to get back to Film Making, and so I created a Film/Video Production Company Called “Legends Productions”, which I intended to use to make Web Series, and Video Projects on YouTube

This is when I finally came to the realization that the only way I’m going to ever see “White Jade” realized, was to do it myself on YouTube

And thus, I’ve divided the 124 Page Screenplay into 16 eight minute long Episodes, and will begin shooting very shortly

The reality is I’ve wanted to be a Filmmaker since I saw the Original two “Star Wars” Films in 1977, and 1980, pursued it in 2000-2003, and basically sat down Film Making for the past 12 years

But with YouTube, and “Legends Productions”, I hope to return to it, and I hope all of you will join me on the Journey/Quest

“White Jade” is just the beginning…

Thanks for listening/reading

dArKjAdE/James

Here’s some info. for yah

Legends Productions YouTube Video Channel

Legends Productions Blog

White Jade Comic Book & Web Series Blog

Legends Productions Facebook Page

Legends Productions Twitter @LegendsProd

“White Jade” First Trailer (Web Series)

Posted in Legends Productions, Science Fiction, Web Series, White Jade, YouTube with tags on November 10, 2015 by darkjade68

My First “White Jade” Web Series Trailer Complete

Let Me Know What You Think

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Just 26 Hours Left Any Amount Helps

Posted in Web Series, White Jade, YouTube with tags on October 8, 2015 by darkjade68

Red Head Shot2Just 26 Hours Left Any Amount Helps

“White Jade” Webseries Indiegogo

Thanks Guys

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Movie Scenes That Capture The Essence Of What I’m Shooting For With “White Jade”

Posted in Indiegogo, Science Fiction, Web Series, White Jade, YouTube with tags , , , , on September 18, 2015 by darkjade68

Red Head Shot2Movie Scenes That Capture The Essence Of What I’m Shooting For With “White Jade”

White Jade Cover Book 1The First Scene Comes From “Blade Runner”

There Is An Overall ‘Futuristic Tokyo Japan’ Feeling That I’m Wanting With “White Jade”

10In This Next Scene From “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, The Tension Between Him And Her, And General Vibe Is One I’d Like With Naoko And Detective Ben Wayne

What Is HiraNext, The Tension And Mastery Of This “Dragon” Scene, Is One I’d Like In The Fights Scenes In “White Jade”, More Specifically The Scenes With Naoko

DisarmThis Next Scene From “Collateral” Is The Kind Of ‘Club Vibe’ I’d Like For The Club Scene With Naoko In “White Jade”

Scene 3 of 4 NayokoAnd Here Are Some Scenes That Give The ‘Samurai’ Vibe I’d Like In The Samurai Scenes In “White Jade”

Samurai Jack

Last Samurai

(Not Tom Cruise, Watnabe In Both & His Son The Archer In The Second Scene)

SamuraiWhat I Want For People To Feel At The End Of This Story Is Hope

And Love For Those That Mean Something In Their Lives

And To Be Inspired By The Passion And Artistry Of The Tale’s Unfolding

The 124 Page Screenplay Is Being Transformed Into 16 Eight Minute Episodes

The Funds Collected With Indiegogo Will Go Towards The Actors, Lighting, Costumes & Makeup

With “White Jade” I’m Hoping To Have The Opportunity To Inspire & Entertain People

Leave Them With Hope, And The Enjoyment Of Living And Seeing Through The Eyes

Of A Troubled Girl As Her Life Changes/Transforms Before Her

Into Something More…

Her New Beginning

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“White Jade” Web Series Indiegogo Project

Twitter – @LegendsProd

“White Jade” Screenplay – First 15-16 Pages

Posted in Kickstarter, Screenplay, White Jade, YouTube on August 9, 2015 by darkjade68

White Jade Cover Book 1

I Thought I’d Give A Peak At The Screenplay That My New YouTube Webseries Will Be Based On

“White Jade” Trailer YouTube Kickstarter Project

WHITE JADE

by

James Mahoney

FADE IN

PROLOG;

 

THE WIND SHALL BE YOUR GUIDE… THE STARLIGHT YOUR HOPE… AND THE MOON YOUR STUDY CLOCK…

                                                                                      

HIGH PRIEST WING-NA-RUNE

ORDER OF THE WHITE JADE

 

BLACK SCREEN

 

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE (V.O.)

What is it Nayoko…

…your father.

TITLE – NEW TOKYO, JAPAN – YEAR 2032

TITLE – NEW TOKYO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S SECRET QUESTIONING FACILITY

TITLE – THE RED LIGHT ROOM

INT. NEW TOKYO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S SECRET QUESTIONING FACILITY – THE RED LIGHT ROOM – NIGHT

The room is lit by one red light.

NAYOKO, an attractive Asian Girl in her twenties, is curled in a corner of the room.

BLACK SCREEN

NAYOKO (V.O.)

Yes…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE (V.O.)

              Is he dead?

NAYOKO (V.O.)

Yes… To me… He is dead…

2


EXT. OVERHEAD SHOT OF NEW TOKYO – NIGHT

TITLE – White Jade

TITLE – One Hour Earlier

INT. NEW TOKYO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S SECRET QUESTIONING FACILITY – HALLWAY – NIGHT

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE, a six-foot plus, fairly rugged looking Caucasian, in his mid to late thirties, walks with the head of the facility.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Okay… What do we got…

 

FACILITY HEAD

We’ve got a young Asian Girl, by the

name of Nayoko…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Nayoko what…

FACILITY HEAD

She won’t give us her last name, and

her prints aren’t on file…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Okay…

FACILITY HEAD

She turned herself in about an hour

ago…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Yeah…

FACILITY HEAD

She claims to be responsible for the

Asano Eight Building’s destruction

earlier today…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

What… One girl?!

FACILITY HEAD

No, she had some hired help…

3

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Okay…

FACILITY HEAD

She says she was trying to rescue

her father from Asano, who

she claims had kidnapped him…

TITLE – The Red Light Room

TITLE – The Present

INT. THE RED LIGHT ROOM – (THE PRESENT)

Nayoko sits legs crossed, head down, in a corner of the room.

Detective Ben Wayne sits about thirty feet away in one of two chairs that are at a table.

NAYOKO

Let me start from the beginning…

INT. YAMAGATA’S HIDEOUT – DAY (EARLIER THAT DAY)

A dark corridor lit only by thin beams of blue light.

TITLE – Earlier that day

TITLE – Yamagata’s Hideout – A New Tokyo Mafioso High Arch

Nayoko enters the corridor, wearing a hooded cloak.

AKI, a man in white and silver samurai armor, appears from around a corner to block her way.

Nayoko continues, as if to walk right through him.

Aki draws forth two swords from his back.

SWOOM!!

                             AKI

Going somewhere?

He swings the blades down upon her, but she avoids the blow, and so they strike the ground instead.

CHHIINNGGG!!!

4

She disarms him, knocking the swords to the ground.

KLANKKK!!

She knocks him down, and his armor makes a loud…

CLANNG!!

…as he hits the ground.

AKI

Ummmpphhh!!

She picks up both of his swords, and stands above him.

AKI

Aahhh!!

She thrusts both of the blades into his armor, just below his armpits, securing him to the floor.

CHINNGG!!

She knocks him unconscious, and continues into the darkness of the corridor beyond.

INT. THE RED LIGHT ROOM – NIGHT (THE PRESENT)

                             DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

So this Yamagata had your father…

(She doesn’t respond)

Nayoko, I can’t help you, unless you

give me more to work with…

She makes no sound.

He steps forward as if to touch her.

NAYOKO

No!!

She stands, and holds one arm outward indicating not to approach.

Upon her neck are two bloodied cut lines.

One on each side of her neck.

5

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

You’re hurt…

He starts to approach her once again.

NAYOKO

No!!

She holds her right arm out, palm towards him, indicating once again not to approach.

Upon her palm, written in Japanese, is the word Hira.

He steps back.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Hira…

She looks at him curiously, her head tilting just slightly, tears streaming down her cheeks.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

The name on your hand…

Nayoko quickly pulls her hand back against her chest, bows her head, and begins to fall backwards, as if losing her balance.

Ben starts forward to aid her, and then stops himself.

She regains her stance.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

What is… Hira

INT. YAMAGATA’S HIDEOUT – OUTSIDE YAMAGATA’S MAIN CHAMBER – DAY (EARLIER THAT DAY)

Nayoko continues down the dark hallway, until she reaches a set of double metal doors.

She holds up a miniature audio-playing device.

Yamagata’s voice comes out of the device.

VOICE DEVICE

Open…

     The doors open, and she continues her same stride.

6

INT. YAMAGATA’S MAIN CHAMBER

Inside there is a well-dressed older Asian man, YAMAGATA, smoking a cigarette.

                         YAMAGATA
Do I know you…

Nayoko walks straight up to him and grabs him by the throat.

YAMAGATA

Eekkk!

NAYOKO

Where is my father?

YAMAGATA

Your Father…
Than I do know you…

She knees him in the privates.

YAMAGATA

Oohh!!

She throws him up, and over his private bar, which sits   right behind him.

CRAASSSHH!!!

Nayoko pulls out some form of sonic gun, and blows the bar to pieces in a single shot.

FWAMMM!!

Just then Aki enters the room, raising his arm to block his face from pieces of shrapnel from the explosion.

Meanwhile, Yamagata sits curled up against the wall trying to breathe.

Suddenly, Yamagata reaches for two guns at his sides, and begins to let loose a firestorm at Nayoko.

BLAM!! BLAM!! BLAM!!

7

Nayoko avoids the shots, and hurls a nearby blunt object at Yamagata’s head, knocking him unconscious.

YAMAGATA

Aahhh!!!

Aki draws his swords, and moves forward to engage Nayoko.

Nayoko disarms Aki, and holds her gun against his forehead.

NAYOKO

Choose life…

Aki, stands perfectly still, and begins to break into a sweat.

He then looks over at Yamagata whose lies motionless.

Unconscious.

Aki drops his swords, and runs out of the room.

INT. YAMAGATA’S HIDEOUT – THE HALLWAY OUTSIDE YAMAGATA’S CHAMBERS

Nayoko drags Yamagata down the hallway, his head bumping about.

INT. RED LIGHT ROOM – NIGHT (THE PRESENT)

Ben spins his chair around backwards, and moves closer to Nayoko.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

What happened Nayoko?

Where’s your father?

Nayoko looks over at a cloak that is folded up on top of the table, for the room has become a bit cold.

Ben follows her gaze and sees that she’s noted the cloak.

He walks over to the table, picks up the cloak, and tosses it to her as if feeding a lion.

Nayoko’s eyes sparkle just a bit, still dark as ever.

She nods in thanks.

8

Ben sits back down.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Where’s your father Nayoko?

INT. YAMAGATA’S HIDEOUT – DAY (EARLIER THAT DAY)

Nayoko drags Yamagata onto her flight-ship.

Yamagata starts to wake as his head is being bumped repeatedly against the ship ramp.

INT. NAYOKO’S SHIP

Nayoko throws Yamagata into an open metal crate, which automatically closes and locks.

YAMAGATA’S (O.S.)

You can not do this!!! Do you know

who I am!!!”

Nayoko sits in the pilot seat, and ignites the thruster engines.

EXT. NAYOKO’S SHIP – DAY

Nayoko’s ship lifts off into the sky above.

VRRRRROOOONNNN!!

INT. NAYOKO’S SHIP

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

You will never find your father

without me!!!

Never!!

Nayoko pushes a blue lit button, and the crate begins to shrink in size.

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Aahhhhh!!!!

The crate is now half its original size.

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Nnnoooo!!!!!

9

EXT. NAYOKO’S SHIP

Nayoko’s ship flys through the air.

INT. – NAYOKO’S SHIP

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Okay, okay!!!

But how do I know you won’t kill me

if I tell you??

NAYOKO

I value life… I can’t help that…

Now tell me where he is…

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Asano has him… He’s holding him

hostage on the forty second floor

of the third Asano Eight Building…

NAYOKO

Thank you…

Nayoko pushes a red button and the crate drops through the floor and out of the ship.

EXT. NAYOKO’S SHIP – OVER THE OCEAN

The crate falls thousands of feet…

YAMAGATA (O.S.)

Nnnooo!!!!

…until it hits, and sinks, deep into the ocean below.

INT. THE RED LIGHT IN – NIGHT (THE PRESENT)

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

So you killed him anyway…

Nayoko nods in agreement, her head bowed.

NAYOKO

He’s killed thousands of people

in his reign of madness…

(She looks up at Ben)

10

NAYOKO

Like I told him… I value life…

She bows her head once more.

NAYOKO

He will end no more lives…

He’s in a box…

Under the ocean…

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

I see.

And your father…

Nayoko suddenly stares blankly outward.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Nayoko… What is it?

NAYOKO

I must go…

She stands, lets the cloak fall to the floor, and walks towards the door.

Ben stands.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Nayoko you can’t leave…

Hell, you turned yourself in!

Nayoko stops in front of the door, and bows her head.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Did you destroy Asano’s building’s

Nayoko?!

Some how I’m starting to think you

did…

Nayoko turns towards him.

11

NAYOKO

Please let me go Detective Wayne…

I can not stay here… It’s not safe

for anyone…

Tears fall down her cheek.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

I’m afraid that’s not good enough

Nayoko… So far all you’ve told me

is that your father is dead to you…

(He picks up her cloak)

And how you threw some guy into a

crate and dropped him into the

ocean…

(He throws it over her shoulders)

I’m afraid that at this point it’s

not looking too good for you…

(Ben sits her back down)

Now I suggest you just sit back down,

and finish telling me what happened…

EXT. NAYOKO’S SHIP – APPROACHING THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – (EARLIER THAT DAY)

Eight identical building’s that stand in a circle in the middle of New Tokyo’s down town business district.

TITLE: The Asano Eight Building’s

They are the tallest building’s in the city.

Or at least they were.

INT. NAYOKO’S SHIP

Nayoko goes to autopilot, and enters a small one-person escape pod.

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

It has a viewing window.

12

EXT. NAYOKO’S MAIN SHIP

The escape pod ejects from the main ship, several miles from the Asano Eight Building’s.

THE ESCAPE POD

As it falls to the earth, small rockets emerge, and bring it safely to the ground.

FWUUMMM!!!

It strikes the earth with a…

THUUMMPP!!

THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

A large fountain rests in the middle of the center courtyard.

Nayoko’s main ship crashes right into the courtyard fountain.

FWWWAAAAHHHHHH!!! BOOOMM!!!

A PARK – NEAR THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S

The escape pod rests in the ground.

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

Nayoko wears eye censors that allow her to see what her main ship’s viewing screen can see.

EXT. THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

A legion of armed security guards enters from the many Asano building’s, and begins to approach Nayoko’s crashed ship.

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

NAYOKO

Activate laser cannons…

EXT. THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

Laser canons suddenly appear atop Nayoko’s main ship.

13

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

NAYOKO

Fire!!!

EXT. THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

The laser cannons lay down a rapid fire upon the security guards.

Some are taken out, and some take cover.

INT. THE ESCAPE POD

NAYOKO

Set for defense five…

Nayoko out…

Nayoko takes off her eye censors, puts on a weighted backpack, and opens up the top of the pod.

EXT. A PARK – NEAR THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S

The lid fly’s off the pod, landing on the surrounding surface with a…

TTHHUUDDD!!

She bounds out of the pod, landing smoothly upon the earth.

She bows her head, and takes the talisman on her necklace into her hand.

NAYOKO

Father… Forgive me…

THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S

INT. THIRD BUILDING – 42ND FLOOR

Many well-dressed Asian businessmen, including MR. ASANO (New Tokyo Mob Boss), MR. WAKAI (2nd in command), and MR. DOI (An Ali to Asano), watch in horror from above.

  1. WAKAI

What is the meaning of this…

14

EXT. THE ASANO EIGHT BUILDING’S – CENTER COURTYARD

Some fifty or so security guards approach Nayoko’s main ship, which has halted fire.

As soon as the guards are within twenty to thirty feet of the ship, it explodes.

VVVOOOOOMMMM!!!! CCCLLLAAANNNGGGG!!!!!

A majority of the security guards are killed.

INT. THIRD BUILDING – 42nd FLOOR

  1. ASANO

Maybe it has to do with him…

Asano points at HIRA, Nayoko’s father, who’s attired in soft black clothing, and sits tied up to a chair in the back of the room. His eyes are shut, and head is bowed.

  1. DOI

Don’t be a fool Asano… No one, save

Yamagata, knows he’s here…

  1. ASANO

Perhaps…

(Mr. Asano’s Secretary enters)

  1. WAKAI

How dare you enter unannounced!!

SECRETARY

My humble pardon Mr. Asano Sir…

(She bows her head)

You have an urgent visitor…

Aki enters, sweating and shaken.

INT. THE RED LIGHT ROOM – NIGHT (THE PRESENT)

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

So you killed all of those innocent

security guards…

This really isn’t sounding good for

you Nayoko…

15

Nayoko sits as though in a trance.

Ben kneels down in front of her.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Nayoko…

NAYOKO

They’re coming for me…

INT. NEW TOKYO’S HIDDEN QUESTIONING FACILITY – MAIN ENTRANCE

Some dozen masked men in black, Asano’s men, enter the facility shooting poisonous blow darts at any police

officer’s they see.

INT. THE RED LIGHT ROOM

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

Who?

Suddenly lasers circle the door handle to the room.

Sparks shoot everywhere.

DETECTIVE BEN WAYNE

What the…

NAYOKO

Sorry Detective…

Nayoko strikes the back of Ben’s shoulder and neck, knocking him unconscious.

She then takes a crouching position, out of direct line from the door.

Suddenly the door handle falls to the floor, and the door swings open.

Four Priests in white robes fly into the room in full-extended kicks, and roll into defensive positions.

Nayoko stands upright.

16

MASTER OBUCHI, High Priest of the White Jade Order, steps through the door.

                             NAYOKO

Master Obuchi…

MASTER OBUCHI

We haven’t much time Little Hira…

Nayoko tears out the door, and the priests follow.

“White Jade” YouTube Trailer Kickstarter Project

Posted in Kickstarter, White Jade, YouTube with tags on August 4, 2015 by darkjade68

kickstarter“White Jade” YouTube Trailer Kickstarter Project

I just launched my First Film Making related Kickstarter Project, to generate some money to Produce a “White Jade” YouTube Trailer.

Here’s the Link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jamesmahoney/white-jade-youtube-trailer

Check Out the Video I made for Kickstarter, and Thanks for any kind of support you can offer.

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“White Jade” Trailer

Posted in White Jade, YouTube with tags , on July 26, 2015 by darkjade68

White Jade Cover Book 1Hey there, I’m just trying to drum up $200 to fund my “White Jade” Trailer

My PayPal Email is jadeblue@yahoo.com if you’d like to get involved

$2, $5, $10 Etc., anything helps

I will be presenting this Trailer to a possible Co-Producer in the middle of August for my “White Jade” YouTube Series

You can peek at the Cover and 8 Pages from my “White Jade” Partial Comic Here “White Jade” Comic

And here’s a couple Videos I made using the Comic Pages a couple years back

Part 1

Part 2

Anything you can do is Appreciated

My goal is to Produce 8 Minute Video Increments of the Film/Video

These will be Produced/Backed by a Co-Producer, or by creating a KickStarter Project

I’ll keep you updated

Thanks for your help with the Trailer!

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Posted in I Died Once, James Mahoney, Novella, Poetry, Story, White Jade, Winter Lust And Wonder with tags , , , on December 6, 2014 by darkjade68

I Died Once CoverLast Minute Christmas Gifts

“I Died Once” (Novella) – $5.00

I’m nearing ordering some copies of my three books for resale, “I Died Once” (My Novella), “Winter, Lust, And Wonder” (My Poetry Book), and “White Jade” (My 8 Page Partial Comic Book), for those who would like to purchase copies. The Novella and Poetry Book can be Signed by me if you like, and each of the books are $5.00 flat.

DarkJade - Cover (BlackandPurple) - Winter Lust and Wonder

“Winter, Lust, And Wonder” (Poetry Book) – $5.00

I will be shipping them out Priority Mail, so Shipping is about $5.00, whether you buy one, two, or all three books, the shipping stays the same.

White Jade Cover Book 1White Jade (8 Page Partial Comic Book) – $5.00

“I Died Once”, And “Winter, Lust, And Wonder” are also available on Amazon.Com, if you prefer… Both the Printed Versions, and the Kindle/Ebook/Digital Versions.

“I Died Once” Paperback $5.65 (Amazon)

“I Died Once” Kindle/Ebook $1.99 (Amazon)

“Winter, Lust, And Wonder” Paperback $4.75 (Amazon)

“Winter, Lust, And Wonder” Kindle/Ebook $.99 (Amazon)

Some Amazon Reviews

“I Died Once” (Novella)

5.0 out of 5 stars This novella grabs you and doesn’t let you go, September 20, 2012
By Lorna Lee (New York) – See all my reviews
This review is from: I Died Once (Paperback)

Once I started reading this novella, I couldn’t stop. It hooked me from the very first line: “Mady was a Dark Child…” I wanted to know who Mady was and what made her a “Dark Child.”

The book immediately combines a masterful use of dialogue and first-person narrative from Mady’s perspective to establish all the elements of a great story: a compelling plot, three-dimensional characters, and dialogue and descriptive passages that bring you into Mady’s world.

James turns Mady from a girl I found immediately annoying into one who I wanted to hug and nurture. He quickly creates some thrilling action, and gives just enough detail to keep the story moving ahead with a strong plot and even stronger characters, each with their unique voice. I am so impressed at the depth and richness of the story he told in such a short space. That kind of tight writing takes enormous talent.

But if I said more, I would have to start telling you about the parts that I thought were stunningly executed, like his engaging details of Africa or his astute definition between a hunter and a killer. But, like I said, I don’t want to spoil the story for all of you who are now going to have to read this gem of a book because of what I didn’t reveal in this review.

This is an intriguing, well-told story that can be read in one sitting. If you are disappointed, it will be because is ends so quickly.

“Winter, Lust, And Wonder” (Poetry Book)
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, May 14, 2012
 
This review is from: Winter, Lust, And Wonder (Winter 2011) (Kindle Edition)
It’s not only well written but in a beautiful way. The kind that inspires you, at first I was regretting the lack of images or drawings but my imagination took quickly care of that. The style and the words invite to see trough the writer’s eyes. Sometimes it’s magical, sometimes down to earth, and if you read in the “space” between the words, you get the depth of the message. I enjoyed especially A Grip on the Darkness, I Walk Through Thee, Utopia, Moon, and felt very touched by “~Japan – Compassion~”…
I expected a number of poems almost identical but their words, instead the style changes, the tone, the ideas, … A very surprising and beautiful discovery. I’m sure the author would do great in a novel or a fiction book, looking forward to more!
Heloise, Belgium
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Legends Productions – “White Jade” – Pre-Production – Take One

Posted in Legends Productions, Video, White Jade, YouTube with tags , on November 9, 2014 by darkjade68

LP WJ Pre-Production 2Legends Productions – “White Jade” – Pre-Production – Take One

Day 1

So the first thing that I started to do in Pre-Production, was to figure out what I would need to Produce the First Scenes of “White Jade”.

A) A New Video Camera

CameraA Video Camera came first to mind. I own a $4-500 Digital Video Camera which is ok, but I really feel it’s not going to cut if I want to raise my game in regards to Video Productions.

The first ones I looked at ran from $2,000, to $3,000… Yeah, they’re not cheap.

But this one above is on sale for $899.

So this is the First Amount that I would put into my Kickstarter Budget.

The Kickstarter Budget will include a List Of Costs associated with the portion of scenes I intend to film first with my funding from the Kickstarter Project.

kickstarterKickestarter Project;

I will be generating a Kickstarter Project in order to fund the initial Production Costs of the “White Jade” YouTube Video Project. Included in these costs will be my ‘Production Costs’, as well as the Costs associated with the ‘Rewards’ the Contributors will be receiving… Such as DVD Copies of the Filmed Scenes, Copies of my 8 Page “White Jade” Partial Comic Book, and whatever other cool things I can come up with.

B) Boom Mic

BoomA Boom Mic. Generally you don’t want to rely on the Built In Video Mic for your Video Production. Depending on the set up, I found some running from $59-$179.

So $179 will go into the Kickstarter Budget, allowing for the Maximum Cost.

Running Kickstarter Budget Total = $1,078

C) Lights

LightsLights. The price can vary here too, but I believe this one ran around $59.

Running Kickstarter Budget Total = $1,137

As  you can see, Costs can add up pretty quickly in production.

However, these three items are really more of Legends Productions long term investments, and will be used for many productions to come, above, and beyond the “White Jade” Video Project.

Some Additional Costs;

  • Travel (Related to Cast And Crew) = $400
  • Food (To Feed Cast And Crew While Onset) = $100
  • Wardrobe (For Initial Scenes) = $150-300
  • Makeup = $40

Running Kickstarter Budget Total = $1,977

As the Production Costs grow, so does the Kickstarter Budget.

Generally the Rewards associated to Kickstarter Projects, or at least in my minimal experience, double the Kickstarter Budget. If this runs true, then we’re already looking at $3,900+. But I’ll have to see if the Rewards portion actually tack on that much, it’s been a while since I did my Book Editing Kickstarter Project, back in 2012.

Day 2

book-editors3On Day 2 of Pre-Production, I decided I really needed to buckle down and try to determine 1) How Long Each Portion Of The “White Jade” Video Is Going To Be (Meaning It’s about a 124 Page Script, which in Film (Or Video In This Case) = 124 Minutes. Originally I figured I’d do 3 Videos, each around 40 Minutes Long. But now I’m reconsidering. I believe I will instead break them down into around 15 Minute Videos. This will make “White Jade” a 12 Part Video Series.) And 2) How Much The First 15 Pages Of Script Translates Into In Regards To Cost.

And so I printed out a copy of my “White Jade” Script, and started to highlight the sections of scenes.

Page 7The really inexpensive scenes will be the ‘Red Light Room’ Scenes.

Why? Because I can basically film them in my living room (Once The Room Is Set Up Right), with Red Lights Set Up, and two actors.

Sadly I determined that The Red Light Room Scenes represent around 4 or 5 Pages of the first 15 Pages of the Script.

And here’s where the Budget starts to jump again…

Day 3

LP WJ Blue Samurai ArmourSo as I’m breezing through the Script, I’m like oh no, Samurai Armour, Lol

Let me break by saying this, first of all, when you’re doing an Independent Film/Video Project, some say, don’t do a ‘Sci-Fi’, Lol

Why? Costs.

But in this case I’m not just doing a Film/Video that takes place in the future, this story also incorporates elements of the past…

And so… Samurai Armour.

And, it gets worse, Lol

In the first 15 Pages there is not only a Samurai, but a Hand To Hand/Sword Fight between the Samurai, and our Lead Character Nayoko.

The only thing that chilled me out during working on the Costs, is the wise words of someone I hold very dearly, who had suggested that I think of “White Jade” as a 5 Year Project.

Granted, I hope to Film the First Scenes of “White Jade” in the next 3 to 12 Months, but still thinking of it as a long term project, did help.

Page 5Now don’t get me wrong, I love Samurai Armour (This Blue Armour Pictured Runs Around $2,500), but the expense, coupled with the need to incorporate it into actual Combat Scenes, makes it a bit Costly, and Challenging.

Yes, the initial Armour that I found ran from around $2-$3,000 Each.

LP WJ Red Samurai ArmourIf I needed just one piece, that would be a bit less daunting… But, I need one for the Character Aki (Depicted In The Comic Scene), as well as… Well… I don’t want to give away too much of the Story… But lets just say, I will need some Red Armour as well. (This One Ran Around $2,900)

But, you’re not dealing with someone whose just going to latch onto the first Products he finds…

And so I searched on, until I found some Armour that Cost $2-$300… And I’m like, what’s the catch?

And the catch is, the Armour may be $2-$300, but the Freight is about $500. (They Come From China)

And me not being too familiar with International Freight Costs, wasn’t sure if they actually cost that much to Ship, or if this is just the Manufacturer’s way of Capturing More Cost.

LP WJ Red Samurai Armour 2Either way, in just a half an hour or so, I was able to potentially cut the cost of a suit of Samurai Armor, from $2-$3,000, to $7-$800. (This Armour Above Is $700 With Shipping)

The Manufacturor of the less expensive Armour also offers a discount on Shipping when you order more than one… So the overall costs should go down.

But I have much more research to do.*

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White Jade (Comic) – Page 8

Posted in Comic Book, Legends Productions, White Jade, YouTube on November 5, 2014 by darkjade68

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