GINOSAJI - THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER WITH THE EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT WEAPON - FEATURE FILM

Created by Richard Gale

Epic horror comedy feature based on the viral short about the legendary Spoonkiller, with award-winning cast featuring Jeffrey Combs!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

GINOSAJI AUTOMATONS ARE HERE!
almost 2 years ago – Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 10:26:49 PM

Hello Friends of the Ginosaji!

Thank you for your patience as it's been a long gap between updates.  In September I had a month-long adventure in Miami, Florida (my hometown) helping my parents protect their house (and then evacuate) from the deadly Hurricane Irma, which wreaked havoc on South Florida.  They are alright, and the house was ok, with the exception of a number of trees blown down, and no electricity for more than a week.  Now I'm back in Los Angeles and the preparations continue to come together -- we'll have a new schedule update soon.

Happy Almost-Halloween!

There's nothing like celebrating Halloween with a creepy yet strangely cute Ginosaji Automaton swaying hypnotically over your candy bowl!

We are happy to announce:

THE AUTOMATONS ARE FINISHED AND READY TO SHIP!

See them in action!   If you have trouble viewing the video below, you can see it on the Kickstarter updates page

Video: BEHOLD THE AUTOMATONS!

Chris Vick, our movie's Executive Producer and engineer/artist responsible for production of all the Ginosaji, Jack, and Mystic Spoons, has completed work on the amazing and rare Ginosaji Automatons!

Chris Vick with the finished Automatons
Chris Vick with the finished Automatons

 

Each one infused with a Ginosaji spirit
Each one infused with a Ginosaji spirit

AUTOMATON PRODUCTION GALLERY:

Heads waiting... and watching....
Heads waiting... and watching....

 

Each Automaton's left wrist bares the Mark of the Ginosaji!
Each Automaton's left wrist bares the Mark of the Ginosaji!

 

Custom fitted miniature Ginosaji outfit -- each one made from many carefully crafted custom-made pieces of fabric
Custom fitted miniature Ginosaji outfit -- each one made from many carefully crafted custom-made pieces of fabric

 

Automaton heads waiting for their bodies...
Automaton heads waiting for their bodies...

 

The Automaton's right hand has a magnet hidden inside which allows you to attach any spoon you want!  Each comes with its own miniature spoon
The Automaton's right hand has a magnet hidden inside which allows you to attach any spoon you want! Each comes with its own miniature spoon

 

Mark of the Ginosaji production line
Mark of the Ginosaji production line

 

Awaiting hands.
Awaiting hands.

 

The Hands
The Hands

 

Ready for action!
Ready for action!

 

First Squadron of Automatons awaiting spoons
First Squadron of Automatons awaiting spoons

 

Completed Automatons
Completed Automatons

 

This rare, super limited production run is numbered by Chris Vick and will be shipped to backers across the U.S. and the U.K.
This rare, super limited production run is numbered by Chris Vick and will be shipped to backers across the U.S. and the U.K.

 

The Ginosaji ---o Brian Rohan visited his little ones before they embark on the journey to their new homes
The Ginosaji ---o Brian Rohan visited his little ones before they embark on the journey to their new homes

 

The back of each base is signed by the director, the artist, and the Ginosaji himself
The back of each base is signed by the director, the artist, and the Ginosaji himself

AUTOMATON DELIVERIES

We are now preparing to deliver the Automatons to backers in the U.S. and the U.K.

This marks the last of the physical rewards shipping to backers before the movie-- the scripts, soundtracks, special edition blurays, movie downloads and signed posters will ship upon release of the film.

MOVIE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE UPDATE COMING SOON!

Stay Spooned,

Richard ---o

 

Movie Project Update + Ginosaji Cosplay at Comic Con
about 2 years ago – Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 07:58:00 PM

Hello Friends of the Spoon!

Movie Project Update

As evidenced by the massive size of our epic screenplay, which you can see in this earlier update, the scope of the project is much larger than we had originally planned.  

Our goal is to create the true full length version suggested by the original short film, and in order to do that and make it a quality production, more preparation is required than we first envisioned.  This is a good thing -- it means we are dedicated to taking the additional time necessary to maintain the highest quality possible to deliver a production that will surprise our backers (and everyone else) with its size and awesomeness.  Our plan is to deliver a lot more than anyone is expecting.

We ask our backers to please be patient and understand that good things take time to create, and great things take even more time.  More details will be revealed as things continue to move forward -- it's going to be exciting!

Ginosaji Cosplay at Comic Con

Ginosaji and Deadpool
Ginosaji and Deadpool

Ginosaji Cosplayer (and Executive Producer of our movie!) Chris Vick attacked San Diego Comic Con last weekend in costume -- and encountered many excited Ginosaji fans thrilled to see him representing the Master of Spoons at the mother of all pop culture events!

Please note: Brian Rohan, the amazing, award-winning actor who plays the Ginosaji in our films -- is saving his spoontastic skills for the movie production!

 Here are some pics of Ginosaji's encounters at Comic Con!

Superman and the Spoon
Superman and the Spoon

  

Justice League Ginosaji
Justice League Ginosaji

 

Ginosaji and the Goddess of Death from Thor: Ragnarok
Ginosaji and the Goddess of Death from Thor: Ragnarok

 

This... is... SPARTA!!!!!
This... is... SPARTA!!!!!

 

The Batman and The Spoonman
The Batman and The Spoonman

 

Long live the King! -- On a set from the TV series Medinah
Long live the King! -- On a set from the TV series Medinah

 

Tony Stark meets Ginosaji!
Tony Stark meets Ginosaji!

 

Rocket Raccoon and Ginosaji
Rocket Raccoon and Ginosaji

 

Spooning the Walking Dead
Spooning the Walking Dead

Much, much more to come!!!

Stay Spooned!

-Richard---o 

 

GINOSAJI Animatic Shoot - Video Storyboard & More
over 2 years ago – Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 01:30:30 AM

Hello Friends of the Spoon!

We have a big update for you today, with a very important part of the pre-production process: Pre-Viz.  Also known as Pre-Visualization, it involves creating storyboards (and in our case, an animatic -- details below) that will help communicate the specific shots / scenes in advance of the movie shoot.  

Jack Cucchiaio -  Still photo for the GINOSAJI animatic       ©Ginosaji Pictures
Jack Cucchiaio - Still photo for the GINOSAJI animatic ©Ginosaji Pictures

The Animatic - A Video Storyboard

Storyboards are often created during pre-production to be used as a visual guide by the director and cinematographer. It's a traditional way to plan the shots in advance, and for the director to share his vision of how the story will be told.

On GINOSAJI, we are taking the storyboards a step further, by creating an animatic for sections of the movie. An animatic is a video storyboard which contains a rough sketch (or photo) of every shot in a scene, and those still images are then edited on a video timeline (we're using Final Cut Pro), and dialogue, sound FX and temp music are added, to create a proof of concept that captures the look, feel, and tone of the scene. It's a great way to determine if the scene works, and revise the script BEFORE arriving on the day of shooting with the cast and crew.

From Sketches to Stills

Jack Driving - Early initial sketch for the rough animatic    ©Ginosaji Pictures
Jack Driving - Early initial sketch for the rough animatic ©Ginosaji Pictures

I started by drawing rough sketches on a tablet, and later decided to shoot stills of the actors to be able to work with better looking images.

Jack driving - Still photo for the animatic (Video Storyboard).  The white backdrop will be replaced with a different background in the animatic.        ©Ginosaji Pictures
Jack driving - Still photo for the animatic (Video Storyboard). The white backdrop will be replaced with a different background in the animatic. ©Ginosaji Pictures

 

Jack looks down - Still photo for the GINOSAJI animatic. Filter will be applied then white backdrop will be replaced with a different background in the animatic. ©Ginosaji Pictures
Jack looks down - Still photo for the GINOSAJI animatic. Filter will be applied then white backdrop will be replaced with a different background in the animatic. ©Ginosaji Pictures

 

Jack crawling - Still photo for the GINOSAJI animatic.  Filter will be applied then the white backdrop will be replaced with a different background in the animatic.        ©Ginosaji Pictures
Jack crawling - Still photo for the GINOSAJI animatic. Filter will be applied then the white backdrop will be replaced with a different background in the animatic. ©Ginosaji Pictures

 

Set-up for shooting stills of Paul Clemens in front of a white backdrop, so we can combine his image with a background for the animatic.       ©Ginosaji Pictures
Set-up for shooting stills of Paul Clemens in front of a white backdrop, so we can combine his image with a background for the animatic. ©Ginosaji Pictures

Making the Animatic: The Stills Process

For some scenes, I wanted a higher quality image than what I could draw.  So we used still photos to achieve a better quality end result.

First, the actors* are photographed in front of a white backdrop:

*For the purposes of the first animatic photo shoot, we did not need to put the real Ginosaji, Brian Rohan, through hours of makeup -- instead, Chris Vick acted as the Ginosaji stand-in, wearing the prototype Mask of the Ginosaji made by Larry Torro. This is strictly for the animatic.

Jack pursued by the Ginosaji  © Ginosaji Pictures
Jack pursued by the Ginosaji © Ginosaji Pictures

Next, a filter is applied to give the photo a graphic novel / professional storyboard look.

© Ginosaji Pictures
© Ginosaji Pictures

Finally, a background image is added in photoshop (or drawn) to create the final image.

Ginosaji pursues Jack.  Frame for the Ginosaji animatic. © Ginosaji Pictures
Ginosaji pursues Jack. Frame for the Ginosaji animatic. © Ginosaji Pictures

Behind the Spoons ---o The Ginosaji's Stand-in

Chris Vick getting ready to act as the Ginosaji's Stand-In for purposes of shooting a scene for the rough animatic.      © Ginosaji Pictures
Chris Vick getting ready to act as the Ginosaji's Stand-In for purposes of shooting a scene for the rough animatic. © Ginosaji Pictures

First (rough) Wardrobe Test - Jack Cucchiaio - Forensic Pathologist

In the process of shooting stills for the animatic, we had the opportunity to do some preliminary testing of wardrobe possibilities for Jack's forensic pathologist outfit.

This is the one of the first concepts of Jack Cucchiaio's look as a forensic pathologist, conducting autopsies at the county morgue.  Please note: Jack's mask and surgical cap will be replaced a with an authentic surgical mask and head cap. (The shower cap is temporary!)

Jack Cucchiaio - Forensic Pathologist - Still photo for the animatic (video storyboard).     © Ginosaji Pictures
Jack Cucchiaio - Forensic Pathologist - Still photo for the animatic (video storyboard). © Ginosaji Pictures

 

Jack Cucchiaio - Forensic Pathologist - Still photos for the animatic (video storyboard).          © Ginosaji Pictures
Jack Cucchiaio - Forensic Pathologist - Still photos for the animatic (video storyboard). © Ginosaji Pictures

Fix It In Prep!

A common saying in movie making is "Fix it in Post," meaning, if there are issues in need of repair or revision, you can fix them after you shoot the movie. Our motto is "Fix it in Prep," meaning that the more prepared we are, the more we have done our homework in advance, the smoother the production will go and the better it will work. With an animatic, it's great to be able to hit play on a video and actually watch the scenes unfold -- issues with pacing and tempo are easy to spot, and the script can be adjusted before we all gather to shoot the movie. It allows us to work out any story issues in advance.

There's Much, Much, Much More to Come....

Stay Spooned! 

-Richard---o

A Holiday Greeting from Jack -- New GINOSAJI.com Website Now Live!
over 2 years ago – Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:31:39 AM

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Complete Spoon Sets Signed and Now Shipping
about 3 years ago – Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 12:05:23 AM

Hello Friends of the Ginosaji!

 Above:  Fay Kato (The Mystic) and Paul Clemens (Jack Cucchiaio) with their spoons.

Spoon Sets Now Shipping

The complete sets of Ginosaji, Jack, and Mystic spoons are finished and have been autographed by the actors.  (It took some extra time to arrange for the actors to sign them.)  The spoons are shipping!  You should have received an email when your spoons shipped.  Every spoon also includes a high quality chrome magnetic display base!

If you ordered a Ginosaji mask, your mask will be shipped in the next day or two along with your spoons in the same box.

 Show Us Your Spoons!

All backers receiving spoons are encouraged to take a pic of your spoon(s) on display and post them to your facebook/twitter/instagram/wherever with #GinosajiSpoon. We'd love to see them in their new homes!

Above: #GinosajiSpoon surrounded by cool stuff - from Christian Hallman - Sweden 

Above: #GinosajiSpoon in Bangkok, Thailand with a Kittysaji! from Saeksan Pensute  

Above: Paul Clemens is disturbed by the creepy Mystic spoons.

  Above: Fay Kato signs the Mystic spoons. 

Above: An army of Jack spoons.

Above: Paul signs the Jack spoons.

Above: The signatures on the backs of the spoons. 

FAN ART

Above: Game of Spoons by Daniele Gatti - Italy

Above: Ginosaji fan art by RedEyeBlackDragon

Above: Ginosaji cosplay by David Mauqui - Zombie Walk - France

Above: Nosferatusaji by Chris Vick

Much more to come... Stay Spooned!

-Richard---o