Hey everyone! I reached out to Micah from Beat Down Boogie for a little bit of inside information on the progress of Mario Warfare and he came back with the following:
HOW HAS MARIO WARFARE BEEN GOING SINCE YOUR KICKSTARTER SUCCEEDED?
It’s actually gone pretty smoothly. We can only film on weekends due to our day jobs. And a couple weekends got rained out. But our actors have gone above and beyond to make themselves available for shooting. Most of our films have one or two heroes. This series will end up with 5 or 6, which is tricky to write for an schedule! We’ve been lucky so far. After filming several scenes, we only just now hit our first scheduling delay. We have one more scene to film for Episode 3, but Mario and Luigi will each be out-of-state on different weekends. So to maximize our time, I’ll be editing other scenes (even for other episodes) while they are away, and Karel will be working on the score.
Basically, there’s ALWAYS something to work on, even if it’s for a future episode. So the longer it takes to finish episode 3, the further along we’ll be on the next episodes. With this type of film making, you really have to stay flexible and know how to make the most out of what’s available. I’ve been impressed with the patience and understanding of our Kickstarter supporters. It means a lot to us!
CAN YOU GIVE US ANY HINTS ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT IN MARIO WARFARE?
There’s a lot of surprises in Episode 3 and 4. I think most people know DK is going to show up, and we’ve posted pics of him on Facebook. We’ve also hinted about a certain warrior from Hyrule showing up. By the end of Episode 4, we’ll hopefully have established clear sides in the battle for the Mushroom Kingdom, and we’ll have introduced most (but not all) of the characters. Which means Mario and Peach have some major character transitions ahead of them.
Mario has to face his destiny…which is bigger than plumbing. And Peach is burdened with the responsibility of guiding a kingdom…. even if it is a shattered one.
We can reveal that we scored our favorite indie stuntman Eric Jacobus to play Waluigi. We first worked with Eric on a feature film a long time ago (before we were Beat Down Boogie). Around that time he was finishing a martial arts comedy film called Contour. Contour was part of what inspired the creation of Beat Down Boogie, so it’s really cool that we get to work with him again, on BDB’s most popular web series. Eric was also the Jedi in this recent hit YouTube video!
ANY IDEA OF A RELEASE DATE YET?
Not yet. We’re making a ton of progress, but because we do this around our day jobs it’s impossible to know how much free time we’ll have each week to devote to editing and filming. All I can say is film stuff takes a long time, but Mario Warfare is a major priority. And we really appreciate everyone for waiting and putting their faith in our ability! Thank you!
Micah also gave us an exclusive sneak peek at their newest backers-only video update which you can watch below!