So you want to be on TV?

Discussion in 'Dog Brothers Martial Arts' started by Crutch, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Crutch

    Crutch New Member

    Posted here at Guros Direction,

    Woof,

    Crutch
    ************************************************

    Woof All:

    My name is Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny. Some of you may know me as "the Guiding
    Force" of "the Dog Brothers" and/or the Head Instructor of Dog Brothers
    Martial Arts. www.dogbrothers.com . Today I speak as Dog Brothers Inc.

    I have been asked by a well established Producer with a good track record in
    doing athletically oriented television series for major networks to help
    develop a television show based upon stick and other weaponry fights, so I
    am looking for fighters. For the right men, this could be a very special
    opportunity to build a career doing something you love.

    For now I need to leave out the actual concept for the show. Know that it
    will be interesting and quite distinctive from shows like The Ultimate
    Fighter, Fight Quest, and others of their ilk. Trust me-- we will be
    outside the box in many ways!

    Although much of the fighting will be similar to our "Dog Brother Real
    Contact Stickfighting" (see the fight clips at
    http://www.dogbrothers.com/pages/multimedia.html to get an idea) because
    these fights will be professional there will be some important differences.

    If you would like to be considered, we need to see the following-- all
    submissions become the property of Dog Brothers Inc.:

    1) a one page resume. The resume should include the following:
    a) age, height, weight, citizenship, languages, website/mypage/etc. if
    any,
    b) martial arts background: systems, styles, teachers, fighting
    experience, competitive athletic background etc.
    c) contact info

    2) Photos: a) Head Shot
    b) Full Body shot. Not to worry if you are not body
    beautiful.

    3) The ideal candidate will be capable in as many of the following areas as
    possible, but it is understood that no one will be capable in all areas.
    Demonstrate as many or as few of the following as you wish. Know that if
    you suck at it, you are better leaving it out altogether!

    a) Double stick
    b) Single stick
    c) Staff
    d) knife
    e) emptyhand skills: MMA or otherwise
    f) gun skills (pistol, rifle, paintball)
    g) other (e.g. sword and shield, whip, nunchaku, fencing, etc)
    h) footage that indicates your strength and conditioning level.

    These skills should be presented both solo and against a partner/opponent.
    If you have fight footage please include it. MAKE CLEAR WHICH FIGHTER IS YOU
    (e.g. title on screen "I am fighter in blue shorts")

    ATTENTION: It is easy to develop a bit of diarrhea of the ego in assembling
    such a demo disc. KNOW THAT the people who will be watching this (e.g. me)
    are well seasoned in these things and do not need to see a lot to size up
    your movement and skills. While some flash is fine (indeed it helps sell on
    TV) remember that we are looking for fighters.

    Know that if you run on too long, you run the chance of the viewer just
    deciding to click on to the next candidate. Remember, we will be looking
    at a lot of these. While the footage need not be shot professionally, it
    should be easy to watch and hear.

    4) Talk to the camera: head/upper body shot, with good clear audio. We
    want to get a sense of why you do martial arts, what your philosophy is,
    why you want to do this, something interesting about yourself etc. We want
    to get a sense of your personality, so JUST BE YOURSELF.
    Unconventional/colorful is OK. So too is conventional/serious. JUST BE
    YOURSELF.

    Please send your resume and Demo Reel/Disc to

    Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny
    Attention: TV Project
    703 Pier Ave #664
    Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

    The Adventure begins!
    Marc "Crafty
     
  2. robertlk808

    robertlk808 Member

    Sounds exciting!! I hope there is a good turnout.
     
  3. The Phalanx

    The Phalanx FMA's Frank Lucas

    Robert, let's go for it... lol
     
  4. robertlk808

    robertlk808 Member

    Yeah.. thinking about it. Working on a resume..
     
  5. The Phalanx

    The Phalanx FMA's Frank Lucas

    Oh frick, right, a resume... Ok, that's epic fail for me...

    They would probably just laugh at a blank piece of paper with my name on it... lol
     
  6. septs

    septs New Member

    Haha.. I would love to be on TV. I'll make a good resume for that.
     
  7. robertlk808

    robertlk808 Member

    Updated letter from Guro Crafty. Read carefully.

    Woof All:

    My name is Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny. Some of you may know me as "the Guiding Force" of "the Dog Brothers" and/or the Head Instructor of Dog Brothers Martial Arts. www.dogbrothers.com . Today I speak as Dog Brothers Inc.

    I have been asked by a well established Producer with a good track record in doing athletically-oriented television series for major networks to help develop a television show based upon stick and other weaponry fights, so I am looking for fighters. For the right men, this could be a very special opportunity to build a career doing something you love-- or it may simply be an opportunity for an exciting chapter in your Life to be all that you can be.

    I need to be vague on the vision for the show at the moment and how much money is involved. That is the way it must be for now, but know that I have spoken clearly with the producers with regard to the fighters being properly taken care of both financially and in terms of the rules and believe that they have the correct mindset in this regard.

    Once we see who we have, "the story will tell itself"(tm) and we will know which of visions we have for the show will be the right one, and it is then that you will have a chance to decide if it is right for you. In other words, by applying now you are not committing yourself if the final concept turns out later to be not right for you.

    Although much of the fighting will be similar to our "Dog Brother Real Contact Stickfighting" (see the fight clips at
    http://www.dogbrothers.com/pages/multimedia.html to get an idea) know that the fighting here will be , , , well, it will be
    something that has never been seen before. This does NOT mean it will be more dangerous or more painful than Dog Brothers fighting. I am quite conscious that the Dog Brothers code of "One rule only: Be friends at the end of the day" may not be reliable in this context and have ideas about how to go about things so that we do not unduly risk the fighters. Dog Brothers Real Contact Stickfighting is quite dangerous enough as it is!

    As I write this in mid-December 2008, we are looking at a time frame of months before we begin shooting.

    Those selected first will be part of the pilot and the rest will be brought on stream as things move forward. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR BECOMING A PART OF THIS, well, 90% of Life is showing up. We need to see the following
    from you:

    1) a one page RESUME. The resume should include the following:
    a) age, height, weight, citizenship, languages, website/mypage/etc. if any,
    b) martial arts background: systems, styles, teachers, fighting experience, competitive athletic background etc.
    c) contact info

    2) Photos:
    a) Head Shot
    b) Full Body shot, withor without shirt. Not to worry if you are not body beautiful.

    3) DEMO REEL: This is your chance to show us what you can do. Here are some suggestions:

    a) Fight the camera with your weapon(s) of choice
    b) Traditional martial arts movements/forms/etc
    c) Demonstrate on an "opponent"
    d) Fight footage if you have any. We understand that you might not have access to your fight footage. Please state briefly, clearly, and HONESTLY what your fight experience is-- no puffery please. Remember, the BS that gets you in the door also gets you out of the door. If you have fought at a Dog Brothers Gathering of the Pack, please list which Gatherings in which you fought. IT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL IS YOU CAN DESCRIBE WHAT YOU WORE SO WE CAN FIND YOUR FIGHTS MORE READILY.

    these are the possible areas of interest to us.

    a) Double stick
    b) Single stick
    c) Staff
    d) knife
    e) emptyhand skills: MMA or otherwise
    f) gun skills (pistol, rifle, or paintball)
    g) other (e.g. sword and shield, whip, nunchaku, fencing, etc)
    h) footage that indicates your athleticism, your strength and
    conditioning level, etc..

    Total running time of this material should be no more than FOUR MINUTES and for most people will be quite a bit less than that.

    4) PERSONALITY SECTION. This section is optional. Maximum time: Two minutes. Note that a good one minute is better than two minutes of chatter. Please simply talk to the camera about why you do what you do, where you could picture something like this fitting in your life, and so forth. JUST BE YOURSELF. Conventional and off-beat are good, so too are funny and serious, and crude and cosmic! JUST BE YOURSELF!

    Please send your resume and Demo Reel/Disc to

    Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny
    Attention: TV Project
    703 Pier Ave #664
    Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

    And of course, the submissions and the contents thereof become the property of Dog Brothers Inc.!

    To stay abreast of things "the thread of record" is the one on our public forum at:
    http://dogbrothers.com/phpBB2/index.php?topic=1738.0

    The Adventure begins!
    Marc "Crafty Dog" Denny
    Dog Brothers Inc.
     
  8. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Sounds cool! The publicity from a television like this series is good news for all FMAers, even if its focus is more broad than just that!
     
  9. The Phalanx

    The Phalanx FMA's Frank Lucas

    I would definitely sign up if I had a year more experience under my belt... Maybe in the 2nd or 3rd seasons if it lasts... Yes, I would love to have TV exposure... I want that 15 seconds of fame... lol

    I'm sure it would give a lot of exposure to FMA as well as the Hawai'i Clan... Not too shabby for a small group of guys who get together on the weekends at a park...
     
  10. Crafty Dog

    Crafty Dog Active Member

    Woof All:

    This project is beginning to really move forward.

    Look people, we are not expecting anything super polished here. Just give us a sense of who you are and how you move.

    90% of life is showing up.

    The Adventure continues!
    Crafty Dog
     
  11. Crafty Dog

    Crafty Dog Active Member

    Woof All:

    We have selected the fighters for the pilot shoot, which shall take place soon. Those of you who dawdled getting your demo reels in , , , well, you snooze, you lose. [​IMG]

    Our producers feel confident we will get approval, in which case the next step will be to choose fighters for the show. So if you want to be amongst those considered, well, "Tomorrow is promised to no one"-- time to get your demo reel/resume in!

    The Adventure continues!
    Marc/Crafty Dog

    PS: the place to go to stay current is:
    http://dogbrothers.com/phpBB2/index.php?topic=1738.0
     
  12. The Phalanx

    The Phalanx FMA's Frank Lucas

    Man, am I excited as a fat kid in a candy store for this to finally show up...
     
  13. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Good luck!
     
  14. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Yes, good luck with your new adventure!
     
  15. Crafty Dog

    Crafty Dog Active Member

    The TV folks will be coming to our DB Tribal Gathering of the Pack on April 4-5 to shoot footage for the pilot. They tell me it will take them 2-3 weeks to edit the pilot and then it will be time to pitch it to the suits.
     
  16. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Great news! I'm looking forward to seeing it.
     
  17. Crafty Dog

    Crafty Dog Active Member

    Allow me to clarify.

    The pilot is what will be shown to some folks with a really big checkbook. If they like what they see, they will invest some in us to develop a TV show.
     
  18. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Ah, how Hollywood! Well, good luck in any event.
     
  19. Crafty Dog

    Crafty Dog Active Member

    Just two things not to like about Hollywood people: their face.
     

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