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What is happening with PFZ?


Clipboard01How long does it take to edit this bloody thing? Our main edit has been completed for just under a year now. In order to fully realise our vision, we wanted to add some animated transitions between the scenes to add a bit more originality to the episode. The preferred method being rotoscoping, check out the Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr film ‘A Scanner Darkly’ for an example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E9zMVocnys.
Rotoscoping on a budget is a right pain in the **** in that it takes a lot of manual effort to produce just one frame (there are 24 frames in a second of video). So for a five second transition, you need 115 frames and if it takes half an hour per frame, it would take roughly two whole days of work to produce 5 seconds of footage.
It took us a whopping 6 months to find someone who was interested in working that hard on a lo/no pay basis and the reason why they came on board is that they thought the PFZ story is one worth telling.

You can see our animator’s blog here: http://denisantanasblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/last-project-of-year.html

The talented Deni Santana has spent the majority of December working on our transitions, half of them are done and she is currently working on the other half. Thank to Deni’s dedication and creative flair, we have also asked her to be involved in creating the Title Sequence once the transitions are done. Deni is juggling our work among other paid work, check out her blog for more on her current projects.
To be frank, it sucks to have a great piece like PFZ in hand and not be able to share it with the world ASAP, sucks to have to spend so much time on post production, it is downright depressing when i think that we finished shooting this in 2012 and its still not out in 2014. But it will be done, we won’t give up.
I would like to thank everyone who has worked on this and is currently working on this on top of their full time job and family responsibilities, your help is really appreciated.
PFZ will be worth the wait.


I’ve got mail!



          A month ago I posted yet another ad on Mandy.com for a 2d animator, I didn’t have much hope as previous ads hadn’t generated any replies at all. You can imagine my surprise when I received 20+ replies to this ad. 20+ Applications to become PhatFyterz’s(?) 2D animator, that’s what I call a result. This weekend I will be going through the various showreels on vimeo and youtube and selecting a few for an informal chat.

Although I am pleased by the popularity of the ad, it is also concerning that so many of the applicants have around a decade of experience in the industry and are still struggling to find work. I suppose with the pervasiveness of visual media these days, a lot more people are interested in getting into that industry, demand for animators is short but supply is very high. I will be ’employing’ one of the guys/gals at no fee as it is a not for profit project at this point.

However, after seeing so many experienced artists out of work, it has renewed my interest in turning this project into a commercially viable one in the near future so that I can actually employ one of these people without the air quotes. What’s also cool is that the artists are from all over the place, some in London, Birmingham, Ireland, Spain and even Georgia! I didn’t realise mandy.com was so commonly used.

I look forward to watching your work and speaking to you all very soon!



Helloooo Nuuuurrrrssse,
We are very close to a working cut of the pilot episode, with cutaways being worked in for good measure. While we’re dying to show you the episode, there is still the not so small matter of color correction.

With that in mind, we have placed an ad on gumtree to find an intrepid video editor who would be willing to join our team and grade the footage.


Fingers & toes crossed, watch this space!


Color Grading, anyone?

Guest Post – Samantha Sheratt as Allie


Hey all, editing is still in full swing and going rather well, I must say. Here is a little post that our lead actress wrote during filming, enjoy! – Zaeem

“So. Phat Fyterz. I had the phone call last week from Zaeem being told I had just been cast as the lead character of Allie in the Pilot of Phat Fyterz, the new TV series.

My auditions were filmed by my friend on her iphone in some rather interesting locations (a secret door through the disabled toilets that leads into the pipe and storage room) so I was quite impressed my acting managed to be good enough to overcome the weird location and iphone camera.

After a colder than it looked rehearsal in front of the London Eye last Sunday, today we went to London Bridge to hang about in front of a shop and look like we were generally up to no good (again, definitely colder than expected).

I got to tell a man off for eating too many bananas (in the short time we were there I saw him eating 3 – that’s just too many bananas for anyone and who knows how many more he’d eaten before I saw him) Allie stole booze from a poor bespectacled man and also had a piggy back race and won, and I generally ran around trying not to freeze.

After a warming drink in a pub afterwards we sorted out all the shoot dates and watched the Wakefield Wildcats (my home town team) lose a rugby match really badly and also introduced Mo who plays Toby to the wonderful warming drink that is Baileys.

My fingers are really crossed that we get some of that beautiful sunshine back into our lives for the next outside shoot dates. Can you tell I don’t like being cold?!

Bring on the next scenes!-Sam”

Radio Silence is not cool!


On behalf of the entire Phat Fyterz Clan (Yes I said Clan!!) We are all VERY sorry for how quiet and lonely the blog has been.. and of course our audience 😉

A lot has happened for PFZ over the past few months and we have been extremely busy, you kind of forget how easy it is to get completely caught up in what you are doing, forgetting that your neglecting the poor blog.. and you 😀

So just to quickly catch up one of of the exciting things we have been up to is our casting! We had a full day of casting at Brick Lane, at a lovely venue at The Rag Factory. The owner Silas was amazing and we would definitely recommend his services to other people! SO if anyone needs a venue at a great price! Don’t be shy and contact us and we can hook you up!

But damn was doing the auditions tiring! I wasn’t even the one acting or moving! lol! It was great fun and I got to meet lots of people. I also learnt that judging people in terms of their ability is actually a lot more difficult then you think it is! It is quite easy to sit there in front of your TV and yell abuse at that crappy singer on the X Factor auditions, yet when your staring that person in the face knowing that what you think and say will determine that persons involvement in a project is actually a little surreal!

Now here is the tough part… Who do we choose? Time to hit the drawing board! Until next time guys!


Rain, Sleet, ACTION – PFZ has a video!

Zombie Undead

So…this happened.

So..  after lots of words being jumbled and many confused judgmental stares from passers by and several.. and by several I mean MANY attempts (mostly on my part and Zaeem’s lol) we finally filmed our Crowdfunding video Pitch! (Yay!) The video was shot at the beautiful London Bridge, and in true British style, the weather of course was crap! But such a thing could never deter the almighty team members of Phat Fyterz!

Do you ever have two words in mind, and then when you actually try to speak,instead of saying them separately, you combine the two words together? That happened a lot during filming.. to me… it is an unfortunate side effect from being so intelligent and having to process so much knowledge at such high speeds, it ends up coming out all at once 😀 and if I wasn’t creating new words for the English Dictionary, I was making up lines that did not really make sense, as you do! The day was great fun! I had loads of fun distracting other members whilst filming with my silly dances, you know the dance you do when its really cold, and you need to keep warm? I also made friends with a lovely little dog who thought it would be a great idea to weave around my feet as I was walking.

Make up, costume

Sharing Filipino Munchies

Alice managed to do her part in one take, putting everyone else to shame, apart from me, my excuse was my intelligence, I have no idea why everyone else sucked 😛 Big thanks to Chris for filming Zaeem’s part of the Video! He had to hold it very steadily and not turn around whilst walking backwards, having Susi to guide him so as he didn’t fall over 🙂 Or crush any small children, the former reason was the most important! 😀 I wasn’t allowed to hold the camera 😦 I have very unsteady hands!.. and because I break everything, electronics specifically, although I have a sneaking suspicion I wasn’t allowed to hold the camera because Zaeem was just jealous that Susi gave me some sexy lip gloss to put on when it was my turn to be filmed and didn’t offer him any.
But yes! The filming was a success! and will be available for you all to watch in
Make Up Diva

Trying to get my make-up right…me=diva

awe very soon! In case some of you do not know what Crowdfunding is and are wondering “what the hell is this ‘Crowdfunding’ word she keeps mentioning… is she MAD!?” The concept is basically an initiative to help a particular person/project/event/campaign etc raise awareness and money by appealing to people who share similar interests to donate money (hence the word funding!, the world crowd – hopefully being YOU) Most pitches only last around 2 minutes! I sincerely hope that after watching this video, you will all be inspired by our enthusiasm and our vision!

Over and Out! – MIKA
Crew girls

My favorite expression: Screwed up face

I am Mika, hear me ROAR!


So it begins…here is finally the first of many to come blog posts for team Phat Fyterz! (rawr!) My name is Mika, and I am the PA and blogger (as you can see) of Phat Fyterz.

I found out about the Phat Fyterz project on my daily scan of Gumtree, whilst of course obsessively browsing YouTube for funny videos of cats (It is my guilty pleasure, I honestly cannot help myself!) you never know what you might find on that site. It is extremely useful – I have found jobs, free stuff, events plus more! This particular project appealed to me as I study business, (which)for me is very suppressive, and any kind of personality or creativity you do have isn’t really appreciated or necessary. Once upon a time I was bustling with creativity, thoughts and ideas, but that was only in school, college etc. I am extremely jealous of people who work in the creative industry, unlike them I decided to pursue a career that will make me money, not make me happy. A word of advice! Find a job that you love, and never work a day in your life.

I was incredibly nervous about meeting everyone at first for this ‘Introductory meeting’, who wouldn’t be? I was about to go and meet up a group of strangers who could all have been crazy axe murderers. Thankfully they were not all axe wielding nutcases, they were actually normal people! (Yay!) Myself and other members of the team managed to find each other before we even found Zaeem (No thanks to his crappy directions lol) I overheard Susi ask Alice if she was here to meet Zaeem too, I of course got all excited and was like OMG MEE TOO! Like a little school girl, must have been a great first impression 😉

This was the proposed agenda for the meeting:

  • Crew Introductions: 15min
  • PFZ 5* character outline and 1st season story Arc: 30min
  • PFZ Pilot script reading: 15min
  • Proposed Production Timeline and availability: 15min
  • Roles and Responsibilities (may take longer depending on no. of attendees): 10min
  • Crowdfunding Brainstorming: 15min
  • Q&A: 10min
  • AOB: 10min

Can you believe it; this all actually took a marathon 3 hours. The strangest thing for me was that it did not actually feel like 3 hours, and I am sure like many others in the world, I have an INCREDIBLY short attention span: I once thought I was going deaf, so went to doctors to have all sorts of tests done, for my doc to only tell me ‘Nope, you’re not deaf, you just don’t pay attention and listen to people’ Lovely eh? I could not believe it when Zaeem mentioned that it was 11pm. Conversation just seemed to have flowed so freely, I was just so comfortable in our little get together, and that engaged in the topic that we must have been in our own little world to have let 3 hours slip past us.

For me, the beauty of art and all its sub-sections is its ability to bring people together, Through Phat Fyterz I have met some awesome people, I LOVE that they are nothing like me, nor my friends/family – They are different and I love it, it’s refreshing! (I hope the feeling is mutual! Or I will end up looking like a complete dick Lol) It is incredible and I love the diversity of people that I have met being on this team. For me, it really is difficult to comprehend that you can miss out on meeting some really great people simply by being pigeon holed into going to the same bar, same restaurant, club etc, it all becomes too familiar and boring. This has been the start of something that I know is going to be really fun and interesting, possibly stressful, but what’s the point if the tasks you take on aren’t challenging huh?

Our next task is for some of the members to go off for some fun location scouting, and then some time down the line we will all shoot our Crowdfunding video – to put our acting abilities to the test! Bound to be amusing! I would love to keep the outtakes of it that is for sure! Until next time guys!