Judge Minty, the Judge Dredd fan film.

Judge Minty Edmund Dehn
Judge Dredd Greg Staples
Director Steven Sterlacchini
Director of Photography and Digital Imagery Stephen Green
Prop and Costume Creator Daniel Carey-George of Custom Creations
Storyboards & Concepts Barry Renshaw
Written By Steven Sterlacchini & Michael Carroll, based on the work of John Wagner

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Blog catch up part 3 - Interviews

Over the past couple of months we've been fortunate to be asked to do a few interviews. It's just occurred to me that I didn't post them here! Thanks again to Fan Film Follies and Escapist Magazine. There are a couple more in the pipeline, which I'll make sure to post once they're online.

Fan Film Follies Interview

The Escapist Interview

The 'catch up' trilogy is complete.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Blog catch up part 2 - Judge Ezquerra!

We recently sent our hero, and co-creator of Judge Dredd, Carlos Ezquerra one of Dan's prop badges as a thank you for... well.. being Carlos Ezquerra!

"Hey, Steven, thanks for the fantastic shield, I love it! it brightened my last session of chemo... by the way, do I look a bit like "Him" ?? ;))"

Great guy that he is, he sent us this superb photo AND in doing so put to bed the question of what Judge Dredd looks like under his helmet! Needless to say all the team got a huge thrill from the picture. Thanks again Carlos and get well soon.

Blog catch up part 1 - Jonathan Ross at BICS

A quick catch up of things which have been posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Although we didn't attend the British International Comic Show in an official 'Judge Minty' capacity, we did ask the help of our friends at Hollywood Heroes costume group to get this nice photo op with Jonathan Ross, who was there to promote his comic 'Turf'.

Daniel Carey-George put together a nice Judge ROSS presentation badge and when he stopped by the Hollywood Heroes stand 'Wossy' was presented with it by two Judges. He was very friendly and stayed for ages. Lots of people got photos as he chatted about nerd stuff.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Well done Dinorwic cast & crew!

I'm extremely overdue with this latest update. So, like double decker buses, expect a few more to come along soon after it. First off a massive thank you and well done to everyone who came to help us in North Wales (quite a while ago).

The shoot represented the bulk of live action filming for the project and was quite a task, logistically, mentally and physically. Four days and three nights in Llanberis, filming Cursed Earth scenes at Dinorwic slate quarry. The location has had it's fair share of film crews and was recently used for the remake of 'Clash of The Titans'.

We had a great deal to and fit in if we were to make the most of this superb location. Thanks again to the people at First Hydro Power Station for allowing us to film on their private property.

The day before the main cast arrived we scheduled a couple of simple scenes, to warm us up. The mountatin gave us a tiny taste of it's fury, but we naively thought (probably just me) that we'd hopefully seen the worst of it. The next day we were given a boost by the arrival of the 'Mutants'. After first calling off at the 2000AD Nerve Centre "to show them what they needed to be doing", John Burdis arrived along with a number of cast regulars.

We had some rough ideas for the Mutant Gang, but we were completely reliant on the actors who arrived on the day. This was possibly the only bit of good luck we had, as all the actors quickly found a character to fit with their costume and began adding depth and history to the gang. So when 'action!' was eventually called most people already had an idea how their character would act without the need for detailed direction.

Conditions for the next couple of days were grueling with regular wind and rain showers. Despite this we were completely blown away by the professionalism and enthusiasm shown. I couldn't get over how 'happy' everyone seemed hanging around for hours, to spend only a few moments in front of the camera, usually whilst freezing cold and wet. The majority of people had also traveled a great distance for the privilege.

Dale Jackson and David Rigby produced some very convincing work allowing us more freedom with their characters. Mark Watson's measured body language and movement worked perfectly with his character. In contrast Guy Robbins' performance was a real scene stealer. After a stressful couple of days I honestly hurt myself laughing so hard at his disturbingly funny performance. Without exception every actor produced something great for the camera.

Dan created some superb 'hero' props especially for the shoot and put together some crazy costumes for the Mutant gang. John Burdis also gave some very useful military advice on weapons props as well as doubling for Minty in some of the more 'dangerous' scenes.

As usual Edmund Dehn's performance was faultless in some very uncomfortable conditions. Catching a glimpse of Edmund's work on the playback was a real tonic. Amazing work from Steve Green under some ridiculous weather conditions and a very stressful schedule. I was amazed by the footage he managed to capture under the circumstances. A number of people commented on how harsh the landscape looked on the dailies. No CGI - just good old fashioned 'orrible weather.

Once again, well done everyone.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Work in progress teaser

We've noticed a nice increase in internet chatter about the project, so Steve Green has roughly cut together this short sequence of work in progress. This is just a few snippets of stuff, which hopefully gives an impression of what we are doing. Some elements are simply for this trailer.


Sunday, 15 August 2010

Steve Green's showreel

Steve Green is the Digital Artist for Judge Minty (as well as Director of Photography). He's just uploaded his new Showreel on vimeo. Amongst his superb work there are a few quick glimpses of some Minty work in progress.

2005-2010 3D Generalist Reel from Steve Green on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Location, Location, Location

We're beginning to gear up for Cursed Earth filming. First I'd like to apologise to everyone who has kindly offered to help out as extras. Sorry that I haven't replied, I will be doing so this week. I was waiting for a few details to be confirmed and I wanted to avoid drip feeding information across a numerous emails.

Also, we have decide to move a couple of key scenes from our North Wales location for dramatic and logistical reasons. This means that we will be scheduling another smaller shoot later in the year. This will require fewer cast and will not be overnight.

We have a couple of locations in mind for this. However, if you own, or know the owner of a particularly derelict piece of land or building, please feel free to let me know.

There are plenty of good locations around the country, but getting permission from the correct person is always the difficult bit. The things we are looking for are - easy access, safety, lack of vegetation, derelict or barren appearance.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Progress report

Quite a bit to talk about in this post. First up, July's studio shoot.

A huge thank you to everyone who came along and helped out as extras and crew. The shoot was a great success, in that the footage looks amazing, despite one or two technical hitches. If the mark of a good cast and crew is the ability to adapt, then we all rocked!

Once again Edmund's performance was superb, bringing a real depth and emotion to Minty. Domino Burlesk was also excellent as the ceremonial Judge. We got what we needed on the first take, though we took a couple more just in case. Both the main scenes were beautifully lit and captured by Steve Green and Daniel Carey-George's props and costumes looked awesome, as always. As the scenes were completely green screen, Barry Renshaw's story boards were essential to help the day run smoothly. I've seen a glimpse of Steve Green's CGI work for one scene and well, let's just say it's very convincing.

Despite hours of hanging around in a hot studio, on one of the warmest days of the year, all the extras seemed to enjoy themselves. Everyone managed to get a chance at playing a Judge. Though with only two sets of leathers and nearly twenty actors taking it in turns, it was very much a blessing in disguise.

The Mega City citizen footage was the most fun to shoot, with lots of ideas being made up on the spot. We were too busy to take any official photographs, but luckily plenty of other people took some snaps to remember the day (all images are the property of the respective photographers).

This represents the last of the live action filming for Mega City One (apart from a few pickups and perhaps some more CCTV). Onward to The Cursed Earth!

Next up, a big thank you to Michael Molcher and Comic Heroes magazine, for their double page article on Daniel Carey-George's work bringing the props and costumes of Judge Minty to life. The only reason I haven't been shouting about this on the blog, is because I didn't want to knock the casting call from the top spot.

The article is brilliant. It's a massive piece of promotion for us and we're in excellent company as the rest of the magazine is packed with good stuff.

Monday, 28 June 2010




Saturday July 10th and July 11th - London SE5

Hopefully we will be shooting a selection of background shots of Mega Citizens, which may be used in CGI sequences etc. Actors would only need to be available for 1 (either) of the days.

Sunday July 11th - London SE5

We require extras to play Judges in Judge Minty's 'Long Walk' honour guard. Actors should look reasonably fit and of an appropriate age. It would be very good to get a mix of ethnicities for the Judges.


Thursday September 16th to Monday 20th (5 days) - North Wales, Llanberis

We need 10 extras to play members of a Mutant Gang.
Accommodation and meals will be provided.

If you would like to play a part in our project, please send an email with your name, sizes (height, chest, waist) and a photograph, as well as any relevant experience (if any) to Steven Sterlacchini.


And just so this isn't a boring all text post... here's a picture of Judge Dredd having a pint!
Greg Staple as Judge Dredd, photography by David Lindsay.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Still trucking

A short update. We've just finished filming the Chroma Key shots for Minty on his Lawmaster bike, which completes the footage required for Mega City One 'city bottom'. Everything went very well. Edmund Dehn looked superb and we even had a chance to take a few snap shots of him in costume.

This just leaves two more scenes to shoot, before we can get Minty out in to the Cursed Earth. We should hopefully be trying to schedule these for early May.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Support your local Judge

It's been great to see people spreading the word about Minty. So we've created these Minty banners at standard sizes. Feel free to use them on your website, blog or forum signature to help promote interest in the project. Images can be linked to http://www.judgeminty.com. Thanks again for all the support.

N.B. the long horizontal banner is reduced in this post, if you click on it, it should appear in it's own window at the correct size.

If you've got a special request for a specific banner size let me know and I'll see what I can do.