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Spotlight: Twisted Studios

Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 10:13am

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For our third Spotlight, we turn our attention to Twisted Studios, purveyors of many a top-rated film to The Cinema over the last two years. Visitors to the AlamDV.com forums will need no introduction to the brains behind Twisted Studios - Sam "Mechaforce" Gorski (on the right) and Niko "Sidewinder" Pueringer are both regularly sighted in the community, offering their own brand of filmmaking advice and special effects knowledge.

They have been quiet on the film-front recently, but this is all set to change with the upcoming release of their latest movie, Deus Ex Machina. With that in mind, this might be a good time to go back to the beginning - the year 2000, to be precise.

"We both live in Stillwater, Minnesota," recounts Sam. "Niko had forgotten a video camera he needed for a Star Wars movie he was doing one weekend, and I had a camera, so I went out there in the middle of the winter. Unfortunately, the two other kids making it with him quit, so a new script was made, calling for a whole new movie." Sam and Niko persevered with the project and Fool Skool was born.

The first in a series of wacky shorts, Fool Skool illustrates some of the core aspects of a Twisted Studios movie - innovative effects, a large dose of irreverent humour and extended action sequences. The formula was, of course, still in its infancy - "Our early films were mostly excuses to create special effects," says Niko. "As special effects became less of a novelty, and more of a tool, we tried to create movies that had a stronger impact, involving a plot, and planned cinematography."

Following the Robert Rodriguez school of thought, Sam explains that "I could point out only one thing that really decides what our next movie is about - which is what we have to use. For instance, Shogun Showdown was inspired by two katanas we bought for dirt cheap on eBay. 'Hey, why don't we make a movie with ninjas in it!?'"

This use of "what we have" extends to post-production, with Sam and Niko using both their skills to employ a range of different Mac-based programs in order to achieve the end result. "Our movies have become quests to match what the professionals do, but on a home computer," explains Niko. Hopefully the upcoming release of the new range of CSB products, AlamDV2.5, Chromanator and DigiGrade will increase their creative arsenal and result in even more elaborate movies.

Deus Ex Machina looks set to propel them quite some way further on their quest, with the glimpses seen in the teaser trailer really showing some promise. If all goes to plan, it could raise the bar for effects in the The Cinema. "We are creating this movie to be the showcase of all our special effects skills," says Niko, "with it all taking place in a futuristic 3D city, much like how most of the movie 'Duality' took place on a CG backdrop."

And what of the plot? "Well, to put the plot in real-life terms," explains Sam, "this dude has this wife, and she gets kidnapped, and he just totally flips out and kills everyone, including the punk who ordered her kidnapping." Sounds like true Twisted Studios material. "If you've seen the trailer for the movie Equilibrium, it is eerily similar in plot and feeling," elaborates Niko. "There is no dialogue in Deus Ex Machina."

"Other then that," according to Sam, "it's just what you can do with a crapload of greenscreen and a good comp, not to mention some pretty tight guns."

Matching the progression of the Twisted Studios' productions has been Niko's celebrated hair - "I started growing out my hair when creating the Star Wars movie, and I haven't cut it back too much since then. You can tell the chronological order of the movies we create by looking at the length of my hair." Or, as Sam rather cryptically explains the hair factor, "a bird cannot learn to fly without his wings. With your wings, you can accomplish your dreams."

So what's coming up next for the Twisted Studios duo?

"We will hopefully be creating an action film over spring break using many real effects and stunts, instead of all the CG stuff we usually use," says Niko. Hopefully there will still be room for a muzzle flash or two! Sam elaborates with his usual enthusiasm - "we will be constructing our own Earth Displacing Stunt Facilitators, commonly known as explosives, for many scenes. After that movie, hopefully a totally 3D cel-shaded anime movie." First things first, however, with a new trailer for Deus Ex Machina starting the influx of new Twisted material. Their new website is also online, featuring all their past movies and information on their various projects.

With the promise they have shown in their work so far, still both less than 20 years old, Niko and Sam should both go far, especially if their current rate of progress per project continues. "Even farther into the future we, want to pursure careers in film, or effects," says Sam. "I plan on becoming a technical director or animator at ILM. I also plan to drive flying cars."

Click here to check out their website for more DXM info!

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Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 10:47am

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Another cool spotlight...

Good luck to Twisted Studios in the future and we're all looking forward to finally see Deus Ex Machina! smile
Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 11:30am

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well dudes i told ya there was gonna be a spotlight on twisted studios!
WHOO HOO looks like i can see the future!! ccccccccccccccccccaaaaannnnnttttt wait for teh final movie, whoo hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! lol
Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 11:39am

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Cool spotlight, good luck to you guys in the future, obviously talented and im sure sooner or later your going to blow us all away with one of your movies, never know it may be Deus Ex Machina that does it cant wait for the movie guys the trailer was really cool.

Mark
Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 12:42pm

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Yeah, a big goodluck 2 u guys, U ROOX, oo yeah ! Smokey!
Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 5:44pm

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Well done guys! Keep up the good work and i'll talk to ya on aim. Good luck with dxm and the website looks great!!
Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 8:02pm

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cool spotlight. just watched the dxm teaser, it looks awesome!!!! new website is cool too. Good luck with finishing up DXM!!
Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 9:33pm

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Hey Tarn, great job on the Spotlight! It turned out nicely. I'll be sure to save it, and use it on my resume or portfolio!

Thanks again!

To all you other folks: Thanks for the compliments!
Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 9:35pm

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No problems. Can't wait to see DXM guys. smile And that goes for all of us here at CSB.
Posted: Mon, 3rd Feb 2003, 11:05pm

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Ya, comeon sidey...release DXM already...its way past december! Or is it that mecha is just...."slow" (and i mean that in the rude, inappropriate way) wink

Nice spotlight tarn, i finally found out which ones sam, which ones niko!
Posted: Tue, 4th Feb 2003, 12:35pm

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SOMEONE RIGHT A SPOTLIGHT FOR ME!!! I NEED IT FOR MY PORTFOLIO AT SCHOOL!!!! hehe

anyone wanna give it a go?

btw, my teachers dogs name is Niko... Good name! And the spotlight was good
Posted: Tue, 4th Feb 2003, 1:39pm

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Resume hey?
I wish i had one, unfortunatly No one cares in my school cry
Posted: Tue, 4th Feb 2003, 7:59pm

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DARK JEDI SPOTLIGHT:

Well..........


He has not made any movies and he has not made any supper mind blowing plug-ins.


hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm



He is the youngest member though. rolleyes


rolleyes hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm rolleyes

THAT'S IT!

DARKJEDI DOES A GREAT JOB AT BEING OUR YOUNGEST MEMBER!!
Posted: Tue, 4th Feb 2003, 8:10pm

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I know I am not there and probbly won't ever but this is what I am quessing you need to do to get a real spotlight.................


Make a couple movies that get in the top ten for awhile.
Make some REALLY cool plug-ins
Be super helpful on the fourm and give practilcle, usefull advise
Posted: Tue, 4th Feb 2003, 11:18pm

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I think it's more necessary to be a well-known, prominent user on the community, who's stayed with them for a long time. of course, you need to have something they can write about.
Posted: Tue, 4th Feb 2003, 11:23pm

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true.

you have only been a member for over 500 days
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 12:06am

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Congrats on the spotlight guys. It is well deserved. Keep up the good work. Cant wait for DXM cool
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 1:04am

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Hey, I like my spot light!!!!!!! lol

I HAVE made movies but they are lego movies.. I've made over 30... But I havent put any in the Cinema cuz Im too lazy to even edit them! i film them, then leave them non-edited on my computer! lol

But I say I DO do a good job at being the youngest member
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 1:17am

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Dude you're not even 13!! That's too young considering you "agreed" that you were at least 13+ when you registered. . .

Of everything, I'd say Cypher + Scope Entertainment should be next . . .
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 1:24am

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Yeah, I'd like to see a Cypher / Scope spotlight. Then perhaps even a B4uask spotlight ( eek ). Right now I'd like to see more features on the CSB crew, especially malone. Can't get me enough of malone! razz
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 2:07am

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Agreed. More on the CSB crew, and then on Cypher.


(Sidewinder pushes DarkJedi out of the picture, and into a corner, where he tells him to be quiet.)
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 2:34am

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lol u big fat 00000000 cow
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 2:37am

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Hey! What did I tell you!
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 12:25pm

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You told me nuttin'.
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 12:28pm

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Settle down, boys lol Yep, I think features on Cypher's Scope Entertainment and B4uask's SG series will be awesome smile
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 6:03pm

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Sweet spotlight guys. Keep up the good filming and looking forward to more stuff from you two!

Wonder if I will ever have spotlight.. maybe I should submit an Alam project. smile
Posted: Wed, 5th Feb 2003, 9:21pm

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Wow, my name was used without having phrases like "i hate you, go away, stupid *$&%Q@, #*%&@, &#$#$"" in the same sentence.



(note: I have no idea how that Q got in there...musta slipped past me somehow)
Posted: Mon, 17th Feb 2003, 1:58am

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HEY CHECK OUT

WWW.TWISTEDSTUDIOS.TK


WE WIN!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: Mon, 17th Feb 2003, 2:01am

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Heh, I knew it'd be a matter of time before you found .TK. That's become quickly popular. Nice opening splash BTW cool
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I don't know if you'll ever see this, and I don't know if I'll ever look at this again, but it's me, David from school! We were in drawing together with the Devil Elie. Hahahaha.... well I'm going to lunch, maybe I'll see you in the hallway.
Posted: Mon, 12th May 2003, 7:08pm

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David!?

The kid who sat next to me in drawing?

What made you visit this site?

Anyways...

Hello.[/b]
Posted: Fri, 13th Jun 2003, 7:46am

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anonymous

Hmm... Hi Niko. I'm grad-ja-ma-tated. Remember the XBox party? Yeah... that was like, 1 week ago. PUNISHER!!!!!! Ahh... hahaha...

Yeah, a search for Deus Ex (a sweet game) turns this up at some point. I think I saw Twisted Studios somewhere in there, and I remembered all the stuff you showed me at school, so I decided to take a look. Then I was going to tell you about TK, cuz that's sweet, but I found out you already got it! Well, I'm going to fall asleep, so I'll see ya around. Buh-bye.