Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Entry 1.5

Ok the time you have all been waiting for with baited breath has arrived. Official Rules and guidelines for the "Great Inter-Galactic Maries Zero-Gravity Bar & Grill Drink invention Contest" have arrived.

The goal of this contest is to find 15 new drinks. Not just drinks, but concoctions that would wow beings who have traveled the lengths and breadths of the galaxy. A screwdriver ain't gonna cut it. Unless it's the Doctors Sonic Screwdriver. So get creative.

Must be alcoholic. I know I shouldn't have to specify that, but one can never be too sure.
Any edible food may be used in creations, Keeping in mind the more bizarre the better.
And here is what the winners are gonna get:
1st prize – 15 winners:
- will be included in the MZGB&G official Drink Guide. Winner’s name will be credited in the Guide 

-Winners will also be listed in the credits of MZGB&G theatrical presentation under “RECIPE PEOPLE” in alphabetical order by last name.

-Winners will be notified via the supplied email
Winners local to the NYC area or who can get to the NYC  area without any assistance from C-Squared Pictures LLC, will be invited to set and will be “bar patrons” in the shoot.
2nd prize – 20 winners – will receive an official MZGB&G coaster.

OK, now read this next part really carefully. Our team of high priced lawyers spent hours and hours going over, reading, citing precedent (whatever that is) voir dire-ing, and barristering. 


  1. All winners are at the sole discretion of the judges.
  2. All entries become property of C-Squared Pictures, LLC and by entering the contest all contestants agree to be bound by these rules and assign any and all intellectual property rights to C-Squared Pictures, LLC for commercial exploitation
  3. No further compensation will be given to any winner other than that which is listed.
  4. All contestants’ recipes submissions must be original concepts and creations.
  5. All contestants grant C-Square Pictures, LLC permission to use their names and likenesses in any and all promotional material related to the Marie’s Zero-Gravity Bar and Grill  (MZGB&G) project.
  6. All persons over the age of 18 may enter the contest and will supply C-Squared Pictures, LLC the following information with their submission:
    1. Name
    2. Address
    3. Email address
    4. Age
    5. Certification that their entry is their own creation.
    6. The person’s name will be used in the Published Bar Guide
  7. Only one entry per person is allowed.
  8. The official entry form must be used for all submissions. This form may be found on the MZGB&G web page. 
    1. 1st prize – 15 winners:
      1. Recipe will be included in the MZGB&G official Drink Guide. Winner’s name will be credited in the Guide – 
      2. Winners will also be listed in the credits of MZGB&G theatrical presentation under “RECIPE PEOPLE” in alphabetical order by last name.
      3. Winners will be notified via the supplied email
      4. 1ST prize winners will also receive an official MZGB&G T-shirt
    2. 2nd prize – 50 winners – will receive an official MZGB&G coaster.
  10. VALUE – 1st prize value is estimated at $15.00 USD; 2nd Prize is valued at$2.00
  11. Contest starts Sept 28th 2011 and ends 11:59 PM EST Nov 30th
Ok you got through all of that. Once you are happy with your creation, send the official contest form that you downloaded from the MARIE'S ZERO-GRAVITY WEBSITE http://www.marieszerogravitybarandgrill.com/ TO INFO@CSQUAREDPICTURES.COM.

Ok that's it, go invent something amazing.. Oh and one last thing, if you have not been to our indie-GoGo site yet, please go to the link on the side of the blog. 


Thursday, September 22, 2011


Entry 1.4

Yesterday, the fearless production team scouted a potential shooting location for our shoot. Low and behold it was sitting right under out noses. The perfect location for our space station is the same place where we put on armor and hit each other with sticks. Yup, super geeks, we are also in the SCA and our weekly fighter practice takes place in a lovely wide warehouse and it is available. Our Art Department, Sal Tagliarino (Production Designer) and David Weller (Art Director) are working on the space station design as i write this and my DP; Steve Gladstone and I have already begun talking about how we are gonna light and shoot this thing in the new space. We took some action photos for everyone to see the space.
Here we see (left to right) Chris Barra our Production manager, Sal (back to camera) David(fashionably in black) and Steve (way in the back) surrounded by lots of armor, conferring intently.

Here we see our Producer E.F. Morrill in a fetal position desperately trying to figure out to say "NO" to me one more time.
It was a good day for the C-Squared Team and it was a good day for Marie's Zero Gravity Bar & Grill.

And I promise, Ed will be ok ... eventually.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

OK, This is the fun stuff.

Entry 1.3 
So, the cat's out of the bag, It's no secret, there is a bar in "Marie's Zero Gravity Bar and Grill". An intergalactic bars need a drinks menu. So we are going to have a contest. You come up with a winning drink for the bar, and it will be used in the series, named for you, included in the "Marie's Zero Gravity Bar and Grill" drinks guide and there will be a special prize to go along with it.

Now, all you good geeks out there, the process should be as much fun as the result. We are planning on inviting friends over to "Experiment" with colors, consistencies and flavors. You should do the same.

Remember it's all about the journey.... To quote on of the great thinkers of our time (well a time)

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;

Contest rules and requirements will be forth coming once the team of C-Squared Pictures Lawyers has had chance to write them.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

5,4,3,2,1 .... Action .. WE ARE LIVE

Entry 1.2
Well,  we launched the “MARIE’S ZERO GRAVITY BAR & GRILL” website and the indieGoGo site. We already got our first donation. Thank you Mr. Ronald Bradley for busting the seal and your generosity. On behalf of all of us and Amber, we thank you. We are really excited about this project and the karma seems to be really good.

There many things that need to happen between now and rolling camera (hopefully in mid November or Early Dec ) and my plan is to keep you all updated as the process continues, right through production and post production.

Pre-Production begins this week. We have budget meetings and we are going over to the location where we are shooting with our production team to start working out the nuts and bolts.

Ed and I will be attending NYC ComicCon all 4 days so if you are gonna be there let us know, We may have some MZGB&G swag to hand out.

One of the most important things to do right now is raising the funds. You will notice at the bottom of this page there is a link to our INDIE-GOGO site where we are raising the necessary funding to produce “MARIE’S ZERO GRAVITY BAR & GRILL”.  Tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell anyone with ears. 
You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Entry 1.1
Hi everybody, my name charlie and I am a geek.  
(Insert group “Hi Charlie”)
To those of you who are reading this, this statement of fact is neither shocking nor all that interesting. However, it may shock you to know that I was not always a geek.
Well at least I didn’t think so.
Lets go back a few years. It’s 2005 and one of my very good friends decided that myself and another friend (who is a huge comic book and sci-fi geek) should attend Shoreleave. I truly had no interest in going, but the promise of parties and beer was enough to convince me to check it out. I had to admit that despite being surrounded by geeks, (of which I did not consider my self one, despite owning a number of versions of the star wars trilogy, 4 sets of the lord of the rings books, the full box set of LOR and holding my own in a various geeked out conversation about Star Wars, Star Trek and why I liked Stargate the movie better than the series) I had a great time, yet there was no way I was a geek.
An invite later that year to Farpoint, pretty much had the same end result but this time I knew a few people. Yet still not a geek.
To me geeks were nerds. I was a musician, played sports, I am a filmmaker, I have always had girlfriends, didn’t live in my mothers basement etc. I did however , name all my computers and hard drives after places in LOR and my two flash drives are named Bill & Shadowfax.  To me this was just cool, no proof of geekdom here.
Not long after, a friend of mine came to me with the idea for a TV show/Web series called “Accidental Heroes” about a bunch of gamer geeks who get mistaken for superheroes, and find that it’s easier to try to be superheroes then convince the public they aren’t. This was before Kick Ass and all the superheroes shows that followed, except for the show “Heroes”,  which I didn't watch because, I, was not a geek, We shot AH as a pilot series, my partner  Meredith adding the geek element to the script (as she is a total geek) and it came out damn good and damn funny. We aired it as webisodes on Stay tuned TV and won an award of actual cash for the amount of hits we got. Making AH was one of the most fun shoots we had done, and while I was sure I wasn’t a geek, I was pretty sure I wanted to do more stuff like AH. 
At this juncture it began to be pointed out to me that I was in fact a geek. Evidence to support this absurd theory, my LOR named software, my replica Harrison Ford pistol from Blade Runner and last but certainly not least my attendance at.. Conventions.
Yes I was dragged to Arisia in 2009 so we could get the word out about Accidental Heroes, Lunacon 2009 followed with me being on a number of filmmaker panels. 
HOWEVER … Still not a geek … I think … Just a sci-fi filmmaker playing among the fans. Yeah right,
Another year, another scifi pilot called Chronicles of Bob. More Cons, more panels, now moderator on panels, now panels that have nothing to do, or little to do with filmmaking, with names like, “Serenity, almost a perfect movie” and “Why do great shows like The Dresden files get axed after one season when survivor is on season 38?) and what is worse these panels were suggested …. By me.
Yes it was a long road to come to terms with my inner geekdom. It wasnt easy, and at times, frightening, but as I sit here starting this blog wearing my Serenity T-shirt doing pre-pre-pre-production for Maries Zero Gravity Bar & Grill I realize I am a geek, and I am fine with it.  
ghaj ghobe' taHvIp!