James / March 27th, 2012
No turning back. Time to go! Let’s make a movie!
March 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm
March 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm
Well James, I just hope everythings gonne be alrigth! Good luck for the shooting!
And, just keep up the good works!
March 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm
James, I highly, highly doubt this has potential to be the worst movie ever. Tommy Wiseau has that claim.Do what you can, cut corners if you have to, and take your time. There’s no rush here. Not to mention, we’ll be behind you the whole way.
March 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm
@MattHerrick Well he can’t really take his time. Time is money, literally, especially during shooting when he has to pay for locations, actors, crew, etc.
March 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm
You look like shit with a beard.
March 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm
@Ellivennecq quit jellin
March 28, 2012 at 1:46 am
@Ellivennecq says someone without a face
March 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm
Yeah man LA and California in general is fucking awful in regards to taxes and regulations. Essentially they just want as much money out of you as possible, regardless as to whether or not it hobbles or just downright prevents you from making a film. Great example of this is how Breaking bad was originally supposed to be shot in Riverside but because of all the BS imposed in the form of fee’s, reg’s, etc it’s shot in New Mexico. Good luck brother with your movie. Here’s one Southern California Fan who’s rooting for ya.
March 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm
i’ll go to Britain when im good and ready. this ad is way too long.
what can i say? we’re all behind you James. no matter what this becomes, i’m sure it’ll make all your fans happy as shit. Mike is holding down regular videos nicely, and i’m still happy watching the old nerd episodes. i’ve even got my girlfriend into the nerd (high praise, she hates pretty much all the other online critics).
hope you’re all having a blast down there. good luck!
March 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm
@jar LMAO! Love how you threw in the bit about the ad. It made me never wanna goto Britain. PS: You can skip it about halfway through. Theres a barely visable X in the top right that appears haha. JUST in case everyone’s wondering.
March 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm
@CraigMillar @jar or you can just use AdBlock and skip the ad altogether
March 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm
Just do what you do best… don’t just make a movie… make a MOTHER-FUCKIN movie.
March 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm
r.i.p Edd Gould…
March 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm
I guess you’re also going to release DVDs at one point.
Will the people that funded some more money (I made a 200 USD donation via IndieGoGo) get a free DVD or at least get it cheaper ?
March 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm
Good luck James! Looking forward to the movie and I hope it goes well.
March 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm
James, two things i would like to say or ask:
1) I first donated to the AVGN movie, using the PayPal button, and then, when you began the IndieGoGo i couldnt help again. The thing is, right now Kickstarter projects are receiving a lot of attention because of Tim Schaffers game and also Wasteland 2. What i mean is, i think if you create a new fundraiser campaign, with different or even the same rewards, everybody would win: those who helped back at the day could help more, who lost the opportunity during IndieGoGo would have another chance to help and get nice rewards, and also NEW people would take notice of what you are trying to do! Since you would receive the money this year, and use it to film this year, you wouldnt lose so much with taxes like you said in a movie before.
2) Do you plan to attend E3 2012? I went last year and hoped to find you there, but then i found that last year was one of the few years you didnt attend… then i hoped to find you this year again, but you are saying you are going back home on may 5th… i am a huge (international) fan of cinemassacre, and would be REALLY cool to meet you and motherfucker Mike… also, it could be a nice place to spread the word on AVGN The Movie and get some attention from the media and gamers.
Thats it! thanks and kick some ass with the movie!!
March 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm
@andregnreis I really doubt that he’ll be at E3 2012. He’ll be way too busy with the movie.
March 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm
you are so ahead of your time
March 28, 2012 at 7:11 am
March 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm
ThunderNerds R GO!
March 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm
@JamesAVGN I brought this up to Kevin, but I haven’t heard so I will post it here to. If you need any long distance help just let me know via message or facebook or something. Anything at all.
March 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm
Please claim and link to this board, James: http://plainboards.com/!avgnmovie/
March 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm
Good luck with your movie James, I am sure whatever you create will be entertaining no pressure just have fun and do what you love
I wuv your job, I know it’s gonna be awesome no matter what so relax and go at your own pace
March 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Thanks for the update James. I hope everything runs smoothly.
March 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm
good luck james!
March 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm
Good luck James, hopefully all the bullshit is over.
Just give it your all and have fun !
March 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm
You’ve worked hard to be where you’re at now. Will pick up a copy of the movie when it’s released on DVD. Good luck, James.
March 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm
Don’t sell yourself short, film hero! Also, your face looks a bit thin. Please make sure you’re eating right! Your health is the most important thing!
March 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm
James, you should be able to get most of that tax back when you file your 2012 tax return. You’ll have all the movie expenses but little to no revenue. Therefore you’ll have a big loss that can be carried back to claim taxes paid in 2010 and 2011. I think your mistake was having indiegogo remit funds to you in 2011. You should of had it set up where none of the funds transfer to you until 2012, that way your income and expenses would be matched in the same year. You may want to get a new tax advisor or at least consult with one before making a decision that will have a major financial impact.
Good luck on the movie, can’t wait until it comes out.
March 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm
My favorite part of any AVGN episode are the angry expressions on the Nerd’s face. The ROB and Spielberg episodes had great instances of silent stares of pure anger. That is my only request before the movie starts – please hold back nothing when the cameras start to roll!
March 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm
Are you still accepting donations? I have money burning a hole in my pocket and it sounds like you need more. Let me know. My wallet is ready to take a hit.
March 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm
‘ @FiftyQuid I’d send a message to Mike’s profile on here. James isn’t gonna get it, but Mike might get a chance to read it.
March 28, 2012 at 12:33 am
@FiftyQuid There’s a Paypal link at the top of the page. I think that’s for donating to the website, but either way it probably ends up in the same place.
March 28, 2012 at 12:45 am
@FiftyQuid I Just followed the paypal link to donate some $ and it said the payment was going towards “Angry Video Game Nerd Movie, LLC” So you can probably assume that it’ll be going towards the cause
March 27, 2012 at 11:00 pm
You’re the man James; a hard-working inpsiration
I’m confident that what you release will be high-quality.
Lots of luck for your shooting!!
March 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm
Good luck with the shoot dude. I hope it turns out good. Or at the very least, so bad that it’s good.
March 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm
this is it man, just remember to keep your chill wits about you throughout the shoot and don’t let the stress fuck up your mindset. good luck, bet you can’t wait to get this fucker in the can!
March 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm
;_;7 Godspeed, James.
March 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm
Best of luck, James!
March 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm
would love to hear a rough recording of your band
March 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm
It really is hard to do things legit in LA without a ton of money. I wish you the best of luck, and even if this doesn’t make it to theaters, I hope that you at least are able to sell it to Netflix and that it will open many more doors for you!
March 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm
Haha oh man I was just thinking… what if James really took that first mailbag to heart and we are about to witness the most bizarre and perverse pornographic re-imagining of AVGN?
March 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm
If this movie turns out half as good as you are as a person, we’ll be talking about it for years to come.
March 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm
James I gotta tell ya, don’t worry about how it turns out. If it’s sooo bad it’s good, then it’s still rewarding (even more rewarding that you will gain so much knowledge and experience and you be doing the very thing you “dreamed” of). Even if the movie ended up like a regular AVGN episode but at a movie length I’d still enjoy it man. Anything you do on the films is enough entertainment for me. It’s like making music, just have fun doing what you like to do and not change so much for other peoples standards (if it comes down to it). But yeah man that’s all I gotta say, good luck, best wishes for you, and thanks for all the years of entertainment.
March 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm
Don’t rush it.. Oooh please don’t rush it! Don’t set out any hopes for a concrete release date and take your time. We will wait as long as we can get some sort of updates once in a while showing that it’s still in the works.
A good movie is a movie well produced. This is your first “Big” movie so mistakes are expected but don’t intentionally add factors that may hurt it. Take your time and give us the movie from Kevin and your minds.
March 28, 2012 at 12:19 am
I think it will be hard for this to turn out bad. Even if it turns out not how you envisioned because of budget and constraints, I have a feeling it will still be gold. Constraints can make a person think more creatively and determined, so it puts that pressure to cause a creative spark. We all know you guys have a solid story and script, so even if you have to obliterate the original script, it will probably still be great.
I think it would actually be pretty funny if the movie opened up like a typical AVGN episode, with the title music and all. Starting a review for ET, and then like 5 mins into it, he can’t finish the review due to how bad it is, and then the narrative starts and the atmosphere changes into a legit movie.
March 28, 2012 at 12:23 am
Love his sincerity!
March 28, 2012 at 12:27 am
on DVD will people in other counties be able to get it ?
March 28, 2012 at 1:25 am
@kamate2 Yep, they’ll probably add it to the Screwattack store. And all their other DVDs are not region-coded, so I’m going to assume that this one won’t be either.
March 28, 2012 at 12:28 am
Mannn, James you look so burned out. i bet the rest of the team are feeling the same, but I know and many of your fans will know you’re putting in a lot of effort. I can’t wait to see your movie. It’s going to be great whether or not it goes how you planned. I’ve loved every single AVGN episode you’ve made surely your movie will be fantastic. I’ll go see rain or shine
March 28, 2012 at 12:30 am
If you have to delay a couple of months to shoot more scenes in different locations, then you should do that.
March 28, 2012 at 12:55 am
Oh God… I would so go for the AVGN movie coming out in theaters December 25th. It’ll be the best movie of 2012… yes, even better than The Dark Knight Rises… well, maybe not… but then again…nah.
March 28, 2012 at 1:10 am
I highly doubt it will even be close to the worst movie ever made.
March 28, 2012 at 1:44 am
Can’t wait for the film, James. Best of luck while shooting. Break a leg!
March 28, 2012 at 2:17 am
Only a months worth of shooting? I always expected this to be a much longer process. Oh well, not like I am complaining!! Can’t wait to have James back at the forefront of Cinmassacre.
March 28, 2012 at 2:19 am
I believe in you James, this movie is bound to be a great success! Even if you think it may be ‘the worst movie of all time’, you’ll know all your fans will love and appreciate what you’ve done. I hope you have great success in filming, can’t wait for the movie!
March 28, 2012 at 2:29 am
That’s a good Boo!!! Sending my best to all of you. Stay positive!
March 28, 2012 at 3:00 am
Stop saying the movie WILL be a massive success and hyping it up. Just stop!.
I love that he is getting to do this, but the best we can do is wait with as little of expectations as possible. I’m not saying that because I think the movie is going to suck. No.. I am saying this simply because IF you hype it too much you will be disappointed NO MATTER WHAT.
Wait for it, like an extra special episode, with no other expectations except to see James live his dream, be happy he got to, and everything else is bonus.
THEN — If the movie is shitty, you will still feel proud for him and he WILL get to go on any way with all the knowledge he will have and make something better.
If the movie awesome, you will be blown away because you didn’t expect the greatest of the great movies..
I’m thinking it’s going to be one hell of a ride by the time it’s done either way, for both James AND US and CAN NOT WAIT. I can not wait, however, SIMPLY with the intentions to have a fucking blast. I absolutely guarantee that _I_ personally will be THRILLED to see it and WILL have a great time. I’ve never been one of the people here to bitch about his later episodes ‘not being as good’ as his earlier ones. For everything that got ‘worse’ something got ‘better.’
So let’s crack a bottle for James on April 1st and wish him the best. Isn’t the internet amazing?
March 28, 2012 at 6:32 am
@Lanlost Well said, man.
March 28, 2012 at 10:31 am
@Lanlost Very well said, my good sir. I’m excited for the movie, but not being too hyped. Even if some of the later episodes were a bit weak, they got much better nearby the 100 episode mark. Every time I saw “AVGN EPISODE # – TRAILER” on YouTube, I’d be really excited and I’d watch it in support as a fan.
March 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm
@Lanlost Yup, agreed. I’m trying to keep my personal expectations low so I can be blown away when it comes out. Honestly I’m more a fan of the reviews themselves than the crazy over-the-top shenanigans like SMDC3K, so the movie might not be for me either way. I’ll still buy the Blu-ray though.
March 28, 2012 at 4:24 am
This makes me even more excited for the movie! Whether it’s a blockbuster masterpiece or a Cinemassacre it doesn’t matter. I actually a hope it turns out to be raw and hilarious like an Ed Wood flick. With a touch of Wayne’s World where it isn’t afraid to make fun of itself.
March 28, 2012 at 4:31 am
Just release the movie before the end of the world. Thanks.
March 28, 2012 at 5:26 am
For the release James should tour major cities around the world and rent out a theatre room at each location for a night or more(depending on demand). And he should sell the Blu-Rays and DVD’s with him at a merch table after. And then just release it to buy online. If he does that independently he wouldn’t have to share as much with Uncle Sam(The government) or Uncle Scrooge(The corporations involved in movie distribution). James has more of a following than most Indie DVD distributers anyway. I know if he did that, I would be able to set up a sold-out show at a local theatre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It would be about $2500 for him before selling merch.
March 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm
@CurtisSchneider It would still be illegal to sell merch and not pay taxes on the revenue. If he made enough on it, the IRS would catch on quick.
March 28, 2012 at 5:29 am
These Nerd logs are an indicator that James really cares about his fans. Also, I love the cat!
March 28, 2012 at 10:29 am
@Irate Gamer Fanboy You can’t spell turd, little boy?
March 28, 2012 at 11:33 am
@startugofroblox Just leave him be, don’t feed the….ah screw it!
March 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm
@Irate Gamer Fanboy Oh IGF, you’re so funny! Seriously, you’re the worst troll ever. After you’re done masturbating over the attention you get from you’re ” ‘ ‘ ‘ trolling ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ’, bug off from this website.
March 28, 2012 at 5:45 am
I have a black cat like yours, and his name is Poe, Boo is a fantastic name for a cat Keep up, James, we are going to love the movie even just for the effort you are putting in it.
March 28, 2012 at 5:55 am
I have a great feeling about this movie; keep it up and good luck James.
March 28, 2012 at 6:06 am
Don’t worry about it, nerd. If it doesn’t live up to your/our expectations, it can always be fairly reviewed by Motherfuckin’ Mike!
March 28, 2012 at 6:27 am
Good luck! I believe in you!
March 28, 2012 at 6:30 am
Hate to be sentimental, but the more I watch these logs, I start feeling like I’m more just happy for James and excited about what he is doing than watching the movie itself. Even if the movie “sucks” I think I will still thoroughly enjoy it, just like some AVGN episodes that I don’t really care for, I still enjoy them because you know James is behind the scenes working hard and doing what he loves. Cinemassacre is beautiful, not just because of the face value product that comes out of it, but the inspiring person that is James Rolfe, a man who we can all look up to and identify with.
March 28, 2012 at 8:09 am
@NewQuinn I agree with this 100%. As an aspiring filmmaker myself, I can only imagine how happy James is to finally be doing this. Ever since I’ve found this site, he has quickly become my favorite director. I’ll dish out whatever it costs to see this movie no matter how good it is!
March 28, 2012 at 6:53 am
Wow, taxes suck. But you will persevere! My family and I are so excited for you, and can’t wait to see the movie! Good luck James!
March 28, 2012 at 6:55 am
too much taxes for average people, and not enough for the richest ones (let’s go back to 90% for them).Good luck on this movie.
March 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm
@JelwynnKain You do realize that’s why he was taxed so much… $300,000 or so of “income” will magically make him one of the “1%” this year that some people love to hate so much. On paper anyway.
Nobody should pay 90% of their income to the government.
March 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm
@Jarnor @JelwynnKain The maximum tax bracket, even in the worst case, is nowhere near 90%. He might end up paying half. Which is still pretty catastrophic; if he expected to need $200K, he will only have $150K or so to work with, and it sounds like he might not have budgeted properly to begin with so that $200K figure is called into question.
The sad thing is that if he had consulted an accountant beforehand, there were undoubtedly countless ways that this could have been mitigated. It’s an unfortunate blunder. He’ll know better next time, I guess.
March 29, 2012 at 1:49 am
@StilesCrisis @Jarnor @JelwynnKain I was under the impression film-makers could get slight exemptions on some of their film funding being taxed…..but I guess maybe through things like IndieGoGo, it doesn’t work that way.
@StilesCrisis @Jarnor @JelwynnKain But also, considering he only asked for $75,000 in the first place, even IF he only wound up getting about $150,000 of that to work with, he still has more to use than he probably imagined.
March 28, 2012 at 7:02 am
James the donation was totally worth it just to see how excited you are about this and that it’s such a great learning experience for you. I can’t wait to see the finished product but I also hope the joy and excitement can last as long as possible for you. Good luck with everything and we all believe in you.
March 28, 2012 at 7:07 am
isn’t plan 9 from outer space the worst movie ever so i don`t think the avgn movie going to near that though im looking forward to it:)
March 28, 2012 at 9:27 am
@R2 Plan 9 has been trumped by Birdemic : Shock and Terror. That movie makes Plan 9 look like Terminator 2.
March 28, 2012 at 10:02 am
@WillieLogan You guys know that James Rolfe is in the upcoming PLAN 9 remake as a police officer right? Not a joke. Awesome.
March 29, 2012 at 1:47 am
@R2 Oooooooh no. Trust me. There are far, far worse movies than Plan 9. Plan 9 actually has some charm and entertaingment value. Go watch Creating Rem Lezar. Or Manos: The Hands of Fate, or Hobgoblins, or many OTHER horribly made films out there. Compared to a lot of shit out there, Ed Wood’s movies are masterpieces. lol
March 28, 2012 at 7:15 am
Wow man, gonna be a hell of a month! I’m glad to hear your appreciation of the time and effort of what you’re doing as it relates to your professional experience; as a software engineer my best times were really my hardest times. Getting thrown to the wolves is often the best thing that can happen to us, as long as we don’t get eaten
Good luck with filming, I hope everything goes as smooth as possible!
This looks like it’s gonna be freckin’ amazing dude, thank you so much.Only thing I wanna say is, it’s probably a bad idea to try to rush the movie out during the editing process.Don’t overwork yourself. I spoke to one of the guys that worked on the unreleased Sonic game for Sega Saturn, and he worked so many hours on the game trying to get it finished that he actually became very sick, and his doctor told him he only had like 5 weeks to live or something like that. xDSo, take your time, take breaks in between. I’m a very patient person, and the world isn’t gonna end for me if the movie isn’t out by the end of this year.
March 28, 2012 at 7:51 am
March 28, 2012 at 7:59 am
I wish you all the luck and success with the movie. When we do something for love, it is always worth it! Can’t wait to see the movie and a new AVGN episode!
March 28, 2012 at 8:25 am
AVGN: The Movie? Here’s a better title – The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie: Nerd Versus the World!
March 28, 2012 at 10:28 am
@original J At first, he was saving the world from R.O.B., now he’s against it? lol
March 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm
1. It references not only his video on Bart Vs. the World but also Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World which in itself largely references video game mythology. His films are often satirical and use parody so the title fits.
2. As you know, many older school games such as Mario are notable for their use of “worlds” which could be interesting if it ties into the script at all.
3. James likes B grade films and they tend to use wacky titles so this seems appropriate.
Anyway, he didn’t destroy ROB to save the world, he did it so that he could get all the crappy games back.
March 28, 2012 at 8:42 am
goatee’s comin in nicely!
March 28, 2012 at 8:43 am
well, i’m living over seas at the moment, but i’ll be sure to buy the DVD as soon as it comes out. Work hard, but after May 5, don’t forget to take a breather. Putting that much of a workload on yourself could be stressful.
March 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm
@kentowen Disneyland is right down the street after you’re done shooting. Just sayin’.
March 28, 2012 at 9:23 am
March 28, 2012 at 9:43 am
Better be shot in panavision, That’s all I hope.
March 28, 2012 at 10:21 am
Fuck you you mommy lover, and be safe under a hobos basement on your poisened pc !
@Irate Gamer Fanboy Someone’s butthurt today. I understand your frustration.
March 28, 2012 at 10:30 am
This is one of the best logs you’ve made at least for myself. As a fellow filmmaker, I tip my hat off to you. So true what you say about grudges and people of set not getting along. Break a leg. Wish you the best.
March 28, 2012 at 10:53 am
@Irate Gamer Fanboy I can’t believe the Irate Gamer haters are spamming Cinemassacre now. I can understand disliking Irate Gamer, but going to the trouble of making a fake troll account? You’d have to have some serious anger management/dependency issues to hate Irate Gamer/love AVGN so much
March 28, 2012 at 11:13 am
Just seeing you running around to crazy locations in a avgn movie is good enough for me, can’t wait
March 28, 2012 at 11:21 am
… you named your cat “boo”? LOLMy brother named his hamster “boo”
March 28, 2012 at 11:24 am
@MegaMech “Go for the eyes, Boo!!”
March 28, 2012 at 11:43 am
Good luck with the movie james, wether you succeed or not-we all deeply know you tried you nerdy best.
March 28, 2012 at 11:48 am
There is no failure at this point, James. We’re all here to support you in something you’ve wanted to do for so long, and now that it’s happening, there can only be positives.
March 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm
This is very exciting. I have no expectations of what the finished product will be. I have been a fan of yours for the past 5 years and it has been a pleasure to watch you James and the AVGN character mature into what you are today. There is no denying your love and passion for what you do. And that is the reason that in my eyes, no matter how positive or negative the reception is, this film will be a success. The fact that you are following your dream to completion is very inspirational. Good luck with everything, and keep up the good work. Thank you for the years of entertainment, education, and inspiration.
March 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm
See what you’ve done, James?
So many people you’ve never met support and love you. They want to see you succeed as they wish to see their parents or children or friends succeed. Can you believe it?
You did it by being a good person, and it’s really hard for a lot of people (especially here in America, and ESPECIALLY in the times we’re living in now) to accept the fact that there are people out there who rise against greed.
People care about you because you care about them, and any non-cynic can realize that. And these are people who don’t know you and people who will only ever get to admire you from afar.
You’ve given the people someone to trust, and that’s the real gift, more so than anything you could ever film.
Congratulations on succeeding, James. There’s a much grander picture to what you and people like you have done, and I hope you never stop.
March 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm
There is a 0% chance that this movie will fail.
March 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm
@pro thizz Of course it won’t considering he has absolutely nothing to lose, it’s not like it’s costing him anything.